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All Women at Adobe: A new installation of pieces at the Lehi complex is all by female artists

All Women at Adobe: A new installation of pieces at the Lehi complex is all by female artists

I don’t usually think much of exclusionary shows, unless it’s by medium or genre, but it was just International Women’s Day and I trust that the curators at and for Adobe took that into account when they organized this exhibition of strictly female Utah artists. (Did you, Andrew Ehninger?) Except that in this instance there were...

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On the Fringe: Edgy new gallery opens at old Artspace

On the Fringe: Edgy new gallery opens at old Artspace

Should you not know what “Fringe” means, a new Salt Lake City gallery by that name wastes no time in defining it for you: “not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme.” They also say it’s “Utah’s hottest new contemporary art gallery.” We shall see March 17 at the Grand Opening, though on their...

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Clubhouse: Not just for ladies or literature anymore

Clubhouse: Not just for ladies or literature anymore

Once a stuffy place for plays, recitals and lectures, Salt Lake City’s Ladies Literary Club recently has become a stylish place for plays, recitals and lectures. Purchased about a year ago by a young and very hip couple who renamed it Clubhouse (to honor its previous incarnation),  the 1913 building has morphed into something decidedly...

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Pay Attention: Conor Provenzano's Focused Life to screen at The Clubhouse

Pay Attention: Conor Provenzano’s Focused Life to screen at The Clubhouse

You always hear about the big players at the Oscars, but we hardly ever pay attention to the little guys. One of Utah’s own shared the screen credits on an important feature-length documentary winner at the 2015 Academy Awards, Citizenfour. (Directed by Laura Poitras, it stars Edward Snowden and deals with the NSA spying scandal.)...

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Plan B's Hildegard portrays a mid-millenium rockstar of the Catholic church

Plan B’s Hildegard portrays a mid-millenium rockstar of the Catholic church

Thank you, Plan-B, for a truly wonderful evening of theater. Really, Virtue couldn’t have been more enjoyable – practically perfect in every way: Playwright Tim Slover’s excellent script; Jerry Rapier’s direction of a superb cast; Thomas George’s striking set; the excellent sound design by Cheryl Cluff. This is a fantastic production. Question is how to...

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Authentic Fabrication: The Life in Art of John O'Connell

Authentic Fabrication: The Life in Art of John O’Connell

John O’Connell’s new work fascinates on several levels: they are abstracted 3-D compositions with spare painted portions that beg for lots of time to absorb. Mark-making and writing are there but mostly obscured beyond recognition; inexplicable cuts are evident in the surfaces of the structures, some modular sections are almost sled-like in construction, others squared...

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What's New: For Anne Albaugh it's all about staying positive

What’s New: For Anne Albaugh it’s all about staying positive

Anne Albaugh says she feels like she’s rereading The Lord of the Rings in this new year: “Awful things to come,” she tells us. “Snap out of it! That is my focus . . . snap out of it! Don’t go away quietly . . . protest loudly and often. Fight back. Get busy.” She...

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What's New: Teaching, documentaries and community activism for Nathan Florence

What’s New: Teaching, documentaries and community activism for Nathan Florence

Nathan Florence loved to draw as a kid in Denver and Salt Lake City, but after dreaming of being a rock star (his father had a stash of Buddy Holly and Beatles records), a reconstructive surgeon (thanks to PBS), and an architect, he wound up studying engineering (thinking to be an industrial designer), then took...

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What's New: For David Maestas 2017 is about mystery

What’s New: For David Maestas 2017 is about mystery

Born in Chama, New Mexico, David Maestas had an unhappy experience studying painting and drawing at the University of Utah where he felt criticized rather than encouraged, but went on to explore abstract art and develop his own style in that genre. He has done well over numerous years at the Park City Kimball Arts...

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What's New: Giving up glass, says Willy Littig for 2017

What’s New: Giving up glass, says Willy Littig for 2017

In October, 2016, Willy Littig finished walking the Camino in Spain, with wife Pamela Grubaugh-Littig, and celebrated his birthday both there and again later in Salt Lake City with a bash for friends at Mestizo Gallery (to which this writer was not invited, ahem!). We heard it was swell. In 2014-15, the couple gave away...

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What's New: Cartoons and Computers for Denis Phillips in 2017

What’s New: Cartoons and Computers for Denis Phillips in 2017

Denis Phillips, co-owner of Salt Lake City’s Phillips Gallery and a prolific artist who paints most anything seen and unseen —  “I like the change,” he once said of his genre switches. “It keeps things from getting too routine… — drew us this cartoon in response to our query about what he might be up...

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Lay of the Land:  A Profile of Wayne Geary

Lay of the Land: A Profile of Wayne Geary

Wayne Geary is a big fan of Salt Lake City’s Main Library. He’s a frequent patron, and holds a Friends’ annual membership, which has allowed him to buy hundreds of CDs from the bi-annual library sales a day before most everyone else can. ”That’s when you get the really good stuff,” he says. A year...

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