The month of December is never like the rest of the lazy daisy months the rest of the year, it’s a little different and so is the Gallery Stroll. Normally held on the third Friday of the month the galleries know that December is just too busy of a month, so the official Gallery Stroll aka the Holiday Stroll is held on the first Friday of December, December 6th. Some of the shows run all month for those last minute shoppers and alas some show will run one night only. I have included a guide to where, when and for how long.
Trasa Urban Arts Collective located at 741 South and 400 West in the Old Pickle Factory presents it’s first one man show! Bjorn Shuster, Concrete and Chrome oil paintings and graphite drawings investigating the new face of our western landscapes. Rather than focusing on the traditional open canyons, red buttes, cowboys and horses Shuster looks at the new landscape encroaching. Vast networks of multi-lane freeways, overpasses replacing natural arches, these are the images that now define our experience of the west. Shuster’s work is not of nostalgic scene’s of the west but represent the present and his investigation into the beauty of the New West! Bjorn Shuster’s work will be on display from 6pm to 10pm on December 13th and 21st.
Art Access located at 339 West Pierpont Avenue hosts it’s annual HOLIDAY GROUP EXHIBITION SHOW. Featuring local artisans Lee Dillon, Dennis Papworth, Maria Elen De Avila, Bonnie Susec, Kurt and Rebecca Knudsen, Marcee, Blackerby, Downy Doxey-Marshall, Jeronimo Lozano, Jamaica Trinnaman, April Motley, Heidi Moller Somsen, Anthony Siciliano, Harry Taylor, Brian Kershisnik and Joe Adams. A special Art Access Christmas tree will be on display created by Jean Irwin. Wow that is a lot of talented artists in one room! My suggestions a nice kaleidoscope or hanging glass star for that hard to shop for person. This show runs until December 20th.
Finch Lane aka The Art Barn located at 54 Finch Lane celebrates the nineteenth anniversary of the ever so popular HOLIDAY CRAFT EXHIBIT AND SALE. Hand made work by over five dozen local artists and artisans. The Park Gallery located in the lower level of Finch Lane has been transformed into an emporium of Jewelry, glass, pottery, wearable art, ornaments and accessories. In the main level of the gallery they will continue to display the photographs and photo- silk-screened works by Dan Arsenault and the oil painting by Jeff Clark. The Holiday Craft Exhibit opened Gallery Stroll night from 6pm to 9pm and will run Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 7pm until December 22nd.
For many years, Mariah Mann Mellus was the dedicated art writer for SLUG Magazine and has also been a contributor to The New Century Collector and Artists of Utah’s 15 Bytes.
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