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A New Way of Seeing and Painting

A New Way of Seeing and Painting

Not all artists see the same. The difference between the way a novice sees a scene and how a seasoned artist views it can be great, and can be the key between a good painting experience and a frustrating one. The serious student artist needs to see in a new way. This new way of...

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An ecstatic, mystical encounter with the divine: Alex Caldiero’s Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance?

An ecstatic, mystical encounter with the divine: Alex Caldiero’s Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance?

This past September, after I came home from a weeklong river trip, a friend told me I needed to read Alex Caldiero’s new book, Who is the Dancer, What is the Dance (Saltfront, 2016). The book is a facsimile of a poetic journal Caldiero kept on a six-day trip on the Colorado River through Cataract...

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Nature Abhors a Vacuum, but Loves an Empty Shop Window: Pop-up Art at The Gateway

Nature Abhors a Vacuum, but Loves an Empty Shop Window: Pop-up Art at The Gateway

Sometime in the 1980s, art world observers began to notice that artists were often among the first entrepreneurs to move into neighborhoods widely considered uninhabitable, where they would jump-start what soon became the gentrification process. It would have been in large, coastal American cities’ industrial and warehouse areas that this phenomenon first received predominantly negative...

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Lines in Nature: Recent Works by Justin Newby & Carol Bold

Lines in Nature: Recent Works by Justin Newby & Carol Bold

  The windows of the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, which is cradled in a redrock canyon just outside Zion National Park, look out on a landscape that visually reverberates with the abstracted canyons and flora on display within. In a hand-in-glove match between venue and artwork, the Center hosts the exhibit Lines in Nature:...

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Imitation Games: Ben Steele at Modern West Fine Art

Imitation Games: Ben Steele at Modern West Fine Art

Exhibiting at Modern West Fine Art this month, the traditionally trained painter Ben Steele chooses subjects that hark back to a universal and nostalgic American childhood. From Kennewick, Washington, and educated first at the University of Utah and then at the apprenticeship program in Helper—under the instruction of artists David Dornan and Paul Davis—Steele’s Western...

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Sarina Villareal's Pop-Up Gallery on Main Street

Sarina Villareal’s Pop-Up Gallery on Main Street

From mysterious murals deep inside Paleolithic caves, to movable adornment for Renaissance merchants, art is something malleable, reflective of the space and time in which it exists. Art was one thing when it was made for the magnificent churches of Venice, like San Marco and San Lorenzo, and became another when it was created for...

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Maureen O'Hara Ure

Maureen O’Hara Ure

Maureen O’Hara Ure shares her truth, however whimsical, however wrenching, in mixed media on panel. The incident in “The Night of the Fire,” which is part of Love & Work, her fascinating solo show at Phillips Gallery through Nov. 11, actually occurred in 1978, when the timeworn apartment building in which she lived with her...

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Living in an Inmaterial World: Mike Lee's Digital Mirror: Selfie Consciousness at UMOCA

Living in an Inmaterial World: Mike Lee’s Digital Mirror: Selfie Consciousness at UMOCA

Mike Lee, an Artist in Residence at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, describes himself as a product of two world cultures, having split his childhood between rural Japan and Utah. His work bridges these two separate geographical and cultural regions with reference to an elusive third: the young culture of the Internet realm. In...

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Mapping the Territory: Archipelagoes, Oceans, Americas at BYU's Library

Mapping the Territory: Archipelagoes, Oceans, Americas at BYU’s Library

A year before he went to Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau burned down 300 acres of forest in its vicinity. An accident. During a fishing excursion to nearby Fairhaven Pond, Thoreau’s campfire sparked a grass fire that quickly spread to the surrounding woodlands and almost engulfed the town of Concord, proving that even in escaping...

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The News Is Not All Bad: Downtown Artist Collective opens and Nox returns

The News Is Not All Bad: Downtown Artist Collective opens and Nox returns

We were struck, in an October press release about the “Art in the City” event celebrating the opening of the Thomas S. Monson Center in Salt Lake City (in the former Enos A. Wall Mansion), by one statement — that over the past decade, more than 20 art galleries have shut down for lack of...

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Controlled Chaos: Jimmi Toro mixes paintings, songs & videos at Urban Arts Gallery

Controlled Chaos: Jimmi Toro mixes paintings, songs & videos at Urban Arts Gallery

Jimmi Toro’s fluid line work lays itself gracefully across his paintings. Even in moments of disruption, where the ink spatters or skips, the faces and forms of his creating stare back at us, inviting us into their world. While his work uses a variety of techniques, it is the dripped ink that we might think...

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All the World's a Studio: Mundi Project brings pianos, and now art, to the world

All the World’s a Studio: Mundi Project brings pianos, and now art, to the world

Everybody deserves a piano. Or at least access to one. That’s the basic idea behind Mundi Project, a Utah non-profit which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month with a live music-and-art-making performance at the Visual Art Institute. Founded by Executive Director Hana Janatova, Mundi donates, repairs, and tunes pianos for individual families and public...

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Cold Truths: Pygmalion Productions' Mary and Myra

Cold Truths: Pygmalion Productions’ Mary and Myra

The internationally-celebrated playwright and opera librettist Catherine Filloux has found a theme that runs through much of her drama. Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, though it must have been a common experience since Cain slew Abel, was only formally identified around 1980, and is still routinely overlooked or misunderstood in society at large. Sorting out...

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Jumping Naked in the Backyard: Zoe Murdock's "Man in the Mirror" explores the interior and exterior world of Alzheimer's

Jumping Naked in the Backyard: Zoe Murdock’s “Man in the Mirror” explores the interior and exterior world of Alzheimer’s

reviewed by Phyllis Barber Old age is a terrain most of us have not traveled. We’ve not been there before (and most people think they’ll never get there, either, keeping the reality, as well as the idea, at bay. Except, there are those times when a brush with old age cannot be helped!). Old age...

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Defining Play at the Sears Art Museum

Defining Play at the Sears Art Museum

According to Sears Gallery curator, Kathy Cieslewicz, the idea for the exhibit Go Out and Play, currently on display until November 11, came to fruition in conversation with several of the artists involved about how they believe the nature of “play” has changed over the years. The phrase “go out and play” refers to the...

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