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"I want to be happy in this picture" - Art Access Welcomes Turn City for the Arts

“I want to be happy in this picture” – Art Access Welcomes Turn City for the Arts

Utah is home to a wide variety of art venues, from those that deal in highly polished decor to others showing art so conceptual the gallery may look empty at first. Museums play a role here, varied by location—one downtown, another in the shopping mall—and their mix of public and private sponsorship. Dependably locating a...

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Tara Simoncic: A New Maestro at the Ballet

Tara Simoncic: A New Maestro at the Ballet

If you’re planning on attending Ballet West’s production of Romeo and Juliet this month, you might notice the company has hired a new maestro: Tara Simoncic. Artistic Director Adam Sklute has brought her in over the past several years for projects, but she was appointed as the orchestral conductor in November.   “I was attracted...

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Wrestling with the Self: Andrew Moncrief at UMOCA

Wrestling with the Self: Andrew Moncrief at UMOCA

When ancient Greek city-states vied against each other, not in ruthless combat but in the more civilized arena we now call the Olympics, they were transforming the frequently violent but seemingly ever-present desire for conflict into a ritualized and artistic form of competition. Foremost among these was the essential form of man-to-man conflict, wrestling. Strange...

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Something for Everyone: Tess Cook, Grant Fuhst and Larry Revoir Fill the House at Finch Lane

Something for Everyone: Tess Cook, Grant Fuhst and Larry Revoir Fill the House at Finch Lane

It may seem like there are as many possible artistic goals, and strategies for achieving them, as there are artists, but it’s not really true. Just as the number of genres remains finite—landscape, portrait, figure, still life, and so on—and the variety of qualities, like abstraction, representation, or expression, while infinitely graduated, still ranges among...

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Wolves That Lope Into Your Dreams: Rob Carney's "88 Maps"

Wolves That Lope Into Your Dreams: Rob Carney’s “88 Maps”

Every now and then I run across a poem so tasty I’m greedy for more by the same poet, which is how I felt after finding Rob Carney’s prize winning “Seven Pages from The Book of Sharks” on terrain.org. The poem tells a wholly invented myth of sharks in plainspoken and often lighthearted language. I...

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Ririe-Woodbury showcases pioneering choreographer Alwin Nikolais this weekend

Ririe-Woodbury showcases pioneering choreographer Alwin Nikolais this weekend

Without Alwin Nikolais there might not be a Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Shirley Ririe and Joan Woodbury were young choreographers and dance instructors at the University of Utah when, in 1963, they invited Nikolais to lead the summer workshops for their fledgling dance company. Woodbury had met Nikolais in Chicago when she was studying dance in...

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Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake Brings World Famous Pacifica Quartet During Their Golden Season: Concert Review

Chamber Music Society of Salt Lake Brings World Famous Pacifica Quartet During Their Golden Season: Concert Review

Chamber music, at least in some circles, has a reputation for being difficult to embrace with warmth and then thoroughly enjoy, but those that do tend to become lifelong aficionados. There is often a stark intimacy and immediacy to this genre, and even more so to the string quartet medium.   The Pacifica Quartet, formed...

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Northwest Dance Project Brings Original Works from Emerging and Established Choreographers to Salt Lake City

Northwest Dance Project Brings Original Works from Emerging and Established Choreographers to Salt Lake City

Portland-based contemporary dance company Northwest Dance Project had its Salt Lake City debut at the University of Utah’s Marriott Center for Dance (programmed by Utah Presents, formerly Kingsbury Hall Presents). NWDP currently employs nine dancers, and consistently features the work of various international guest choreographers. On the program for Salt Lake were works by Felix...

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Arrowhead Gallery ETC Shakes Up Downtown St. George's Art Scene

Arrowhead Gallery ETC Shakes Up Downtown St. George’s Art Scene

Brought forth through months of hard work by the Southern Utah Art Guild, the Arrowhead Gallery ETC is a vibrant new addition to the pedestrian-friendly array of galleries in St. George’s flourishing arts district. “It’s going to be a fun venture for the artists and the community,” SUAG board member Michael Zabriskie says. The gallery...

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SUNDAY BLOG READ: Kirstin Scott

SUNDAY BLOG READ: Kirstin Scott

SUNDAY BLOG READ is your glimpse into the working minds and hearts of Utah’s literary writers. Each month, 15 Bytes offers works-in-progress and / or recently published work by some of the state’s most celebrated and promising writers of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and memoir. Today, 15 Bytes features Salt Lake City-based novelist Kirstin Scott...

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Bite-Size Poetry: Nancy Takacs

Bite-Size Poetry: Nancy Takacs

“Bite-size poetry” is a program of the Utah Department of Arts & Museums that features Utah poet reading one of their works, with some video production by TWIG Media Lab. This month’s feature is Nancy Takacs, who has been featured in our Sunday Blog Read (here). She lives in Wellington, Utah, and spends summers in...

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The Art of the Mask at Utah Arts Festival Gallery

The Art of the Mask at Utah Arts Festival Gallery

The annual Utah Arts Festival (UAF) mask exhibition, now in its fourth year, opened Friday, Jan. 15, for Gallery Stroll at the UAF Gallery at Artspace, 230 S. 500 West, Salt Lake City. Featuring the work of 29 local artists, the exhibit is not only a display of creative design and artisan skill, but it’s...

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For What It's Worth: The Life and Art of Tony Smith

For What It’s Worth: The Life and Art of Tony Smith

It’s a one-drawing showing. Opening at the Gallery at Library Square Friday, January 16, “The Big Tiny” features one drawing executed over a year’s time by “legendary” artist and former University of Utah professor Frank Anthony “Tony” Smith. For our January edition of 15 Bytes we profile the irascible and irrepressible artist. With words by...

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Processing Process: Randee Levine at Phillips Gallery

Processing Process: Randee Levine at Phillips Gallery

With Randee Levine it is hard to tell what comes first, philosophy or art. Levine’s art is an extension of herself, a physical manifestation of the psychological process and understanding that has brought meaning and awareness to her personal life, and has become central to her professional life as well. In an exhibit that opens...

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’Like nothing you’ve ever seen before.’ Larry Revoir’s vocabulary of annihilation comes to Finch Lane

’Like nothing you’ve ever seen before.’ Larry Revoir’s vocabulary of annihilation comes to Finch Lane

Larry Revoir’s animal bodies are hollowed out, sightless, their colors chemically altered or burnt black. They sometimes bring to mind an old photographer’s lament: that the lush colors of Kodachrome made even pollution beautiful, frustrating an artist’s desire to capture and convey the true horror of the original. Indeed, these small ruins are often as...

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