https://vimeo.com/259999868 After working in Manhattan, running a farm in Wisconsin, and owning a restaurant in Salt Lake (remember Brumbies?), Karen and Paul Gladstone have retired and discovered the joys of working in ceramics. Karen, President of Clay Arts Utah, and her husband Paul, both work in clay but […]
photos by Simon Blundell “Pound on the Star: invisible number signs are realized; the capacities of an atom are multiplying in space. The tone Shines. And what here is ear to its fulsome stream, is also somewhere eye: this dome Arches itself somewhere in designs.” Rainer Maria […]
These broad questions are made digestible because they’re addressed through the experiences of a unique character, Eric. The audience is brought on a striking journey as they learn about Eric, who has recently left behind his life as Erica. His story is compelling not because he is transgender […]
When an entire roll of film taken at the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands came out blurry, Shalee Cooper decided it was time to study photography. After returning from her study abroad, she enrolled in the foundation program at the University of Utah, and has made Salt Lake […]
A look at Logan artist Heather Campbell, whose elaborately modeled sculptures are now on exhibit at Park City’s Meyer Gallery.
Maybe “faux-naïve” art is nothing more than what you’d imagine: simple, modest works by trained artists who choose to draw and paint in a seemingly juvenile manner despite their higher education in the Arts. But maybe there’s something more to this art tradition; maybe there are greater reasons for its emerging momentum in the contemporary art scene other than an ever-present irony or a giggle-factor. Because of its consciously contrived nature, some contend that faux-naïve is borderline-kitsch, insincere and premeditated art, but the works of Andrew Ballstaedt, Fidalis Buehler, and Brian Kershisnik—three of Utah’s finest folk artists making a name for themselves as American contemporary faux-naïvists—show the positive side of contrivance, that faux-naïve can provoke feelings of nostalgia and insight into real emotions, focusing our attention on adolescent memories or spiritual innocence alluded to in their works rather than on the lack of complexity, precision, or realism often sought after by aficionados of conventional, believable art.
Like many artists, David Estes didn’t start out thinking art would be a viable living. He studied it in college, but didn’t immediately pursue painting as a career. After a fellow artist encouraged him to work in oils, though, he became hooked, and over the past decade […]
What do you get when you combine an author, professional photographer, teacher, philanthropist, flight attendant, and artist? Corinne Humphrey, the award-winning author and illustrator of two children’s books, with a third in the works. Humphrey is from a small town in Virginia, where she dreamed of being a […]
Gentry Blackburn, aka Frosty Darling, returns to her space on Broadway with a series of paintings she calls uniconic icons.
Midvale artist Sue Martin has been busy. This past month one of her watercolors won an award at the Utah Watercolor Society’s annual juried members show; another piece was accepted into the University of Utah’s select juried exhibit at Williams Fine Art; and for the recent Salt Lake Gallery Stroll she […]
Talk to most artists and you’ll find their careers have rarely been planned. It’s usually some chance encounter with a certain medium, a specific work of art or a unique teacher, that determines their artistic trajectory. For Kathy Puzey it was a notice for a woodcut workshop in […]
Watch James Charles at work in his studio, sizing up compositions and carving out panels, as well as discussing his life, the ideas behind his works and the power of symbols.