Daily Bytes | Happenings

Friday Night Fun

Maybe you missed gallery stroll last Friday or you just didn’t get enough. We’ve got you covered.

This Friday, CONCEPT is hosting its grand opening. The latest addition to the Granery District is a gallery and eco-friendly furniture store founded by Jeffrey Potts, John Harris, and Jeff Barker. The gallery offers up-and-coming artists a chance to exhibit work. “Most of our work is contemporary, but we want all local artists to be able to show their work here,” says John Harris, co-founder and Vice President of Operations.

The furniture store brings unique, locally made pieces that are unlike what you’ve ever seen. Keep your eyes out for textured concrete with a crocodile print that’s all done in-house and unusual pieces of wooden furniture made from reclaimed materials. “We know half the products in our gallery, nobody else has,” says Harris.

CONCEPT was open for February gallery stroll, but if you’re out and about expect to see a new series of artwork unveiled and new furniture will be out on the floor. Also be sure to check out the space itself, something that was lovingly refurbished by its new inhabitants. “The three of us created the whole space. It was nothing and we created the entire space out of this charming old building,” says Harris.

The grand opening is happening after hours. If you’d like to attend, request an invite through their Facebook Page, or at 801.541.6900, or send an email. You can also avoid the crowds and check out their work on Saturday from 10am to 6pm. CONCEPT is located at 368 W 900 S.

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While your appetite for art is still strong, drop by Nata Gallery. Housed in the space where House Gallery used to be, Nata Gallery is a place to find all kinds of fusion: Fusion between art and fine dining; comfort foods and exotic foods; a visual feast and a literal feast.

On Friday night, Nata Gallery is holding an open house featuring the photography of Anne Stephenson. This will be her first show. Stephenson has documented the journey of SLC POP, mobile dining that hosted meals once a month, the precursor to Nata Gallery. She has taken these images chronicling the journey and transferred them to wooden cutting boards, which are hung around the gallery space. While checking out Stephenson’s work, you can nibble on treats made by Nata Gallery owners and chefs Katie Weinner and Mike Burtis.

Weinner and Burtis hang new art every couple of months and consider it a companion to the dining experience they offer every Saturday. “There is art all around you, and art on your plate,” says Weinner. For $75, guests enjoy ten courses or more and they can count on anything but the expected. Like dishes made from kangaroo or rattlesnake. It’s not your usual dinner and guests may find themselves, “eating with tweezers, slowing down the pace of an everyday meal,” says Weinner, who believes food preparation is an art form. From colors and textures, a meal should be a sensory experience.

Friday night’s open house will be held from 7-9pm at 29 E. 400 S. People interested in their dining experiences, like the one happening on the 16th, can learn more on Nata Gallery’s Facebook Page.

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