photos by Lisa Trent
The holidays are already in full swing at Every Blooming Thing, a shop that not only boasts unique gifts and artistic floral arrangements, but has a respectable inventory of original paintings as well. They feature artists: such as Aaron Stills, Steve Lawrence Peterson, Colleen Howe, Carole Evans, G.J. Labonty, Maryann Free Smith, Jody Plant and Marjorie McClure.
EBT may be new to the Gallery Stroll, but they are no strangers to the art scene. The shop has had a long history with the community. They’ve held poetry readings over the years and small concerts upstairs. The floral/gift shop has been around for 33 years and has always exhibited original artwork. EBT decided to join the Gallery Stroll earlier this year. “We really wanted to get more active in our art community,” says owner Pamela March. “Zions Bank Art Show features our floral artists every year, but we also have some wonderful artists that we feature in our upstairs gallery that we wanted more exposure for.” They feature everything from traditional to contemporary and are always interested in new ideas.
Since they’ve opened their doors for Gallery Stroll, public interest in their gallery has increased along with their walk-in traffic. “This is a very warm environment to be presented in,” says March, “some galleries tend to have a cold open feeling. With Every Blooming Thing, it is more like you are walking through a friend’s house just looking at their personal collection of art.”
And the customers love the diversity. When you walk through the front door you are welcomed with the smell of candles and potpourri and a friendly staff bustling about behind the front desk. The creativity is active and visible throughout the store. “We like for our customers to be able to see the creative process of our day,” Assistant Manager Lynsey Reece explains, “so our floral work room is exposed to the clients.”
But don’t get too distracted by the wonderful things available on the main floor, you’ll miss all the artwork upstairs. Paintings line the walls of the staircase guiding you to the second floor where you’ll find more paintings intermingling with floral arrangements, pottery, furniture and other home décor. It is truly a feast for the eyes and you’ll find yourself coming back to try and see all the things you didn’t have time to take a good look at before. In addition to one of the classier websites I’ve seen out their, EBT maintains a blog where customers can keep on top of new inventory and upcoming sales.
Don’t miss EBT’s Gallery Stroll opening this month on Friday, November 21st. Events and special occasions is obviously a big part of their business so these seasoned professionals know how to throw a party.
If you are interested in showing your artwork at Every Blooming Thing, simply stop by and talk to the owner, Pamela March or General Manager Robert Upwall. They are open to all types of artwork. Call 521-4773 or stop by the shop located at 444 South 700 East.
Laura Durham works for KUED Channel-7 in the Creative Services Department, curating community engagement projects for both PBS and KUED productions that foster trust and value to the communities in Utah. She also produces Contact with Mary Dickson and Contact in the Community — a digital series featuring arts and culture groups in Utah. Prior to her work at KUED, Laura spent 15 years at the Utah Division of Arts & Museums in the visual arts program and later managing communications, branding, marketing, and public value projects for all arts and museums programming. She has served the Utah community in various capacities with her role as Vice President of the Salt Lake Gallery Association and Program Director for the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. She lives in Salt Lake City, sings with Utah Chamber Artists, and loves to contribute to 15 Bytes as often as time allows.