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The Gospel According to Ralphael

The Gospel According to Ralphael

For nearly 50 years, Ralphael Plescia has been making religious art to explore the story of creation in his private museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. His project has one overriding vision: to tell the story of Biblical creation in the right way by restoring characters and tales lost to...

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Nancy Green's Cold Wax Craze

Nancy Green’s Cold Wax Craze

Cold wax painting involves mixing the medium —whipped wax and mineral spirits—with tube oil paint, using a stiff gessoed surface onto which many layers are applied. The mixture stiffens, gets tacky, which is a wonderful way to create three-dimensional texture, and allows one to remove parts of layers to expose...

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Bodies of Nature: Ryoichi Suzuki's Suggestive Stone Sculpture at A Gallery

Bodies of Nature: Ryoichi Suzuki’s Suggestive Stone Sculpture at A Gallery

In his new exhibit, Ryoichi Suzuki’s carved, flowing forms of wood and stone punctuate two rooms in Salt Lake City’s A Gallery. In each sculpture on display, Suzuki uses different types of stone or wood to produce elongated and graceful organic forms. A native of Japan, Suzuki’s subjects hark back...

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Spaces that Define: Andrew Rice at UMOCA

Spaces that Define: Andrew Rice at UMOCA

Andrew Rice’s new works, on exhibit at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Projects Gallery, are filled with dark masses, scrubbed in black oil sticks, covering a rainbow of hues that struggle to emerge through the darkened planes. They define abstracted interior spaces, corners of large rooms, two-sometimes-three-stories high, with...

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Andy Nasisse Badlands: Ceramics and Photo Manipulations at SUMA

Andy Nasisse Badlands: Ceramics and Photo Manipulations at SUMA

Badlands. The word itself evokes images of dry, barren deserts.  A place where crops wither in the heat, and sculptured sandstone flows from one end of sight to the other.  An inhospitable landscape, with towers of rock balancing precariously, holes carved through them by wind and weather. A place where...

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Art, Post-Art and Non-Art at UMOCA this Autumn

Art, Post-Art and Non-Art at UMOCA this Autumn

The dire predicament of fine art right now is the proverbial animal in the room that no one wants to acknowledge; it’s as if an author died between books and the publisher hired someone to continue writing under the same name, all the while keeping it a secret so as...

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Side by Side: Sue Martin and Nancy Vorm's Iterations at the Alice Gallery

Side by Side: Sue Martin and Nancy Vorm’s Iterations at the Alice Gallery

From conception to execution, Iterations (opening Sept. 16 at Alice Gallery) promises to be a fascinating show. Working side-by-side in the same space on Thursday afternoons since May, Nancy Vorm and Sue Martin were hoping to see if their individual processes might influence each other. They created “iterations” – or...

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30 Years Bach: The Utah Baroque Ensemble

30 Years Bach: The Utah Baroque Ensemble

Ask Martha Sargent, director of the Utah Baroque Ensemble, how the group began nearly 30 years ago and she smiles. It’s a question she’s heard often. “The choir really began with Douglas Bush and the Utah Bach Choir,” she says, “but when Doug got too busy to continue leading the...

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Purple Rain. And Yellow and Red: Sibylle Szaggars Redford at the Kimball Art Center

Purple Rain. And Yellow and Red: Sibylle Szaggars Redford at the Kimball Art Center

Sibylle Szaggars was in her high desert home in the southwest of New Mexico when the idea for the rain paintings came to her. It was 2010 and the monsoon rains, visible for miles in the distance, would arrive regularly in the afternoon. She decided to lay one of her...

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Lydia Gravis: 35x35 Interview

Lydia Gravis: 35×35 Interview

  The director of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery on the campus of Weber State University, Lydia Gravis earned a BA in Painting and Drawing from Warren Wilson College and a MFA in interdisciplinary visual art from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She’s represented in the 2016 installment of Artists of...

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Nancy Takacs' Red Voices

Nancy Takacs’ Red Voices

by Ed Bennett The myth of Echo as we know it appeared in Book III of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses.” She was a mountain nymph, part of a group with whom Zeus liked to dally. Whenever Zeus’ wife, the goddess Hera, attempted to find her husband during these interludes, she was distracted by Echo, who would engage...

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Weekend Recommends for August 11 - 14

Weekend Recommends for August 11 – 14

Got a few bucks to spend on some artful activities this weekend? Or are you stony broke? Either way, we’ve got suggestions for taking a walk on the creative side.   Thursday, August 11 – Saturday, August 13 Park City Park City International Film Festival, 36 independent films, “Distinctive movies that elevate the human spirit.”...

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Evidence of an Alien Universe: Elmer Presslee's “Unprovoked Collaborations” at God Hates Robots

Evidence of an Alien Universe: Elmer Presslee’s “Unprovoked Collaborations” at God Hates Robots

If somehow the primal essences of cult horror movies, ‘80s arcade games, abandoned amusement parks, and pulp sci-fi magazines were smashed together, Elmer Presslee’s art might have been fused from the resulting debris. Although many elements feel familiar—callbacks to subcultures of the 1970s and 1980s—Presslee’s style is so distinct that the whole body of work...

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NOW-ID explores migration through movement and music in Exodus

NOW-ID explores migration through movement and music in Exodus

For its fourth show, NOW-ID presented the multi-collaborative performance Exodus to Salt Lake audiences July 27-29. While the company has previously opted for less conventional spaces—the Masonic Temple and Saltair are two examples—Exodus was presented at the University of Utah’s Marriott Center for Dance, and aimed to focus on the human need to migrate. NOW-ID,...

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Jeri Parker, Winner of the 15 Bytes Book Award for Fiction

Jeri Parker, Winner of the 15 Bytes Book Award for Fiction

15 Bytes is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Fiction, Jeri Parker’s novel Unmoored, an “enthralling family saga” set in the area of the North Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. A Salt Lake City resident, Parker is the author of the memoir A Thousand Voices, nominated for...

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James Aton, Winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Art Book

James Aton, Winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Art Book

15 Bytes is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Art Book, James Aton’s The Art and Life of Jimmie Jones, about the late southern Utah landscape painter. Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, James Aton had a Catholic education – grade school through college. He received an MA in English...

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Nancy Takacs, Winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry

Nancy Takacs, Winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry

15 Bytes is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 15 Bytes Book Award for Poetry, Nancy Takacs’ collection Blue Patina (Blue Begonia Press, 2015). A resident of Wellington, Utah, in Carbon County, Takacs is the author of three poetry chapbooks and two full-length books of poetry, Blue Patina and Preserves (City Art Press, 2004). In...

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Deseret Experimental Opera Company's Red Lake at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival

Deseret Experimental Opera Company’s Red Lake at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival

by Liz Ivkovich In Red Lake, presented by Deseret Experimental Opera Company as part of the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, Producer/Librettist Luke Swenson, Composer/Performer Stuart Wheeler, and Choreographer/Director Emma Wilson created a post-modern marriage of music, poetry, and dance. Each creator wore multiple hats and multiple layers of costuming—the musicians were clad in brightly...

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Fresh Beginnings: Brad Beakes and Alex Bradshaw explore short-form dance programs in BRACE

Fresh Beginnings: Brad Beakes and Alex Bradshaw explore short-form dance programs in BRACE

Alex Bradshaw and Brad Beakes began by holding hands. They slowly but confidently adapted their grip. As their fingers looped and laced the two dancers created a visible and kinesthetic bond. As dancing separated them, the pull they created in that first moment worked like gravity, connecting the two throughout their collaborative duet, BRACE. For...

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Get Your Lunch Groove On at Salt Lake City's Brown Bag Concert Series

Get Your Lunch Groove On at Salt Lake City’s Brown Bag Concert Series

Lunch shouldn’t be a few bites on a stale sandwich while you sit at your desk. Not with this great weather. So, if you’re in Salt Lake City, liven up your lunch breaks this month by attending a free outdoor concert. Presented by the Salt Lake City Arts Council, the  Brown Bag Concert Series features...

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Kelly Magleby: Primitive Potter, and other MiXeD MeDiA

Kelly Magleby: Primitive Potter, and other MiXeD MeDiA

Are you taking an art class this summer? Or are you too busy enjoying the outdoors for something like that? If you could convince Kelly Magleby to teach lessons you could combine the two. She’s a “primitive potter,” intrigued by the idea of going into the wild with nothing and find what you need to...

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Ne Plus Ultra: An interview with Arte Haus Collectif's Holly Addi

Ne Plus Ultra: An interview with Arte Haus Collectif’s Holly Addi

In Charlotte Boye-Christensen’s Ne Plus Ultra feature, the co-founder of NOW-ID highlights the creative talents of people in the local and international communities she collaborates with. In her most recent feature, she talked with Holly Addi, an artist in Salt Lake City as well as owner of Arte Haus Collectif, which hosts NOW-ID’s “meet the...

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Of Peripheries and the Sublime: Kevin Holdsworth’s Good Water

Of Peripheries and the Sublime: Kevin Holdsworth’s Good Water

In his collection of essays called Good Water, Kevin Holdsworth says, “To find and frequent the periphery is imperative for the artist, and dangerous—the margin is a sucking whirlpool.” Could there be a place more marginal or peripheral than the small town of Good Water in Wayne County, Utah from which his collection takes its...

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Artists of Utah's 35x35 returns to Finch Lane Gallery, August 12 - September 23

Artists of Utah’s 35×35 returns to Finch Lane Gallery, August 12 – September 23

AWARDS RECEPTION & 15 BYTES ANNIVERSARY PARTY Artists of Utah celebrates 15 years of their online magazine 15 Bytes with an anniversary celebration Friday, September 16, 6-9 pm at Finch Lane Gallery. Come enjoy Artists of Utah’s 35×35 exhibition, featuring 35 artists 35-years old and younger, and congratulate the writers and staff of 15 Bytes,...

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