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Pilar Pobil, Love Letters to the West Side, J-GO Gallery, Art Lake City?

1/21 Utah Cultural Celebration Center gallery to be named after Pilar Pobil

The Pilar Pobil Legacy Foundation has secured naming rights for the art gallery housed inside the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City. “We are honored that PPLF has secured the naming rights for our gallery space,” said Jeff Olsen, Director of Arts & Culture at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. “Her legacy will not only live through the name of our gallery but also through a donation of Pilar’s artwork that will be displayed in our building.”

As a writer, painter, and sculptor, Pobil has been devoted to promoting cultural diversity and human rights. Pobil has received many honors and awards, both locally and internationally. In 2019 she was named one of Utah’s 15 Most Influential Artists. In 2016 she was knighted by the King of Spain for her extraordinary contribution to Spanish culture.

Foundation president Monica Whalen notes, “We have enjoyed a long collaboration with UCCC to bring art and cultural awareness to our communities. PPLF is excited to see a gallery named after Pilar. She has uniquely inspired so many of us and is deserving of this honor.”


1/19 SLTRIB: Artists create ‘love letters’ to Salt Lake City’s west side

What image captures the heart of Salt Lake City’s west side?

For Manuel Rodriguez, it’s a sun-drenched photograph of the Carniceria Tortilleria, at 1430 W. Indiana Ave. To Nataly Welch, it’s an oil painting of the Fastrac Gas Station at 801 S. 900 West, highlighting the building’s colors. Yexenia Young picked an ornate gold frame to put a photo of their great-great grandmother, Abuelita Luna.

Those examples are among some 30 works by artists — all responding to an open call — in a new exhibit, “Love Letters to the West Side,” opening Friday, Jan. 19, at the Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, 95 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, in The Gateway.


1/17 SLUGMAG: Love Letters to the West Side: Celebrating the Roots We Hold Close

Where did you grow up?” is a common question you hear when you’re getting to know someone—one that often sparks connections over shared backgrounds. You might hear an SLC local say proudly, “I’m from the West Side!” and the shared feeling of nostalgic excitement results in a conversation along the lines of,  “Oh, me too! So, you must’ve tried that one really good restaurant then! We should grab a bite there together sometime,” only to discover that your favorite locally-owned restaurant is long gone, and what remains is a gentrified luxury apartment unit that hardly anyone in your community can afford.

Art in response to this experience exists through Mestizo Institute of Arts and Culture (MICA) at their newest location at The Gateway. MICA is unfolding their third art exhibit, Love Letters to the West Side, on January 19.


1/10 PARK RECORD: J GO Galleries is now JG Art Gallery + Events

J GO Galleries is on the move with a new location, new name and new ideas.

It is now called JG Art Gallery + Events and can be found at The Prospect Executive Suites, 2078 Prospector Ave., said owner Jude Grenney.

“The last gallery (space) we had wasn’t the right spot,” she said. “It was in a location upstairs on Main Street, and It was difficult to show people what kind of art we had.”


1/10 CITY WEEKLY: Art in the Utah Mountains

For many Utah locals and visitors, outdoor recreation in the winter is in part a chance to connect with the state’s natural beauty. Yet there’s also a rich “land art” tradition in Utah that calls attention to that beauty in unique and powerful ways. Such a new addition comes to Powder Mountain Resort, with the addition of Relay (Powder Mountain) by Paris-based American artists Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly.


1/8 DESERET NEWS: Art Lake City? Why Salt Lake is turning to more art as it grows

It’s difficult to pick just one art piece that defines Salt Lake City because there are so many to choose from.

Utah’s capital has over 130 permanent public artworks that can be found in various forms across city-owned buildings, parks, sidewalks and plazas all across the city, according to the Salt Lake City Arts Council. There are plenty more visible pieces on private properties.

This list seems to be ever-growing, too. There’s a giant apricot in Marmalade serving as a nod to the neighborhood’s orchard history, two dozen 8-foot fish sculptures that were added along the Jordan River Parkway Trail on the city’s west side as a playful way to celebrate the river’s ecosystem, and countless murals painted on the walls of large apartment complexes popping up across the city, to name a few recent additions.



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