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Alternative Venue Spotlight: Salt Lake
Summit Sotheby's Homes
by Laura Durham

“What a difference good art makes!” exclaimed homeowner Kristy Blair as she watched Cordell Taylor hang several paintings on the walls in her Federal Heights home.

Kristy Blair is not only a homeowner, but a real estate agent for Summit Sotheby’s International Real Estate. Sotheby's recently joined the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll as a presenting sponsor with the idea of hosting art exhibits at their model homes. It’s a brilliant idea, really. If the home is for sale, why not hang artwork for sale? It classes up the house and encourages owning original artwork rather than the decorative art you buy at the mall. And by hosting an opening on Gallery Stroll night, interested home buyers and interested art buyers can intermingle with real estate agents and artists in Gallery Stroll's signature “no-pressure” environment.

“I have enjoyed the Gallery Stroll for many years on a personal level; it is a unique way to discover and experience art in Salt Lake City,” said Kristy Blair. “I contacted the Gallery Stroll with a proposal after one of our agents attended a stroll and realized the connection between homes and art, and we are pleased to showcase some of our distinctive properties and support local artists in our community.”

On the night of September Gallery Stroll, Kristy Blair and her husband opened their doors to the public, welcoming her neighborhood as well as regular gallery strollers. Cordell Taylor and Lenka Konopasek were their invited artists. The home was large enough to accommodate about a dozen 2D pieces and a few of Cordell's sculptures were highlighted on the porch and the lawn in the back.

“Sotheby’s clients as well as “strollers” were very energetic about our kickoff event,” noted Blair. “We had approximately 125 people who were excited to preview some fine artwork and property. It was a family event and was received enthusiastically by all age groups.”

Annie Harrell, a regular on the Gallery Stroll, liked the novelty of viewing artwork in a home. “I like looking at both art and architecture, so this presented the perfect opportunity for both – and being in a house felt more intimate than being in a gallery.”

If you're looking to have your artwork shown to a diverse audience, even just for one night, showing in a home for sale might be a good alternative to traditional gallery exhibits. Summit Sotheby's is dedicated to the art community here in Utah and they work hard to bring in an audience that values quality, but may not be as familiar with the artists around town. Who knows, maybe seeing your artwork on the wall of the home they want to buy might be the motivation they need to begin collecting your work.

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty looks forward to supporting future Gallery Stroll events. The next premier home will be open to the Gallery Stroll public on October 17th from 6-9 pm at 1409 Federal Way in Salt Lake City.

If you are interested in showing your artwork at a Sotheby's home, you can contact Kristy Blair at kristy.blair@sothebysrealty.com

Feature: On the Spot
Salt Lake's Joan Woodbury

Joan Woodbury, a Cedar City native, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and studied as the first Fulbright Scholar in dance with Mary Wigman in Berlin, Germany. She is a retired professor of modern dance from the University of Utah, where she taught for 47 years. With Shirley Ririe she formed the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. Joan has choreographed more than 95 works for Ririe-Woodbury and has been commissioned by the Conservatoire Nationale in Portugal, Outlet Dance Company in Australia, Desert Dance in Arizona, the University of Hawaii and Julliard School of Music plus many others. She has danced and taught workshops and master classes throughout the United States as well as in Portugal, France, Yugoslavia, China, Canada, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Singapore and Italy.

What hangs above your mantel?

A gold leaf and black painting of a bird by Angelo Caravaglia (about 4 by 3 feet).

What is your favorite building in Utah?

The old Sandstone City and County building on State Street and 4th South in Salt Lake City.

What is the most memorable exhibit you've seen recently?

Do I have to make a choice? I haven't seen the Body Works exhibit at the Leonardo yet, (which I expect to find fabulous) but I loved Brian Kershisnik's exhibit at the Price Fine Arts Museum on the University Campus last year and the recent exhibit from" Monet to Picasso "in the same building; and Pilar Pobil's work at any time in her home.

Special Event: Salt Lake City
Anatomy and Art
Sketch Nights at BODY WORLDS 3

With our articles on V. Kim Martinez and J.Kirk Richards, and our spotlight on Provo's Bridge Academy of Art, you may have picked up on a certain thematic trend in this month's edition of 15 Bytes: figurative art.

Now that may or may not have something to do with the fact that Gunther von Hagen's BODY WORLDS 3 & The Story of the Heart is currently on display at the Leonardo in Salt Lake. It's kind of cool that things worked out that way, but to go so far as to say we planned it would be, well, stretching our reputation for foresight and planning.

The Body Worlds exhibit is certainly something to plan for. Regardless of how you feel about the exhibit as a whole, you're not likely to have the chance to see something similar in a long while. And if you are an artist, you can see the exhibit in a very special light. The Leonardo is offering two special opportunities for artists and art students to sketch the beauty and complexity of the human form with visual references to the full-body Plastinates featured in BODY WORLDS 3.

Artists will have the opportunity to participate in two different sessions. The first, on October 8 (6 - 9 pm), will feature draped male and female models striking poses similar to the Plastinates. The second, on November 5 (7 - 10 p.m.), will be open only to visitors age 18 and over and will feature male and female nude models striking poses similar to the Plastinates. Attendees will have the unparalleled opportunity to observe and sketch the human form, while taking their visual cues from both an internal and external anatomical perspective.

Ticket purchase is required for these sessions, and the gallery will be closed to the general public. All artists and art students must fill out a special Agreement on Drawing and/or Sketching Inside the Exhibition form prior to participating.

The Leonardo is located at 209 East 500 South on Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. Tickets for Sketch Nights will be available beginning early next week through the box office, by visiting www.theleonardo.org, or by calling 1-888-695-0888.

15 Bytes: About Us
Our Contributors This Edition

Tom AlderTom Alder recently left a 30-year mortgage banking career to become a partner in Williams Fine Art where he specializes in early Utah art. In December, he received his MA from the University of Utah in art history and wrote his thesis about Henri Moser. He also serves on the board of the Museum of Utah Art and History.

Ehren ClarkEhren Clark received his BA in Modern and Contemporary Art History and Critcism at the University of Utah and an MA in the art of the Renaissance at the University of Reading, UK. He currently writes for the In Utah This Week, as well as being published in other journals in Utah.

Laura DurhamLaura Durham, a Utah native with a BA in Art History from BYU, has worked for the Utah Arts Council as the Visual Arts Coordinator for the past six years and, recently, she has taken on the Traveling Exhibition Program as well. She served as Vice President of the Salt Lake Gallery Association from 2003 - 2006 and now serves as Program Director for the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

Sheryl GillilanSheryl Gillilan received her B.A. in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College, and Masters in both Social Services and Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College. She is an award-winning quilt artist and the Finance & Special Projects Manager for Art Access.

Dallas Graham
Dallas Graham received his BA in Visual Art from BYU, where his art spiraled graphic design and monotype printing. He jumped to photography as a medium in 2005 and now runs a personal documentary photography company, Montage Creative. He currently serves as Programming Director for the Salt Lake City chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists.

Jann Hawroth
Jann Haworth, born and raised in Hollywood, is among the few women associated with the Pop Art Movement of the 1960's. She lives in Sundance, where she founded the Art Shack Studios and Glass Recycling Works.

Sue Martin
Sue Martin holds an M.A. in Theatre and has worked in public relations. As an artist, she works in watercolor, oil, and acrylic to capture Utah landscapes or the beauty of everyday objects in still life. She writes Hints 'n Tips, a regular feature, for 15 Bytes. Her work will be featured in an exhibit entitled Figuratively Speaking at Art at the Main in Salt Lake City.

Frank McEntireFrank McEntire, former executive director of the Utah Arts Council, is an independent curator, arts administrator, and author. He was the art critic for The Salt Lake Tribune and Salt Lake Magazine. His sculptural works have been featured in several publications and shown in numerous exhibits in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and throughout Utah.

Shawn Rossiter Shawn Rossiter successfully dropped out of a Masters Program in Comparative Literature to become a painter (the success of which is yet to be determined). In 2001 he founded Artists of Utah and is the editor of 15 Bytes.

Tony WatsonTony Watson
is originally from Washington State but has lived most of his adult life in Utah. No one occupation has occupied his working hours but his leisure hours are spent either climbing southern Utah's redrock country or engaging his mind with aesthetic issues.

Geoff WichertGeoff Wichert
, like all critics, is a failed artist. So far as he can tell, that doesn't guarantee success as a critic, either. He agrees with Einstein that no point of view is uniquely privileged.

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