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March 2013
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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35x35 : Take a sneak peak

We spent all day Monday at Finch Lane Gallery receiving work from the artists for the 35x35 exhibit. Seems like an easy enough task, right? — sit on a chair, watch the artists walk in every half hour or so, tell them to prop the work on the wall and hand them a stack of postcards in exchange for a consignment form.

Brandon Cook and Stefanie Dykes from our board were there, plus our editorial intern Dale Thompson, staff grunt Jared Christensen and our increasingly I'm-getting-older-I-really-can't-take-these-long-days 15 Bytes editor Shawn Rossiter.

With so many people on board to help, why are we so tired?

Maybe because in addition to meeting and greeting 35 artists, we were moving over 60 works around the galleries and trying to arrange them into some semblance of order, getting the newest edition of 15 Bytes ready, and strategizing for our newest project, Utah's 15 -- nominations for Utah's most influential artists are due March 31, a publication on the winners will come out in November, and we just scheduled an exhibit for the project at the Rio Gallery in February 2014.

Yes, we're feeling pretty good about ourselves. Our mission is really about telling the public about what Utah's art community is up to, so it may seem in poor taste to use Utah's Art Magazine to toot our own horn and plug our own exhibition. But we hope you'll indulge us (afterall, it only happens every 3 1/2 years).

In return, we offer you 35x35. Friday, March 8, from 6-8 pm.

There's so much good work in this show, we think we're going to have to move the refreshments downstairs -- to make room for things like Derek Rigby's beehives, Sarah Thomas's guillotine and Venessa Gromek's newest tent sculptures. But you'll want to go downstairs anyway, because we're hanging work there as too, and Ashley Anderson will be performing her "The Windy Gap" down there.

On the Spot
Holladay's Kelsey Moon

Kelsey Moon, photo by Jared Christensen


e I just finished reading Strapless by Deborah Davis which is about John Singer Sargent’s painting "Portrait of Madame X" and right now I am reading The Old Man and the Sea and Everyday is an Atheist Holiday by Penn Jillette. I enjoy reading and started a book club last year to rope my friends into spending their evenings talking about books.


eI just hung a stipple ink drawing my dad completed of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Since I was very young, I have known that art would be an important part of my life as I watched my dad work in his “sanctuary,” at his drawing table in the basement. I love having his artwork in my house now. Over my other mantel hangs a WWII era Japanese naval katana which belonged to my fiancé’s grandfather.

design element

design elementPerhaps I am only using this response as a plug for the Arts Council, but I have really grown to love and appreciate the Art Barn and all of the truly amazing programs and services that come out of there. I love going to work in such a neat building and I am very grateful to be a part of the Arts Council.


eI am going with Frans Hals. I love 17th century Dutch art and his portraits make me smile. I’m sure that in another life I was an art historian spending my days in dusty old libraries analyzing details of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age.

15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors
Tom AlderSimon Blundell is a Salt Lake native and has studied art, communication, journalism, design, and advertising. He has a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and continues to explore photography and art in all its aspects. In addition to teaching at the University of Utah, he is currently the 15 Bytes image editor.

Julie DunkerJulie Dunker is an artist and teacher living and working in Salt Lake City. She holds an MFA degree in Painting from the Claremont Colleges and has had solo exhibitions in Santa Fe, NM and Los Angeles, CA.

Ehren ClarkEhren Clark studied art history at both the University of Utah and the University of Reading in the UK. He is now a professional writer.

John HughesJohn Hughes is an award-winning artist and teacher who has been painting the landscape both in and out of the studio since 1983. He maintains a studio in Taylorsville and teaches students in private workshops and in a course at Salt Lake Community College.

Shawn RossiterShawn Rossiter, a native of Boston, was raised on the East Coast. He has degrees in English, French and Italian Literature. He dropped out of a Masters program in Contemporary Literature to pursue a career as an artist. He founded Artists of Utah in 2001 and is editor of its magazine, 15 Bytes.

Dale ThompsonDale Thompson has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College. Her writing career includes work for a local theatre, journalism in Park City, and freelance contributions for various nonprofit organizations. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at Westminster College, and working as an editorial intern at 15 Bytes.

Sarah ThompsonSarah Thompson is a retired physician and psychiatrist, as well as a writer and a fan of the arts. Her writing has been published in a variety of magazines and textbooks and she is currently working on a short story and a novel.

Will ThompsonWill Thompson is a local photographer who specializes in work that is textural, intimate, and speaks to the space in our subconscious that seeks peace and tranquility. His work ranges from portraiture to abstract fine art.

Amie TulliusAmie Tullius moved to Utah after finishing an MFA in Writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2006. She writes fiction, essays, and is also the director of sales at J GO Gallery in Park City.

Geoff WichertGeoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.

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