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May 2013
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Studio Space: Janell James


Salt Lake artist Janell James has been busy this spring. In April she started showing with Coda Gallery in Park City and 15th Street Gallery in Salt Lake (where she's currently part of a group exhibit), and this month she's headed to Santa Fe with a 10-foot trailer full of art. She'll be back in June for the Huntsman Cancer Institute's Chairs for Charity fundraiser, an event on June 19th that will auction off chairs that have been donated by RC Willey and hand painted by local artists. In this month's photo essay you can peek inside Janell's studio and get a glimpse of the chair she is working on.

On the Spot
Salt Lake's Justin Howland

Justin Howland


eIt's really tough to say because Salt Lake's architectural style has always seemed fairly homogeneous to me. I really like architecture that I can engage in, experience, and that makes me think. The Cathedral of the Madeleine is interesting because of its neo-gothic structure, but the interior is so unlike any other gothic building I've been in. The choice of color makes me think of spring while the exterior is very much an imposing gothic structure with its monochromatic gray stone. What strikes me, though, is the lack of illumination and light, even with the openness and brightly colored pillars. I'm also really fascinated with a dilapidated old schoolhouse just around the corner from my place, but mostly because I'm intrigued to know its story.


eThe Natural History Museum of Utah just closed an exhibit of contemporary Navajo baskets that was donated from the Simpson family's collection. It was a powerful exhibit that really showed how dynamic and far-reaching this idea of culture really is. Beyond that, the craftsmanship was stunning. I'm also looking forward to attending the opening of an exhibit at the Finch Lane Gallery a friend of mine has put together. It's called Reliquary and opens May 3rd. Chauncey's a cool guy with a great heart and unique take on things.

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design element My mom just loaned me a book by former BBC Broadcaster Frank Delaney, it's simply called Ireland. The story follows a young kid through adolescence and into adulthood while he searches for an itinerant storyteller who once spent a few nights at his house. These sorts of folks were actually quite common in Ireland up through the mid 1950's, and it's a fascinating look, even if fictionalized, at how traveling traditional artists operated in an increasingly modernized world. I've just finished getting through a bit of medieval literature (Lais of Marie de France, Battle of Maldon, and other orally transmitted forms), so Frank Delaney's book has had layered significance for me. I'm also excited to start into a book of essays from Octavio Paz. Recently I had a dream where he was the painter of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, so I'm really hoping to get to the bottom of that.

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design element I come from a family of coal miners and railroad workers from Central Utah. Art was encouraged as a means to pass the time, but we never had a lot of it around the house. One of my sisters is a fantastic dancer and studied Modern Dance at the University of Utah, and my grandfather has been fondly remembered as "the biggest bullshitter in Carbon County", even though I never had the opportunity to hear many of his stories. I can't say there was ever anything directly visual growing up, just music and the invention of games. I'm now married to a wonderfully creative artist and there are always pieces of projects around the house. Anything from puppet arms, sheet metal housing, and altered books, though we do have some 2D stuff on the walls as well as photographs from trips. There's even one I took, developed, and printed in a high school photography class.

15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors

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.

Kelly GreenKelly Green, a Salt Lake native, photographs in black and white and color film with 35mm and medium formats, dipping into the digital world for live music shots or 15 Bytes assignments.

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.

Sue MartinSue 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.

David PaceDavid Pace is a writer, literary critic and arts administrator. His creative work has appeared in Quarterly West, Dialogue and Sunstone. His novel will be published in 2014 by Signature Books.

Camille PackCamille Pack teaches Language Arts at a private boarding school and received her MA in Literature and Writing from Utah State University.

Shawn RossiterShawn Rossiter, a native of Boston, was raised on the East Coast. He has degrees in English, French and Italian Literature. A professional artist and writer, 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.

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.

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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