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December 2014
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Photo Essay
Artsy Fartsy Friday?
Holiday gift ideas by local artists at a variety of venues


We'd suggest a new we-just-made-this-up-but-repeat-it-enough-times-and-maybe-it-will-stick post-Thanksgiving shopping day. Along the lines of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Call it "Artsy Fartsy Friday," the day you go looking for handmade crafts and art to gift to those on your list with discerning tastes. Problem is, not everyone is doing it on the same day. While Salt Lake's Gallery Stroll moves to a special first-Friday version on Dec. 5 to encourage holiday shopping, you'll find some art-shopping events, like the Sugar House Winter Carnival (with some cool activities at Saltgrass Printmakers) and the Utah Museum of Fine Art's Holiday Market, with free museum and market admission from 11 to 5, happening on Saturday Dec.6th (not to mention events in other towns that are still another week away). The Winter Carnival runs from 10:30 a.m. until 7 at night, while “Frozen” characters Elsa and Olaf will have autographed prints at Saltgrass beginning at 11 a.m. You can bring in T-shirts or buy one there for on-the-spot character printing, too.

Since "Artsy Fartsy Weekend" just doesn't sound as good we'll probably give up on the whole meme creation. But we don't plan to give up on gifts for those art lovers on our list, so we sent out photographer Jared Christensen to take a peek at what's available at some of the holiday shows, including the Glass Art Guild of Utah's Glass in the Garden exhibit at Red Butte with free admission Dec. 6 and 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Artspace's Holiday Show Dec. 5 from 6-9 p.m., the Utah Cultural Celebration Center's Trees of Diversity and Winter Market Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,and Finch Lane’s annual Holiday Craft Market opening Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and running M-F from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Dec. 21.

All well worth checking out, we think.


Collaboration Spotlight
Plan Barter
A touch of Grant Fuhst in Plan-B's 2014-15 season


Grant Fuhst had an idea. He and his wife love attending Plan-B Theatre in Salt Lake City, so last year he asked the company's director, Jerry Rapier, if he would be willing to provide season tickets if Fuhst agreed to design the playbills for the company's 2014-15 season. As it would happen, the artist Plan-B had planned to work with had moved out of town, so hands were shaken, scripts delivered and pencils started sketching.

Fuhst is a mixed-media artist who has worked in various platforms including comic-books, CD art, film, graphic design, illustration, concept art and several collaborative internet projects. He calls his work "irrational art." You'll often find it labeled "fantastic art." It's the sort of thing that would be comfortable in a Tim Burton production (which would explain why, when Fuhst was showing his work at Pioneer Theatre Company's Loge Gallery he was invited to design the playbill for their production of Dracula). So it's not the sort of thing you would think of first to illustrate Plan-B's socially engaged theatre.

Truth be told, you won't find any of Fuhst's trademark ghouls or goblins on the company's playbills. "When I do commercial work, it's not about my own work," Fuhst says. "I like the challenge of getting things right for the client."

After reading each of the plays, Fuhst began designing art that would work for each piece. "Everyone is totally different depending on what the play is," he says. For Julie Jensen's "Christmas with Misfits," which opens next week, Fuhst went for a look reminiscent of the 1960s stop-action animations like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. For Melissa Leilani Larson's play imagining an LDS restoration of polygamy, he used the type of simple icons found on bathroom placards and construction signs. For "Mama," Carleton Bluford's celebration of motherhood, he blended images of four women. With Matthew Ivan Bennett's "A/Version of Events," a play about grief and loss, Fuhst was able to get closest to his home territory. The image of a stone angel calls to mind a cemetery, but it's actually a photograph he took of a collection of angels he came across at an inn in Cedar City.

"I love Grant's style," says Rapier. "It really collides well and complements our work." Plan-B has already engaged him to work on next season's artwork as well, which will be unveiled as part of Love Utah Give Utah on March 26.

Fuhst says he took the work on for the love of the company. Now that he's read the plays, he's interested to see what the actual productions will be like (though he's had to keep mum with his wife, who hates spoilers of any kind).

Though he does commercial illustration on occasion, Fuhst says he wouldn't want to do it full time. His friends who do are too drained creatively to do their own art. Fuhst is content to work at the Midvale Barnes & Noble during the day, and get a few hours in every night at his Poor Yorick studio. You'll be able to see his personal artwork, in all its irrationality, at the studio spaces open house in March. Or stop in at Silver Queen Fine Art in Park City, which represents the artist.

 

15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors

Jared ChristensenJared Christensen grew up in North Ogden, Utah and finally moved to Salt Lake at the age of 18 to go to school. He graduated from Westminster College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography. He continues to explore his art and exhibit locally, and currently works for 15 Bytes and for Tanner Frames in Salt Lake City.


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.


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.


Ann PooreScotti Hill is an art historian based in Salt Lake City Utah. She teaches art history courses at Westminster College, University of Utah and Utah Valley University. In addition to her work in higher education, Scotti has experience in and actively pursues curating and freelance writing.


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 G. 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 2015 by Signature Books.


Zoe RodriguezZoë Rodriguez, a native of San Francisco, is a full-time photographer and designer. She is currently working on What I Thought I Saw, a book project that challenges our perceptions of how we see people.


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.


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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