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February 2016
Utah's Art Magazine: Published by Artists of Utah
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Special Feature: Visual Arts
What's New: 2016

To start out 2016 we checked in with some Utah artists to see what they are up to in the New Year. These features ran throughout the month of January and we've collected them here for your convenience.

Book Review: Art Books
Painted Sky
Book on artists of the Rocky Mountain West gives 14 Utahns lots of ink

Factoid: White men can’t dance.
(Well there was Baryshnikov, Nureyev, David Bowie. . .) But this has nothing to do with our book review—just an attention-grabber.

Factoid: Most artists can’t write about their own work . . .

Fact: It’s much easier to write long than short.

So why would an author ask “106 Artists of the Rocky Mountain West” to write all about their stuff in 200 words or less?

Some, like Salt Lake City’s Ed Bateman, were terrific at this task; others much less so, veering off into autobiography; or “Why are artists asked to write statements about their work? . . . it is what it is,” and other equally unhelpful off-point commentary.

But once again, pictures prove to be worth their weight and this is a superbly designed and photographed book of enjoyable and varied artwork.

Still, one wonders, why 106 artists? Previous books by E. Ashley Rooney—covering New England, the Midwest, and the Northwest—include precisely 100, so this latest coffee-table tome Painted Sky is a bit of an anomaly. Does 106 represent good feng shui, something like that?

Accompanied by a 2 ½ x 3” image of the artist in the left margin of a two-page spread, leaving considerable space for excellent representations of their work on the remainder, this 232-page book (including gallery listings) is filled with everything from painting to mosaics from cities in California to North Dakota (but mostly Colorado).

Included Utahns are Joseph Alleman, Logan, watercolor and oil; Edward Bateman, Salt Lake City, pigment print from 3D digital construction and CDV; Doug Braithwaite, Sunset, oil; Carel P. Brest Van Kempen, Holladay, acrylic; Lloyd Brown, Fillmore, acrylic and oil; Kip Christensen, Springville, various woods; Glen Lyman Edwards, Smithfield, oil; Mark England, Salt Lake City, oil; Edward J. Fraughton, South Jordan, clay and bronze; Lauren Gallaspy, Salt Lake City, porcelain, china paint, terra cotta, gouache; Beth Krensky, Salt Lake City, bronze, brass, gold leaf, crab shells, steel, olive leaves; V. Kim Martinez, Salt Lake City, oil on aluminum; Jim Morgan, Mendon, oil; Andrzej Skorut, Draper, oil.

You have your landscapes, your representational creatures (horses and not-at-all), your sculptures, your turned-wood pieces, your re-imagined digital images, your so-called “typical” Western bronzes and paintings – we have manifestly talented artists here in our state.

Author Rooney acknowledges that she grew up watching “Gunsmoke,” “Rawhide,” and “Have Gun Will Travel” – none of which will be familiar to most of our readership. Her next sentence may explain: “The American cowboy was larger than life as was the wild open space where they roamed.” Sigh . . . She even wonders if there is a Moran, Bierstadt or Remington among the artists she has included in her book. We wonder if any of them really care.

In her foreword, Rose Fredrick, longtime curator of the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, takes a more prosaic view:

“Whether playing off themes of the West, postmodernism, photorealism, pop and abstraction, or incorporating traditional materials to make environmental statements, the artists in this book give audiences a well-rounded view of contemporary Western art as it should be considered: uniquely American.”

Ceramic sculpture at Larry Revoir's studio. Photo by Simon Blundell.


15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors

Amy BrunvandAmy Brunvand is an award-winning poet and an associate librarian at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

Christine BaczekAlisha Tolman Burton has been an independent graphic design and marketing consultant since 2008, and utilizes social media heavily for online marketing strategy, particularly for non-profit projects, such as Art On Main and the Art Around the Corner Foundation. . 

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. 

Laura DurhamLaura Durham, a Utah native with a BA in Art History from BYU, worked for the Utah Arts Council for over a decade as the Visual Arts Coordinator. She is currently working on Marketing and Public Value for Utah Arts & Museums and music editor for 15 Bytes.

Laura HurtadoLaura Allred Hurtado is the Global Art Acquisitions Specialist for the LDS Church. She has worked at SFMOMA, BYUMOA and UMOCA. She received her master's degree in Art History from the University of Utah.

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.

Alexa MorganAlexa Verdugo Morgan is a St. George-based freelance writer and photographer with a career spanning 5 years. Her work has appeared in numerous online and print publications.

Ann PooreAnn Poore is a freelance writer and editor who spent most of her career at The Salt Lake Tribune. She also worked for Salt Lake City Weekly and has written for such publications as Utah Business Magazine and Salt Lake Magazine.

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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is published monthly by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization located in Salt Lake City Utah. The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of 15 Bytes or Artists of Utah. Our editions are published monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Our deadline for submissions is the last Wednesday of the preceding month.

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Editor: Shawn Rossiter
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Contributing Editor: Geoff Wichert
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