Local and fresh.
by Adele Flail
Welcome to CATALYST’s shiny art blog!
Every week I’ll be bringing you info about upcoming events and interesting happenings on the Salt Lake art scene, as well as studio tours, artist profiles, and reviews of events, galleries or on-going shows.
As an artist (or, more accurately, an artist-in-progress) I’m fascinated by the processes that lead to art-making—such as learning the craft, exploring ideas and developing a practice. In line with this, and with CATALYST’s mission to provide resources for creative living, I’ll also be highlighting classes, workshops, methods and ideas that artistically-inclined readers can use to enliven their own artistic practices, with occasional forays into aesthetics and art theory.
March marks the beginning of the end of winter! As we bid adieu to the inversion, snowy conditions and icy roads, new opportunities for growth and self-discovery begin to appear. The brightening sky is the limit!
If grey days and hideous plumes of smog are getting you down, CATALYST's art picks for February may brighten you right up... can't promise anything about the weezing though, so don't forget your gas mask.
Neighborhood House, located on Salt Lake’s west side at 1050 West 500 South, was founded in 1894 by former teacher Emma K. McVicker. McVicker hoped to provide children from lower-income neighborhoods with the tools to succeed in main-stream schools with their more privileged peers. Today, Neighborhood House provides the same level of services to the community, providing a multicultural and multilingual environment for pre-school children, after-school programs, and opportunities for older children to work as mentors, as well as adult day car for elderly individuals. Committed to providing resources to enrich the community, Neighborhood House also offers some unusual cultural resources, such as their outdoor Urban Gallery.
Welcome to Gallery Roll—CATALYST’s bike-focused guide to Gallery Stroll, helping you spare your feet—and avoid the nightmare of downtown parking—while getting your art fix. Pump up your tires, tighten your dork-straps, and get ready to roll at 6 this Friday night. This week features an alliterative array of A+ gallerys and a jaunt down to the banks of the Jordan River.
Welcome to Gallery Roll—CATALYST’s bike-focused guide to Gallery Stroll, helping you spare your feet—and avoid the nightmare of downtown parking—while getting your art fix. Pump up your tires, tighten your dork-straps, and get ready to roll at 6 this Friday night. This week features a loop trip with a southern excursion out of the main downtown cluster; itinerary after the jump.
Artist Judith Romney Wolbach is a relative late-bloomer when it comes to the scene, embracing art-making only after retiring from her legal practice at age 65. But in Wolbach’s case, inactivity in the arts was the sign of deep roots sifting through a diversity of experiences before breaking forth. Never formally trained in art, Wolbach yet brings over 75 years of diverse knowledge and experience to her craft... although the road was most certainly long, and surprisingly winding.
Welcome to Gallery Roll—CATALYST’s bike-focused guide to Gallery Stroll, bringing you a route that spares your feet as you travel cross-town from highlight to highlight while avoiding the nightmare of downtown parking. Pump up your tires, tighten your dork-straps, and get ready to roll tomorrow night, Friday July 20 at 6PM. Route link after the jump.
Margaret Tarampi’s work has aggressive, boundary-transgressing roots, infiltrating the rich soil of multiple disciplines and unfurling into something that owes a much to engineering and science as it does to the traditional concept of “art.” Originally from Pennsylvania, Tarampi graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a degree in architecture, studied for her master’s at Virginia Tech, and headed to the University of Utah, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in psychology. With a blend of art, engineering, and science in her tool kit, the point of curiosity in her work remains the human element. A master thesis titled “Neuro-architecture: How design designs us” indicates how Tarampi's underlying interest in understanding people fuels and unites her intellectual and artistic pursuits. Her latest works, We Are Salt Lake, a series of "Gestalt Portraits"of noteable Salt Lake subjects, provides an excellent example of work that is part art, part science, part optical illusion, while focusing on the individuality and humanity of the subjects. Learn more about how Tarampi uses science to feed art, and about her experimental method of making a finished piece after the jump.
Aaaaaannnnnddd... We're back!
RAW Art is resuming its regularly scheduled, well, schedule for July. First off, we've got highlights for the month: with the eclectic-to-bizarre combinations of art and... other... areas of interest you'll find after the jump, there should be something to lure you out of the airconditioning, or to please the most art-averse of your friends or family. Check back this Thursday as we re-launch with featured artists, galleries, and show reviews. See you soon!
Don’t forget: it's another beautiful Gallery Stroll Friday in SLC; check out the events below, as we help you get the arts fix you need to see yourself through the weekend.
A note about RAW Art: The last few months have been a testing period, and the blog will be taking a two-week break, but don’t worry: we’re planning to relaunch in July with a more consistent schedule that will help you navigate the SLC art scene. We’ll see you on July 1st for weekly round-ups, interviews with mind-blowing artists, guides, and some artsy fun with bikes. In the meantime, enjoy the arts festival season (you can check out our guide here.)
Art Festival Frenzy
June is certainly the month for the arts in Utah, and we’re here to whip you up into an arts feeding frenzy with this month’s guide, whether you’re considering popping down to your local arts fest, or plan to go on a state-wide arts-related bender.