|Don Olsen artwork|
Upon our departure, A. Paul & I made our way through the heart of the city taking in its sights. Very notable are the many artistic structures throughout the city including bronze birds permanently perched upon the transportation station stops and bronze arches spanning across its streets. Along the center square, the Mormon Tabernacle spires rose towards the sky above the solid walls that surround it. Past the Energy Solutions Arena, home to the Utah JAZZ, stand two bronze bastketball players memorialized for eternity.
|L-R: Amanda Finlayson, Sheryl Gillian, Ruth Lubbers,|
& Cori Redstone
|Cori Redstone artwork|
Across the hall from ART ACCESS is the Utah Arts Festival Organization. UAF has been in operation for 35 years and hosts the largest outdoor multi disciplinary arts venue in the state of Utah. The four day June event brings over 80,000 people to Utah and is ranked in the top 100 festivals in the nation. The festival collaborates with over 100 performing artists of theater, symphony, and jazz and 140 visual artists of various mediums. http://www.uaf.org/
|Travis Tanner & Kerry|
Down the hall from UAF we met artist and framer Travis Tanner. A. Paul was immediately impressed with the skill and artistry of Tanners handmade canvases and extensive collection of frames. Tanner has been creating custom canvas and frame work for artists, collectors, galleries and museums for nearly 20 years, almost 10 of these in his own shop, Tanner Frames, which he opened in 2003. Tanner Frames is part frame shop and part gallery where he exhibits few of his own assemblage pieces alongside those works of artists he knows or admires personally. http://tannerframes.com/
|lobby artwork historic rendering|
Our last stop of the day took us to the Salt Lake Art Center http://www.slartcenter.org/%20where where we met artist/volunteer Maggie Willis. http://www.maggiewillisarts.com/. Maggie provided us some background information on the non for profit Art Center and introduced us to the current exhibit "Sundance Film Festival: New Frontier.". The Art Center is a main venue for the contemporary arts in Utah and hosts not only exhibits but educational talks, youth programs, workshops, and internships.
|Maggie Willis & Kerry|
As we exited the Art Center, the skies had increasingly darkened as an approaching storm was making its way across the state. Throughout our drive back to Sandy, we took notice of the many sites of construction work taking place throughout the city. We take this as a positive sign that the economy is showing signs of improvement in Salt Lake City and are pleasantly surprised and pleased to see such a committed emphasis on the arts in Utah.
Tomorrow we depart to make our way to Telluride, CO for the next few days.
ART in SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH: