Giving everyone their fifteen bytes of fame
In This Issue
SLGA/On the Spot/Inside the Vault -P2
Evergreen Art & Frame/Ken Sanders Books -P3
Kent Rigby/New Visions Gallery -P4
 Is Photography Art?/Day Without Art -P5

Gallery Stroll Preview/Mixed Media -P6
December 2003
Published Every Six Weeks by Artists of Utah, a non-profit organization.
Alternative Venues: Salt Lake City
SLGA: Twenty Years and Still Strolling
by Laura Durham

A politely put, “good luck” followed by a short little laugh is probably one of the nicer responses you’ll receive after telling someone about your big plans of opening an art gallery. Just like artists, galleries have a difficult time attracting and maintaining a clientele in a smaller population center such as Salt Lake.

But for twenty years now, the Salt Lake Gallery Association has consisted of galleries that endure these challenges in good economic times and bad. If competing with other galleries weren’t enough, retail art galleries compete with non-profit galleries that may not be under the same restrictions. Retail galleries depend on the sale of artwork alone to support rent, overhead, advertising and staff while non-profits can depend on state and federal funding along with donations and grants.

The Salt Lake Gallery Association now includes twenty-one retail galleries, seven non-profit galleries, eight affiliate galleries (businesses that host exhibits) and one open studios gallery. Ironically, it was a controversy between the retail galleries and the non-profits that motivated the organization of what is now known as the Salt Lake Gallery Association.

In 1983 the SLGA was born under the name of “the Utah Art Dealers Association.” In the beginning, it consisted of strictly for-profit retail galleries in both Salt Lake and Park City. The first members were Dolores Chase Fine Art, David Ericson Fine Art, Phillips Gallery, Meyer Gallery and many more, some of which closed down or are no longer with us.

The union of these galleries was triggered by what they believed to be unfair dealings being made by the Salt Lake Art Center – a not-for-profit organization. The Utah Art Dealers Association argued that the SLAC’s sale of artwork to corporate entities was done in a manner that violated the regulations placed on organizations with non-profit status, putting them in direct competition with retail galleries in the surrounding area. In the meantime, the Salt Lake Art Center was fighting for its very survival. Directors and board members were approached, issues were discussed, compromises were made and it wasn’t long before the Salt Lake Art Center and retail galleries were able to cohabitate in harmony once again.
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Gallery Spotlight: Salt  Lake City
Left Bank's New Vision
by Shawn Rossiter

On Oct 1, 2003, Left Bank gallery, Utah’s longest running artists’ cooperative, underwent major internal reconstruction and emerged as New Visions Gallery .

Heather Wunderlich, past gallery director for Left Bank, says "Left Bank was a great organization that offered an opportunity for emerging artists to get their feet wet in the art world. Many well-known local and national artists got their start there. During its thirteen years of operation, Left Bank exhibited over 150 shows and hosted many memorable performance art pieces. But we felt the space was just not being utilized to its full potential”.

Visions for Learning, a non-profit corporation founded in 1977 and operating in California, Oregon and Utah, stepped in to help the space realize its potential. The organization, which is dedicated to the advancement of innovative and exemplary educational projects, particularly arts-based initiatives, joined with individuals involved in Left Bank to create a new gallery with a new vision.
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