April 2007
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Charley Snow Studio Space

Peter Everett's Studio Space || photos by Tami Baum

Brigham Young University professor of art, Peter Everett, maintains a studio on his property in American Fork. In a separate structure from the home, the studio occupies what was originally constructed as a shop where replica printing presses and pioneer wagons were made. To adapt the 600 square foot space to his needs, Everett ground down and sealed the cement floor, rewired the studio, installed track lights and heaters, patched and painted the walls, and installed painting racks.

"I wanted a straight-forward studio with open space, good lights, big walls, and a big door," Everett says of the space. Everett keeps the studio clear of clutter, preferring to look at one painting in one space. He may work on four or five paintings at a time, but moves each painting to a new rack on a different wall when working on another piece. "I find that clutter or other paintings in my sight interfere with my painting, especially in terms of composition and color," he says. "I want a neutral space with as little color as possible—grey and white works great. I actually close the blinds most of the time so that color from my orchard and yard are not visible."

Everett, a graduate of Brigham Young University and the Pratt Institute, is currently exhibiting at the Central Utah Art Center (see page 11). You can view more of his work here.
Artist Charley Snow
Artist Charley Snow

On The Spot
Eileen Doktorski

Eileen Doktorski is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Utah State University where she has taught since 2002. Her installation “Domestic Arsenal” is currently on display at the Salt Lake Art Center through May. Doktorski was a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland and has received awards for her work from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council for the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Most recently she has received a 2007 Utah Arts Council Individual Artist Project Grant. Doktorski has had fifteen solo exhibitions of her work nationwide. She has a strong spirit of community activism and collaboration and has served in many capacities as an advocate for the arts.

What hangs above your mantel?

Nothing. My fireplace mantel is half a tree trunk - a thing of natural beauty that I meditate on. (see image below)

What is the most memorable exhibit you've seen recently?

Robert Taplin’s The Five Outer Planets at the Salt Lake Art Center was an amazing installation. Five glowing translucent figures (each having an opaque twin) engaged the space from floor to ceiling. Their varying sizes distorted my perception of the space making the center’s darkened gallery seem unimaginably vast.

What is your favorite building in Utah (and why)?

This is a hard one for me to answer, as I’m not sure I have a favorite. I’m rather more drawn to buildings that are in the process of being torn down. I love watching the deconstruction day by day… a ripped and torn skeletal structure and then…its no more.
Legislative Watch
National Funding Issues
provided by Americans for the Arts

Earlier this month, the Congressional Arts Caucus asked all members of the U.S. House of Representatives to co-sign two letters of support for increases in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and for the Arts in Education program at the U.S. Department of Education. We ask for your help in contacting your Representative’s office and urging them to co-sign these letters, which will be sent to two subcommittees of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

The first letter states, "We are requesting $176 million to support the NEA’s core mission and expand popular initiatives like the Challenge America program. The NEA was last funded at this amount in 1992, and has never recovered from a 40 percent budget cut in FY1996. Today, its programs remain seriously underfunded." Please ask your House members to agree to co-sign the letter as soon as possible. The deadline for signatures is this FRIDAY, March 30, so there is NO TIME to lose. To get started, simply click here to send a customizable letter to your representative.

The second letter supports an increase of funding for arts education at the U.S. Department of Education to $53 million, from the current level of $35.3 million. Over the past six years Congress has approved incremental funding increases which have resulted in approximately 160 awards to school districts in 180 Congressional Districts throughout the country.

If you have any questions, please contact Nikki Sparks, Government Affairs and Grassroots Manager, at 202-371-2830, or
15 Bytes: About Us
This Edition

Tom Alder is a banker by day but in his free time explores his interest in Utah art. He is currently working on a Masters Thesis on Henri Moser.

Tami Baum is a native of Utah. She graduated from BYU in Education but has always been more fond of the arts. She found photography after the birth of her last child and has not put the camera down since.

Ehren E. Clark received his BA in Modern and Contemporary Art History and Critcism at the University of Utah and an MA in the art of the Renaissance at the University of Reading, UK. He currently writes for the Deseret News, as well as being published in other journals in Utah.

Brandon Cook is a graduate of the University of Utah (B.F.A.) and full-time painter who lives in Ogden.

Sheryl Gillilan received her B.A. in Psychology from Lewis and Clark College, and Masters in both Social Services and Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College. She is an award-winning quilt artist and the Finance & Special Projects Manager for Art Access.

Elizabeth Matthews, a full-time artist and part-time writer, is a recent graduate of the BYU art program and lives in West Jordan.

Mariah Mann Mellus
has been advocating local artists and the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll for close to seven years. Her writings have shown up in the pages of 15 Bytes and The New Century Collective and her Gallery Stroll Guide is featured monthly in SLUG Magazine.

Shawn Rossiter
, a native of Boston and graduate of BYU, lives and paints in the Sugar House area of Salt Lake City.

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