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  April 2008
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Studio Space

Work by Erin Westenskow BerrettErin Westenskow Berrett by Kimberly Silcox

Erin Westenksow Berrett's studio, located in her Holladay home, is bathed in a golden light, a warmth reflected in her still-life paintings depicting shoes, pastries, globes, and egg cartons. Her work can be seen at Kayo Gallery beginning on April Gallery Stroll. More of her work can be see at www.ewbpaintings.com.
Erin Berrett's Studio Space

Erin Berrett's Studio Space

Feature: On the Spot
Ogden's Meri DeCaria

Work by Meri DeCaria

While Meri DeCaria is well-known in Utah as the Director/Curator of Salt Lake City's Phillips Gallery and also as President of the Salt Lake Gallery Association. she is equally recognized for her work as a visual artist. Producing art in an age where social commentary and complex, visually difficult imagery are commonplace, DeCaria chooses to work in a more whimsical manner. Her paintings may even appear to be frivolous (with her use of brightly colored surfaces) but after a moment’s notice the viewer can see the nurturing of life and relationships presented on canvas. Each piece is invested with emotional presence bringing into being energy and life. Her images exalt in the space where anxiety and control collide.

DeCaria's work was recently selected by the Utah Arts Festival as the basis for its graphic images for the 2008 Festival. DeCaria's commissioned pieces will become part of the Utah Arts Festival's permanent art collection and displayed at the Festival's gallery space.

What hangs above your mantel?

My 1970 home has a funky pored rock fireplace. It's long narrow shape and the business of the rock demand simplicity. I'm always in search of the perfect piece (is there such a thing?) but for now two abstract expressionist/minimalist paintings on paper occupy the main space: a dark red painting by Kenny Davis (where is he now?) and a lovely translucent yellow painting with cobalt at the top by Carolyn Coalson. To the left, my low hearth extends about 20" beyond the fireplace. Above I have a stack of small works by Marcee Blackerby, Denis Phillips and David Crown topped with a Linda Pierce 'eyeball' built of concrete and covered with buttons.

What is your favorite building in Utah?

The Cathedral of the Madeleine; great gargoyles, dramatic positioning on S. Temple with the steep incline of B street, and the interior, I can't get enough of all that stained glass and color. I love the bells too, I'm briefly transported to Europe every time I hear them.

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

Small French paintings at the National Gallery in D.C., it was in a side room on the main floor, an intimate space with about a hundred little gems. I'm usually not a huge fan of traditional art but these just struck me as private views into those artist's souls.

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This Edition

Tom AlderTom Alder recently left a 30-year mortgage banking career to become a partner in Williams Fine Art where he specializes in early Utah art. In December, he received his MA from the University of Utah in art history and wrote his thesis about Henri Moser. He also serves on the board of the Museum of Utah Art and History.

Kelly BrooksKelly Brooks grew up in the Salt Lake Valley near the Cottonwood Canyons. She received a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah in 2002. Her artistic interests span several media but focus most on drawing and painting. She currently lives in Sanpete County with her husband and daughter and is an adjunct instructor for the Snow College Department of Visual Art.

Ehren ClarkEhren 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 In Utah This Week, as well as being published in other journals in Utah.

Shalee CooperShalee Cooper graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Photography. She is the gallery curator and a staff photographer with Saans Studio. Saans is a full service photography provider creating images on location as well as in their two local studios.

Sheryl GillilanSheryl 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.

Dallas Graham
Dallas Graham received his BA in Visual Art from Brigham Young University, where his art spiraled graphic design and monotype printing. He jumped to photography as a medium in 2005 and now runs a personal documentary photography company, Montage Creative. He currently serves as Programming Director for the Salt Lake City chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists.

Sue Martin
Sue 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. She writes Hints 'n Tips, a regular feature, for 15 Bytes. Her work can be seen at Art at the Main in Salt Lake City.

Kimberly Anne Silcox,
originally from Los Gatos, California, is a freelance photographer and owner of her own company, klik. She specializes in photojournalistic-style child portraiture and local events and is currently working on a photo book about diversity, judgement & our own humanness called what I thought I saw.

Shawn Rossiter Shawn Rossiter
successfully dropped out of a Masters Program in Comparative Literature to become a painter (the success of which is yet to be determined). In 2001 he founded Artists of Utah and is the editor of 15 Bytes. This weekend he is resurrecting his 13th East Art House for Geurilla Art Show.

Geoff WichertGeoff Wichert
has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He teaches writing at Snow College, where he also taught Art History for six years. His profile of Kate Starling will appear in the Winter issue of Wasatch Journal.

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