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  March 2008
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Studio Space

Work by Joey BehrensJoey Behrens by Steve Coray

When Poor Yorick Studios was uprooted from its original downtown home and moved to its permanent location in South Salt Lake, painter and printmaker Joey Behrens followed along with her brushes, canvas and etching tools. The new space has installed skylights, washing Behrens' working space in a bright, even light. Her dog, Willis, keeps her company as she meticulously develops her paintings showing the reflected images of downtown Salt Lake City. She'll be around for the next Studio Open House March 28 & 29. To view more of Behrens' work, visit her website at www.joeybehrens.com.
Joey Behrens Studio Space

Joey Behrens Studio Space

Feature: On the Spot
Salt Lake City's Melissa Peck

Work by Melissa Peck
This month, Park City's Coda Gallery features the unique visual world of Salt Lake's Melissa Peck. Peck studied at Salt Lake Community College and Utah State University and uses pencil and brush to create storybook characters, inspired by her travels, her reading and, most importantly, her two daughters, Aleah and Eve. In addition to layers of watercolor or oil paint, Peck enjoys incorporating papers in her work. These range in variety from an old piece of writing as early as 1860 to parts of her seven year old daughter's spelling words. Coda Gallery will hold a reception for the artist this Friday, March 7, from 6 to 9 pm.

What hangs above your mantel?

An Aaron Fritz landscape. I fell in love with his white trees the first time I saw his work. Another favorite of mine is a Heather Barron painting of a woman with orange hair.

What is your favorite building in Utah?

The Salt Lake City County building. I have used details from it in many paintings.

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

Brian Kershisnik's show at Meyer Gallery. I just bought "Kershisnik Painting From Life". I love the part of the book where his wife Suzanne gives her perspective of Brian. She tells a story about him mixing his own color of gray for the bathroom, and him saying "there are no bad colors". Brian's show was outstanding and he couldn't be a nicer guy.

15 Bytes: About Us
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.

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.

Steve Coray
Steve Coray has a background in photojournalism and now runs his own business providing creative, affordable event and portrait photography to clients all along the Wasatch Front and beyond.

Laura DurhamLaura Durham
, a Utah native with a BA in Art History from BYU, has worked for the Utah Arts Council as the Visual Arts Coordinator for the past six years and, recently, she has taken on the Traveling Exhibition Program as well. She served as Vice President of the Salt Lake Gallery Association from 2003 - 2006 and now serves as Program Director for the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

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.

Jay Heuman
Jay Heuman, a native of Toronto, holds an MA in Art History from York University. He is the Salt Lake Art Center's Curator of Exhibitions.

Hikmet Sidney Loe
Hikmet Sidney Loe teaches art history at Westminster College and manages the Fine Arts Department (Level 4/AV) at The City Library. Her art history masters thesis on Spiral Jetty is being rewritten as a book on art and the power of place.

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.

Geoff Wichert Geoff 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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