Feature: On the Spot
West Valley City's
A native Utahn, Michael Christensen is currently enjoying public sector work as the folklorist/cultural specialist at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center
, an organization dedicated to enriching and strengthening communities by promoting the expression of the arts, education, opportunities for economic development, and the celebration of human diversity. Michael oversees and installs gallery exhibits, produces concerts and festivals, and coordinates art demonstrations, educational programs and community celebrations. The Center hosts The Face of Utah Sculpture VI, an annual celebration of all forms of 3-D art, July 8 - August 26. Michael has served as a board member for the Utah Cultural Alliance
; Human Pursuits: The Western Humanities Concern; the West Valley City Historical Society and President of the Folklore Society of Utah.
A hand-carved, Tongan warrior spear hangs above my mantle. It was carved by local folk artist Tonga Uaisele. I also own one of his wood carved tapa “cloths” and two tikis. I’ve never seen a man use his bare feet as vice grips before. Astounding.
I am currently reading Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
by Seth Grahame-Smith. Frankly, it is not the best novel about former presidents or vampires.
I remember hanging KISS posters on my wall growing up. Gene Simmons is an example of a good vampire (of sorts).
15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors this edition
Carol Fulton got her degree in radio and television production a long time ago. She was born in Brazil and lived in many countries, being a Foreign Service officer brat. Now retired from the airline industry, she volunteers at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and dabbles in oil painting and found-object sculpture.
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 Assistant Director for Art Access.
John Hughes is an award-winning artist and teacher who has been painting the landscape both in and out of the studio since 1983. He maintains a studio in Taylorsville and teaches students in private workshops and in a course at Salt Lake Community College.
Kent Miles is a native of Salt Lake City. He attended the U of U, and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He is known for documentary portraits and projects. In addition to his work for private clients, he has been affiliated with the Center for Documentary Arts for more than 25 years.
Shawn Rossiter, a native of Boston, grew up on the East Coast. He has degrees in English, French and Italian Literature. He dropped out of a Masters program in Contemporary Literature to pursue a career as an artist. He founded Artists of Utah in 2001 and is editor of its magazine, 15 Bytes.
Will Thompson is a local photographer who specializes in work that is textural, intimate, and speaks to the space in our subconscious that seeks peace and tranquility. His work has been shown in galleries ranging from SAANS and Kayo in Salt Lake to Duncan Littlecreek in Elko, Nevada, and is included in private collections from Seattle to South Carolina. His work ranges from portraiture to abstract fine art.
Geoff Wichert has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.