Go to 15 Bytes Home
go to page 3
Subscribe to 15 Bytes For Free
Facebook page PAGE 6

Twitter page
February 2011
Published by Artists of Utah
Page 2    
Chris Thornock’s Studio, painting, brushes and paint, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, brushes, tape and razor blades, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, paintings, lamps, desk, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, cowboy hats, cord and dust pan, photo by Gerry Johnson

Studio Space

Chris Thornock’s Studio Outside, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, paintbrushes and gesso, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, wooden mask, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, palettes and brushes, photo by Gerry Johnson
Studio Space: Bountiful
Chris Thornock's Studio

Like many young artists Chris Thornock started his painting career working out of a studio complex -- the original Poor Yorick's, first in the Marmalade district, and later at the 700 South location. But wanting more convenient access and in an attempt to save money, Thornock built his own studio on the property of his Bountiful home. He researched local code to find out the largest unattached structure he could build without a permit, found plans for a simple design on the internet, began shuttling back and forth to the local home store and spent about 2 1/2 months and a year's worth of studio rent to build the 12 x 16 foot space now in his back yard. He says he misses some of the community spirit found in a studio complex, but enjoys commuting in his bathrobe and being closer to his family.

Studio Space
Chris Thornock’s Studio, paintbrushes, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, seashell still life, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, plaster hand and shell, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, books, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, sketches, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, shelves, books, paintings, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, photographs, inspiration, family, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, pomegranates and lemons still life, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, paints, palette and paintbrushes, photo by Gerry Johnson
Chris Thornock’s Studio, books, photo by Gerry Johnson

On the Spot
Salt Lake's Jessica Weiss

Jessica Weiss

Growing up, we had my grandfather's paintings hanging all over the house. He was an amateur painter, and today I recognize the lack of refined skill in his work, yet each of his works holds a special memory for me. His paintings remind me of him and my childhood, and to this day he is one of the most important influences on my life as an art professional. He painted because he loved it, and he found beauty everywhere - I find that very inspiring.

design element

design elementI just traded at the library Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (which was lovely), for Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman (so excited to read!).

If I was choosing a living artist, Burton Silverman seems the obvious choice. His works are always imbued with so much character and expression that I feel he truly conveys the personality of his subjects unlike any other. If I get to choose a deceased artist, it is really hard not to simply choose John Singer Sargent, because he makes all of his subjects look amazing.

Join the 15 Bytes Team

15 Bytes is having our annual staff-wide meeting on the evening of Tuesday, February 15th at the Rio Grande Building in Salt Lake City. If you are a photographer, writer, or filmmaker and have considered taking advantage of the 15 Bytes' forum to explore the arts, this meeting will be a great opportunity to see how we operate and in what ways you can get involved.

If you are interested in attending please email editor Shawn Rossiter at editor@artistsofutah.org

15 Bytes: About Us
Our editorial contributors this edition

Christine BaczekChristine Baczek is a native of Utah, but she has lived and studied abroad since the age of thirteen. She graduated with a BFA in photography from the University of Utah and has exhibited and taught throughout the state. Currently she is the Collections Photographer and Digital Media Producer for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.

Ehren ClarkEhren E. Clark
received his BA from the University of Utah and MA at the University of Reading in England, both in art history. Ehren is a Utah native and currently lives in Salt Lake where he is an adjunct professor of art history at Westminster College.

Jared ChristensenJared Christensen grew up in North Ogden, Utah and finally moved to Salt Lake at the age of 18 to go to school. He is currently a junior at Westminster College pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Ats degree in photography. This semester he is working as an intern with Artists of Utah.

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.

Carol FultonBill Fulton enjoys painting, photographing and being a psychotherapist. He is delighted that the latter is fulfilling because the rewards of the former two have been more psychic than fiscal.

Carol FultonCarol 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.

Kelly GreenKelly Green, a Salt Lake native, first discovered photography when her parents gave her a point-n-shoot camera while traveling through Southern Utah. She was instantly hooked. She photographs in black and white and color film with 35mm and medium formats, dipping into the digital world for live music shots or 15 Bytes assignments.

John HughesJohn 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.

Melissa HempelMelissa Hempel works for museums. Especially interested in visitor experience, she completed degrees in Museum Studies and the History of Art and Visual Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. A California native, Melissa is ready to explore the artistic community in Utah, and learn how to live in the snow. She currently works at UVU's Woodbury Art Museum.

Gerry Johnson Gerry Johnson, was an engineer in a past life. A former film, now digital photographer, his work over the last 3 years has been "to capture the 'moments of beauty' that surround each of us in our daily lives, and present them to the viewer in a way that they can also experience the spirit of beauty."

Shawn RossiterShawn 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.

Kim SilcoxKim Silcox,
a native of San Francisco, is a full-time photographer and designer. She is currently working on What I Thought I Saw, a book project that challenges our perceptions of how we see people.

Dale ThompsonDale Thompson has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College. Her writing career includes work for a local theatre, journalism in Park City, and freelance contributions for various nonprofit organizations.

Dale ThompsonWill 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 WichertGeoff Wichert
has degrees in critical writing and creative nonfiction. He writes about art to settle the arguments going on in his head.

Become an Underwriter

15 Bytes is published monthly by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization located in Salt Lake City Utah. The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of 15 Bytes or Artists of Utah. Our editions are published monthly on the first Wednesday of the month. Our deadline for submissions is the last Wednesday of the preceding month.

Writers and photographers who contribute material to 15 Bytes are members of the visual arts community who volunteer their time. Please contact the editor if you have an idea for an article or feature, or if you would like to volunteer your time to the organization.

Materials may be mailed to:
Artists of Utah
P.O. Box 526292
SLC, UT 84152

Editor: Shawn Rossiter
Assistant Editor: Laura Durham
Image Editor: Shalee Cooper
Contributing Editor: Geoff Wichert
Mixed Media: Terrece Beesley
Copy Editor: Carol Fulton
You can contact 15 Bytes at editor@artistsofutah.org

In order to pay for the editing and layout of this ezine, Artists of Utah relies on contributions from individual members of the community. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution, mail your check to the address above or else use this link, to make a contribution using your credit card or paypal account:

Gerry Johnson

become an underwriter