What Ever Happened
To That Rock?
In the May issue of 15 BYTES
we reported on Painted Rock, the slab of granite turned billboard-populist
art which was causing so many problems in the small community of Granite,
Utah after it was buried by a local developer. After a second city
council meeting and a second survey, UDOT has reversed its decision to
have the rock exhumed. Proposals to have the rock moved to a different
location have also gone unanswered. Painted Rock has yet to rest
peacefully, however. The second survey has raised a number of questions
in a community which refuses to let the isue fade away. During the
local July 4th parade T-shirts and posters in favor of the rock were sold
and two parade entries dealt with the rock in a favorable light.
To learn more about the controversies surrounding the rock, read local
resident Allen Bishop's letter to the Deseret News.
For more insight read Judith Burton's commentary on Painted Rock here.
How Does This Whole Thing
A letter from
How does this whole thing we are
calling 15 BYTES come together? We're not entirely sure. It
continues to baffle us every time we are able to put out an issue.
The magazine comes about because
people care about art, they care about artists, and they care about their
communities. They care enough to write. The content of the magazine
is largely dependant on the contributions of volunteer (i.e. unpaid) members
of the community -- our issues are a reflection of what is going on around
us, what people care about. Sometimes a theme develops within an
issue, but it is rarely due to a conscious effort by the editorial board.
We hope that at the very least our
pages have informed, and in their better moments possibly inspired.
We hope that they have been able to help build a sense of community and
to open up at least a small window to the vast and profound possibilities
for the visual arts in Utah.
We have much more that we want to do, however, and to accomplish it we need the support of the community. Most importantly we need people who are excited about something and want to write about it. The excitement comes from you, but we can help you with the writing if you are not confident of your skills. Our editorial staff is always willing to help writers and we have also teamed up with the Community Writing Center to offer more assistance. The Community Writing Center offers free assistance for writers of any level and for any type of writing.
15 BYTES is also eager to involve those interested in other areas of production, such as photography, layout, advertising, and business management. Any one interested in participating in the magazine should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
And to continue producing our issues, and most importantly to improve their quality and scope, 15 BYTES needs financial support. To donate to the magazine, visit the Artists of Utah fundraising page and when you donate simply indicate "15 Bytes" as the destination of your donation.
We'd like to thank everyone for the assistance, support and encouragement over the past year and look forward to many years to come.
What's Going On Around
Ogden's Art Scene
There's lots of art to see in the
Ogden area this summer. Here's a small sampling:
The Eccles Art Center's annual Statewide
Art Competition opens July 13. The competition, now in its 28th year, features
recent works from Utah visual artists in all media (except photography,
which gets its own competition).
Gallery at the Station is showing
the work of Steve Case and Ann E. Kennedy. Case, an artist, educator and
sailor, works in oil, watercolor, printmaking and sculpture. Kennedy has
shown her work at the Springville Art Museum, Eccles Art Center and Art
Access Gallery. The exhibit will be up the entire month of July, with the
opening reception on Friday, July 12th from 6pm to 8pm. Gallery at the
Station is located on 2501 Wall Avenue in Ogden, and is open Monday through
Saturday 10am to 5pm.
The Stuck in the Attic Group is continuing
a show featuring the work of Cara Koolmees. Also, the Wilkerson Gallery,
in Huntsville, is showing paintings of Doug Braithwaite, an excellent plein-air
painter trained at the University of Utah.
Be sure to take in Ogden's upcoming
Gallery Stroll on August Second. It is held on the first Friday of each
month from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. and extends from the Eccles Art Center to Union
SLC Gallery Stroll Preview
by Mariah Mellus
The Emerging Women in Art Series
opens up at the Trasa Urban Arts Collective July 12th. The opening reception
will run from 7pm to 10pm. This juried, all women, all media show features
work by over 40 emerging female local artists. Artists in this show range
from 18 to 70 years old and include many talented local women for whom
this will be their first show. The exhibit will also serve as a backdrop
for two months of events which will showcase female performers in genres
ranging from indie rock and drum and bass to theater and modern dance.
The event will be accompanied by workshops and presentations to encourage
dialogue between women artists of different communities, influences and
age groups. For a schedule of the performance art and music or the workshops
please call a representative of Trasa at 801-355-8977 Trasa is located
at 741 S. and 400 W. Go out, support local art, Gallery Stroll is July
CERAMIC SCULPTURE EXHIBITION AT UVSC
WOODBURY GALLERY until August 24, 2002.
The UVSC Woodbury Gallery is pleased
to announce a new exhibition of ceramic sculpture works from artists around
the nation. The 17th Annual Ceramic Sculpture exhibition comes to Orem
from the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art (CCACA)
annual meeting in Davis, CA. Over thirty artists are represented
in the exhibition, including several nationally-known sculptors.
The exhibition is free of charge.
The Gallery is located in University Mall and is accessible from an outside
entrance on the south side of the building next to Nordstrom. Gallery Hours
Tuesday?Saturday 10?5:30, Wednesday 10?8. Call (801) 426-6199 for
more information about this or other upcoming exhibitions.
HELPER ARTS FESTIVAL by Anita Robbins
The atmosphere of this festival is
centered around art. There is no carnival although there was a tattoo
booth and a fortune telling booth but mostly there were potters, painters,
photographers, musicains, jewelry, metal works and food. It is a
charming setting in this old silver mining boom town. They close
off the main street and set up the booths there. The thing that adds
to the festival is the Plein Air competition and this year an Acoustic
Music Competition. The prize money for the Plein Air is: $2000
1st, $1000 2nd, $500 3rd, and $100 for 5 honorable mentions
Calender of events:
August 8 Entry form for
Plein Air Competition must be turned in along with $25 fee
August 15 Plein Air Competition
August 16 Entertainment
August 17 & 18 Helpers Arts Festival
Contacts: John Jones
472-0255 Art Food and Commercial Venders CliffBergra and Brent
Haddock 613-5241 472-8421 Plein Air Competition Carbon Coun. Travel Bureau
1-800-842 -0789 General Questions.