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ARTISTS OF UTAH EZINE February 2002 page 3
Artist Co-op Op in Springdale, Utah
Springdale residents Neal and Katherine Takach are proposing an artist co-op gallery at the gateway to Zion National Park.
The proposed co-op would occupy space in a rock and brown stucco building built by Neal. Located in Springdale on Hwy 9, between the Cliffrose Lodge & Gardens and the Big Screen Theater, the building is less than a 1/4 mile from the entrance to Zion park.
The gallery space has been most recently used by Mark Weiler and Ed Firmage as a retail outlet for their giclee-printed photography. Though Weiler said the gallery received good traffic he feels the space will be most successful if it has a variety of work at a variety of prices.
If you are interested in participating in the co-op venture, please contact:
On February 9, 2000, Pamela O’Mara had an epiphany.
A vision, if you will.
Two years later, the walls of her new gallery in downtown Salt Lake City can barely contain the excitement she feels for what she has created. Now that her original vision has become a physical reality she smiles, takes a look around and says “Not a thing has changed.”
ARTIST HANDS, located on 1st South between Main Street and West Temple,
O’Mara has created a gallery filled with what may be the largest array
of media in Utah. The gallery features traditional works such as paintings
in oil, pastel and watercolor; photography and sculpture are represented
as well. In addition, you'll find paintings on barn doors, leather
didjeridoos, wall sconces, totems, stonework, pottery, jewelry, textiles
The art in Utah Artists Hands is the
result of a long search. For years O’Mara frequented arts festivals and
other exhibitions, getting to know artists and collecting business cards.
But when she began developing her gallery one artist friend told O'Mara
“You’ll have to go outside of Utah to find enough artists to fill the space.”
O’Mara thought differently.
The only element of O’Mara’s vision
which has changed is the location of her gallery. Originally, she had planned
to open her gallery in the Gateway project. At the time, Gateway was still
in its conceptual phase, promising a venue for unique independent shops.
When the project gave way to becoming merely another trendy mall area with
national chain stores, O'Mara decided it was not for her. Consequently,
she began what she calls her "market research." She walked the streets.
She observed where people looked, where they walked, what they noticed.
photos by Steve Coray
|The annual UDCA juried exhibit is currently on display at the Utah Arts Council's Rio Gallery.||Museum of Utah? -- this Monday's edition (Feb.18) of KRCL's ArtSpeak will be discussing the proposed Museum of Utah -- a comprehensive museum that will be in an expanded Rio Grande Depot. ArtSpeak airs every Monday at 12:30pm on KRCL, 90.9 FM. Visit www.krcl.org for a full program schedule.|