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September  2002
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Gallery Spotlight- Bountiful
Lamplight Gallery
By Shawn Rossiter
photos by Steve Coray

The Lamplight Art Gallery on Bountiful's historic Main Street recently celebrated their first birthday.  The gallery was the idea of Colleen Parker, a Bountiful artist, who for years maintained a studio above the retail space where the gallery is now located. She wanted to create a place where artists could find cameraderie and inspiration and where local residents could be exposed to fine art.

Parker's idea began to develop as she met with other artists interested in her idea of a cooperative gallery. A few of the initial artists have since left the organization, but now the gallery consists of twelve artists from Davis, Salt Lake and Weber counties.

Each member of the co-op pays a monthly fee to help cover the business costs for the gallery.  In addition they volunteer around sixteen hours a month to "sit" the gallery. Upstairs, where Parker has her studio, there is also common space for gallery members to work and also where many of the artists offer classes to the community.


Lamplight's grand opening was a year ago this month. The gallery had begun in August, but held their grand opening in September, just after the September 11th events. September of 2001 was not the best time to begin a business. Yet, even though the gallery members have yet to see thousands of dollars roll in, they certainly feel their venture has been a success.  As their mission statement says, their "purpose is to generate enthusiasm for creating and viewing fine art" and to provide an educational venue for the community. The artists have all felt themselves part of a larger group by being in the gallery and local church, educational and scout groups have all toured the gallery and had access to their services.

This relationship to the community is of central importance to the gallery. The artists hope to make Bountiful a place to make, see and purchase art, something Bountiful is not traditionally known for. Parker says "You don't sell much original art in Bountiful."  Consequently, some of the gallery's artists have introduced limited edition giclee' prints to their offerings. In addition, the gallery has taken on a few pieces -- mostly lathed-turned word -- from artists outside the co-op. Whatever it takes, the artists at Lamplight plan to be around for a while to come.
Lamplight Gallery holds regular openings in conjunction with the Bountiful Davis Art Center. Lamplight Gallery is located at 163 South Main, Bountiful, and is open Tuesday thru Saturday 10 - 6 . Artists hanging at the gallery include: Linda Walker, Ginny Coombs, Colleen Parker, Rebecca Lee, Anne Chesley, Barbara Dowdle, Stan Elmer, Charlene Hill, Kay Taylor Affleck, Jennifer Harrington, Beverly Mangum and James Fedor.

 Alternative Venue- Bountiful
Cafe Alicia
By Steve Coray

  Just off the Fourth North exit in Bountiful is another great place to take in Utah art while enjoying a fine meal. Cafe Alicia, owned by Aaron and LeAnn Marquez, specializes in seafood, steaks, and Mexican food. Since this February its walls have been home to a wide variety of fine art from emerging, mostly northern Utah, artists.

In 2001, Marquez began the process of finding a source of art he could display in his restaurant. Wanting to be more involved in the community and looking to add atmosphere to his business, Marquez eventually settled on Lamplight Gallery, a Bountiful co-op gallery. The co-op artists now maintain the displayed work, rotating in new pieces every month or so.

The restaurant takes no formal commission, but servers do often receive a small financial incentive for sales that they were instrumental in encouraging. For patrons, the arrangement produces a broad selection of affordable Utah fine art. And, located just ten minutes from downtown Salt Lake, Cafe Alicia is worth a look.


Cafe Alicia (801-292-7002 ) is located at 544 West 400 North, in Bountiful, and is open for lunch Mon-Fri, 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, and for dinner Mon-Fri, 5:00pm to 9:00 pm, and Sat, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

newland Art-Professional Profile Julie Newland
By Steve Coray

Julie Newland wears a variety of hats. To the general public, she is the Programming Coor- dinator at VSA Arts of Utah (Art Access). A more select crowd knows her as a fine craftsman of hand-made papers who also instructs others in the the art. And to Sam (pictured here with Julie in her studio) she's just plain "Mom."

After graduating in the arts from Arizona State Univeristy, Julie Newland worked in several different administrative roles, always hoping to be more involved in the arts. Then, early in 2000, she got her chance with VSA Arts of Utah. Now, as Programming Coordinator, she oversees the organization's programming in schools, assists with other programming as well as various bookkeeping and other office duties. It's a role she tackles with great passion and energy.

Newland the artist has been making paper since 1992, when she took Beginning Papermaking as one of her studio courses while working on a BFA in Photography. She studied with papermaker/printmaker John Risseeuw, who also got her involved with the national papermaking organization, The Friends of Dard Hunter.

About her art, Newland states, "I really love learning new techniques and artforms and make it a point to learn and practice a new craft or artform each year. Papermaking has been the one constant through the years, so I dug deep and invested in setting up a full papermaking studio in 1997". Her major equipment includes a 2 lb. Hollander Beater, an industrial size paper dryer, and "found" presses.

Newland claims to have only one client, a professional calligrapher in North Carolina. "We work on custom wedding invitations together. I also have cards in a few gift shops around town, and have stationery in the Art Barn holiday show each December."

Newland also periodically offers papermaking workshops. "I really enjoy actually USING my equipment and making it available to someone else as a resource". As a single mom with a full-time job and limited free time, Newland sees the workshops as a way to justify the long, twelve-hour day in the studio that papermaking requires. 

An ornament, after the Glendinning Mansion, Newland made
"Julie Newland held a private workshop on papermaking.  I spent the day Saturday enjoying the short course, which made me appreciate the art of handmade papers.  I must admit that I was pretty proud I created over fifty papers, (which should have cost me $244 if purchased through Daniel Smith).  I began to appreciate the craft and art of making papers more, and see the possibilities of this valuable lesson which should save a tree or two and promote a fine Utah craftsman keeping a tradition alive."  -- Garth Coleman

Newland was gracious when Artists of Utah approached her about being the first subject in our new recurring feature, Art Professional Profiles. "I think it is a wonderful idea to share more of what everyone does. Studio visits are a great idea, but usually exclude a lot of folks like me that live out in the boonies".  

If you have ideas for our next art-professional profile, email us at
Artist Resources- Utah Arts Council
Artist Resource Center at the Rio Gallery
By Laura Durham, Asst. Visual Arts Coordinator
photos by Steve Coray

It's an ideal morning inside the Artist Resource Center -- the sounds of papers turning, printers printing and the tapping of computer keys fill the room and even spill out into the Rio Gallery that shares the same space inside the historic Rio Grande Depot. While one artist thumbs through The Crafts Report to find the latest deadlines for fairs and competitions, another artist photocopies the business and marketing articles in Art Calendar. At the computer, a new artist in the area prints out her resume and researches the local gallery listings while I bring her a pile of brochures and grant applications to help her on her way.

Although the ARC is fairly new, the idea for it was conceived several years ago, back when it was merely a closet full of books and papers. Now the ARC provides a covey of additional services -- at no cost -- to any artist that makes an appointment to stop by. Not only does the center provide periodicals and books on marketing artwork, applying for grants, guides to national services and legal issues, the ARC also has a copy machine available, a computer and a printer and even a dual-deck VCR for media and performing artists to make copies of their work.

The Artist Resource Center welcomes an average of six to eight new artists a week and claims a handful of regulars who return periodically to take advantage of its services and stay on top of all the local competitions and grant deadlines. But the space was built to accommodate more. Several college professors and art teachers bring their classes in to introduce them to the facility, so the word is getting out and the numbers are increasing.

" I am a new artist and was so glad to find a center with so much information in one place. Everything that I needed to get started was right here. Access to the facility was very convenient and Laura was very accommodating and supportive. I am excited to come back!" --Dawnae Zobrist, visual artist

"The things I use most in the ARC are the business publications and the art fair source books for finding shows to exhibit in." ­

Scott Roach, furniture craftsman

The ARC also hosts free workshops for artists. The workshops focus on the business and marketing aspect of being an artist (the not-so-exciting but essential skills every artist needs to be successful). The workshops have helped artists apply for grants, market their crafts, present their work to a gallery, answer their legal questions and we have even helped them file their taxes.

In October, the ARC will be hosting, in conjunction with Artists of Utah, a workshop on artists and websites.  The workshop will include ideas on creating, marketing and using a website as well as nuts & bolts information on how to go about doing it.  The workshop will be held Tuesday, October 8th, from 6-8pm at the Artists Resource Center.

 The Artist Resource Center is open Monday through Friday 9-5, but an appointment is strongly recommended to be sure someone will be here to help you and even prepare some information for you. Please call 801-533-3582 or email for an appointment, or go to the website to find out more: