Gallery Stroll: Enjoying Art Around the City – April 2008

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For almost thirty years, the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll has been introducing the public to the finest galleries and artists the area has to offer. Each month, SLUG Magazine goes underground and weighs in with their monthly picks.

Fun and good for the environment, Lamplight Gallery is located at 170 S. Main Street in Bountiful, Utah. Lamplight features work by local artists who specialize in Utah's wildlife and scenery. Owner and operator, Debbie Goodman, donates revenues of her work to wildlife and humane charities like The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund. Opening April 4, local scenic photographer Glenn Eurick will be on display. Buying art and helping nature, now there's a purchase you can feel all warm and fuzzy about.

A show with a bang, The 337 Project building is being torn down on April 5, sometime between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Building owner and project director Adam Price had always planned to tear down the building to make modern green live/work spaces. The demise will act as the catalyst to the creation. Its demolition will be bitter sweet to many of us who have had the pleasure of walking its halls and admiring what can be created when you give artists free reign. RIP

The best and only gallery left on Pierpont, the Women's Art Center will host their annual Circle Show. Art space has vacated, but some tenants still remain to carry the torch of the first street of Gallery Stroll. Participating artists will all create their art within the confines of a circle. Once hung, the effect is rhythmic and melodic, almost like a childhood mobile. It was these childhood memories that influenced curator Cat Palmer's decision to direct the group and title the show Endless Roots. Look for artists Allison Armstrong, Grant Fuhst, Zara Shallbetter, Liz Smith, Susanah -Yaunt Torreano, Amie Tulius, Alice Bain and Blake Palmer, to name a few.

For the best place to indulge in shopping and taking in art, look no further than the high altitude boutique Autumn Garage. Look for seasonal specials on the hippest snowboarding and street gear while you check out the latest works from Photographers David Kamp and Ian Matteson along with graphic designer Keaton Pierson. All will beautify and tempt you to buy! Autumn Garage is located on 2258 E. Fort Union Blvd #B6

Looking for a ruckus? As in local performance group Ruckas? Check out Cup of Joe every third Friday to coincide with the gallery stroll, they call it "Friday Night Street Culture." Featuring live music, poetry and art. Owner Kristy Gonzales calls it, "keeping live collaborative community arts hoppin in Salt Lake."

I'd also like to publicly congratulate local artist Trent Call for his artist profile in the April issue of JUXTAPOSE. We at SLUG are so happy for you and are thrilled to say "We knew him when..." In the words of fellow artist Derek Mellus, "Today Juxtapose, tomorrow the world!" Congats Trent, you deserve it!

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