Add a Dash of Local Art: Erica Herbert

Posted April 20, 2012 in
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The 'SLUG Masterpiece' Erica made at the SLUG HQ

SLUG Magazine and Whole Foods Trolley Square have teamed up to feature a local artist's work in the café area at the Trolley Square Whole Foods every month. Our April 2012 artist is Erica Herbert.
We asked Erica to come by the SLUG office to create a personal piece just for SLUG, out of whatever we had lying around. We gave her the April 2012 issue, some paints, old colored pencils and some modge podge to see what she could come up with. 

We also asked her a few questions to get to know her better. Check out her answers and her 'SLUG Masterpiece':

Who are you?
I am a rainbow-light filled spirit, rockin’ this human experience and taking in as many lessons as I can.

When did you decide to become an artist?
When I picked up a pencil.

How would you classify your work?
Soul painting. Mixed-media painting. I take what is in my heart and smear it all over the canvas. Expressing with colors, what I seem unable to with my big fat mouth.

What do you think of the art scene here in SLC?
I just moved back to Utah a year and a half ago and don’t really know much about it. If you pretend I’m from France, it makes me seem a little less dense and ignorant.

Any words of wisdom?
Sure, my tattoo – starts on my left wrist, winds up my arm, wraps around my bicep – curves over my shoulder, down my side, over my hip, wraps around my thigh twice, around my calf a bunch of times and ends on the top of my foot. It reads:

“From every wound there is a scar and every scar tells a story. My stories have carved me into a warrior of love and taught me priceless lessons. Always speak the truth even if your voice shakes. Sometimes you have to get knocked down lover than you have ever been to stand back up taller than you have ever been. Choose magic over predictability. Discover the beauty of uncertainty. Love hard and often and without reservation. Grace is found in surrendering. Embrace your darkness along with your light. You are only given a little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it. Keep your heart open, your head high and your spirit free. Be bold. Be fierce. Be grateful. Be wild. Be crazy. Be gloriously free. Be you. There is no such thing as an ending – only a new beginning."

Be sure to check out her work, hanging on the west wall of the café at the Whole Foods Trolley Square location. It will be up through April 30.

For more info on being featured as an Add a Dash of Local Art artist, email

The 'SLUG Masterpiece' Erica made at the SLUG HQ Erica's 'SLUG Masterpiece' Erica Herber: I Choose Peace Check out the April - June artists at Whole Foods