Each month, SLUG Magazine features a different local artist on the walls of the Whole Foods Trolley Square and Sugar House stores. Bringing to light the talent within our very own community. The artist hangs their work for a month, giving the customers an ever changing gallery, featuring their family, friends, co-workers or neighbors. Add a Dash of Local Art gives artists the opportunity to showcase their work in an uncommon gallery, allowing them to reach a new range of people and hopefully find a few new fans along the way.
November's Add a Dash of Local Art features Stefanie Dykes at Whole Foods Sugar House and Charles Uibel at Whole Foods Trolley Square. We caught up with both Stefanie to learn more about who she is and what she does. Gain some insight into her world and be sure to stop by the cafe area in both stores to catch their work hanging through November 30.
Who are you?
I am a printmaker. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, I am one of three co-founders of Saltgrass Printmakers with Sandy and Erik Brunvand in the Sugarhouse area. I am an instructor at the University of Utah and Westminster College teaching printmaking and drawing. I am really excited to be teaching an intensive relief printmaking course at Snow College this summer. I am on the board of directors for Artists of Utah, 15 Bytes online arts magazine.
When did you decide to become an artist?
Every year at Mount View Elementary, the fifth graders produced, directed and acted out Shakespearian plays. Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Mays put me charge of creating the scenery for Hamlet that year. I loved being out in the hallways drawing and painting while the other poor bastards had to memorize their lines and hit their marks. I was pretty much hooked on art from that time on.
What inspires you?
Rebecca Solnit, Mina Loy, Rebecca Carson, Virginia Woolf, Joey Behrens, Sandy Brunvand, Kim Martinez, Al Denyer, Justin Diggle, Erin Berrett, Laura Boardman, Tracy Overy Covey, Terry Tempest Williams, Carl Jung, David Byrne, Ed Bateman, journeys, marginal spaces, interstices, millstones, flight plans & motorcycle diaries.
How would you classify your artwork?
All imprints etched, cut, gouged, wiped, rolled, pounced, scraped and/or pulled.
Any words of wisdom?
Never trust an idea that didn’t come to you during a long walk. Or, pay attention to what you pay attention to.
Where can people find your work?
SaltGrass Printmakers 2126 South 1000 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84106 www.stefaniedykes.com