From Studies for the Next Generation by Charles Fresquez

Gallery Stroll – March 2011


Looking for something to do on a Friday night? You could sift through the hundreds of mass-event invites on Facebook or look to your trusted Gallery Stroll guide.

It’s said that March enters with the roar of a lion and exits with the calm and subtlety of a lamb. No matter its entrance, March marks a change in the season. This month’s Gallery Stroll picks were selected because they have entered the scene with subtlety, but they are boldly making roaring additions to the Salt Lake Gallery
Stroll scene.

The Hive Gallery, located on the second floor of Trolley Square, hosts a myriad of events from fashion shows to tea parties and artist workshops to venue rentals. While juggling this extensive schedule, the gallery continues to delight audiences with clever shows featuring a breadth of artists rivaling any senior gallery in the city. This month, the gallery welcomes artists Eric Himle, Heather Romney, Dillon Thompson, Desarae Lee, Michelle Christensen, Rob James and Mr. Toast, Tyler Davis and in-house artist, Jonathon Baker as they present Cuts, Bruises and Broken Bones. The opening reception is March 4 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Partnering two- and three-dimensional art with special events and audience interaction is the Hive’s specialty. Plan to join them again on their Art In Action night when featured artists from the Cuts, Bruises and Broken Bones show will be creating art live! If the spirit prompts you, a large canvas will be available for patrons to create their own homage to the show. All are welcome March 18 from 7 to 11 p.m. with refreshments and live music after 9 p.m.

The House Gallery, located at 29 E. 400 S., feels like a little piece of the New York art scene transplanted to Salt Lake. Curator Julie Dunker knows that the art speaks for the gallery, and she seeks out the best cutting-edge, contemporary exhibits in the nation and brings them to our own back yard. In March, The House Gallery plays host to New Mexico-based artist Charles Fresquez’s Studies for the Next Generation. Fresquez marries simple designs that result in elegant, low-key, clear-headed abstractions that have both an earthiness and a calculated luminosity. Studies for the Next Generation opens March 1 and continues through March 26. The artist’s reception will coincide with Salt Lake City’s Gallery Stroll from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 18.

Stolen and Escaped, located at 177 E. Broadway, is Gallery Stroll’s newest little treasure. Owners Matt Black and Amanda Hurtado wanted a gallery space where they could show niche mediums like experimental art and natural science-themed work. Their new home in the basement of Frosty Darling is a perfect fit and makes the 177 East trinity a mecca in the Gallery Stroll world. March’s featured artist is Myranda Bair,and her latest work utilizes papier-mâché and glass jars to capture the look of insects being held captive. The opening reception is March 18 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Didn’t get enough art during the Gallery Stroll? Boss wouldn’t give you the third Friday off? Fear not, it’s that time of year again when Poor Yorick Studio artists clean up their workspace and throw on a pair of pants without paint stains! Marvel, mingle, amalgamate—everyone is welcome. Friday, March 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday March 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. 126 W. Crystal Avenue (2590 S.). For more information, visit Poor Yorick Studo’s official website.

From Studies for the Next Generation by Charles Fresquez