MW WORKSHOP | SKETCHBOOKS WITH WREN ROSS

Saturday, October 19, 11:00-1:00pm $35 per person

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In correlation with our MYTH exhibition, we are hosting a Sketchbook workshop with artist Wren Ross. Born and raised in Utah, Wren graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. Influenced by myth, allegory and the mark-making traditions of prehistoric peoples, her work seeks to create a space for introspection and dialogue in an ever-shifting political, social and environmental climate. Wren's work includes traditional materials, namely water-based drawing and painting tools, as well as materials found in the natural world, such as herbs, minerals, earth and salt. With a personal practice centered on empathetic engagement and intuitive mark-making, her body of work is firstly concerned with the ritual of noticing, and celebrates the mundane, the simple and the overlooked.

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This hands-on workshop will introduce the art of keeping a sketchbook. The workshop will begin with a short introduction to her process and how she incorporates sketchbook documentation into daily life. This includes, finding a comfort zone with making a mess, utilizing the blank space as a habitat for experimentation, using a sketchbook as a place to honor finite noticing and to struggle through mental blocks.

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“These sketchbooks are always with me, and they contain at once everything important in my life, and almost nothing of actual value. They are a landing space for my stream of consciousness at any given moment (at a restaurant, in the car, waiting for coffee), and they are frankly without poise or grace. But they are very much alive, like corporeal extensions of me- like phantom limbs in reverse. The notebooks start out slim and tidy, and they only really begin to get good when they become fat, disorganized and inclined to sluff off lists, postcards, interesting trash and other bits when held carelessly. The sketchbooks are generous and patient, they absorb and contain and close up all manner of anxieties, dissatisfaction and failures. They develop a weight, a patina, they seem to have little beating hearts. At time I work in them every day, with thoughtful and deliberate marks. At other times I only open them to stuff things inside, to check a recipe for polenta I think I left there, to find a phone number I scribbled down while on the phone in the car.”

September Gallery Stroll | MYTH | Fidalis Buehler | Mitch Mantle | Wren Ross

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Gallery Stroll last night for MYTH, a showing three of our newly represented artists, Fidalis Beuhler, Mitch Mantle and Wren Ross. With a splendid feast of fresh food created by Maven Oak Creative and music in the Foundry with FOUNTAINavm it was a great night! If you didn’t make it, the show will be up through October, we are open Tuesday-Friday 10:00-5:00, and Saturday 10:00-2:00.

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MW WORKSHOP | TRACE MONOTYPES WITH MITCH MANTLE

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Modern West is thrilled to collaborate with Salt Grass Printmakers for our upcoming workshop Trace Monotypes with Mitch Mantle in correlation with our exhibition, “MYTH.

Saturday, September 21, 11:00-1:00pm $35 per person

This hands-on workshop with Mitch Mantle, full-time artist based in Arizona, will introduce Trace Monotype, a printmaking technique that produces a one-off print. This class will be the perfect introduction to printmaking.

Starting with a short overview of printmaking techniques. Mitch will move into a guided hands-on workshop experience that will lead you through the process of creating an original work of art. All materials will be provided, and no previous experience is necessary. 

 

MW July Gallery Stroll "paper + thread"

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Gallery Stroll last night for the group show paper + thread. We had a great turn out and an incredible artist demonstration and discussion with Jonathan Frioux. Upstairs The Foundry SLC featured local pop up shops Half Pint Studio, EVEDENIMES and Mia & Mac Shop.

paper + thread will be up through August 31, we are open Tuesday-Friday 10:00-5:00, and Saturday 10:00-2:00.

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MW Hosts Collage Workshop with Jonathan Frioux

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Collage Workshop

In correlation with our paper + thread exhibition, we are hosting a collage workshop with Jonathan Frioux on July 20, from 11:00-1:00. Jonathan is a full-time artist based in Salt Lake. He has taught Painting, Drawing, Design Foundations, and New Genre at Weber University, Brigham Young University, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

This workshop will focus on contemporary collage and basic design. Starting with a short overview of non-narrative abstraction and moving into a guided hands-on workshop experience that will lead you through the process of creating an original work of art. All materials will be provided, and no previous experience is necessary.

Places are limited, please call the gallery at 801. 355. 3383 to reserve a place.

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About Jonathan Frioux

Jonathan Frioux received his MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in studio arts from Brigham Young University. He's currently a full time artist working out of Salt Lake City and Baja Mexico. Over the years the ocean and traveling have been important subjects in his practice, Jonathan has made art in Australia, Tonga, Ecuador and throughout Mexico. This has lead him to show his work internationally along with participating in a number of local and national gallery and Museum Exhibitions, Including a solo exhibition titled ‘Polarities’ at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in 2015.

Jonathan work has been included in collections like fidelity investments, Assure business services, and The State of Utah. In 2017 he was awarded the Utah Arts Fellowship along with Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency Program. Jonathan has taught painting and drawing, foundations design and new genre at Brigham Young University, Weber University and Rhode Island School of Design, In addition to teaching and Painting Jonathan finds immense satisfaction in family / friends, cooking, surfing, and saunas.

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Collaboration with Pico de Gallo

While on a surfing trip in northern Baja Mexico, Jonathan stumbled across a languid, sun-drenched fish market called Popotla. The place was a big outdoor living room, packed with tables, chairs and locals conversing together casually next to the ocean. Everything seemed to be worn down and faded by a thick layer of salt.

As he wandered through the market, a few colorful signs caught Jonathan's eye: “Spicy Pineapple with Coconut and Mango. Papaya, Lime, and Jícama.” The Spanish words were written in sprawling, bended lines.

Inquiries about the signs led Jonathan to Armando Castro Hernandez, aka, Pico de Gallo, a charismatic vendor who serves fresh fruit bowls. In Pico’s signs Jonathan immediately recognized the visual purity of his untrained hand that overlapped with the dynamic and rhythmic forms he was trying to create in his own work.  In these forms Jonathan discovered an opportunity to explore the political, economic and cultural metaphors attached to this subject. Through a translated English to Spanish conversation with Pico, a cross-border, cross-cultural, cross-occupational collaboration was born.

This workshop will focus on contemporary collage and basic design. Starting with a short overview of non-narrative abstraction and moving into a guided hands-on workshop experience that will lead you through the process of creating an original work of art. All materials will be provided, and no previous experience is necessary.

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June Gallery Stroll | paper + thread | Group Show of Represented and Guest Artists

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Gallery Stroll last night for the group show paper + thread, we had a great turn out! The evening was enriched with live music by Jay and Vito Perry and ice cream sandwiches from the Penguin Brothers ice-cream truck, it was a very fun evening of great art and socializing!

paper + thread will be up through August 31, we are open Tuesday-Friday 10:00-5:00, and Saturday 10:00-2:00.

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May Gallery Stroll | New West - Group show

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Gallery Stroll last night for the group show New West, we were very happy to host an artist discussion with John Bell and a performance by Paul Reynolds. With a taco truck and live music, it was a wonderfully lively night! If you didn’t make it, theres still plenty of time to see the show, it will be up through June 8th, we are open Tuesday-Friday 10:00-5:00, and Saturday 10:00-2:00.

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April Gallery Stroll | New West | Group show of Represented and Guest Artists

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the grand opening of our new location and group show New West, we had a spectacular turn out and the night was a huge success. If you didn’t make it, theres plenty of time to see the show, it will be up through June 8th. We are open Tuesday-Friday 10:00-5:00, and Saturday 10:00-2:00.

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May 18 | Panel Discussion "Modernism and the West"

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Thank you to all who joined us for our panel discussion on "Modernism and the West," last night with Preeya Seth, the gallery director of Rosenberg & Co.; Geoff Wichert; art critic and writer, and Nancy Stoaks; curator and writer. Our discussion on our partnership with Rosenberg & Co. and how they came to help manage the Mandelman-Ribak estate, how Beatrice Mandelman and Louis Ribak influenced the Taos Modern art scene, and the curation of the works in our Mandelman-Ribak exhibition concluded with Diane Stewart sharing how Beatrice Mandelman & Louis Ribak's legacy continues to inform artists today.

We invite you to stop by and view our Mandelman-Ribak exhibition through June 9th, 2018.

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April Gallery Stroll | Mandelman - Ribak

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We were thrilled with the turn out last night for gallery stroll. Thank you for all of those who were able to join us and stayed for the curatorial discussion by Shalee Cooper on our Mandelman - Ribak exhibition, our rehang brings a new perspective to the work. Join us next gallery stroll, May 18th at 6:30pm, for a panel discussion which will give more insight into the history of their work. The exhibit will be on display through June 9th.

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March Gallery Stroll | Mandelman & Ribak Exhibition

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Modern West Fine Art is proud to be partnering with Rosenbergy & Co. Gallery in NYC and University New Mexico Foundation, who manage the Mandelman Ribak Collection, to host our first exhibition featuring works by Modernists artists. This important exhibition highlights works by Beatrice Mandelman & Louis Ribak. The two artists met in New York at a dance sponsored by the Artists Union and then married in 1942, and moved from NYC to Taos, New Mexico in 1944. The move to the West inspired a new palette and direction for the artists, not only in their surroundings, but also in their relationships with other esteemed artists. Taos matured into one of the epicenters for Modern artists including, Georgia Okeefe, Agnes Martin, Richard Diebenkorn, Mark Rothko, & Clyfford Still.

The West became a percolating center for artists and home to Bea and Louis where they founded their own school in 1947, the Taos Valley Art School. This exhibition consists of works by each artist emphasizing how they worked in cohesion, while establishing their own distinct voices. Their legacy & influence on each other and on other artists continues to impact the contemporary artists we feature in the gallery today. We are honored and thrilled to be sharing this important exhibition, and thank all who came to Gallery Stroll last night to celebrate in our opening this important exhibition. It will bee on display through June 9th.

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Artist Discussion + Reception with Rebecca Campbell

Utah native, now a longtime resident of Los Angeles, artist Rebecca Campbell has been inspired to reexamine her roots to question how nostalgia, the western landscape, and the physical seduction of paint can shed light on our polarized political landscape, feminism, and the unavoidable reality of death. Last night we were honored to host an artist discussion & reception with Rebecca where she shared insights to her process and inspiration behind this bold body of work.

SELECT WORKS BY REBECCA CAMPBELL will be featured in the gallery through April 15th, 2017.

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March Gallery Stroll Featuring Rebecca Campbell

We want to thank everyone who came out last night for March's Gallery Stroll. We will be hosting featured artist Rebecca Campbell on March 30th, for an artist discussion. Campbell will speak on how she has been inspired to reexamine her roots to question how nostalgia, the western landscape, and the physical seduction of paint can shed light on our polarized political landscape, feminism, and the unavoidable reality of death. Mark your calendar and join us for an incredible experience that you will not want to miss!

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November Gallery Stroll Featuring "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" by Ben Steele

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Thank you to everyone who attended our November Gallery Stroll Friday night. Local artist Ben Steele joined us to discuss his newest body of work, "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." Steele's new body of work combines a juxtaposition of fresh pop imagery with classical themes. His refined oil paintings transform well-known treasures into contemporary concept-driven works of art.  Join us through January 14, 2017 to view the works in person.

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Work In Progress

We are proud to announce that Jann Haworth, represented artist and Creative Director at the Leonardo, presented her community-sourced mural project, Work In Progress, at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art last night. This powerful exhibition features women throughout history who were a catalyst for change. The project will be exhibited at UMOCA from October 7, through January 14, 2017. To learn more check out 15 Bytes' podcast featuring Jann's interview on the project. 

Modern West Fine Art Opening Reception

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