Finally, my modern quilt for The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change and Craft Lake City’s gallery exhibit titled, “Celebration of the Hand” is finished and installed. I truly have had a love, hate relationship with this project. Let me explain. This piece was installed outside. Yes, you read that correctly. I just spent months making this beautiful and original piece, only to hang it outside for the elements to decide its fate.
So, what’s my angle you might be wondering? Why did I do this? The only answer I can give is that I am an artist, and artists do crazy things in the name of art 😉
I plan to head downtown every week to rephotograph the piece, as I am curious if the sun and the rain will alter the piece in an interesting way. This is part of the process, and part of what makes this project interesting. Utah is a pretty dry state, and so I am not too worried. I scotch-guarded the heck out of the piece–hopefully it will hold up to the elements.
Here is my sweet hubby helping me install the piece. And by helping, I mean he basically installed it all by himself. I am pretty lucky to have such a supportive husband! Thanks Josh, I love you!
I plan to attend the Gallery Stroll this Friday, the 20th of July, as “Celebration of the Hand” opens, in conjunction with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. It will be neat to see all 12 pieces, and how they beautify our Salt Lake City streets.
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Here is the press release on this project:
SALT LAKE CITY, Thursday, July 12 – The twelve Craft Lake City chosen to display their work as a walk-able outdoor gallery exhibit titled, “Celebration of the Hand” will begin their installations on Friday, July 13 at 3 p.m. Installations will continue throughout the weekend, beginning at 3 p.m. daily. See attached schedule for complete details regarding times and locations that installations will take place. The twelve participants will create outdoor works of art utilizing permanent steel frames (known as plakats) installed adjacent to the sidewalks in downtown Salt Lake City on the North and South sides of Broadway (300 South) between 200 West and 200 East. Craft Lake City was granted usage of the plakats by The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change. “Celebration of the Hand” will open on July 20, in conjunction with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.
Artisans include Annika DiMeo, Michelle Christenesen, Nic Annette Miller, Keith McKeown, Issac Hastings, Rachelle Smith, Angela Flicker, Laura Frisk, Carrie Wakefield, Jorge Arellano, Eleanor Scholz and Candace Jean Anderson.
“We feel that the 12 chosen artisans are an excellent representation of the diversity present at Craft Lake City,” says Festival Director Angela H. Brown. “We are also thrilled to become the newest organization to participate in The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change’s outdoor museum,” The plakats were installed in 2007, and have been utilized by various non-profits, such as Sundance, Spy Hop and Tumbleweeds Film Festival. “The Celebration of the Hand” will be displayed through the festival, which takes place on Sat. August 11 at the Gallivan Center.