First Church of Christ, Scientist

The former First Church of Christ, Scientist, located at 352 E. 300 South, in Salt Lake City, would be my home if I were a millionare. I love this building so much that I actually priced it out when it was for sale a few years ago. Our half-assed, underfunded plan was to live in part of it, open part of it for SLUG magazine and the rest could be studio space.

My friend Wikipedia tells me the old church was the first Christian Science church in Utah. It was designed by local architect, Walter E. Ware, in the Richardsonian Romanesque style and was built in 1898 of brick and local sandstone.

It was painted a cream color while it was on the market about four years ago. Todd and I believe it is an abomination to paint a gorgeous old brick building to look like Elmer’s glue. Thankfully, the church’s new owners, a lovely church with a lot of Hispanic members, sandblasted it back to normal. We wonder what they did with the cool old statues. Honk and wave and you drive by! Wish this building was mine!

Mother’s Day Craft Fairs

The first weeks of May are a fantastic time to shop handmade, with Mother’s Day craft boutiques as plentiful as daffodils. Here are our favorites. If you can make it to Craft Sabbath, you have the added bonus of getting to see me!

Art Market
Friday April 29th, 2011 11am – 6pm
Saturday April 30th, 2011 10am – 5pm
The Sugarhouse Garden Center, on the north end of Sugarhouse Park.
Todd’s talented sister, Tonya is a regular at Art Market, which is a great fair for moms and babies. They have lovely jewelry, framed art and yummy food.

Craft Sabbath

Sunday, May 1, 1 to 5 p.m.
Main Library, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City
The Mother’s Day show is always a big one for Craft Sabbath. I’ll be out vending, with super cute vintage brooches for mom. You can make a gift pack for mom by choosing a candy or healthy snack, and a vintage card. I’ll wrap it up for you. I have classy pearl brooches, cute puppy pins and sweet hearts gems. I’ll also be passing out granola samples for a little treat.

Beehive Bazaar
Thursday May 5th 10 am to 10 pm
Friday May 6th 10 am to 10 pm
Saturday May 7th 10 am to 8 pm
Provo Women’s Center, 310 West 500 North, Provo
The Beehive Bazaar will host more than 50 local artists, including some of my favorites – Colt Bowden, Dallas Russell, Leia Bell, Potter’s Press, Sarinda Jones and Suzanne Clements. If you don’t go for the crafts, go for the snacks. If the snacks aren’t your thing, go to check out the building. It’s ultra retro and filled with solid panes of colored glass.

Thank You!

Photo by Carrie de Azevedo-Poulsen

Thank you Salt Lake City for coming out and showing your support for our ArtDuh show at the Hive. If you weren’t able to make it for the opening, the artwork will be hanging through May, so please stop by and bask in all the fine talent on display.

A very special thank you to all of the artists involved with the show, Blue Lotus and Transfusion Hype for their beautiful performances, Kelly Greenwood and Kiliona for the music. Thank you sponsors for all of your support, and a big thank you to the Hive Gallery for hosting us!

Much Love!

Anna & Todd

Kid’s Art Supply Drive

Youth City's Ottinger Hall
Youth Citys Ottinger Hall

You have tons of things you’ll never use. Pens, tape, glue, fabric. You bought it for a project with the best intentions. But then never used it. Why not donate it to someone who will use it?

The ArtDuh First Anniversary Show opens Saturday night at the Hive Gallery. We hope you’ll come out and party with us. Bring the art supplies that are cluttering your house and give them to the best kids on earth – my students at Youth City’s Ottinger Hall. We’re accepting art supplies all the way through the end of the show on May 31. I’ve got yarn, tape, pens and fabric I’ll be dropping off. The kids art will be hanging at the gallery, too, so come check it out and get inspired by some creative young minds.

Painting Time

"Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2" - 1912

Our lives are made up of individual moments, and it is those individual moments that many artist try to capture. There are, of course, many fine examples that succeed in doing just that. They give us a moment that seems to stretch out and go on forever. But imagine trying to portray the passage of time on a two-dimensional surface. How would you do it? It is all a matter of opinion, of course, but I believe that showing a physical body as it moves through that fourth dimension is one of the most interesting ways to paint.

Artists have been trying to express the idea of time in the plastic arts for thousands of years. In Oriental, Hindu, Egyptian, and even prehistoric artwork you will often see the same character(s) repeated over and over within the same piece, doing different things, living their life. In Medieval Europe this was also common. In addition, paintings were often placed next to each other creating a diptych (two panels) or triptych (three panels), often to show the passage of time. This helped church congregations understand the continuity of a story because more people could “read” these images than could read the words written in their bible.

"Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 1" - 1911

Personally though, I am mostly interested in how the early 2oth Century artists learned to show the passage of time, even in short little bits. Perhaps the most famous painting from that period emphasizing motion was Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase”. You can see that this piece was very heavily influenced by Cubism. It may seem like I’m splitting hairs, but Cubism was more about creating that eternal moment, but from multiple angles in space. Duchamp was more concerned about showing a physical body move through time. Perhaps it is the same thing really. In theory, space and time might be considered to be basically the same thing and define each other (spacetime!). But I’m no physicist, so…

The Italian Futurists took these visual ideas to a whole new level.  There were many concepts the Futurist was expressing with their artwork, but what always stood out for me was how they captured time. Even if it was only short snatches of time. A gesture. A walking figure. A fight. A war! So beautiful.

When I look at these paintings, I can almost see the early stages of animation. Even modern film, although very early in it’s evolution, if at all. I think the reverse was also true. Technology helped painters and artists see the world in new ways too. Just check out the chronophotograph to the right, taken in the late nineteenth century of a man in a motion suit, and compare it to “Nude Descending a Staircase”.

I can’t tell you what the point behind my post is today, other than these are things that I have been thinking about for the last little while. Really, these are some of the things I have been thinking about for years and exploring the art of the past help me understand.

Lindsay Frendt’s Figure

Ha ha, I bet based on this title, you thought I was going to talk about Lindsay Frendt’s cute bod. Well it is cute, but actually I’m going to talk about figures she has drawn. I’ve seen things Lindsay has sewn and jewlery she has made, and I love it. But I wasn’t prepared for the emotional potency of her figure drawings. The Salt Lake native talks about her figure drawing experience:

“Early on I became intrigued with the human figure and never really enjoyed drawing or painting until I drew a face. It was not until I left for college that I was introduced to nude figure drawing. I loved the way that the emotions of the model as well as my own started to be portrayed on the paper. After returning to Utah after college I ended up volunteering to teach a figure drawing class at the Murray Lions Rec Center. Most of my students were women in their 70’s – 80’s and we opted for clothed models. It was an amazing experience. I have just recently begun the preparations for a series of paintings that will have some focus on the human figure.”

If you are inspired by Lindsay, there are two awesome resources for figure drawing in Salt Lake City:

  • King’s Cottage Figure Drawing Class, Tuesday nights, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., $7
  • Dr. Sketchy’s drawing class with the local burlesque girls at Bar X, info is posted at