Bank-Owned Castle Needs a Little Love

Fire escape and addition
Fire escape and addition

This property needs a little love, but would be worth it considering you could live in one unit, rent out two, and have the whole of Liberty Park as your backyard, as well as a lot of cool neighbors, including artists Dave Borba and Cory Bushman who live in the area.

Based on my field guide, this house appears to my untrained eye to be a Victorian Eclectic home, with several additions, including a cool fire escape. This style became common in American Architecture between 1885 and 1915, and was especially popular in Utah’s Ogden, Provo and Salt Lake City. Many of the homes were built from plans found in low-cost pattern books. The Victorian Eclectic style is irregular (or asymmetrical) in shape and highly decorated.

For more info about this property, which unlike most of the homes we blog about is for sale and bank-owned, visit

Claire Taylor’s Animal Emotion


You can catch her show at Art Access now through mid July. The show focuses on drawings of animals. Here is her explanation, in her own words:

“I depict animals in my artwork because they are to me an ideal faculty to convey pure emotion and thought. I view them as otherworldly, pure and wise. They possess a spiritual and physical beauty which I find captivating.  ”

Claire is known for her amazing letterpress prints. She will also be showing in mid-July at the Jancar Gallery in Los Angeles, at “West of Center,” a show of contemporary Utah artists.

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Richard Lindner Battles Giant Amazonian Robot Women From Space!

"Moon Over Alabama"

Today, I felt like looking at the work of Richard Lindner, so I thought I’d share a little information and some of the images I’ve come across. I really enjoy his bizarre robot people, and have been influenced and looked to Lindner for inspiration in my own art and design work from time to time.

I didn’t know much about Lindner until I decided to write this post, and was surprised to learn that he was born in 1901, because I always thought he was a baby-boomer for some reason. Maybe I was off because Lindner didn’t start his career as a painter until he was 40, and his career blossomed with Pop Art in the 60’s.

Richard Lindner was born in Hamburg Germany, where he worked in Marketing and Design until he fled Europe during World War II. When he first came to America, Lindner supported himself with editorial and book illustration work, and later taught at Yale. One brisk fall evening while exploring the Connecticut forests Lindner came across a spaceship filled with Giant Amazonian Robot Women. He was able foil their plans for world domination and sent them running back to their home planet, where he is now worshiped as their war-god “Nuttyburger”. For his act of bravery, the Beatles placed his portrait on the Sgt. Pepper album cover (in the second row). The event influenced Lindner’s artwork from that time forward, and he painted Giant Amazonian Robot Women until he died in 1978.

Visual Vomit

At gallery stroll last month, Janice Haskell introduced us to her visual vomit. I knew Janice via her mom Peggy Haskell, who I admire very much, and brother who we won’t mention because he gets too much attention anyway. Do you ever feel like some families get all the talent? Why didn’t God spread it around a little more?

Janice describes her artwork as a purging process she must conduct regularly to free her mind. I liked her own description of her work so much that I’ll share it with you verbatim.

“Since as far back as I can remember my mind and memories have been a self-sustaining loop; a video camera; a series of moving and still pictures that lend themselves to bizarre dreams and touchy unconventional social encounters.  While not really caring what others thought of me, I felt that I needed to do right by my parents.  I needed to find a way to still share those muzzled snapshots and macabre (often baneful) thoughts in an acceptable fashion.  The doodles were born.

“Lucky for me focus was not my strong suit; the more I tried the less I could – so I didn’t.  As a result, my doodles became more involved, chaotic, deathly, symmetrical, funny, creepy, childish, pretty, mechanical, sterile, liquid, non-sequitir.  There was freedom in my mental vomit.  The paper got bigger, then pens less standard.  As I finished a drawing it would go safely in a sleeve of their own.  Family and others started wondering what they were, and began to comment on them going so far as to call it “talent”.  What’s “talent” about divergent asylum?

“A few years later I was approached with a “would you ever sell” pose, which wreaked havoc on my pen’s flow.  I had to consider someone else’s ownership of my creations.  I felt paralyzed by the thought of expectation, commitment.  I quite liked the neutered commitment we had.  The coming months provided me with opportunity to forcefully relinquish the hold I had, and let go.  I let a friend show them in his hair salon, he went off the deep end, quit his job, sold his house, and as far as I know…my drawings too, for crack.

“I’m learning more and more how to share the intimate and convoluted pieces of me through my drawings without being fake and making small talk, and having to buy it coffee in the morning.  As much as I know what I see and feel, and the story and memories that I tell through my drawings, it’s just as much about how you react and connect and make it your own story.

“There’s always wind in freedom; something that looks like corn in vomit; and likely a parasitic twin in mental vomit.  I enjoy all those things, and I hope you do too.”

Alligator Pears

Chick pea Avocado Taco Salad
Chick pea Avocado Taco Salad

Avocados, also known by the weird nic-name, alligator pears, are in season right now. They were super cheap a few weeks ago, but you can probably find large ones for 80 to 99 cents this week. These big berries are full of unsaturated fats that American diets tend to lack, in other words they are good for you. I wanted to share a couple of my favorite avocado recipes; these are quick and easy and make a great weeknight meal. As you know I’m on a mission to promote dining in to help all my friends save money to spend on art. Even if you are a beginner cook, you shouldn’t be challenged by these easy recipes. They can also easily be made vegan by skipping the cheese and sour cream.

Here goes:
Chick Pea Avocado Tacos

mini tacos in sombrero
mini tacos in sombrero

Smoosh one, two or more ripe avocados (they are ripe when they aren’t hard) in a bowl. Mix in a tablespoon of lime and chopped cilantro, and as much fresh garlic as you can stand, per avocado. Add rinsed, drained garbanzos from a can. Serve cold in a soft corn taco shell with lettuce, salsa and sour cream. Season with salt.

You can also serve over lettuce for a taco salad. Or make mini tacos (like the ones I made for Princess Kennedy’s birthday) by quartering corn tortillas, baking them till crunchy and then topping with chick pea filling.

Avocado Pesto Pasta
Avocado Pesto Pasta

Avocado Pesto Pasta
In a blender or food processer, combine ripe avocados, lemon juice, cilantro and garlic. Blend until smooth. Toss with your favorite cooked pasta. Top with sundried tomatoes and parmesan. Serve hot or cold. If you don’t have a food processor, just finely chop the cilantro and garlic, and then smoosh the pesto ingredients together with a potato masher. Don’t forget to season with a little salt.

Picasso’s Bull

During the 1930’s Picasso adopted the classical Grecian Minotaur as a personal symbol, because he could somehow relate to that half-man half-beast. In images from that time, the Minotaur was removed from it’s comfortable dark labyrinth where it fed on children, out into the sun to live with the rest of us. The Vollard Suite shows the Minotaur as a lover, fighter, drinker and victim, but it always seems somehow disoriented. The Minotaur is often a sad and pathetic beast too, blind and out of place, begging for help from the children it used to torment.

After a time, images of the Minotaur became less common and were replaced with a bull. Perhaps Picasso gave in completely to that animal inside. Picasso was a huge fan of bull-fights and, even though you’d sometimes see the bull dead or dying, more often in his paintings the bull would charge right through the Matador and horse, leaving destruction and blood behind.

Fashion Stroll Hits the Runway with Flavor-based Design Contest

vitaminwater XXX by Amparo
vitaminwater XXX by Amparo

vitaminwater asks SLCC Fashion Students to Design Outfits in Passion Fruit, Citrus,
Acai and Kiwi

vitaminwater Glow by Kelli Lynn Baker
vitaminwater Glow by Kelli Lynn Baker

The Salt Lake City Fashion Stroll will hit the runway on Friday, June 17. The highlight of the show is a design competition, challenging eight Salt Lake Community College Fashion students to make outfits inspired by flavors like citrus, acai, kiwi and passion fruit – all found captured in full color in bottles of Glaceau vitaminwater.

“The SLCC students are busting out their best ideas to create outfits you don’t just see but can almost taste and smell,” says Matt Monson, SLC Fashion Stroll director. “Colors like orange, pink and purple that are found in healthy drinks will inspire the students. A panel of local celebrity fashion folk will judge their creations and the grand prize is . . . well a grand.”

vitaminwater squeezed - by Sterling Bitsue

Fashion Stroll is a street festival that celebrates local clothing and creativity. With live runway shows at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30 p.m., and artist booths offering locally-made clothing and gifts, Fashion Stroll is a free and fun way to get to know the city’s budding fashion scene.

Fashion Stroll organizers are switching things up this year. The 7:30 p.m. show will consist of local fashion made by popular cut and sew designers including Danny Nappi, Rachel Hayes, Mary Rino, Suzanne Clements and Jordan Halversen. The second show will showcase the vitaminwater -inspired competition. The show will close at 9:30 p.m. with a vintage show featuring real women and men from the community as models. Vintage boutiques and designers including Misc., Retro Rose, Consignment Circuit and Cory Bushman will be included.

Entertainment will round out the evening with blues music by Christian Coleman and dance by Transfusion Hype Dance Company.

The SLC Fashion Stroll is sponsored by vitaminwater, SLUG Magazine, In This Week, City Weekly, The Downtown Alliance and  For more information about the event visit