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Artists mix and mingle at gala

ANNA BLOOMOf the Record staff

Last Saturday, 100 members young and old from the Utah art community convened to network at Utah’s first Artists’ Gala.

Students from Weber State University and the University of Utah mingled with established Utah artists and galleries. Some said they came to see how they measured up, others to reconnect with old friends. Five Park City galleries attended the gala, including Coda Gallery, Phoenix, Terzian Galleries, Julie Nester Gallery and the Paisley Pomegranate.

Curtis Olsen, an artist who splits his time between his studio in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and his new studio in Park City, was also in attendance. His work was at Phoenix Gallery’s booth, the gallery that carries his work in Park City.

"It’s fantastic, and it’s what’s great about Utah there’s much more of a community of artists here, especially in Salt Lake," he said. "I find it’s so important to have artist friends to bounce ideas off of."

Terzian Galleries manager Emily Chaney organized the gala, which was held at the Utah Opera Studios in Salt Lake City. She reports by the evening’s end, attendees had donated $300 for Art Access, an organization that provides art activities to adults and children with disabilities.

Artists voted by e-mail before the event for the artist they felt had contributed the most to the Utah artist community. The award went to Shawn Rossiter, creator of 15 Bytes, the online Utah art magazine (located online at ).

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Chaney said the idea was to create a less intimidating space to get to know others in the Utah artist community. She plans to hold the gala again next year.