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One door opens, another closes at Gallery Stroll

Published August 14, 2013 3:29 pm

Art galleries • Williams Fine Art finds new home, Utah Arts Alliance closes Main Street site.
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This month's Salt Lake Gallery Stroll marks a new start for one gallery and the end of another.

Longtime gallery owner Clayton Williams is opening a new incarnation of his gallery, Williams Fine Art, in the Avenues.

The move from the gallery at 641 E. South Temple marks the end of Williams' partnership with Tom Alder — a parting that Williams said is amicable. Alder will continue at the old location, now renamed Alderwood Fine Art.

The new Williams Fine Art, at 132 E St., across the street from the Open Classroom, will have the same emphasis on Utah-made fine art — from living artists and from greats such as LeConte Stewart — that Williams has emphasized for 25 years.

The new space marks a business partnership between Williams and Werner Weixler, who operates his business — a combination of furniture manufacturer, art gallery and interior design — at the same location.

Williams Fine Art will have a reception Friday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the new gallery. Valet parking is available. Call 801- 712-7577 to RSVP.

Meanwhile, the Utah Arts Alliance is closing its gallery on Salt Lake City's Main Street with a final exhibit, called "Mission: Accomplished."

The UAA Gallery opened in 2007 at 127 S. Main, with the goal of revitalizing downtown Main Street at a time when storefronts were boarded up and the two nearby malls, Crossroads Plaza and the ZCMI Center, were in decline.

"For years people have talked about the need for a true arts district downtown, with the idea that this block would be the heart of cultural core," Derek Dyer, UAA's executive director, said in a statement. "So we decided the best way to make that happen was to actually do it."

The "Mission: Accomplished" title refers to the growth on Main Street since the gallery's opening. The malls have been replaced by the shiny City Creek Center, and the building where the gallery now sits is set to be demolished to make way for a performing-arts center.

Friday's reception, from 6 to 10 p.m., is the first of four events marking the Utah Arts Alliance's 10th anniversary. More events are slated later this year at the UAA's other locations: the Urban Arts Gallery in The Gateway, the SLC Arts Hub west of The Gateway and The Cube Performing Arts Space downtown.

Other highlights of the August Gallery Stroll:

• "Kinetic Spaces," an installation staged by Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, will appear for one night, Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at UMOCA, 20 S. West Temple. The dance event will co-exist with the art now on display at UMOCA, a living installation piece featuring six dancers, a video artwork by Ellen Bromberg and a video installation by Daniel Charon (Ririe-Woodbury's artistic director). UMOCA also will unveil its Art Truck installation for 2013-14, featuring the work of artist Calder Kamin. Food trucks will be parked outside, and an open cash bar will be running inside.

• History and its aftermath are explored in "The Second Lore," a group show opening at the CUAC gallery, 175 E. 200 South. Berlin-based curators Margherita Belaief (of Peres Projects) and Marta Fontolan (of Galerie Neu) selected the installation and video works. Artists in the show "insert a personal rewriting of canonical events that have shaped their culture's history, which in turn subtly destabilizes 'historical truth.' " The reception, from 6 to 9 p.m., will be part of the Edison Quarter Art Walk Block Party. It runs from 7 p.m. to midnight and features live music from local bands on two stages at the 2nd & 2nd block.

• Spy Hop Productions is throwing its own Street Party, 5 to 8 p.m., at Spy Hop's HQ at 511 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City. Tacos, cotton candy and popcorn will be served, and there will be music by an in-house DJ. People can screen-print their own T-shirt or help make a collaborative stop-motion animated film. B Boy Federation will perform at 6:15 p.m., and Spy Hop students will show some of this year's films starting at 7 p.m.

For more information on participating galleries, go to gallerystroll.org.