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It's a tradition

The Living Traditions Festival kicks off the summer season with craft demonstrations, performances and a diversity of art. Special guest artists are Bomba Estéreo, from Bogotá, Colombia, Vieux Farka Touré from Mali and Boukman Eksperyans from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Best of all, it's free.

When • Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-7 p.m.

Where • Washington Square, 450 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City

Great art cheap

It's time for the annual Art Adoption that showcases the "neglected" art of local artists. Sure, it's an opportunity for you to get some art — cheap — for your apartment or some jewelry for your digits. But make no mistake, this is not junk. Featured artists include Sri Whipple, Trent Call, Teresa Flowers, Leia Bell, Andy Chase, Ernst Gentry, Travis Bone and Mike Murdock. The Art Adoption is raising funds for Holding Out HELP, a nonprofit helping people trying to leave polygamous communities.

When • Saturday, May 16

Gallery hours • 7-10 p.m.

Where • Signed & Numbered, 2320 S. West Temple, South Salt Lake (new location).

Info •

His green period

Art can make money, but can making money be art? Ask New York Times "Your Money" columnist Carl Richards, an "accidental" artist who uses simple sketches to explain investor behavior — he's giving a talk at the Kimball Art Center. Richards' editor at the Times, Ron Lieber, will introduce the filthy lucre artist.

When • Thursday, 6 p.m.

Where •, Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., Park City

Info •, 435.649.8882

Taking it to the streets

With Ogden, Park City and Salt Lake City's more conventional summer art festivals looming, an Urban Arts Festival is a refreshing idea. Gray Wall Gallery and the Utah Arts Alliance is sponsoring the event to celebrate the city's urban artistic culture. Local musicians, dancers, skateboarders and artists will perform. Gray Wall's Tamara Fox explains the idea started as a modest community art project, then snowballed into a street festival. "I think the response we've gotten from musicians, artists and the public proves how much this event is needed."

When • Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Where • Between 300 W. and 400 W. Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City

Legends of lost art

Can't remember where you left that personal masterwork? The Rio Gallery will showcase artwork that was never reclaimed by artists over the past 20 years. Some of the works in the Unclaimed Art Show are by known artists who just never picked them up after the show, others are by artists who changed addresses and some works are just not identified. Presumably the next step will be to sell it.

When • Monday, May 23-June 9.

Where • Rio Gallery, 300 S. Rio Grande St. (455 West), Salt Lake City

Gallery hours • Mondays to Thursdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Info •, 801-860-6396.

Glass Guild show

The Utah Glass Arts Guild annual show that includes beautiful kiln-formed, torch-worked and hand-blown glass is up this week.

When • Friday May 20-June 10.

Where • Patrick Moore Gallery, 2233 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City

Hard to look at

The shocking — there's no other word for it — paintings of Mexican drug violence done by El Pastor (aka José Antonio Galván) are on exhibit and for sale at Ken Sanders' bookshop. All proceeds go to benefit the asylum for drug addicts and mentally ill that Galván runs near Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, which has been dubbed the "Murder Capital of the World."

When • Through June 4

Where • Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S. 200 East, Salt Lake City

Can you draw a double helix?

The Utah Public Art Program and Utah State University are calling for proposals from artists to create art for the exterior of the newly completed USTAR Innovation Campus facility in Cache County. Here's the work order: "The art created should be an important part of the inspiration and stimulus for the scientific innovation of the biomedical research planned for this interdisciplinary facility of research."

Deadline • July 21, 5 p.m.

Where • Jim Glenn, USU Project, Utah Public Art Program, 300 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Info •, 801-533-3585.

Yet another fest

If it doesn't snow yet again, Millcreek folks can indulge in a Spring Artfest that includes food, music and art. The fest will provide a valet bike lot for those arriving under their own power.

When • Friday May 20

Where • Flynn Artipelago Studios, 3474 S. 2300 East, Salt Lake City

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