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Space for art

The new ArtSpace Commons, itself a triumph of classic Soviet Bloc architecture with more than 100 apartments, studios and galleries, will be presenting an open-gallery night for its resident artists. The show will include the photography of Peter Firth, the bottlecap art and Día de los Muertos pieces of Black Dog Art and fairly traded handmade jewelry and other products at A Gift to Africa gallery. Photographer Cat Palmer is showing her work, including part of her "Age of Aesthetics," in which 14 women shave their heads.

Artspace is also hosting an ARUP blood drive.

When • Friday, Jan. 21

Where • Art Space Commons, 824 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City

Gallery hours: 6-9 p.m. during Art Stroll. Check with individual galleries for daily hours.

Art in Utah's heart

Sure, it's 100 miles away from the capital city, but the Central Utah Art Center in Ephraim is doing intriguing things with contemporary art and ways to bring the public to it. The newest exhibits include work by Pooneh Maghazehe and Skye Steele, who are collaborating to mythologize Gerard Winstanley, a British 17th-century proto-communist who took over public lands to feed the hungry during famine. Float that idea at the Utah Legislature. In the CUAC's main space is an exhibition of work by Daniel Everett and Allan Ludwig. Both artists are graduates of Brigham Young University who left the state for further training. In a clever idea, CUAC is inaugurating a once-a-month "party bus" that will also serve as a rolling gallery to bring folks in from Utah and Salt Lake counties to its exhibits in Ephraim.

When • Through Feb. 4

Where • Central Utah Art Center, 86 S. Main, Ephraim

Gallery hours • Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Info • 435-283-5110 or

A life in images

As he approaches a century of life, Cliff Greenwood celebrates his 96 years on Earth with his first exhibit, "A Life's Work," an extensive show of his watercolors and photography. In conjunction with Friday's Salt Lake Gallery Stroll, harpist Mary Amanda will provide music at the exhibit from 6 to 9 p.m.

When • Through Feb. 11

Where • Utah Arts Festival Gallery, 230 S. 500 West, Suite 120, Salt Lake City

Gallery hours • Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Win a 'Ralph'!

Salt Lake City's Mayor's Arts Awards competition is accepting nominations for the 2011 Mayor's Artist Awards. The Awards will be presented at the Utah Arts Festival in June. Four awards will be presented in the following categories: Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literary Arts and Service to the Arts.

Deadline • Friday, March 4

Where • For nomination details and to download a nomination form, visit

Info • Utah Arts Festival Office at 801-322-2428 or

Art in the Barn

Tessa Barton's photography, a Naomi Marine mixed-media installation and Helenka Bimstein's mixed-media pieces will be on exhibit at the Art Barn in Reservoir Park. The galleries will be open for Friday's art stroll, 6-9 p.m.

When • Through March 3

Where • Finch Lane Gallery/Art Barn, 54 Finch Lane, off 1340 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City

Gallery hours • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Info • 801-596-5000