Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Guest Blogger Ryan Neely

Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll...every first FridayJune was another smashing success for an increasingly popular Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll. Truly, some of Utah's best artists were on display at several openings across downtown. Several highlights include Terra Nova, which showcased new works by Brian Kirshisnik, Doug Fryer, Chris Thornock, and many others. Coleman Studios featured works by the Utah County Artists Guild, and the Sego Art Center had a group show featuring Allan Ludwig, Gian Pierotti, and Rebecca Neely. Solo shows are featured at Gallery 110, Mode Boutique, and Coal Umbrella – featuring Lumina Gershfield, Janelle Wride, and Allan Ludwig respectively.

I was pleased to see so many groups of people walking around downtown enjoying the art. Thanks to the support of everyone who came, Provo is quickly becoming a cultural mainstay in the state, no longer an after thought in the minds of art lovers across the state. With strong showings across the city, in a wide array of media and styles, we are placing ourselves at the forefront of artistic development and intellectual thought. It's a great reminder of why art is so important to the city of Provo and its citizens. To all those who have helped and supported, thank you, and please tell your friends and family!

Next Gallery Stroll falls on the 4th of July, but that doesn't mean there won't be any shows. Check back for official schedules, but you can count on seeing more great art next month!

Your friend in art,

Ryan Neely

Editor's Note: Ryan Neely, owner of Mode Boutique, is contracted by the Downtown Alliance to co-ordinate the gallery stroll. For more regular posting about the Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll please click here. Also, join the Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll group on facebook!

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