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Monday, July 23, 2012

News: Craft Lake City's "Celebration of the Hand" Opens on Friday, July 20

Craft Lake City’s “Celebration of the Hand” Opens on Friday, July 20
SALT LAKE CITY, Wednesday, July 18 –Craft Lake City’s walk-able outdoor gallery exhibit titled, “Celebration of the Hand” opens on Friday, July 20 in conjunction with July’s Gallery Stroll. The exhibit features the work of twelve Craft Lake City artisans who have utilized the steel Plakats, which are adjacent to the sidewalks on the North and South sides of Broadway (300 South) between 200 West and 200 East. Craft Lake City was granted usage of the Plakats by The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change.

Artisans include Annika DiMeo, Michelle Christensen, Nic Annette Miller, Tommy Dolph, Issac Hastings, Rachelle Smith, Angela Flicker, Laura Frisk, Carrie Wakefield, Jorge Arellano, Eleanor Scholz and Candace Jean Anderson. “Celebration of the Hand” is open 24/7 and installations will remain in place until October.

“Our 12 chosen artisans have been hard at work creating their Plakat installations since the end of April. I am excited to see their hard work be displayed for all to enjoy on July 20,” says Festival Director Angela H. Brown. “Working with The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change on this project has been an exciting opportunity for Craft Lake City.” The plakats were installed in 2007, and have been utilized by various non-profits, such as Sundance, Spy Hop and Tumbleweeds Film Festival. “The Celebration of the Hand” will be displayed through the festival, which takes place on Saturday, August 11 at the Gallivan Center.

Craft Lake City will be on 300 South between West Temple and Main Street on Friday, July 20 from 6 to 8 p.m., handing out programs that explain each Plakat and educating passersby about Celebration of the Hand. A downloadable program will be available on craftlakecity.com and in addition, QR codes will be posted on each Plakat, which will take the scanner to a profile for the piece they are looking at.

About Craft Lake City: The Craft Lake City festival is an annual outdoor celebration of Utah’s DIY handmade culture. Held yearly in August at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, the festival features over 200 local artisans and DIY Engineers, along with live entertainment that includes demonstrations, street performers, musical acts, and local food vendors. Throughout the year, Craft Lake City organizes various events to keep the community active and aware of the local DIY culture and continues its support of local artisans, through workshops, demonstrations, gallery shows and fundraisers. Craft Lake City was started in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, editor and publisher of SLUG Magazine, as a way to showcase the DIY community across the state. Craft Lake City has filed paperwork with the IRS and is awaiting non-profit 501 (c)(3) approval. For more information about Craft Lake City check out craftlakecity.com, like us on Facebook (facebook.com/Craft.Lake.City) and follow us on Twitter (@craftlakecity).

About The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change: The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change is a community based, participatory project that uses the ever-changing development processes underway in Salt Lake City as catalysts to animate city life. The Museum engages a variety of audiences using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that includes performance art and video production, visual art, urban archaeology, anthropology, local history, existing businesses and ongoing deconstruction and construction processes as spectacles for people of all ages. Together these elements provide teachable moments in our efforts to manage and celebrate change. This Museum has no specific address. Rather it is a construction of ideas, installations and illuminations that comprise a new way of seeing our city.


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