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‘True Art Walk’ Keeping the Pace

Sep 18, 2015 23h13 ● By Rhett Wilkinson

The Sugar House Art Walk has been featured by media including FOX 13’s Big Budah (right), who interviewed artist Colleen Reynolds. Photo courtesy Laurie Bray

By Rhett Wilkinson

There is a big difference between the Sugar House Art Walk and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.

For the former, folks must actually walk.

“It’s a true art walk,” Laurie Bray, Sugar House Art Walk coordinator, said.

Perhaps it’s part of the reason why the program has gained attention. Statewide news stations visited in April 2012 and April 2013 to feature it. Along with Co-Coordinator Emily Potts and Designer Brittany Golden, Bray publicizes and provides a walk each month, except December and January. From 6-9 p.m. on second Fridays of the month, participating businesses host an artist for participants ready to be dazzled.

But media attention from popular personalities from KSL and FOX 13 only comes so often. The women routinely face a challenge in helping participants visit the lesser-known venues, but sparked by variety, the walk has run since 2011. Folks have been entertained by plein air painting and whirling dervishes.

And in June, the Sugar House Monument Plaza was dedicated. It boasts Art Deco features, recalls to proud moments of the city’s history and more.

The walk has maintained its pace ever since Bray was motivated by the Sugar House stroll a couple of years before she started the current program.

“That was the catalyst for a couple of years down the road,” Bray said. “Lots of people came down for that.”

Now, a new map is made each month because various venues want to participate. Some are art galleries; most are stores.

“The purpose is not just for a gallery stroll,” Bray said, “but so that you go back to the stores and shop.”

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