THE BLOCKS URBAN PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL

25 Local Artists to Activate 10 Different Locations September 13 – 15

 

Salt Lake City (September 11, 2018) THE BLOCKS, Utah’s premier arts, cultural and entertainment district, a program Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County, are activating downtown streets and underutilized urban spaces during a three-day live painting demonstration from September 13 – 15. The Urban Plein Air Festival invites audiences to engage with participating artists and get a view into their process of completing a painting, providing the opportunity to see art in the making. A curated team of 25 artists will demonstrate their painting skills to the public at 10 different locations in the downtown area.

Painting will take place on September 13 & 14 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and September 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This three-day festival will culminate with an exhibition of the completed works on September 21 at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Individual paintings will be available for purchase with proceeds going to local charities.

“This project will not only showcase the talents of 25 local artists but also their process.” said THE BLOCKS Artistic Director, Tyler Bloomquist. “The creation of a painting, or a work in any other creative discipline, can sometimes be a mystery to audiences. Sharing the creative process with audiences diminishes the barrier this mystery sets up and promotes a better understanding and appreciation of the work and role of our local artists, and will hopefully inspire someone’s own creative curiosity.”

The Urban Plein Air Festival is the second project from THE BLOCKS, Salt Lake’s Cultural Core. THE BLOCKS represent the culmination of an eight-year, community-based process to showcase the rich, vibrant arts and cultural opportunities within Salt Lake’s Cultural Core. The new Cultural Core brand and accompanying marketing support will promote and package artistic experiences and urge the community to rediscover our wealth of artists, performance groups, filmmakers, photographers and unexpected delights.

Visit theblocksslc.com to see a full list of participating artists.

A map of artist locations is available at https://www.dropbox.com/s/dtvwf8d0v54c2uk/Urban%20Plein%20Air_PC_v1a2.jpg?dl=0

THE BLOCKS is a visionary initiative of the City and County to promote the abundance and vibrancy of our creative community, facilitate partnerships and collaborations, and activate underutilized spaces to establish downtown Salt Lake City as the premier cultural district of the Intermountain West. For more information, visit theblocksslc.com