Local Artist Collective Commemorates its One-year Anniversary with Visual Artists and Live Music


Desarae Lee
Downtown Artist Collective

Local Artist Collective Commemorates its One-year Anniversary with Visual Artists and Live Music

Downtown Artist Collective celebrates a year of successful gallery shows, community workshops, and local arts events.

Salt Lake City, UT: Downtown Artist Collective (DAC) will celebrate its one-year anniversary event on October 20th. In its first year, the DAC hosted twelve gallery shows, one holiday market, and more than thirty workshops and community events. The mission of the DAC is to provide a space for fine artists to interact with and teach the community while displaying their work and collaborating and learning through the arts. The anniversary event will feature art from its newest members such as local favorites Jeffrey Hale and Matthew Conlon, as well as returning members such as Chris Bodily and Heather Romney.

DAC is unique in that its members collectively run all aspects of the gallery, from staffing to event planning to community outreach.  At the anniversary event, the community is invited to:

  • View work by its newest artist members, as well as some returning favorites.
  • Listen to live music by local musician Austin Deckard.
  • Interact with DAC members.
  • Interact with DAC board members to discuss how DAC has and will continue to benefit the community.
  • Sign up for upcoming workshops and events.

The DAC One-Year Anniversary Celebration will be held on October 20th at 258 East 100 South in Salt Lake City from 6-9pm. Live music by Austin Deckard. Drink and refreshment will be provided.

Along with rotating art exhibits, the DAC hosts many community workshops and events. One of these recurring workshops, titled “WeCan,” focuses on nurturing women in the community by addressing traditionally taboo topics. Led by DAC Member Emily Bagley and co-facilitator Martina McBride, this workshop encourages women to explore and communicate through connection and art.

“We want to create a space where women can talk about issues that they may not be comfortable talking about and then use art as a way to communicate about the topic,” says Emily. “Having this intimate setting makes a really big difference for everyone who comes,” she continues.

“I’ve loved seeing this space grow into a community destination,” says DAC board member Desarae Lee. “We’ve featured some well-established local artists and given some new-comers to the scene a place to hold their first major show. And I love seeing people just walk in off the street to find out more about our local arts scene.”

About Downtown Artist Collective: Downtown Artist Collective is an artist co-op founded by local artists and entrepreneurs, a place for artists and the community to come together through galleries, studio, and learning space located in Downtown Salt Lake City.