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  • Little Shop of Horrors

    Meek florist Seymour stumbles across a new breed of plant he names 'Audrey II' - after his coworker crush. This R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune... until Seymour discovers the plant's plans for global domination!

    This eerie, boppy, and strangely hilarious musical horror-comedy is made 500% cooler under the direction of Heber's own David Liddell Thorpe. His strong background in farce, Shakespeare, film, and theatrical story-telling combined with the intimacy of Timpanogos Valley Theatre in the Historical Heber Social Hall will make for a unique night of dynamic theatre! "A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. "The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!" - Music Theatre International

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/little-shop-
  • DesignArts Utah '19 - Exhibition + Reception

    • Monday, September 23, 2019 at 08:00 AM – October 18, 2019
    • Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City, UT
    Annual juried exhibition celebrating some of Utah's best design and designers. Reception September 20, from 6 - 9pm.

    DesignArts Utah ’19 honors and celebrates some of Utah’s best designers and provides an opportunity for gallery visitors see the talent of Utah’s design community. The juror for DesignArts Utah ’18 is Gail Anderson, is the creative director of Visual Arts Press at the School of Visual Arts New York, where she has taught for close to thirty years. In fall 2019, Gail will succeed Richard Wilde as chair of BFA Advertising and BFA Design at the College Ms Anderson awarded the $3,000 juror’s award winner in the professional category to C502 Press for their project: Unity & Division. The two $500 student juror’s awards were awarded to Audrey Hancock for her video project, In your Dreams and the UVU Art & Design Department for their collaborative project, Dividing Colors: War & Rights.  The Design Arts Program of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums sponsors DesignArts Utah annually with an exhibition featuring designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/designarts-u
  • Colors of the Wild

    Paintings by local favorite Jennifer Seeley.

    Jennifer Seeley creates vibrant animal paintings with acrylics and watercolors.  Jenn works very closely with the community and you may have seen her work at the Hogle Zoo, in restaurants, galleries and art festivals, or on utility boxes throughout Salt Lake County.  She recently received the "People's Choice Award" at the Utah Arts Festival.  Jennifer has a deep appreciation for living things and her work is a celebration of this.  She often uses a palette knife to create a careful balance of spontaneity and control in her paintings.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/colors-of-th
  • Ancient Skies Through Ancient Eyes Exhibit



    Ancient Skies Through Ancient Eyes is a photographic exhibition by Mr. Bob Maynard. The exhibition opens to the public March 23, 2019, and features a selection of photographs from Maynard’s book on archeaoastronomy and night photography in the desert Southwest. Ancient Skies Through Ancient Eyes takes you on an exciting discovery of the unexpected abundance of ancient rock art and ruins in and around the Colorado Plateau of the American Southwest. It examines rock art styles and delves into ways the ancient ones used rock art panels and architecture to mark the passing of time and the seasons. The exhibition will run until October 31, 2019. Bob Maynard is a national award-winning photographer who founded Colorado Plateau Photo Tours in 2009. As a resident of Boulder, Colorado, he has held federal permits in sixteen national parks, national monuments, or BLM areas and has led workshops in 9 states. Nearly one thousand photographers have used his services. He and his wife, Cindy, have published two books, A Photographer’s Guide to Colorado’s National Parks and Monuments, and Ancient Skies Through Ancient Eyes.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/ancient-skie
  • Richard Ramos: Un|Rest

    • Monday, September 23, 2019 at 09:00 AM
    • PLATFORMS in Ogden, UT


    Un|Rest by Richard Ramos is a sculptural installation examining eight different aspects of the bed as a place or object where and with which human beings engage in activities including, but not limited to sleep. Issues involving social justice, mental health, vulnerability, illness and death will be addressed through the lens of common definitions and ideas about what a bed is. Opens at #O1PLATFORMS (490 25th Street, Ogden UT 84401) on Friday September 6 with a reception for the artist from 6-9 pm., in concert with Ogden City’s First Friday Art Stroll.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/richard-ramo
  • Children's Expression Through Painting 2019



    Paintings by Fahimeh Amiri and Students Exhibit runs from September 3 — October 25 Artist Statement “Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” —Pablo Picasso Fahimeh's Children's Art Classes are a place where young artists, ages 6 through 14, learn to create individual paintings. The realistic approach of this work requires the students to pay attention to light and shadow, color and value, texture and proportion, as well as develop a strong aesthetic sense for composition. The children's artwork is shown at the Salt Lake City Library in their yearly exhibition. This exhibition has gained popularity due to the quality of work displayed by the participating children's artwork. Their exciting work has captivated viewers all around the valley. Not only is the exhibition itself visually enchanting for viewers, it's exciting for the children as well; they gain a sense of accomplishment – these children's art classes are a great way to enhance their creative ability and self-confidence.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/childrens-ex
  • Eclectic Contrast by Veda Bray



    Exhibit runs from Sep 16 - Oct 14 Art by Veda Bray ARTIST STATEMENT My art is now a hodgepodge of different mediums and styles. I have yet to settle into my own unique artistic process and personal design. I find a lot of inspiration from my friends. Surrounding myself with like minded people and other "tortured artist" types. A lot of my art has bright color palettes and happy themes; a contrast to the mental illness and trauma burdening me. Art is a pleasant escape from everyday life. A place to get lost in for a moment. ARTIST BIO I've been the "artist of the family" since I was a kid. Everyone told me that I was this amazing artist that was going places. I was (and still am) the grandchild/nephew that everyone would send art supplies to. That was my whole identity to some people. I loved creating art. The positive attention fed my ego enough to get me through childhood. So I kept doing it. In junior high I was put into private art lessons with a local artist from our neighborhood. I consider the pieces of art I did with her to be some of my best work. Art has been a very important way of expressing myself as a person and an emotional outlet in the past. Now, the capitalistic pressure of creating good and profitable art weighs down on me and discourages me from doing it as often as I might want to.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/eclectic-con
  • Six Friends Art Exhibit

    • Monday, September 23, 2019 at 09:00 AM – October 06, 2019
    • Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, UT


    We Six Friends met as volunteers working for the Utah Artists 2002 show, a juried exhibit displayed alongside the 2002 Winter Olympics. Having since developed our own skills in various artistic mediums, we enjoy interpreting and celebrating the patterns, textures and joys of the natural world. We employ oils on canvas (and cigar boxes!), encaustic on paper, mixed media, and found objects for sculpture.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/six-friends-
  • Get Forty-fied! Utah Calligraphic Artists Exhibiti

    Celebrating 40 years of calligraphic and book arts in Utah, 1979 - 2019.

    Celebrating 40 years of amazing art and craftsmanship, the Utah Calligraphic Artists has actively sought to promote and encourage lettering arts throughout the state.  This exhibit is a collection from some of our best members with varying levels of experience.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/get-forty-fi
  • Our Best



    Utah Watercolor Society: Our Best features artwork by members who have been accepted into a minimum of two UWS Spring exhibitions. West Valley City Division of Arts and Culture are proud to present this year’s Signature/Two-star Utah Watercolor Society Members. We also welcome Al Rounds, juror for this year’s show. Al Rounds’ transparent watercolors register a beautiful familiarity with the world we all love. They carry us over miles and years, which speak of history revisited and of lives well-lived. Scouring back roads and country lanes, searching for the past, Al Rounds continues to capture a particular reverence for the pride of a place. Come view the dazzling display of watercolor at its finest, on display at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center Sept 5 – Oct 16, 2019. Opening Reception: Sept 5, 6 – 8 p.m.

    https://www.nowplayingutah.com/event/our-best/