This month, the People with AIDS Coalition of Utah will participate in Gallery Stroll, a monthly art exhibition in which several Salt Lake City galleries roll out work by local and out of state artists.
December is a particularly appropriate time for PWACU to join Gallery Stroll, said Director Toni Johnson, because the month’s theme ties into World AIDS Day. To commemorate people who have died of AIDS participating galleries will cover at least one of their displayed pieces as part of A Day Without Art. PWACU will do the same at Our Store: Your Thrift Alternative where it will show work by four local artists, three of whom are people with HIV/AIDS.
“This is going to be our first time sponsoring Gallery Stroll, and I, of course, think that [having this theme for our first time] is really awesome,” said Johnson.
A Day Without Art, Johnson explained, marks Our Store’s entry as a permanent Gallery Stroll venue. Although the store is open to displaying artwork by any local artist, Johnson said that it gives a preference for local artists with HIV/AIDS.
Artists featured at Our Store’s first Gallery Stroll are Stanley Trujillo, Matthew Gerber, Sandy Parsons and Dewayne Sessions, the latter a person with AIDS and a long time PWACU member who recently passed away.
Johnson said that Sessions’ piece, a circle plate displaying the red HIV/AIDS Awareness ribbon and ribbons for a number of other causes, has special meaning for her, because Sessions created it during a PWACU-sponsored art class.
“I was there when he made it,” she said.
True to the day’s theme one piece, a work by Gerber, will be covered for the night and unveiled the following day. All pieces will be for sale.
Gallery Stroll at Our Store: Your Thrift Alternative will be held Dec. 5 from 6:00–9:00 p.m., and artwork will be displayed and available for purchase until the next Gallery Stroll in January. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of City Gourmet.
To learn more about Gallery Stroll and its venues visit gallerystroll.org.