Gallery owner Tyler Braun said he is excited about the upcoming exhibit that will feature the work of four artists from the community. He said there is no real theme to the exhibit; he just wanted to showcase the work of talented artists.
“I know a lot of artists,” Braun said. “And I’m always intrigued by new work.”
Rather than take a commission from each piece sold for hosting the exhibition, Braun said he thought it would be a better idea to let them give back to the community in a way they saw fit.
“If I were to take a commission,” Braun said. “It would be 30 percent.
“But instead I told them to take that 30 percent and donate it to a non-profit of their choice,” he added.
Kipp Howard, one of the four artists who will have work shown Saturday night, said that he plans to donate to two separate non-profits, the Groovefest American Music Festival, and the Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center.
Howard was not the only artist to choose the crisis center as their beneficiary; Heather Cox said that since October is Domestic violence Awareness month she felt as though the crisis center was a perfect choice.
The Iron County Care and Share was chosen by painter Tim Jankowiak, who said that since his wife works there he has a deep understanding of how much of an impact even a little donation can make for homeless people in Iron County.
“I’m very aware of the high poverty rate in Iron County and Cedar City,” Jankowiak said. “Not just at the food pantry, but the general problems with homelessness.
I am (also) aware of some of the good things that can be done to help alleviate that problem,” he added.
Braun said that each artist has a distinct style of their own, and that some of them have created work specifically for this exhibit. He said he cannot wait to see it all pulled together, because he knows those lucky enough to see it will be happy with the investment of their time.
“It’s going to be something,” Braun said. “Ryan Kay, who does the lights and sound for Groovefest, is going to highlight the roughness of the rafters in the ceiling with lights.
“We are going to have a short marimba performance, and refreshments,” he added.
Braun said he is not sure what the future holds for Studio 546, but for now he is enjoying the learning experience.
“Who knows,” he said. “One day we could be having “Exhibit #127” – or maybe just “Exhibit #27” – but for right now it’s “Exhibit #3”, and that’s good.”
“Exhibit #3” at Studio 546 opens at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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