The equinoxes—the time of year when day and night are of equal length—are celebrated by a large segment of the Salt Lake City arts community at Poor Yorick Studios’ biannual open house. And it’s fitting, because the 50-plus artists working in the 40 studios in the west-side industrial-district building sometimes don’t seem to know night from day, either, if the astonishing amount of work they create is any indication.
The chance to see artists working in their native environment, ask them questions and even share some refreshments is something you can’t beat with a palette knife. Some of the most notable local artists hone their artistic chops at Poor Yorick, like painter/printmaker Joey Behrens, mixed-media surrealist Grant Fuhst, photographer Cat Palmer, and designer/sculptor Ryan K. Peterson, whose props and characters have been seen in major motion pictures.
The clutter and detritus in some of these workspaces is the closest thing to getting inside the artist’s mind, but it’s also one of the best art parties of the year—an opportunity to mingle with other art lovers in an all-around festive atmosphere—as artists shake off the cold and greet the season with renewed creativity. Artist Stefanie Dykes has created a Poor Yorick T-shirt design for the event. The gypsy swing sounds of the Red Rock Hot Club herald the season, and anticipate a painting tour studio proprietor Brad Slaugh is leading to France in May.