Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
It's been awhile since I posted an interview feature on the blog, but I didn't want this guy to slip away before he saluted ol'USU farewell. Ernie Gentry is a third year graduate student in the ceramics program, a long standing resident here in the studios of USU and one heck of a funny and fabulous character. Ernie has been around these parts for the past six years, arriving back in 2004 one week after getting hitched to his southern belle, Sage. Ernie is also a southerner, hailing from Clinton, Mississippi and a product of Ol'Miss' a.k.a. University of of Mississippi's BFA program. His classified 'special ' student status here in Logan eventually led him into the MFA program, which he began in 2007 and is now about to finish! Hooray Ernie!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Nearly all art students that come to study in Utah at some point make the pilgrimage out to the Spiral Jetty, located in the north arm of the Great Salt Lake smack center in the state of Utah, or at least attempt to find it. Our pal Sunshine invited us to come along today on an adventure to locate it out in the middle of nowhere. It is about a 2 hour drive from Logan, the second half of which is off-roading and needless to say, slow going. The kids and I were thrilled to go along for the bumpy ride and do a little salt flat running once we got there to stretch out our legs.
The earthwork sculpture was built 40 years ago by American artist Robert Smithson. With the help of a local earthmoving contractor and his machine, Smithson used black basalt rocks and earth from the immediate shoreline to create a 1500 feet long and 15 feet wide spiral coil stretching counterclockwise out into the Great Salt Lake.
In 1970 ,the water level of the lake was unusually low because of a drought. For the last three decades the water level was higher which submerged the jetty underwater, until in 2004 when it became exposed again and has remained visible ever since.With the remote location, and serene surroundings, our visit seemed almost spiritual in some ways. We picnicked out on the jetty and spent some time walking its length before it became too hot and my children, too tired. Again, another glorious day to daytrip and a sure bet for making sure the kids are in bed and asleep by 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
It was by no means on the magnitude of some of this year's earlier earthquakes that have been occurring around the world, but Utah received its own shaker, at 4.9 on the scale this evening around supper time. It is the largest earthquake to hit Utah since one in 1992 in southwestern Utah, this one happened right in our backyard. Randolph, a little town on the Wyoming-Utah border is about 70 miles from Logan, and where the earthquake hit. Apparently big enough to make world news, I received a call from my mom wondering if all was okay without me even having realized we'd had one. Her call did remind me though that around that time I'd been leaning up against an interior door frame in our house and suddenly felt my body sway involuntarily, but had chalked it up to the lack of sleep I've been getting the last few nights with two little sickies at home. Tomorrow we're staying home and concentrating on getting better and waiting for the aftershocks.