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Art Exhibit

2023-04-29 16:00:00 2023-04-29 17:30:00 America/Denver [[ PORTALS ]] Artwork by Brooklyn Ottens • Exhibit runs from April 29 to June 9, 2023. Main Library -

Saturday, April 29
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Add to Calendar 2023-04-29 16:00:00 2023-04-29 17:30:00 America/Denver [[ PORTALS ]] Artwork by Brooklyn Ottens • Exhibit runs from April 29 to June 9, 2023. Main Library -

Artwork by Brooklyn Ottens • Exhibit runs from April 29 to June 9, 2023.

[[ A portal is an extraordinary opening in space or time that connects and calls attention to spatial transition. It can connect travelers to distant realms, be a door into the unknown, or mark a separation of a sacred precinct from a profane one. Thus it has characteristics of both a path and a place; simultaneously a termination and a beginning. ]]

From an early age, the majestic beauty of Utah's wild has instilled in me an intimate love for the outdoors. It has propelled me on an everlasting journey to connect with that peace, silence, space, and clarity only Mother Nature can offer. I am inspired by rock art done by the original Utah Natives and the connection and meaning it had to those people. I also look at the patterns and symbolism present in many other cultures and countries around the world. I think about the longevity of those patterns and the stories one small symbol can tell; whether to this generation or the next.

That connection to nature has taught me a basic concept that "life is not about perfection, but about progress". It has helped show me the interrelation of all things; that everything in our world, both natural and synthetic, is made up of energy and carries with it a certain vibration. When creating, I try to imagine the frequency a certain object or image might carry, then interpret that into each unique design. My goal is to express a view free from the confines of dualism; instead tapped into the consciousness of life and the joys of creating.

Through my artwork, I try to share that freedom and clarity to the viewer. I hope my pieces can be a portal to a calmer reality, one where the stresses and routines of daily life are lifted, if just for a moment. By creating something both natural and graphic, modern and ancient, illusion and reality, I’m inviting the viewer to leave everything behind and just BE.

Brooklyn Ottens has always called Utah home. She was born and raised in Utah County and has lived in downtown Salt Lake City for the past 14 years. In 2014, she got an art studio at the historic Guthrie Artist Studios and has continued to create there for the past 8 years. She creates multimedia works using pen & ink, acrylic, aerosol, oils, and watercolor on paper and wood panels.

Brooklyn is currently enrolled at Salt Lake Community College, where she is working towards a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. In 2022, she received the Terry Martin Award at the Annual SLCC Student Showcase for one of her artworks. Since 2020, she has gotten the opportunity to paint several murals around Salt Lake Valley and hopes to create more public art in the future.

She has shown and sold her work all over Salt Lake City from Craft Lake City and Urban Arts Festivals, to Mural Fest and the public library galleries. Creative expression has always been a part of her life; whether it be art, screen printing, murals, fashion, or installation design, she possesses a constant and natural urge to create.

AGE GROUP: | All Ages | Adults |

EVENT TYPE: | Exhibits | Arts & Creativity |

Main Library

Mon, Jun 10 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Tue, Jun 11 10:00AM to 8:00PM
Wed, Jun 12 10:00AM to 8:00PM
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Fri, Jun 14 10:00AM to 6:00PM
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About the branch

NOTE: The Main Library's Rooftop Terrace is closed for renovations.

Salt Lake City's Main Library, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie in conjunction with VCBO Architecture, opened in February 2003 and remains one of the most architecturally unique structures in Utah. This striking 240,000 square-foot structure houses more than 500,000 books and other materials, yet serves as more than just a repository of books and computers. It reflects and engages the city's imagination and aspirations. The structure embraces a public plaza, with shops and services at ground level, reading galleries above, and a 300-seat auditorium.

A multi-level reading area along the Glass Lens at the southern facade of the building looks out onto the plaza with stunning views of the city and Wasatch Mountains beyond. Spiraling fireplaces on four floors resemble a column of flame from the vantage of 200 East and 400 South. The Urban Room between the Library and the Crescent Wall is a space for all seasons, generously endowed with daylight and open to magnificent views.

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