Process: The struggle to make art work

06.28.15 @ The Utah Arts Festival


Hosted and curated by Giuliana Serena of The Bee with help from Francesca Rosa.

A departure from lovingly competitive storytelling, this night featured 6 local artists from diverse disciplines sharing their true stories of sweat, tears, boredom, and brilliance in the daily grind; giving the audience an unparalleled glimpse into the spectrum of how art happens, or fails to, in the lives of those crazy enough to devote themselves to their craft.


Portrait by Dallas Graham

Joan NAbors

Originally hailing from Tuskegee Alabama, Joan Nabors is a storyteller and educator with over 50 years experience supporting children and adults in Utah to discover the world around them and explore their own gifts.

She has performed at the Utah Arts Festival, in libraries, in schools throughout Salt Lake City, and is a long-time member of Nubian, a national black storytelling organization.

Portrait by Dallas Graham

SkylEr Chubak

Skyler is a full-time freelance calligrapher and lettering artist residing in Salt Lake City. In addition to pursuing his own art, he regularly creates chalkboards for restaurants, coffee shops, and cafe's around town.

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Portrait by Dallas Graham

Jann Haworth

Jann has lived and worked in Utah since 1997. Recent purchases of her work include The Tate Great Britain, The Utah Arts Council and Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA). She has had 16 one person shows in Europe and the US and at the time of our show was exhibiting 15 works at Modern West Fine Art.

Portrait by Dallas Graham

Hikmet Sidney Loe

Hikmet teaches art history at Westminster College and for the Venture Program at both Weber State University and Westminster College. She writes for Utah’s 15 Bytes and for the online site

She lectures frequently on issues related to Land art; her extensive research on Robert Smithson’s earthwork Spiral Jetty will be published in 2016.

Portrait by Dallas Graham

Latoya Rhodes

Latoya is a local actress here in Salt Lake City. Originally from North Carolina, she made her Off-Broadway debut as the lead in the new musical "Shelter" in the New York Musical Theater Festival. She has performed locally in productions with Plan-B Theatre Company, Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, among others. She hopes with her art and the power of storytelling to make a positive difference in the world.

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Portrait by Adam Stewart

Dallas Graham

Dallas is a thirty-something year old artist interested in books, birds, stories, children, kindness, photography, letters, yoga, punctuation marks, giant eggs, compassion, making hummus, collaboration, and hiking with others.

He’s asking, “If you could write a book for the entire world to read, what would it be about?” to 50 children with critical illnesses across the 50 states and then making an original children’s book with each of them. Learn more at Red Fred Project.

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