Craft Lake City Announces Celebration of the Hand

News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Angela H. Brown or  Karamea Puriri 801-487-9221  

Craft Lake City Artisans to Exhibit Work 
During Walk-able Outdoor Gallery Opening July 20.  

SALT LAKE CITY, Friday, June 15
– Craft Lake City has joined forces with The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change to bring the work of Craft Lake City artisans to the streets in the form of a walk-able outdoor gallery exhibit titled, “Celebration of the Hand.” Twelve Craft Lake City participants will create outdoor works of art utilizing permanent steel frames (known as plakats) installed adjacent to the sidewalks in downtown Salt Lake City on the North and South sides of Broadway (300 South) between 200 West and 200 East. Artisans will install their works of art from July 13 to 15, with the show opening on July 20, in conjunction with the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll.   

Artisans include Annika Dimeo, Michelle Christenesen, Nic Annette Miller, Keith McKeown, Issac Hastings, Rachelle Smith, Angela Flicker, Laura Frisk, Carrie Wakefield, Jorge Arellano, Eleanor Scholz and Candace Jean Anderson.  

“We feel that the 12 chosen artisans are an excellent representation of the diversity present at Craft Lake City,” says Festival Director Angela H. Brown. “We are also thrilled to become the newest organization to participate in The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change’s outdoor museum,” The plakats were installed in 2007, and have been utilized by various non-profits, such as Sundance, Spy Hop and Tumbleweeds Film Festival. “The Celebration of the Hand” will be displayed through the festival, which takes place on Sat. August 11 at the Gallivan Center.   

In an effort to reimburse artisans for the cost of their supplies and to promote “Celebration of the Hand,” Craft Lake City is launching a Kickstarter campaign on Mon. June 18. Craft Lake City has a goal to raise 4,000 dollars through the crowd-funding site, the majority of which will go directly to artisans to reimburse them for supplies. Individuals who pledge will be eligible to receive a number of different thank you gifts from participating artisans, such as handmade bags, prints or a 2013 calendar featuring all 12 of the plakats.   

About Craft Lake City:
The Craft Lake City festival is an annual outdoor celebration of Utah’s DIY handmade culture. Held yearly in August at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City, the festival features over 200 local artisans and DIY Engineers, along with live entertainment that includes demonstrations, street performers, musical acts, and local food vendors. Throughout the year, Craft Lake City organizes various events to keep the community active and aware of the local DIY culture and continues its support of local artisans, through workshops, demonstrations, gallery shows and fundraisers. Craft Lake City was started in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, editor and publisher of SLUG Magazine, as a way to showcase the DIY community across the state. Craft Lake City has filed paperwork with the IRS and is awaiting non-profit 501 (c)(3) approval. For more information about Craft Lake City check out, like us on Facebook ( and follow us on Twitter (@craftlakecity).   

About The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change:
The Temporary Museum of Permanent Change is a community based, participatory project that uses the ever-changing development processes underway in Salt Lake City as catalysts to animate city life. The Museum engages a variety of audiences using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that includes performance art and video production, visual art, urban archaeology, anthropology, local history, existing businesses and ongoing deconstruction and construction processes as spectacles for people of all ages. Together these elements provide teachable moments in our efforts to manage and celebrate change. This Museum has no specific address. Rather it is a construction of ideas, installations and illuminations that comprise a new way of seeing our city.   ###