COWBOY POETRY GATHERING AND BUCKEROO FAIR.

Good news and bad news. First the good: Although seemingly few people know this, Utah is home to one of the largest annual cowboy poetry gatherings in the world. Now the bad: If this is the first time you’ve heard about it, it’s too late. The 2012 Heber City Cowboy Poetry Gathering & Buckeroo Fair […]

Letter from the Editor HEX

We’re not revolutionaries or anarchists, although some of the individuals featured on these pages might be. At first glance these stories may not seem related. But one of the unifying characteristics is a craving to question societal norms and find a better way, even if, in the case of Guy Fawkes, the approach is severely […]

Studio 760’s 2nd Show

Studio 760’s 2nd Show

Fire spreads quickly.   Especially when the conditions are right.   A dry season, a gentle breeze and a few young kids with a box of firecrackers is all it takes to send an entire mountain range up in flames.   Utah County could use some fire, and a few young artists are bringing it. […]

Springville Museum highlights the diversity of contemporary Utah art

Springville Museum highlights the diversity of contemporary Utah art

Fine art is alive and well in Utah valley and the Springville museum is out to prove it.   The new show, “10 Artists, 10 Views” is a survey of up-and-coming artists in our community.   “Many of these artists are emerging into the professional art scene and stepping into the national spotlight,” said Ashlee […]

Looking at Disability from a Different Perspective

Michael Ririe has been taking photos for a long time. But his photos aren’t just photos, they are studies in psychology. His work deals with the human spirit—both his own and that of others—and the struggles and triumphs entwined with life. His recent project is an extensive photojournalistic essay on the Now I Can Foundation, […]

Book Clubs in Utah Valley

In the vast cornucopia of literature, it’s hard to decide what to read.   Voltaire vies for attention over Vonnegut. Shakespeare strives against Sandburg. Gibran grapples with Goethe. Horace holds back Hemmingway.   We’re immersed in unturned pages—and we always will be. No literary bucket-list is long enough to reach the shore. For this purpose, […]

Finding faith amid the chaos of Christmas

Finding faith amid the chaos of Christmas

All too often, the true meaning of Christmas gets buried in twinkling lights, tinsel, pine needles, gift tags, eggnog and sleigh bells.   Photographer Michael Slade wanted to find out just how deep it can be buried, so he began a project to uncover the true spirit of the season. For the past three years, […]

Unconventional Thanksgivings

Unconventional Thanksgivings

Growing up, I thought Chuck-A-Rama was a perfectly normal place to eat Thanksgiving dinner.   My family painted turkeys and pilgrims on our living room window with tempera paint. We devoted an entire day to dollar theater movie marathons. We didn’t “toss around the old pig skin.” In fact, I was in middle school before […]