Friday, May 27, 2011

300 Plates

Last week Charley and I attended a really fun event here in Salt Lake – The 9th annual 300 Plates Fundraiser and Exhibition at the Art Access Gallery. This exhibition is held every year to raise money for Art Access. Art Access is a non-profit organization the works to provide inclusive arts programming for Utahns with disabilities and those with limited access to the arts.

The 300 Plates Fundraiser and Exhibition is a great event and it was lots for fun to attend. This year 102 established and emerging Utah artists participated (including Charley)…some contributed more than one plate. Each artist created work on an 11- by 10-inch recycled metal printer’s plate. The plates were hung in a large grid pattern – the plate in the first square of the grid was priced at $75, and the prices went up in $1 increment from there – the last plate was $375.

A small selection of paintings were also place in a silent auction, with bids starting at $500. Charley’s plate was in the silent auction…I’m so proud!

When we arrived at the event we received color coded wristbands (I’ll explain in a minute) and the gallery was open for 1 hour for everyone to view the plates and make a note of which one they might like to purchase.

Then the gallery was only open for three minute intervals – here’s where the colored wristbands come in. So, wristbands were pulled at random from a hat (and actual top hat) and the colors were called out. When your color was called you’d have three minute’s to go through the gallery and place a sticker with you name on it below the plate you wanted…if someone else hadn't gotten to it first. My color was called towards the end, but I was still lucky enough to get one of the plates that both Charley I liked…and great little shadowbox with a robot in it (artist, Derek Mellus, used the plate to form a 3-D box). Charley wasn't so lucky. His color was called dead last and everything he like was sold by then.

There was also live music and food from the Himalayan Kitchen…yum! It was a really fun evening.


  1. love the blog! What is your husbands name? I go to gallery stroll every month and would love to know if he has any of his work anywhere!

  2. Caroline, Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm glad you enjoyed it. My husbands name is Charley Snow. He shows his work mostly at Coda Gallery ( in Park City and Palm Desert, CA. He will have a show in Palm Desert in November and in Park City in March. Coda in PC does have some of his work right now, but I'm not sure if they have it hanging right now. Please check out his Facebook page ( or website ( to see more of his work. Thanks for stopping by...come back again soon. :)