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Free creative arts classes for seniors ages 55 or better

Led by local pro LAURA SHARP WILSON, these weekly art classes held at The Co-op (2530 South 500 East) every Wednesday from 10-11:30 AM are FREE to all SSL seniors age 55 or better. Join us and spread the word! The class is limited to 20 people. First arrivals have priority

Laura Sharp Wilson is a multimedia artist whose practice is focused on painting, sculpture, outdoor installation, public art, and  performance art. Wilson’s paintings are distinguished by rendering with acrylic paint and graphite on mulberry paper adhered to a wood panel. Textiles and surface pattern design have long been a huge influence on the artist and are an element in her installations, and performances.


Wilson’s current work explores intersections between humans and the botanical, and overlaps amongst human identities in contemporary American society. These ideas are illustrated with floral forms, patterns, cords, ribbons, knots, weaving, bound, cosseted and ensnared shapes, chains, and strands of beads.


Wilson received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University where she was particularly inspired by teachers Sam Gilliam and Susanne Slavick. The artist studied surface pattern design at North Carolina State University and served as an apprentice at the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia. Wilson received an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 2018 the artist was a resident at the Golden Foundation.


In 2016 Wilson's terrazzo floor design “Thread, Strand, Rope and Yarn” was installed in the Eccles Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. Her solo exhibition “From the Dining Room Table” is currently on display at McKenzie Fine Art in New York. Wilson’s installation “We Don’t Understand” is included in the Utah Statewide Annual at Ogden Contemporary Arts in Ogden, Utah. "Chiasma," a solo exhibition of new work by the artist was on  display this past  summer at Granary Arts in Ephraim, Utah.


Wilson was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1965 and grew up in northern New Jersey and New York City.


The artist lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah.           

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Current Project:

Botanical Soft Sculptures. These pieces will be combined for an art installation. The class will be working on these May 22, May 29, and June 5


Laura Sharp Wilson will be leaving the South Salt Lake Arts Council and working for the UMFA full time. We will be having a student exhibition and reception in her honor during our regular class time on June 19th to wish her well in her new position. Please bring any artwork that Laura has inspired or instructed that you would like to exhibit to the art room by Tuesday, June 18th. 

We will be hiring a new Creative Aging instructor. For additional information, please email

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