THE GREEN LOFT
2834 South Highland Drive
At first glance the Green Loft is a quaint, green Art Deco house; however, it is in fact also a co-operative business. Originally built in 1937 by a fire marshal, the building itself is made of concrete and will not burn.
In 2014 Matt Stout, who calls himself a “mortgage geek”, bought the building to house a co-op focused on sustainability. Matt and his colleague, Chris Allen, met, upon Matt’s request, at the house which was for sale two years ago. Together, the two of them began brainstorming their vision for the building. They agreed it would house mortgage lenders, real estate agents, interior designers, etc. and it would be remodeled for sustainability and energy efficiency, being completely solar energized. Last, but not least was the notion of an art gallery. Chris can often be overheard telling guests the story of that first visit when Matt said, “I want to have art on every wall.” So it does.
Curated for one year now by Kristina Lenzi, a local artist and professor, the Green Loft invites a local artist or two every month to showcase their work. Thus, part of the co-op is an art gallery. What is great about the Green Loft as a gallery is that art buyers can get an idea of what the local art would look like in a home due to the Green Loft’s homey interior. This venue also gives viewers a chance to purchase some high quality Utah art at reasonable prices.
The Green Loft hosts two artist receptions every month: one on the second Friday of the month for the Sugar House Art Walk and one on third Friday of the month for Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. Receptions are normally from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, but will often run until 10:00 PM in the summer months. The gallery is also open during business hours during the week.
June brings in Robert “Bob” Kleinschmidt and Kristina Lenzi to the gallery. Bob is Professor Emeritus in printmaking at the University of Utah. Kristina studied under Bob in the early 1990’s. Bob will show a retrospective of his masterful prints and Lenzi will show a new, albeit, small body of mixed-media drawings.
Summer month’s receptions invariably bring laughter, conversation and fun with music videos and dancing on the rooftop patio, designed and built with refurbished materials by contractor, Adam LaBelle. So, help sustain the fun on the patio and, heck while you’re at it, why not pick up some Utah art for your very own home!
Don’t forget to visit Matt Stout and Niesha Unger for your mortgage lending needs, Chris Allen for sustainable interior design and Solstice Woodard for real estate. For more information about the Green Loft visit: www.gogreenloft.com.