Last year was our family’s first time to the Utah Arts Festival….and we are hooked! I used to go every year before I was married. I didn’t realize that kids got in for free, otherwise I would have made sure we were going before now. Thanks to a couple of completely awesome friends, who must really love me, we have been able to go both years with free admission. What a treat! 🙂
If you missed it this year, plan on heading down to Salt Lake City next June for this weekend of fun. You’ll thank me for the experience. We learned last year, that the kids’ area is a big hit and well worth spending an hour in with the kids. They have quite a few booths set up with free activities and arts & crafts for the kids.
This dragon was beautiful. I got a head shot, only because I collect photos of dragons around the world for my Dragen (Mr. C).
We attempted to get a photo with all 6 of the kids….until Simon poked his head out of his stroller and glanced over at our whimsical friend….and started squealing as loudly as I have ever heard him squeal. Apparently, he wasn’t as excited as I was to see him. Alex is trying to muffle her laughter, as we all were a little bit surprised at his continual screams, as I attempted to capture the other children with him. Poor traumatized Simon….what we put that little boy through.
While I was taking a tour of the exhibits with the older kids, I came across a few pieces that I fell head over heals for. Kathy Ross (3D) was one of my favorites! I have a thing for maps, collages, and anything colorful and bright…..her art was all of this and more.
But this is the piece of Kathy’s art that I hope to be able to purchase at some point, the World Traveler, with her 6 little world travelers neatly tucked into the pockets of her dress. Kathy told me that she usually only does 5 pockets, but she would make an exception for me (since I have 6 little ones to carry with me). We all really enjoyed conversation with Kathy and getting to know all of her little creations. What fun!
Jamin, who is one of my most artistic children, loved all of the metal art last year….and was happy to see even more of it this year. These goats, along with the other metal animals we saw, were quite entertaining.
This was Jamin’s favorite display this year. He is really into war and vehicles right now, so I wasn’t surprised. These were done by Fred Conlon (Sugarpost).
Mr. C and I decided to come back another evening, minus the kids….and I was so happy that we chose to do this. This was one of my favorite displays this year, put together by Robert & Faye Boyce (Shooting Star), out of Pheonix, AZ. I was mesmerized by the large marble that seems to be moving up or down, but never actually goes anywhere….yeah, it doesn’t take much to keep me entertained for an evening. I spent around $20 and bought one of his least expensive whirly copper creations, which I plan on hanging in the bus, once we leave.
The thing that amazed me the most about Robert Boyce’s work, was the fact that all of the colors in the copper comes from the different temperatures of his torch….no dyes or paints or stains….all heat. WOW. I want this heart, once I have more money for art.
There were many other artists who I didn’t get any photos of, such as Cat Napier (if you love pen and ink, as I do, you will become entranced by her work). Some of my favorite photographers, some of which are local, were: Chuck Siefert Jr. (Nature’s Light Photography) out of Las Vegas, NV, Bret Webster (Bret Webster Images) out of Bountiful, UT, and Rick Pieros (Rick Pieros Photography) out of Park City, UT (his book on Park City, Past and Present is exceptionally well done). There were so many more, but I am going to leave it up to you to discover them all for yourselves….next year.
Mrs. C (Colorfully, Creatively Crazy…. 🙂