June 27th, 2008

It’s 7PM and 95 degrees, but the shade from the Salt Lake City and County building casts a cooling shadow over the first evening of the Sale Lake Arts Festival. Because this was the opening night, perhaps, the place was packed the energy was incredible last night. All of these people coming together to celebrate Utah Arts- visual, musical, literary, performing, and more. It’s truly inspiring.

The Artist’s Marketplace is the backbone of the fest, with 133 artists from all over the country. Some favorites to watch out for: Richard Curtner (booth 11), Erin W. Berrett (booth 21), Aaron Fritz (booth 96), and Brian Blackman (booth 132) just to name a few. For families, art booths like the Mad Hatter and a recycled materials-based playground keep the kids busy. Live music comes at you from all directions- stages spot the grounds. Also, the food selection was quite nice. All the of the expected fair foods, along with Thai noodles and even a beer and wine garden.

Because of the heat in the city, I’d recommend you go at night, grab some corn on the cob and sit by the library water feature to enjoy the people watching. The festival runs until Sunday, every day until 11 pm in Library Square.

Park City’s own Art Festival, sponsored by the Kimball Art Center, is this August 1-3, right here on Main Street. We will be open all weekend long and will feature an artist demonstration by Brooks Yates on Saturday from 11-2, right here in the gallery.