Really cool art lived there for a weekend…

June 21st – 24th in Salt Lake City drew a crowd to the Downtown Library and the City and State building. Between these two and on  200 E, lived the Utah Arts Festival.

Hundreds of artists, from all over the country, gather in their little 10 x 10 booths, peddling their wares and making an impact on our city. You can find anything from pottery, to photography to hand-made bags and jewelry, to sculptures and fine dinnerware. Rows upon rows of hungry artists, passionate about their craft and willing to sit in 100 degree heat to show the fine folks of SLC and the surrounding areas.

Food row (in the center of it all) offered local feasts and worldly treats. Ice cream, gelato, burgers, fries, cinnamon almonds, gyros, and my personal favorite, the pulled pork from Lucky 13.

Entertainment on many stages, from larger named bands like  James McMurtry and Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash to local musicians like Better Off With The Blues and Deportation of the Johnny People. Dance was ever-present with acts such as Flamenco Dancers and beautiful Jewel of Belly Dancers, Habibi Habibi. Street Theater was awesome.

*Photo by Darby Gates

There was an amazing Sand creation by Ted Siebert. It was breathtaking.

*Photo by Darby Gates

*Photo by Darby Gates

So, for $10.00 a day or a four-day pass for only $30.00, you were able to take in the beauty and delights of all that Salt Lake artists (and beyond) had to offer.

Come next year!

*Photo courtesy of UAF

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