Art Festival Frenzy
June is certainly the month for the arts in Utah, and we’re here to whip you up into an arts feeding frenzy with this month’s guide, whether you’re considering popping down to your local arts fest, or plan to go on a state-wide arts-related bender.
Sleepovers and Summer Youth Programs
The Leonardo is also offering several classes suitable for 7-9 graders this month, including “Pop Art Then and Now,” which will teach kids to make their own Pop style art work, as well as how to make comic and storyboard illustrations to create their own ‘zine, graphic novel or comic, while “Fleas, Fractals and Physics: Decoding Nature with Science, Math, and Art” may provide a happy medium for parents needing to satisfy siblings who diverge in their art and science interests. (Also, keep an eye out for upcoming sleepovers:children age 7 – 14 and their parents are invited to spend the night at the Leonardo to explore the museum’s fusion of art, science, and technology by flashlight.) Costs vary.
Creative Arts Program Summer Camp
If you’re looking to start your preschooler or kindergardener on art, you both may find this summer camp appealing, with its blend of dance, drama, music, and visual art— helping participating youngsters learn through visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic means while exploring a unique topic of the week (June boasts bugs, the Pacific Ocean, and dinosaurs.) Minimum of 8 classes required; tuition starts at $230.
Riverton Arts Festival
A free festival for all ages, the Riverton Arts Festival provides a forum for introducing artists (established or up-and-coming) and their work to the youth of the surrounding community. In addition to listening to the music of local Utah band j.wride in the first annual Home Grown Concert Series, festival-goers can participate in a 5k Fun Run benefiting the American Cancer Society (consider previous years of wandering around under the hot sun, sweating and looking at art, as your race training.)
Riverston Arts Festival June 7-9. Riverton City Park, 1450 West 12800 South, Riverton, Utah.
Children’s Art Festival & Summer Art Classes
Please, won’t someone think of the children? The Springville Museum of Art is: they’ll be turning their front lawn into a playground for young artists with over 20 booths featuring sand-painting, printmaking, and of course, face painting, so your budding Pollock or Kahlo can have fun and explore their own creativity in a family-friendly environment. This event is free and open to the public.
If you’d like to get your child more seriously involved in art, the SMA will also be offering two classes, “Adventures in Art”, aimed at 7-10 year olds, covering creating, viewing, and discussing art, and “Focusing on Faces”, aimed at 11-14 year olds, that focuses on learning to accurately depict the individuality of the human face.
Children’s Art Festival, June 8, 10a-2p. The Springville Museum of Art, 126 East 400 South Springville, Utah.
Ogden Arts Festival
With over 60 booths on display and a solid line up of live music, Odgen offers what downtowners from Salt Lake may already be familiar with from their local festival, with a few fun additions that may make it worth the trek. In the finest frontier tradition, artists will create a painting in a few hours (and these works will be available for bidding immediately after) at the mini-plein air Quick Draw event, or create visuals on the fly in response to poetry read aloud by youth members of the Nurture the Creative Mind Foundation. Admission is free.
Ogden Arts Festival, June 8 3-9p & June 9 10a-8p. Ogden Union Station, 2501 Wall Avenue, Ogden, Utah.
Summer Solstice Show
The Utah Arts Festival’s pre-Festival show and fundraiser serves as the warm-up for the Arts Festival the following week. This year, Neko Case will headline the show, sending off Salt Lake’s summer concert season with a bang.
Summer Solstice Show, June 16, 7:30p. Library Square Amphitheater, 400 South and 300 East.
Utah Arts Festival
The main festivation for most Salt Lake citizens, this year’s Arts Festival on Library Square brings not only over 155 juried local and national artists’ work to the downtown marketplace, but will feature hands-on workshops with local (and internationally renowned) artist Pilar Pobil Friday and Saturday from 1-3p (as a follow up to her opening reception and gallery talk on Friday at 6:30p) as well as workshops in 19th century comic art style at SLCC Community Writing Center with artists and co-authors of the alternate-history-adventures Boilerplate and Frank Reade, Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett (you can also head across the Square to can see an exhibit centered on these adventures at the Leonardo.) If you are more interested in the orative arts, you’ll find National Public Radio contributors and award-winning performers from around the world presented by Timpanogos Storytelling at the SLCC Community Writing Center, or Team Poetry Slam (for those that like to see competitive sports merged with the more delicate literary arts) on Saturday. Or forgo your vacation to the beach this year, and watch artist Ted Seibert sculpt 20 tons of sand into a (large and dusty) masterpiece. Regularly priced tickets to the Utah Arts Festival are $7 in advance, $10 the day of. (Park your bike at the
to get $2 off regular admission.)
Utah Arts Festival, June 21-24, 12-11p. Library Square, 200 East 400 South.