Urban Arts Festival

Believe it or not, urban art forms like graffiti art, street performances, and break dancing are thriving in Utah. These art forms will be celebrated at the second annual Urban Arts Festival on Saturday, June 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Urban artists will fill the outdoor space, offering art for purchase at the SLC Arts Hub property, located at 663 West 100 South, where the festival will take place.

“The new SLC Arts Hub will make full use of its nearly three acre property with three stages for music and entertainment, and one of them is located in the full-sized circus tent we are proud to call our own,” says Derek Dyer, executive director of the Utah Arts Alliance, SLC Arts Hub and festival co-organizer.

The entertainment line-up includes:

The Cube – Music stage:
11:00 a.m. – The Swinging Lights
12:00 p.m. – MiNX
1:00 p.m. – Louie Troupe & Konsickwence
2:00 p.m. – Big Blue Ox
3:00 a.m. – YZE
3:45 p.m. – Oso Negro & Dusk One
4:45 p.m. – Johnny Utah & DumbLuck
6:00 p.m. – Music Garage
7:00 p.m. – Dark Seas

Street Stage – DJ stage:
11:00 a.m. – DJ Trixx
12:00 p.m. – DJ Blessed
1:00 p.m. – DJ XSpand
2:00 p.m. – DJ Planet
3:00 p.m. – Street Jesus
4:00 p.m. – DJ Deyjuice
5:00 p.m.- DJ Che
6:00 p.m.- DJ Lishus

The Circus Tent – Performance stage:
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.- Salt City Indie Arts Poetry Slam Contest
1:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. – BBoy Federation – Break Dance Battle
3:30 p.m. – People’s Production- African American Theater Company
4:30 p.m.- S.L.A.P.
5:30 p.m. – Samba Fogo
6:30 p.m.- Lunar Collective
7:00 p.m.- Transfusion Hype

Food, art demonstrations and educators helping the public learn to make urban art with their own two hands are highlights of the award winning day-long festival. Proceeds from the festival will go to support the brand new SLC Arts Hub gracing Salt Lake City’s downtown west side.

“The public will be taught urban art projects by professional artists, and they will get the chance to practice their new skills on the outdoor walls of the Hub,” says Tamara Fox, Gray Wall Gallery director and event organizer. “Other art activities festival-goers may enjoy trying include screen printing, creating aluminum sculpture and repurposing aluminum cans to make jewelry and pinwheels. The cost to make these crafts is just $2 to $5.”

A skate deck painting contest will also take place at the festival. For $30, the public can buy a skate deck, paint it with their own creative urban art and enter it into a contest. Art lovers can vote for their favorite deck throughout the day, with prizes awarded between 6 and 8 p.m. A group of professional artists have also been selected to paint skate decks and these will be on display as well.

Throughout the day there will be skateboarding demonstrations, competitions as well as open skate periods. The Urban Arts Fest skate area is designed by We are One Skate Park.

Salt Lake City’s best street food vendors will be on hand with vegan tacos, gourmet hot dogs and rosemary-infused lemonade, among other treats. And, for the first time, this year’s festival will include beer sales which are offered by Red Rock Brewery. Entrance to the festival costs $5.

The event is sponsored by Brand32; Broadview Entertainment Ats University; Redrock Brewing Company; vitaminwater; jetBlue AIRWAYS; The Downtown Alliance; Salt Lake City Arts Council; SLUG Magazine; Utah Division of Arts and Museums; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks; Romney Lumber Company; Bboy Fed; KRCL; TheJeromeShow.com and David Charles Baker.  For more information on how to be involved and to see the schedule of events visit www.urbanartsfest.org.

About the Utah Arts Alliance
The Utah Arts Alliance is a nonprofit arts and educational organization committed to fostering the arts in Utah in all forms. In addition to the SLC Arts Hub, the UAA has a gallery and recording studio at 127 South Main Street in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit www.utaharts.org.

About The Gray Wall Gallery
Brain child of Tamara Fox, The Gray Wall Gallery is interested in showing new and unusual art work. It is a program of the Utah Arts Alliance and is the driving force behind the festival. For more information, visit http://www.graywallgallery.com

Soft Punch

I stumbled across the work of Inger Carina in the pages of Juxtapoz. The Swedish  artist doesn’t just crochet, but she went through a period of filet crochet obsession. I can’t do justice to all of her work, though I must share her guns (above), but check out her blog at hellocraftlovers.com/category/textile-stuff-that-normally-are-not-textile. I wish she had a lengthier bio on her website.

How to Hang a Doily

I make gigantic doilies. They are big enough to cover a significant amount of floor space. I used one as a rug but it wore quickly so I had to stop. Though I love to see the wear on it when I hang it on a wall, it makes it look like an antique to my eyes, which are always starved for the sight of a good old-fashioned Mormon handicraft.

I started making them toward the end of high school/first part of college, in other words, quite a long time ago. I think I have five that are finished and still in my possession. And, I finally know how to hang them for display.

Of course one option is to have the doily framed and mounted. If I saved for a long time, I could probably afford to do this to one of them. I like the way it looks riding the wall bare back much better than the framing job I picture in my mind.

First you make the damn thing. This takes months. Then you get A LOT of nails. Paint your wall beautifully – and in a color that compliments your doily. Painting is easier than making doilies, in case you were thinking its the other way around, and a little Spackle and touch up is nothing compared to the work of making a doily.

Hanging it is a two person job. One person mashes it against the wall. Now is not the time to be a perfectionist. In the end it will look like a galactic explosion – a beautiful super nova that a Utah great -grandmother would love. Its probably impossible to hang it perfectly. When I can’t hang something perfectly I always try for artistically off-kilter. The other person (who isn’t mashing) hammers nails in to support the doily every few inches. Pull out the lacy peaks and emphasize them.

I had my doilies – the whole collection – hanging at Ulysses Salon in February. I was concerned that the fibers would stretch and distort. They didn’t. I’m trying it at home now, and I’ll report back on how it holds up since it will be there for more than a month.

Oh, I almost forgot to remind you – its a great idea to lint roll the doily every once in a while to remove the dust and hair that collects. Air in a can also helps with this (I learned recently at the store that you also can huff it, but you really shouldn’t). And I suspect if you hang them on outside walls they could help with insulation.

The photos are our home – and after almost six years of work, the 1903, previously abused and neglected property is starting to look like the work of art I knew we could turn it into.

Beans and Macaroni

I miss the days of making art from glue, paper, macaroni, beans and pudding.

Tammy Faye

Tammy Faye

The other day, I was chillin and thrillin with my pal, Princess Kennedy and she told me about a friend of hers who has gotten famous making art out of all of the above (except pudding.)

Jason Mecier is known for celebrity bean portraits. He also makes yarn art, macaroni art, candy art and art out of items found in junk drawers.

Here are a few of his portraits – and also a business tip I learned from him. As a pop artist, he loves to replicate the image of the likes of Dolly Parton and Farah Fawcett. Somehow, the artists often end up buying his portraits of them. I think I’ll do a fillet crochet portrait of Ellen Degeneris or Bobby McFerin and see what happens! Check out Jason’s website at http://www.jasonmecier.com for more info.

Charlie's Angels

Charlie's Angels

“It Would Be Impossible to Keep House with Only 36 Doilies”

I’ve been making doilies since high school. Are they old-fashioned? Yes. Out-of-fashion? Never.

Giant doilies will grace the walls of my show. Join me to see them, and so much more.

My Dead Friends
629 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Jan 15 to Feb 19
Wake and Last Rites, Jan 15, 6 to 8 p.m.

Springville Art Museum’s Quilt Show

 Pilgrim's Progress Embroidery Close Up  

Todd and I spent the last Saturday of August with our dear friend, Rachel Hayes, at the Springville Art Museum’s Annual Quilt show. I go to the show every year, and I enjoy seeing quilts from Pennsylvania and Rhode Island mixed in with the styles closest to my heart – good old fashioned Mormon handicraft.

Here are some samples of our favorites. Sadly, the show closes tomorrow, August 31, but you can always start planning now for next summer’s show.


Don’t Let Your Crap Get in the Way of Your Crafts Part II

Shelves - Before

Special to ArtDuh by Laura Bramwell, Professional Organizer

Here’s Laura’s case study of how she took on a craft studio and made it bow to the Godess of order.
Before photos:

Beccy is a friend of mine who is very artistically talented.  Her specialties include: jewelry, hair accessories, and fashion design.  She can take a muumuu she found at D.I. and turn it in to a beautiful dress.

When I walked into Beccy’s craft room, I noticed several smart storage ideas, including: Painted cork boards to hang her finished jewelry, a vintage soda crate with small compartments, several tackle boxes, and a portable clothing rack to hold all of her pending clothing projects.  Although all of these ideas could potentially work to her advantage, the problem I found, which is common for most of us, was:  unutilized space.  Beccy had full shopping bags and boxes all over the room even though she had empty space in her tackle boxes, cork boards and shelves.  I spent a day following my listed tips, and without wasting one dime on new storage products, was able to turn a somewhat chaotic craft room into an organized one.  Beccy is now able to work on her projects in a more peaceful art sanctuary.

After photos

A NOTE OF CAUTION: KEEP YOUR SHOES ON!  Even after I had picked up at least a dozen pins and needles off of the carpet, I stupidly took my shoes off and wound up stepping on a pin that went all the way through my toe.  In case you’re wondering, it hurt like hell.

If your craft mess is more than you can handle, get in touch with Laura at lauraebramwell@gmail.com