Utah Arts Festival returns to tradition after one year of confinement
The Utahns came together for a weekend of art and community in different presentations.
The team of 100 artists / one image mounted part of a collection of 100 pieces of plywood on scaffolding. This would reveal the final look artist Mason Fetzer imagined for the Utah Festival of the Arts 2021.
Children and adults gathered on the lawn on the first and second day of the festival in Washington Square Park. They all painted their interpretation of the small squares provided by Fetzer on a larger scale. While not yet complete, different shades of red, yellow, and light blue hinted at a rooster portrait.
This is the 10th edition of the 100 Artistes / Une image, a community project that has become a tradition.
“It’s so good to be back,” said Marsha Fetzer, Utah Arts Festival board member – and mother of Mason. For her, having the community painting pieces of the work together was a sign of relief.
Something was happening at every booth and stage around Library Square and Washington Square Park. In the background, instrumental interpretations of Olivia Rodrigo’s songs, poems and guitar melodies mingled. The attendants asked about the stories and materials of the paintings, pottery, magnets, stickers or sculptures. Some sipped pink frosted drinks from pineapples or lined up for strawberries, gyros or tacos.
Jorge Rodríguez, an artist sponsored by the Artes de Mexico in Utah, stopped painting and tried to keep the colors fresh by applying water to the palette he was holding. His work brings together his political reflections on multimedia works such as his series of portraits “A Quienes Castigamos” (Those We Punish, in Spanish) which depict children who have suffered under US immigration policy.
“These are the most vulnerable people in our society,” said Rodríguez, “and they are the ones paying the highest price for something that really doesn’t make sense to me.”
Sharing the table with her art were hand-woven textiles made by Hermanas Lu’um, a collective of indigenous women from Chiapas, Mexico, who make Mayan tapestries.
For Andrea G. Hardeman, creator of Papillon Skies, which is part of the Utah Black Artist Collective, it was the opportunity to show the result of the transformation of his art into a secondary activity. A path that has helped her cope with 2020. “There was a lot of generational trauma and emotional triggers as a Black American, African American who came through the year, and I turned to it. art, ”she said,“ It has been very healing. ”
“I bought Schitt’s Creek stickers the second I walked in,” Kyrsten Harper, a Papillon Skies customer who attended the festival to support local artists.
“I think it’s good for the community to come together, especially after the pandemic where it seems like it’s become really divisive and isolated,” said Emily Cacho, arts administration student at Southern Utah University. , “And so just being able to see people and smile and interact, it’s like coming back to life.”