Sunday, July 1, 2012

Arts Festival

I should start right off by saying I thought the Utah Arts Festival was awful, and so were my pictures.  It was so hot, we were there in the closing hours of the last day, and I was really not in the mood.  But all that negativity aside, I truly believe that most boutiques and Farmers Markets I go to have a better variety of wares.

I was impressed with these sand sculptures, though. They were created as one piece, two sides.  Back in the day (in the 1980’s and 1990’s) when I was a mall marketing director, we used to have sand sculpture contests on an annual basis.  This is a lot more complicated and larger than anything we ever had.

Then there was this gentleman, below. I don’t know what he was doing/proving/saying/singing, but he was a fun photo op.  Also, I deduced that he must be crazy; it was over 100 degrees, and look at what he’s wearing.

We watched the belly dancers for awhile.  Sorry I couldn’t get a better picture; we were not close at all, so I was using the zoom feature.

One corner of the sprawling venue (one city block wide and several city blocks long) abutted up to the old Salt Lake Library.  This building is now the home of The Leonardo, the science, technology and art museum where Bruce works.  I came uptown to meet him there, then when he got off work, we went to the Festival.  Again, it doesn’t look very crowded because this was a remote corner and it was near the end of the final day.

Here is a closer picture of The Leonardo, with its odd logo. 

And here is Bruce wearing his Leonardo staff shirt. Their color is hot pink!  He is checking out the dulcimers in this booth.  Bruce plays the dulcimer in addition to guitar, banjo and harmonica.  He also says that if they ever have an older version of American Idol (he proposes “American Geezer”), he will audition!

Today, Sunday, we are waiting for my son Shane and DGD London to come over. London will swim in our little kiddie pool for awhile, then we will all take Shane to dinner for his 33rd birthday, which was yesterday. 

Take care and keep cool! (unless you’re in the southern hemisphere, then keep warm!)

Cathy maroon


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Don't you just hate when festivals and shows are a let down. I had that experience just two weeks ago. So much that I didn't even snap a pic.
Have a great holiday.
xx, Carol

Lorraine said...

The sand sculptures are beautiful!

Gina E. said...

I'm trying to! Keep warm, that is. It has been cold and wet in Melbourne for weeks, with only a few hours of sunshine between the showers. Not very Australian!