Three local exhibits to look for at the Utah Arts Festival
The Utah Arts Festival starts Thursday and runs until Sunday. We've picked a few local artists to check out while you're there.
- The festival is at Library and Washington squares in downtown Salt Lake City.
Why it matters: The state's largest arts festival predominately showcases work from out-of-state.
- It brings in a lot of pieces and performances Utahns otherwise aren't able to enjoy.
- Customers and fans who specifically want to support local artists might have to look a little harder.
By the numbers: Around 70 of some 180 artists' booths will display work by Utahns.
- Thirteen of about 70 short films at the festival are Utah productions.
- But six of the seven dance acts are local, as are more than half of the literary acts.
Here are three homegrown highlights from this year's festival:
1. Utah's 13 short films
- The showings are divided into two, hour-long programs at Fear No Film, the festival's cinema exhibit.
- Each Utah program will screen twice at Salt Lake's Main Library. Program 1 runs 8–9pm Thursday and 6–7pm Saturday. Program 2 runs 6–7pm Friday and Sunday.
2. Painter Durga Ekambaram
Ekambaram will demonstrate her work 2–4:30pm Saturday on the Salt Bistro patio at the Leonardo.
- She got her start with art on the ground — first with Indian kolam, where rice flour is sprinkled in geometric designs, and later with sidewalk chalk.
- She'll be completing an upside-down painting at the festival, painting the image in reverse and flipping the canvas when she's done.
3. Hip-hop artist C. Valenta
Valenta shares stories of anxiety and triumph as a Black man in America.
- In his new album, Kids at Play, each story is told through a song about a game: among them, "Tag," "Hide & Seek," and, painfully, "Cops & Robbers."
When: 4:15pm Friday at The Round (southeast of the library).
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