Summerfest featured artist specializes in fiber art

Thousands of people are expected to gather on the grounds of the Logan Tabernacle next week for the 2012 edition of the Summerfest Arts Faire. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Summerfest executive director Marianne Sidwell said more than 140 local and national artists will be exhibiting their work and celebrating the creative process.

Sidwell says this year the Summerfest featured artist is Lucy Watkins of North Logan, a fantastic woman and real advocate for the arts.

“She does beautiful fiber art,” Sidwell explained. “She does not only quilting and special stitchery and fiber, but she’s also doing this interesting thing with photography printed on silk or different fabrics and then she stitches over it.

“It’s beautiful. If you go to our website you’ll see a beautiful piece she did just for us of Summerfest with stitching over it. It’s wonderful stuff. I think anybody who knows Lucy will be excited to see her as our featured artist.”

Something Watkins is best known for is her “Art on the Lawn” which is coming up in approximately two weeks. Sidwell says Summerfest runs Thursday through Saturday next week but it kicks off on Monday with the “Plein Air Paint Out.”

Something new this year is a “Found and Recycled Art” contest that encourages community members to create something beautiful out of junk.

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