2014 Summerfest Arts Faire features new artists, new activities, and great art

Everyone is invited to be part of the 2014 <a href=”http://www.logansummerfest.com/” target=”_blank”>Summerfest Art Faire</a> according to executive director Debbie Ditton who says the popular summer event opens Thursday, June 12 and runs through Saturday, June 14 on the shady grounds of the Logan Tabernacle in downtown Logan.

On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2014_06_05_328_22869_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program</a>, Ditton said this year’s featured artist is a local painter, Andi Jorgenson, after she won the Featured Artist competition. Among the 150-plus artists coming from as far away as Arkansas is 16-year-old KC DeGroff. Ditton is hoping more and more young people become involved in the future.

Ditton said Summerfest technically opens <span class=”aBn”><span class=”aQJ”>Monday, June 9</span></span> with the annual Plein Air Paint Out. Plein Air is French for “fresh air.” She said anyone can enter up to three framed art pieces that depict the sights of Cache Valley, painted or taken out of doors.

“Those paintings are up Wednesday. We have an opening reception that night for the artists and we give the awards,” said Ditton. “They will hang there through Saturday.

“Most of those pieces of art will be for sale if you want to check them out. There will be a silent auction. If you need a new piece of art for your office building, for your living room, that’s a great place to look as well.”

In addition to the art on display, music and great food, Ditton said there will be a couple of new activities this year.

“We’ve awarded three scholarships. With one of those, members of the community can come and help create glass tile mosaic benches that will be placed in downtown Logan,” Ditton explains. “That will be right on the southwest corner of the Tabernacle. You will see that area and come help with that.

“Also one of our artists, Eiko Anderson in booth 100, will be teaching you how to do Japanese Sumie brush painting. You can do that for free.”

Parking is limited but Ditton said the Cache Valley Transit District will be providing rides every 10 minutes and Aggie Bikes will have a valet there taking care of the bikes.

Ditton said everything is free this year, including the Family Art Yard thanks to the help of sponsors.

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