Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: Chad Farnes’ artistic transformation of humble tape materials

Local artist Chad Farnes is one of the 55 new artists at this year’s Utah Arts Festival and he is one of the 34 who have never before shown at any juried festival exhibition. The California native discovered the artistic possibilities of painter’s tape when a college roommate in Utah used it to decorate a … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: Lee Hendrickson’s photography captures transient beauty of crystals in realms of art, science

When Lee Hendrickson is creating his fine photographic art images from precisely what he is seeing under the microscope, the research biologist-cum-artist has no way to go back. “Crystals don’t last so I have only one chance,” he explains. Hendrickson’s photographic art with crystals, which he grows from a solution, is the culmination of a … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: Anna Gieselman’s jewelry inspired by experiences as beekeeper

This year at the Utah Arts Festival’s Artists Marketplace, Anna Gieselman’s jewelry art (Booth 150) not only impresses visitors but also serves a large purpose as a percentage of sales proceeds is donated to nonprofit organizations dealing with the issues of vulnerability nature’s bee population endures. Bee Amour Jewelry showcases the work created by the … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: Tyler Voorhees’ collage paintings pay tribute to history of manual labor

Tyler Voorhees, 32, remembers plenty of tree forts and fishing poles during his childhood days on the flatlands of eastern South Dakota, which would help formulate his later creative development on his current collaging technique for his paintings. Today, he and his wife, Ashley and son, Ivan, live in Fort Collins, Colorado, where Voorhees now … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: From Colombia, Cimarrón’s exhilarating Joropo, Llanera music

One of the festival’s most anticipated offerings, Cimarrón, a Grammy-nominated ensemble from Colombia, will perform Joropo and Llanera music (June 26, 8:15 p.m., Festival Stage) as well as Zapateado (Stomp Llanero dance), accompanied by percussive strings and maracas, dynamic vocals and bracing pace. The group also will offer music and dance workshops, including basic techniques … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: A closer look at some of the nationally known Literary Arts performers, poets, songwriters

This year’s Literary Arts venue at the 40th annual Utah Arts Festival brings numerous literary figures from the country in a series of performances slated for The Big Mouth Stage. The Utah Review had the gracious honor of interviewing several who will be appearing as part of the largest program offering ever at the festival’s … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: The ‘internationally acclaimed aliens’ of Neighbourhood Watch Stilts International

Having visited more than 40 countries in more than 20 years, the Neighbourhood Watch Stilts International members have become thoroughly versed in the curious and even sometimes bizarre intricacies of the bureaucracy underlying the process of obtaining visas for the purposes of international performance. However, for the group of seven performing artists who will be … Read more

Backstage at The Utah Arts Festival 2016: 40 Years New

It becomes immediately evident that Utah’s history in arts and culture is as rich in pioneer spirit as when the settlers first descended into the Salt Lake valley nearly 170 years ago. In 1899, at the age of 30, Alice Merrill Horne was elected to the Utah Legislature (the third woman to do so) and … Read more

Plan-B’s 25th season gutsy, experimental but most artistically satisfying for audiences

NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series about Plan-B Theatre, which just completed its 25th anniversary. Part 2 will preview the company’s 2016-2017 season. In 25 years, Plan-B Theatre has grown into one of the most ambitious performing arts companies in Utah, regardless of size or genre. The small theatre company – with … Read more

Utah Film Center regroups, sets fund-raising campaign after fire disaster

Just months before it will open its 15th anniversary season and during a time when annual attendance for its screenings has increased by at least 50 percent in the last five years, the Utah Film Center (UFC) is facing its biggest challenges after a four-alarm fire in late March destroyed its offices in downtown Salt … Read more