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2011 Summerfest to include new vendors, art projects

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Posted: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 1:15 am

This year's Summerfest Arts Faire will feature some new elements while keeping true to area tradition.

Executive director Marianne Sidwell said the event - which runs June 16 to 18 on the grounds of the Logan LDS Tabernacle - will showcase the work of 150 art vendors.

Despite the sluggish economy, Summerfest is performing well, according to Sidwell.

"(Since) our event is for artists to sell their work, we're actually doing better, because these artists are interested in having a venue to show their work and sell their work," Sidwell said. "So we're really glad to be able to provide them with that, but they pay to be there. So Summerfest is doing fine. I don't know how the artists themselves are doing, but we really hope that we can help them to sell their work in this bad economy."

Each art vendor pays a $250 fee for space at Summerfest.

Sidwell said of the roughly 200 vendor applicants this year, some had to be turned down.

"We've actually turned quite a few away," she said. "We have a process that juries every single application."

One new aspect to this year's program is two artists who will be doing projects from recycled and everyday materials on site.

Sidwell said one of those artists, Missourian Rich Brooks, will craft sculptures from the items.

"Community members are invited to participate," she said. "They can bring junk items that he could integrate into his project, just come in and help out, or just come and watch. It's going to be really fun."

There will also be contests in plein air and photography, and a scholarship program will be funded in part through silent auction.

"I work all year preparing for this one event," Sidwell said. "We'll have really good food vendors and performing groups."




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