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Arts fest in Brigham has a new name and a focus on old and new art traditions

Friday , June 08, 2018 - 5:15 AM

BRIGHAM CITY — The Heritage Arts Festival is dead. Long live the Brigham City Arts Festival.

This year, the city’s annual celebration of the arts has a new name and a more inclusive focus.

For 14 years, the Heritage Arts Festival offered the best of the area’s heritage artisans — from traditional woodworking and leather-working to blacksmithing, basket-weaving, broom-making and more. Now, in its 15th year, the rebranded “Brigham City Arts Festival” is open to contemporary artists as well, according to festival coordinator Christina Boss.

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“There’ll be artists of all kinds this year, not just the heritage artisans,” Boss said. “We’ve got digital artists, photographers, caricature artists, jewelers and more.”

This year’s festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9, on the Bill of Rights Plaza, 20 N. Main St., Brigham City. Admission is free.

“The idea behind the festival is to bring in local artists to display their work, and bring the community together in a really family-oriented event,” Boss explained.

One new artist at this year’s festival creates jewelry from shell casings and other ammunition-related items. Another creates her artwork directly on clothing.

“We’ve definitely expanded,” Boss said. “We’ve got the old and the new at this year’s festival.”

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In addition to the artists on hand, the festival will feature both new and returning displays and activities.

The traditional Quilt & Trunk Show will be held in the nearby Academy Building, 58 N. Main St. Along with the displays of elaborate quilts, two trunk shows — presenting patterns and other merchandise to festival-goers — will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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New this year will be a children’s bike-decorating contest and parade, with cash and prizes for the winners. There will also be a number of other kids’ crafts and games, including face-painting.

“We want to get our kids involved in this year’s festival,” Boss said.

The event will also feature food trucks serving festival patrons.

Also new to this year’s event is CLUE Inn Escape, a mobile live escape room. Players attempt to solve puzzles and clues in order to escape the themed room before time expires.

Musical artists will also perform throughout the day. Four acts will perform at this year’s festival:

  • At 11 a.m., Rosewood takes the stage, featuring musicians Shaundra Cragun, Angela Cooney and Mike Iverson. They play a blend of folk, alternative, pop, rock and roots music.
  • At 12:15 p.m., Many Miles, based near Zion National Park, plays its music described as a mix of John Mayer, Amy Winehouse, the Dave Matthews Band, and Adele.
  • At 1:30 p.m., 21-year-old country music singer/songwriter Maddie Wilson performs. Wilson has shared the stage with the likes of Lonestar, Imagine Dragons, and Collin Raye.
  • At 2:45 p.m., musician Shane Jackman is the final performer of the day. Jackman’s music was described by Songwriter Monthly as “a breathing portrait of stories brought to life.”

Boss said the newly named Brigham City Arts Festival should offer a little something for everyone.

“We have a lot going on, and I hope a lot of folks will come and check it out,” she said. “We’re hoping folks come out so we can show them what the city has to offer.”

For more information, visit brighamcity.utah.gov/festivals, or call 435-734-6604.

Contact Mark Saal at 801-625-4272, or msaal@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @Saalman. Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/MarkSaal.

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