Fun and creative.
That's the Utah Arts Festival, where artists - despite soaring temperatures - continued to attract spectators by the thousands to downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday.The Wooden Toy Factory, the ceramics, Mask Hysteria, the food booths, Arts Exhibition, the Utah Symphony, modern dancers and other performers are all worth taking in.
Take Bill Berkley, a wood craftsman from Spirit Lake, Idaho, for example.
Berkley's creations - cars, airplanes, trains, trucks, cable cars (with music), fire engines and fishing trawlers - will stir the imagination of children and adults stopping by Booth 45 at the festival.
"It's more art than crafts," says Berkley, who has been designing and building toys for 11 years.
His children's toys and adult collectibles, including a fancy steam engine, a fire engine and a 6-piece wooden train and cable car, have been featured in the Smithsonian Institution.
All cuts for openings such as windows are made with wooden jigs, which are also used in building the rest of the toys. That enables Berkley, who was a coach and physical education teacher in California until 11 years ago, to make a variety of toys that are sure to please any child or adult.
Berkley makes 100 to 200 parts at a time and often builds 50 toy planes within 4 days.
"That's why I call it a factory," said Berkley, who supplies stores, galleries, gift shops and museums throughout the country.
Daniel Marshal, Santa Ana, Calif., is a different type of artist who, in designing and making ceramics, is sensitive to the desires and needs of the public.
Marshal, who works creatively with pastels of rose, lavender, teal blue, sea foam green, mauve and peach, received a bachelor of arts degree at California State University, Fullerton.
"This is a juried show. I've been real lucky the last four years to come here. I've heard good things for years about the Utah Arts Festival," said Marshal, who displayed a wide variety of ceramics, ranging from lotion jars and microwave-safe drinking mugs to geometric lamps and a $200 sculptured wall platter.
If you're into creativity of a different sort, Maureen Culligan, Eugene, Ore., has just the answer.
Her ornamental sun glasses, adorned alternately with flamingos and feathers, and her layered masks with peacock feathers are sure to keep your friends wondering what planet you're from.
And Culligan, who teaches mask making in public and private schools in Oregon, not only delights in selling her creations but takes time out to talk to and encourage children and others.
"Everyone has a creative spark within, a way to express themselves," she said.
Thursday evening's concert of the Utah Symphony Orchestra, directed by Associate Conductor Christopher Wilkins, was a real crowd-pleaser as the musicians attracted a capacity crowd to Plaza Stage.
The orchestra performed a variety of numbers composed by Utahns, ranging from Robert Cundick's "Overture for a Celebration" and Ricklen Nobis' "Grand and Dandy George" to Henry Wolking's "Black Dragon Canyon."
And, like many other artists at the festival, Wilkins took time after the orchestra's enjoyable performance to mingle and talk with the audience.
The Utah Arts Festival seems to be delighting Utahns and out-of-state visitors.
They include Guy Merkley, his wife, Sandra, and son, Nathan, 11/2, who visited with a reporter while relaxing in the shade Thursday afternoon at the festival. The Merkleys, who recently emigrated to Salt Lake City from England, visited the festival for the first time.
"We like art. I can't think of any kind of art we don't enjoy - everything from the old masters, primitive, ethnic and high tech to very modern art," said Mr. Merkley, who enjoyed a meal of Spoon Jambalaya, purchased from the Louisiana Purchase Cajun Cookin' booth nearby.
Festival admission is $3 adults and $1 for children ages 2-12 and senior citizens.
Here's a schedule of Friday evening and Saturday events.
Jessie Embry, "Mormon Polygamist Families: Life in the Principle," Literary Booth.
4:30-5:30 p.m. - Stray, mainstream jazz, Park Stage.
6-7 p.m. - Oquirrh Ridge Drifters, bluegrass music, Park Stage.
6-8:30 p.m. - Ben Benedict/George Taylor, stained glass, Demonstrating Stage.
6:30-7:30 p.m. - International Folk Ballet, folk dances, Amphitheater Stage.
7-8 p.m. - Utah Mining Stories, storyteller, Children's Art Yard.
7-8 p.m. - Tempo Timers, R&B with guest Terry Hanck, Plaza Stage.
8-9 p.m. - Repertory Dance Theater, "Mixin' It Up," Amphitheater Stage.
8:30-9:30 p.m. - Daniel Lentz, national performing artist, Plaza Stage.
9:30-10:30 p.m. - Utah Regional Ballet, Amphitheater Stage.
10-11 p.m. - Fattburger, national performing artists, Plaza Stage.
Artist of the Day - Myrna Fisher, textiles, booth 56.
Noon-1 p.m. - Rick Martinez Band, bluegrass, Park Stage.
Noon-2:30 p.m. - Richard Glade, saddlery, Demonstrating Stage.
1-2 p.m. - Hogle Zoo docent, Children's Art Yard.
1:30-2:30 p.m. - Copacabana Show, Caribbean music, Park Stage.
2-4 p.m. - Peter Goss, "Utah Historic Architecture," Literary Booth.
3-4 p.m. - An Eternity, rock/dance music, Park Stage.
3-4 p.m. - Indian Myths, storyteller, Children's Art Yard.
3-5:30 p.m. - Paul Enciso, Hopi weaving, Demonstrating Stage.
4-6 p.m. - Roy Webb, "If We Had a Boat," Literary Booth.
4-6 p.m. - Linda Sillitoe, "Salamander: The Story of Mormon Forgery Murders," Literary Booth.
4:30-5:30 p.m. - Tenpenny, Irish ballads, Park Stage.
4:30-6:30 p.m. - Pioneer Craft House, puppet workshop, Children's Art Yard.
6-7 p.m. - Loggerheads, early American music, Park Stage.
6-8 p.m. - Paul Enciso, Hopi spinning, Demonstrating Stage.
6-8 p.m. - Gary Bergera, "BYU: A House of Faith," Literary Booth.
6-8 p.m. - Calvin Grondahl, "Marketing Precedes the Miracle," Literary Booth.
6-7:30 p.m. - Jensen Woodbury Duo, classical guitar, Amphitheater Stage.
7-8 p.m. - World Tales Old and New, storyteller, Children's Art Yard.
7-8 p.m. - Synthesis Big Band, jazz band, Plaza Stage.
8-9 p.m. - Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, Amphitheater Stage.
8:30-9:30 p.m. - Warren Trulson, contemporary jazz, Plaza Stage.
9:30-10:30 p.m. - Elisa Monte Dance Company, national performers, Amphitheater Stage.
10-11 p.m. - The Rippingtons national performers, Plaza Stage.