OGDEN -- You don't have to paint, draw or play a musical instrument to be an artist.
Christopher Haaser, an 11-year-old from Huntsville, proved that much Saturday at Union Station's 10th annual Ogden Arts Festival.
Christopher wowed festival onlookers with his juggling skills while performing on the northeast corner of Wall Avenue and Historic 25th Street.
Among the many tricks in his arsenal, Haaser juggled rings, bowling ball pins and even eight balls at once, throwing them high and catching them behind his back.
Christopher said he has been juggling for only about four years now, but it seems as though he has been doing it for a lifetime.
"I practice every single day. I love to do it, so practicing is fun."
Christopher said he has learned a lot of his tricks from watching Internet videos, but like any true artist, he has also mastered improvisation.
"I learned a lot from the Internet, but at some point, you just start making things up on your own," he said. "Once you get the basic three-ball pattern down, you just want to keep learning new stuff and adding on to it."
Christopher said he plans to continue adding to his repertoire and is even considering some kind of career in juggling.
But Christopher wasn't the only one on display, as the festival also featured plenty of talented Top of Utah musicians, painters and artists using a plethora of other mediums.
Brigham City resident Grant Wilson worked on a landscape painting in his van near Union Station, preparing to enter a "quick sketch" competition at the festival.
Wilson said he has been an artist all his life and usually draws caricatures and cartoons.
"I love it," he said of his craft. "It's such a great way to express your enjoyment of the world and nature. It's like, you wake up and feel the warmth of the sun and you want to somehow express the emotions that go along with that."
Wilson, who has been involved in the festival numerous years, said the event is a great outlet for any local artist wishing to be seen before a large audience.
"This is really important for art, especially local art," he said. "There are so many artists out there, but not all of them get the chance to show their work to a lot of people. This gives them that opportunity."
Cat Davenport happened to be passing through Ogden on her way to Pocatello on Saturday and said she was impressed by what she saw at Union Station.
"It's cool to see all the art, but it also drew us into downtown and to see all these great historical buildings down here," she said.
"Ogden is pretty nice."