Free FrontRunner to Utah Arts Festival to see Ogden artists
Ogden area artists will participate in the Utah Arts Festival next week at Library Square in downtown Salt Lake City. The festival opens Thursday at noon and runs each day until Sunday at 9 p.m.
This year, it’s easier for Weber County folks to attend without worrying about traffic and parking issues — through the new “Ticket as Fare” promotion, any festival ticket purchase gives you unlimited access to FrontRunner, TRAX, bus and UTA On Demand the day of your ticket.
One of the local artists performing at the festival is literary art performer Angelika Brewer. She has been a part of the festival in the past and loves it. “I love being surrounded by all the amazing creatives and seeing what Utah’s different art scenes have to offer each year,” says Brewer.
Brewer is an award-winning poet and published writer. She was timid as a child but found her voice as an adult. With her poetry she aims to help others “feel seen, heard, and ready to use their voice.” She is performing on Thursday at 4 p.m. on the Wordfest Stage.
Brewer is excited to be a part of the festival this year because this is the first year she has an entire set of her own. Her set is going to be about things that make her feel joy. “I’ve frequently written about pain, grief and heartbreaks I’ve experienced in my life because writing is therapeutic for me. But this year I’m going to refocus on the growth and experience I’ve gained from all those hard moments,” says Brewer.
Jon Morgan is an Ogden-based bronze sculpture artist also featured at the festival. He believes that art in its highest form can connect to viewers emotionally. “Our eyes deceive us. We put so much into what we see but it’s inaccurate to what is really going on in the world. My objective with my sculptures is to tell a story, to make the eyes do more than to see but to feel,” says Morgan.
Look for more Northern Utah-based literary artists, musicians and artists to catch at the festival: poet and author Wynter Storm, the O-Town Dream Team, chamber orchestra Wi-Fi(ve), professional storyteller Karl Behling, writer/performer Christina Re Anderson, 2-D mixed media artist Melissa Jager, ceramists Craig and Karl Haaser, digital artist Chris Bodily, Western art painter Paul Twithell, photographer Landon Hill, Ogden Valley musical group Mothers of Mayhem, multi-instrumentalist trio The Proper Way, Cache County favorite acoustic band Highline Drifters, country/Americana band David Burchfield & the Fire Guild, and literary artist Rees Sweeten, a transgender woman who advocates for LGBTQ+ rights.
Tickets and more information can be found at uaf.org.