Just got back from the St. George, UT Art Festival. Great weather, great crowds, low sales. Perhaps the fact that there was an overabundance of photographers had something to do with it? Of approximately 110 artists 15 were photographers. If you threw a stick you were bound to hit one of them! Many of the photographers were grouped around each other. Of the "bunch" two of us were "traditional" (not digital) photographers. I received a 2nd place award and the other traditional photographer received 1st place. As usual, there is always a lot of praise for our art but people seem to go for the glitz of the color work. Would I go too far out of my way for this show? Probably not but we weren't that far and I wanted to try something new. As with any show there are a few "misses" but overall the quality of the art was quite high, one of my favorites was the featured artist Steve Harmston a screen printer. I rarely see screen printed art at the shows and his was high quality.
The St. George Art Festival is produced by the City of St. George Leisure Services Department. Promoted as family friendly and has live music on three stages and a "kid's creation station" where the little ones can make things to take home, helps to keep them from being too fussy! The staff couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating of artists with snacks each day, water, coffee (yuk), tea, hot chocolate (yeah) and a breakfast! Set up was all of Thursday before the show in the historic town square, which by the way is quite nice with large sculptures and water features, making it easy with a leisurely pace if you got there early, they even had big wagons that you could borrow which really helped going over the grass. Parking was easy and plentiful near the fair.