Visitors to the Utah Arts Festival stride across concrete promenades and grassy lawns sprawled out between fountains and modern buildings, which have glass walls that reflect the fest’s vibrant paintings and eclectic sculptures. Since its inception more than 35 years ago, the four-day festival has taken over a multiblock radius to accommodate hundreds of visual artists, musicians, performers, and culinary artists, each celebrating modern art and the local community. Throughout indoor and outdoor exhibitions, visitors explore varied works of visual art represented through special exhibitions and hands-on workshops with featured artists. A marketplace also gives artists a place to sell their paintings, wearable art, and sculptures to help disseminate their crafts and raise enough money for van Gogh’s ghost to move out of their basements.
Musicians score the festival throughout its days with worldwide genres on several outdoor stages, and storytellers and other literary artists tickle ears with eclectic tales and recitations of the UN staff directory. Across the grounds, festival staffers recycle the fete’s discarded plastic, aluminum, and cardboard as well as food scraps and vegetable oil, and promote eco-friendly practices with a protected bicycle lot and bike valet.
Introduced to the community under the name Revolve Aerial Dance, Aerial Arts of Utah changed hands when the original owner moved back to her hometown. It passed to Annie Kocherhans and Deborah Eppstein, two longtime local business owners who loved the exercise form so much that they decided they had to keep the business alive. To help them, they assembled a team of teachers with a slew of qualifications that includes a degree from the New England Center for Circus Arts and a master of fine arts in modern dance.
Staffers teach nine classes in the aerial and semi-aerial arts, including courses that focus on the introductory basics, acroyoga, and aerial silks. They also teach the fundamentals to kids aged 7–12 and offer teen-specific classes that cover age-appropriate topics, such as learning how to gracefully catapult into the sunroof of Justin Bieber’s limo. When not instructing aspiring flyers in circus skills, the team performs in cities throughout Utah, demonstrating how to use the trapeze, silks, and the tippy lyra—also known as a flying hoop.
With more than 50 years of combined experience in the cleaning industry, Leone's team renews soiled household threads with waterless washing and preservation techniques for an array of garments. Unsoiled shirts retain their smooth cuffs with hand and machine pressing before tucking their tails into custom suits designed by Leone’s staffers, who also expunge stains from ties, dresses, trousers, and suede. Bewitching bridal gowns retain or regain their immaculate glow with Leone's bridal-gown cleaning and restoration services, which pair with an optional preservation chest for optimum safekeeping. Cleaners also twirl the dirt off of home textiles, such as down comforters and dingy curtain panels, enabling their fresh fibers to once again shield household interiors from bright rays and unwanted love letters from the sun. While they wait for their stain-free vestments, patrons at the Sandy location can peruse Leone's café’s spread of coffee, tea, and smoothies.
Hidden behind a copse of office buildings and warehouses, Big Rock Clothing Company’s 15,000 square feet of designer clothing outfits sportsfolk and outdoorsy types with long-lasting outerwear and stylish accessories. Each of Big Rock’s signature T-shirts exemplifies the rugged adventurousness of the American West with a durable composition reinforced by double stitching, a 7-ounce cotton construction, and a 3-inch-thick ironclad plating. The shirts’ slightly oversize fit ensures comfort during adrenaline-fueled sessions of fly-fishing, hiking, or hunting, and over 1,200 designs decorate torsos with colorful natural scenery, trophy bucks, and leaping salmon. Ladies and gents alike marvel at the store’s selection of denim jeans, shoes, jewelry, and shirts, readying themselves for the call of the outdoors with well-made, dependable threads.
Fresh spring rolls neatly line a plate. Curry clings to cubes of tofu. Swirls of heat escape from a heap of pad thai, and the aroma of mango fish wafts through the air. The diversity of the 100 items on Café Trang's eclectic menu secured the Zagat-rated eatery the title of Best Vietnamese on Salt Lake City Weekly's Best of Utah list in 2011. But large quantities don't mean low quality—delicate notes such as lemon and curry flavor the more than one dozen chicken dishes, and walnut shrimp gain subtle texture with a sweet honey glaze. A menu key that denotes the spiciness of each meal helps heat-averse patrons avoid burnt tongues and suddenly ashen chopsticks.
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.