Summerfest Arts Faire has selected glass artist Nikki Root of Providence as their featured artist for 2017. Her glass art will be featured on all Summerfest publicity for 2017, and she will have a featured tent at the festival in June.
Nikki Root lives in Providence, but she fell in love with stained glass when she and her husband lived in Georgia, where stained glass is common in antebellum mansions. Root had stained glass in her own home there, and she said, “Once you have stained glass in your home, you never want to live without it.”
In 1994, she and her family moved to Cache Valley, and she enrolled in a stained glass class, where she learned the basics of cutting and soldering. She was able to create eight windows for her new home for which the Northern Utah Home Builders Association presented her with the 1995 Outstanding Glasswork Award. Since then, she has designed and created countless stained glass windows and, for several years she has instructed the very stained glass class she once attended.
After raising her five children, Nikki was inspired to develop her own techniques to create unique 3-D glass art panels incorporating vintage and antique glass dishes as well as other glass items. This launched her career as an upcycled glass artist, a genre she pioneered. She collects glass from all over the country, searching for pieces with unique style, color, texture, and history. Each item is then individually hand-cut and crafted to showcase the rich reliefs, dimensions, and beauty of the original pieces.
Nikki debuted her upcycled glass art at Summerfest Arts Faire in 2011. Since then she has displayed her work at art shows and galleries throughout Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Wyoming, and California, receiving awards and recognition for her art.
“We are pleased to present a piece of Nikki’s work on our Summerfest poster for 2017,” said Thatcher, “especially since she really introduced and grew her art at Summerfest.”
Announcing the WINNER of our 4th Annual Featured Artist Competition: Richard Garland
Logan watercolorist Richard M. Garland has been selected as the featured artist for Logan's 2016 Summerfest Arts Faire, June 16-18. Garland grew up in the small town of Oakes in eastern North Dakota. He earned a bachelor's degree in art education at Valley City State College, which is now part of the University of North Dakota. He and his wife Deborah moved to Logan in 1974 and have called it home ever since. They have had a cleaning business to earn a living, but Garland has been a watercolorist for the past 30-plus years because he enjoys it.
His style is impressionistic and semi-abstract, using the local landscape for inspiration. The online magazine, Artists of Utah, (artistsofutah.org) wrote of Garland's work, "As if to compensate for his high level of control, Garland uses abstraction to propel realism, rather than the other, more historical way 'round. Many of his more striking images began with controlled explosions of color, which he then corralled and directed in keeping with what they spontaneously recalled to his memory for sights, places, weather, botanical structure, visual conditions, and so forth."
Garland has painted a painting a day for several years. He generally frames his own work, prowling second hand stores and other places for vintage frames that he reuses. He considers himself to be an amateur painter, but many in the Utah arts community would beg to differ. Garland's painting "Along the Bear II" will be featured on the 2016 Summerfest Arts Faire poster and advertising and he will have a booth at this year's festival.
As a child in Massachusetts I loved to draw and paint, especially with an artist neighbor who welcomed me on Saturday mornings. After earning a bachelor’s degree in art from Smith College, I taught art in Melbourne, Florida, then many years later in Geneva, Switzerland, and again in Florida (after my Norwegian husband and I had raised our three children in Norway and Switzerland). When I could, I painted. I did portraits of neighborhood children, landscapes, and increasingly expressionistic interpretations of the world around me. Form and color and ideas excited me. When I returned to Melbourne, Florida in 2002, I worked with Carol Perers and Fritz van Eeden as they demonstrated experimental techniques. My spirit soared with new artistic freedom. I began incorporating various materials into acrylic paint to enhance texture. Paintings would often take on a life of their own. My job was to rein them in. Sometimes I had a specific motif in mind, but often the development of layers of color and texture would suggest the subject.
In 2005, after many years on the east coast and in Europe, I moved to Cache Valley to be near family. In Utah I have been participating in the Cache Valley branch of the Utah Watercolor Society, in many capacities, including President. For two years I showed my work at Local Colors Gallery in Salt Lake City. (Previously I had been showing at the Downstairs Gallery and elsewhere in Melbourne.) In 2013 I started preparing a program for the visual arts at Cache Valley Center for the Arts. I’m thrilled to be able to share my love for art with all those in my classes.
Presently I live in Logan near one daughter, her husband and four children. My oldest daughter married a Peruvian and lives in Lima with her husband and two children. (Their oldest son lives in Salt Lake City.) My son and his wife live in California.
I have lived in places of spectacular beauty. I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, the United States, and Peru.
Throughout my life, music and spiritual searching have always been important. From that inner inspiration comes my desire to express the intangible with color and form.
Summerfest Arts Faire, an annual juried event held on the grounds of the Logan Tabernacle, celebrates the arts in Cache Valley by bringing people together to enjoy a festival of high-quality art, music and food.
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