Much to do and see at Art on the Lawn

Lucy Peterson-Watkins and her family have been busy. They have been setting up canopies, cleaning the house and getting everything ready at their family property at in North Logan. They have been preparing for Art on the Lawn.For six years, Peterson-Watkins has hosted Art on the Lawn, an art show that benefits artists and the art programs of local schools. The money goes to the Dean F. and Bessie C. Peterson Foundation for Cache Valley Arts and Literacy.The show is free and open to the public and takes place Saturday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Peterson-Watkins’ family property, 1491 E. 2300 North in North Logan.The house, completed in 1898, has been in the family for six generations along with some surrounding property. Peterson-Watkins, herself an artist, has been doing these art shows for six years.Art on the Lawn exhibits both professional and amateur artists alike. Amateur artists get the benefit of learning how art shows work through a casual type of show.Peterson-Watkins usually has the artists picked by June 1. The artists must submit a sample of their work and a short biography. While there is no fee to enter the show, lawn spaces are $50 each. Art students get their lawn space free.About 35 artists will have spots on the lawn with at least another 20 inside, from nationally known to brand new artists. The lawn, inside of the house and even the outside of the house will be covered in artwork, Peterson-Watkins said.Several painters will have canvases out and will be painting Saturday. Art on the Lawn is set up to be interactive, so guests can mingle with the artists, watch them at work and ask questions.Logan High School ceramics students have spent the year making chili bowls, Peterson-Watkins said. These bowls will be sold for $10 each at Art on the Lawn and will be filled with free chili donated by local restaurants. Money raised from the chili bowl sale will go directly to the Logan High School’s art department. Last year the chili cookout raised $800 for the students, and the foundation made a donation to the school as well.Aggie Ice Cream, hot dogs, items from Gia’s restaurant and other food will also be available for purchase.Entertainment starts at noon. Several bands will take the stage throughout the afternoon, including the Dry Lake Band at 2:30 p.m.Several items will be up for bid at the silent auction. The auction will take place in the house and will benefit the foundation. Also, tickets can be purchased for a drawing. The prizes include passes to local restaurants, a stay at the Holiday Inn Express and a night at Sherwood Hills.The potter’s field will have three pottery wheels and a couple hundred pounds of clay. Peterson-Watkins said “kids from 3 to 93” can learn to turn the pot and make pottery.In its first year, the Art on the Lawn had about 20 artists and 300 guests. Last year, about 1,000 guests came to the art show. Two parking lots will be available to accommodate large numbers of people this year.While the focus of the show is on painting, photographers, potters and jewelers will also show their work. When choosing which artists to participate in the show, Peterson-Watkins said she looked for variety and “anything that’s unique.”Visitors are encouraged to come in casual dress, as there will be art projects for guests to participate in. Every year, organizers set up a canvas for a community mural. Supplies will be set out and guests can try their hand at painting.- rachel@cvdaily.com

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