Hundreds of art lovers are expected at the eighth annual “Art on the Lawn” event this weekend in North Logan at the site of the old Crookston home, 1491 East 2100 North.
Lucy and Carey Watkins started the event in 2005.
“It was one of the first homesteads in Cache Valley,” said Lucy Watkins. “It’s 12 acres and we use this wonderful old home and grounds, which is on the Utah Historical Register, as the site of our art show. Artists come to the beautiful grounds to do their art and entertainers come and entertain all day.”
Watkins said the work of about 40 artists and artisans will be displayed, some of them nationally known artists in addition to exceptional local artists.
“We will also have what you might call ‘hobby artists’ who can’t live on their art but are very good. We also encourage student artists to come; I have to jury them in to make sure everything is appropriate and well done.”
She said this event is not like Summerfest in that many of the artists are without canopies. Some have canopies to display their art.
“It’s spread out on the grounds so that you can sit and talk with the artists.”
Watkins said her family started a foundation in memory of her parents, Dean and Bessie Peterson, and wanting to do something with the home, decided on events to benefit Cache Valley arts. Money generated through sponsors goes to help local high school art departments.
“Each year we have been able to give between $1500 and $2000 to them and also to Friends of the North Logan Library and we help the Cache Education Foundation fund a scholarship in the name of Daniel Robert Lynch.”
In the seven years of Art on the Lawn the foundation has awarded almost $60,000 to local groups.
“Craig Mortenson always comes up with a beautiful show, sometimes it might include 50s entertainment. Also this year we will have the Dry Lake Band, Sassafras, Stephanie Pack who plays the ukulele, singer Sarah Olsen with a beautiful voice and Anna Watkins and Family.”
<a target=”_blank” href=”http://www.artonthelawn.net/”>Art on the Lawn</a> opens Friday with a “sneak peek”, 5-7 p.m. and continues Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. It is free.
“We will have a silent auction at 5 p.m. Saturday, we will have chili available at 4:30 and Logan High is making the bowls. Chili is free, the bowls are $10.”