2022 Featured Artist

Carole Warburton

2021 Featured Artist

Mathew King


Mat King, a Wyoming native wood artist from Worland, Wyoming, draws inspiration from nature itself. He uses naturally occurring shapes found throughout the western United States for inspiration that include mountains, landscapes, flowers and even rocks. Each unique piece is handcrafted and truly one of a kind. He turns mostly natural, or live edge, pieces that are both artistic and functional in design. All of his pieces are food-safe and require minimal maintenance. Mat’s love for woodturning started at an early age and he strives to produce the highest quality work possible. He brings out the beauty of each piece by removing the excess to reveal the natural beauty that is already there.


Mat uses both local woods and woods from the West Coast. Most of these are reclaimed trees that would have ended up as firewood or been taken to the city landfill. He works with tree trimmers and wood mills to acquire most of his wood. Some of the local woods are Box Elder, Russian Olive, Honey Locust, Walnut, and others. The West Coast woods include Big Leaf Maple, Myrtle, Madrone, Sycamore, and Redwood - to name a few of the over 40 different species he has worked with over the 13 years he has been professionally turning.


2018 Featured Artist

Julie Crabtree

Julie Crabtree was born in Nottinghamshire, England and enrolled in a small village school before attending college and starting her career in the arts and fashion field. She emigrated to Toronto, Canada and lived there for four years before moving to the USA, raising a family and embarking on several aspects of fiber related ventures. She raised sheep, angora goats and angora rabbits for their fiber; spinning, dyeing and selling the product as well as giving lessons and demonstrations. Living a semi self-sufficient lifestyle, she established her own business, "Foxbriar Custom Sewing and Alterations," specializing in bridal wear and historical and custom clothing, with an emphasis on embroidery and beadwork. She has done restoration work on an18th Century ballgown at Historic Deerfield, MA. Julie is currently a full-time artist working in embroidery/mixed media, creating fiber pieces for the wall, smaller fashion items and experimental pieces. She also teaches workshops on various techniques in Modern Embroidery Fiber Art.


2017 Featured Artist

Nikki Root

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.”



2016 Featured Artist

Richard Garland

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.


2015 Featured Artist

Shane Ross

Announcing the Winner of our 3rd Annual Featured Artist Competition: Shane Ross


My focus as a artist is to create art to build and edify others and express my better self.



H. Shane Ross was born in Murray, Utah in 1973. At the age of five, he moved with his family to Vernal. He loved the area and felt a strong attachment to the landscape. After serving a mission for his church, Shane earned a BFA from Utah State University. Part of his education included a trip to Europe, where he studied art and design and taught drawing. As he studies the works of artists who have gone before and ponders upon the art he wants to create, Ross’s goal remains unchanged. He strives to create art which builds and edifies others. The landscape provides Shane with the inspiration to achieve this goal. He currently lives in Logan, Utah with his wife and three children.


2014 Featured Artist

Andi Jorgensen
Andrea Dexter Jorgensen is the winner of our 2nd Annual Featured Artist Competition, which was introduced as part of our 30th anniversary celebration in 2013. 

Artist’s Statement


My life experience has included living in New EnglandNorwaySwitzerlandFlorida, and Utah. Nature and color have impacted me greatly: flaming fall foliage, blue shadows on snow, yellow fields, azure oceans, scarlet hibiscus. My artistic development has been a process of transferring nature’s colors and brilliance into an expression of ideas and feelings. After years of doing experimental work with acrylics and mixed media, I have recently been trying to develop skills with oils and watercolor. I want to sing with color. I strive to share the wonder of profound awakenings of the spirit.


Biographical Statement


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.

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2013 Featured Artist

Kay Homan
Kay Homan is known for her western portrayals of life on the farm and cattle ranch. As a toddler, Kay's crayon drawings of cows and horses were startlingly life-like. Homan has made her career as an artist for thirty five years. These days watercolors are her main medium. Kay's watercolors are very detailed, hearty in color and utilize a lot of layering of the transparent paint. Homan was been featured in Arts of the West, Southwest Art, Western Horseman, International Cowboy, Old West Traveler, and Indian Country. In addition, she has received many awards.

Mission Statement

Summerfest Arts Faire, an annual juried event held on the grounds of the Cache Country Fairgrounds, celebrates the arts in Cache Valley by bringing people together to enjoy a festival of high-quality art, music and food.

Contact Details

Mailing Address: 
69 East 100 North
Logan, UT 84321

Event Location:
Cache County Fairgrounds
450 South 500 West
Logan, UT 84321

Email: info@logansummerfest.com

Phone: 435-213-3858

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