Got a few bucks to spend on some artful activities this weekend? Or are you stony broke? Either way, we’ve got suggestions for taking a walk on the creative side.
Thursday, May 26
ARTLandish: Plein Air Painting in Utah, 7 p.m., Marriott Library, Gould Auditorium, free. The traditional practice of painting “en plein air” and the quest for suitable motifs to capture Utah’s terrain will be discussed by three contemporary artists: Patricia Kimball, Hadley Rampton, and Michael Workman.
Friday, May 27
“Psychology and the Arts” at the Leonardo, 7:30-8:30, where the invited speaker is Margaret R. Tarampi, Ph.D., a visual artist whose work is influenced by her psychological research. She is an associate instructor in psychology at the University of Utah and a research associate in the Center for Spatial Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Tarampi will present her research and creative work related to architecture, art and dance. Cost is general admission. http://www.theleonardo.org/event/science-and-art-conversations/
“Fluid Art” at UMOCA 6-9 p.m.: A night of beer and art pairings presented by the Utah Brewers’ Guild and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Fluid Art mashes up some of the best craft brews in the Beehive State with the most socially relevant art in UMOCA’s current exhibitions. Each brewery will pair one of its ales with one of the museum’s art pieces to create a brand new sensory experience. $35 online through May 26; $40 at the door, www.ArtTix.org., 21 and over with ID.
Saturday, May 28
Most of us think Spanish Fork when we hear “Holi Festival of Colors,” the Hindu spring celebration that heralds new beginnings. For years, the Krishna Temple there has been the place to go to become a living splash of color. Last year, Ogden got in on the fun, and the event returns this Saturday, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at West Stadium Park (1650 Jefferson Ave, Ogden, UT 84404). It’s supposed to be about burning out the evil and starting afresh, but mostly it’s about throwing powdered dust at each other. A change of clothes is recommended for the ride home. A particulate mask wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Click here for more info.
Saturday, May 28 – Sunday May 29
If you’re heading away for the long weekend you might stop in at the Moab Arts Festival. In its 24th year, the festival is free and features art booths, a food court, music and other entertainment. The perfect place to visit after your bones are jarred from riding in bike or jeep along one of the area’s slick rock trails. www.moabartfestival.org.