Craft Lake City on August 13 will Walk the Line Between Art and Traditional Craft

180 local artists to vend at outdoor festival with music, dance, kids activities and food

SALT LAKE CITY, July 27, 2011 – When most people think of craft, doilies, toll painting and gingerbread houses spring to mind. That’s why 180 local artists are challenging the traditional definition of craft at this year’s Craft Lake City. Think monsters, dolls representing iconic figures, chain mail and clothing made from bullets for a start. Craft Lake City (CLC) is a free festival coming up on August 13 from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Gallivan Center. The event will feature food, beer, two entertainment stages for music and dance, kid’s activities, and most importantly: handmade craft. The event is free and open to the public.

“2011 brings our third annual Craft Lake City,” says Angela Brown, CLC director and SLUG Magazine’s editor and publisher. “Our alternative goods will redefine the meaning of the word craft for a lot of Utahns. In addition, with the Gallivan Center’s recent remodel, we now have room for two stages, 21 performing acts and eight different food and beer vendors.”

Affordably-priced items like silk-screened posters, reconstructed clothing, knitted items and jewelry will be available. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day and will include craft demonstrations, street performers and musical acts.

“If there are still people out there who think crafting is about painting wooden bunnies and geese, I would say, come to Craft Lake City and expand your definition of how hip felt applique and crochet can be,” says Rachel Hayes, CLC artist.

Music and dance will fill two stages at the newly remodeled Gallivan Center, making the craft fair a festival with something for almost anyone. Performers include The Mooks; The 3 2 1s; Muscle Hawk; It Foot, It Ears; Subrosa; S.L.F.M.; Dances With Wolves; Dark Seas; Kenshin Taiko; Birthquake!; Joshua Payne Orchestra; Ann-Britt Kennedy; a belly dance showcase including Blue Lotus, Hathor and the Lunar Collective; on-going breakdance by Ensoul Collaboration!; No Nation Orchestra;  Rifamos;  Mad Max & The Wild Ones; Max Pain and the Groovies and Spell Talk. A kid’s area will offer fun arts and crafts, like tissue paper flowers, and a bounce house from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food and beer vendors will include The Pie Pizzeria, Skewered Thai, Chili Verde, Sno-Zone, Large’s Lemonade, Culinary Designs, Uinta Brewing and Budweiser.


About CLC

Craft Lake City will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City. The event is free and open to the public. It is an outdoor arts festival that will showcase 180 artists, specializing in handmade goods. Affordably priced items like silk-screened posters, reconstructed clothing, knitted items and jewelry will be available. The event is sponsored by the Gallivan Center and and hosted by SLUG Magazine. Last year’s event welcomed over 8,000 visitors. For more information or to fill out an application please visit and follow the event on Twitter at