Utah markets encourage new crop of artists

Utah markets encourage new crop of artists

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

By: Annie Knox

Some white tents and a close-knit group of artists swayed Doug Adams to leave the steel mill for good.

“I don’t owe anybody anything, except myself,” Adams said, after three decades of working in a furnace. “And that’s the freedom to create.”

About three years ago, Adams and his wife, painter Dianne Adams, finally paid off the house. At the time, his 12-hour work shifts had been cutting into family time. And the metal sculptures he’d begun selling alongside Dianne’s paintings at the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market helped him gain a foothold in Utah’s fine-arts community.

It’s just one example of how farmers markets and the growing push to “buy local” are fostering a new crop of Utah artists. The trend allows them to trade advice and find mentors, and to refine their work.

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