In what was an empty tent on Friday, Darrell Driver’s space had barely an inch to spare on Saturday, which is no mystery, as his works’ lively vibrant colors fuel the imagination and shock the senses with its boldness. From the giggle inducing images of Darth Vader riding a Walker, his light-saber transformed into a lasso, to the breath taking native women painted with fierceness in their eyes, Driver’s work delights. Driver only started selling his painting four years ago, and paints three hours a day. His fan base is wide, but his home front always treats him well. “I do a lot of festivals and Utah’s always my best state, doesn’t matter where, I get both liberal and conservative collectors, its awesome,” he added. With a full time job and three kids, he makes the most out of his every hour, painting long after the family has gone to sleep. His efforts and passion pays off in the breathtaking images that inspire strength and beguilement.
The performance’s by Australia’s Strange Fruit at Library Square’s The Round/ Crescent Wall and were operatic in style. At such an unnerving height, the bending and twisting on the flimsy poles gave the choice between squeals of delight and gasps of anxiety, the elegance and relaxed nature of the performers entertained, and the expressive faces of the actors always provided a comedic tone to an otherwise terrifying feat.
Another brightly colored performance was that done by the roaming MarchFourth Marching Band, who paraded through the festival as festival patrons cheerfully followed suit. The scene of which included the musicians and dancers looking as though they were plucked straight from a carnival. The child in me was let in awe at the two groups, promising myself to be just like them when I grow up.
Sunday is the final opportunity to enjoy the variety The Utah Arts Festival has provided. Performances will continue until 7:30, and the festival will come to an end at 11 p.m.!