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(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Opening day of the Arts Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah Thursday, June 26, 2014.
Despite Thursday rain, Utah Arts Festival attendance holds steady

A rainstorm may have dampened enthusiasm at the Utah Arts Festival on Thursday, but art lovers rallied the rest of the weekend.

Festival organizers are still tallying the numbers, but spokeswoman Teri Mumm said Tuesday that attendance for the four-day festival will equal or exceed last year’s figure — somewhere around 85,000.

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"We did bounce back and recover fully from Thursday’s rain," Mumm said.

Thursday’s rainstorm had Artist Marketplace vendors rolling out the tarps, forced technicians to cut power temporarily to performance stages, and led to the cancellation of one of two evening performances by the street-theater troupe Australia’s Strange Fruit.

The festival also announced the award winners among the artists who displayed their work in Salt Lake City’s Library Square over the weekend.

Visual art: Best of Show »

Sponsor Award » Sondra Wampler, Paso Robles, Calif., digital montages.

Gallery Association Award » Dan Bi, Markhan, Ontario, Canada, 2-D mixed media.

Board Member Award » Johanna Mueller, Fort Collins, Colo., grapics/printmaking.

Artist Marketplace Award » Lugana Nzalamba, Los Angeles, 2-D mixed media.

Visual art: Award of Merit »

Sponsor Award » Katherine Goulandris, Abiquiu, N.Mex., jewelry

Gallery Association Award » Aaron Memmott, Helper, Utah, painting.

Board Member Award » Carlos Page, Union City, N.J., sculpture.

Artist Marketplace Award » Kali Mellus, Murray, Utah, fiber/2-D mixed media.

People’s Choice Award »

Artist Marketplace » Jennifer Lashbrook, Dallas, Texas, who creates mosaics from paint sample cards.

Music » Motown Sounds & More Tribute Show (Saturday night, Amphitheater Stage).

Fear No Film »

Grand Jury Prize » "TAG," Aneil Karia, France.

Utah Short Film of the Year » "Transmormon," Torben Bernhard, Marissa Lila and Travis Low (created in partnership with VideoWest/KUER).

Fear No Filmmaker Award » "A Perfect Day," Oguzhan Kaya, Turkey.

Audience Award Winners » "Passages," Neysan Sobhani, China; "Almost Magic," Mickey Randle and Matt Merrill, Utah (Spy Hop Productions); "Four Frames," James Honeycutt, France; "Drops of Smoke," Ane Siderman, Brazil; "Virtuous Virtual," Thomas Stellmach, Germany; "The Jigsaw," Basil and Rashad Al-Safar, Portugal; "Your Cocoon and You," Dallin Cerva, Utah.

Fear No Film KIDS! Award » "Eideann," Alvaro Granados, Spain (3 and up); "Black Rock Creek," Malone Lumarda, California (8 and up).

IAMA Awards »

Susanne Millsaps Singer Songwriter Showcase: Kray Van Kirk, Alaska; Paul Fritzler, Utah; Jim Svendsen, Utah/Arkansas.

Literary Arts Awards »

Fiction (Adult) » 1st Place: Jessica Payne, "My Brief Affair with Lonnie Anderson"; Honorable Mention: Ian Cummings, "The Final Journal of Everett Reuss."

Fiction (Youth) » 1st Place: Mia Schmidt, "Capture The Beauty"; Honorable Mention: Madeline Galian, "The Journey Of Everett Ruess."

Poetry (Adult) » 1st Place: Rachel White, "Desert Sonnet"; Honorable Mention: Trish Hopkinson, "A Man Misplaced."

Nonfiction (Adult) » Diane Lockard, "Monument Valley Woodcut-Everett Ruess Mystery."

Ultra IronPen » Adult: Andrew Writt, "The Drive South," "Everett, Where Have You Gone?," "Almost Home"; Youth: 1st: Aubrey K. Nyberg, "I’m Still Lost," "Wild Things," "Lost"; Honorable Mention: Suresh lalith, "The Great Everett Ruess."

Poetry Slam winners » Indie Slam: Gray Brian Thomas; Team Slam: Slam Nuba.

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