I was driving through Oakley anyway, so I stopped in at the Summit County Art & Artisan Show and Sale.
The show, held July 14 in the Cattlemen's building, was the first the Park City Summit County Arts Council has hosted in Oakley. It was a small show, with around 30-40 artist booths, but that was just right for this small town.
Oakley is most famous for its annual rodeo, and there were a few artists showing work related to rodeo and cowboys. Among the Western artists was Don Weller, who has illustrated covers for Time magazine and created posters for the National Football League, the Rose Bowl, and the 1984 Olympic Games. He now paints in Oakley, instead of Los Angeles.
But this show wasn't all Western. Artist-made jewelry, pottery, fiber works, handmade soaps, walking sticks and sculptures -- just like you find at bigger art shows in Park City and Salt Lake City -- were offered, but in smaller quantities.
This show even had a local comic book artist, Brady Canfield. The retired USAF scientist and USA skeleton athlete was showing his "Wombat Rue" comic books, which are marked "Immature Content."
I'm not a person who enjoys big crowds, and I'm usually hurrying from one project to the next, so this show was just right for me -- big enough to offer a variety of quality art, but small enough that it wasn't crowded and didn't require a large chunk of my day to enjoy.
If the show is held again next year, there's a good chance I'll stop by.