LOGAN, Utah — Cache Valley native Jocelyn Wellings remembers going to the Summerfest Arts Faire as a little girl and making her own art at the “creation station” or hanging out and watching live music next to her father, who worked the sound.
Now, Wellings, 24, is part of the annual arts, music and food event, with her very own booth (No. 28) situated on north east side of Logan Tabernacle Square.
“I’m really excited to be on the other side of it and … hang out in the booth for a few days with other artists,” she said.
Up to 40 original pen and ink drawings combined with watercolors from Wellings are available during Summerfest.
“It’s kind of stressful trying to figure everything out, but it’s also really exciting,” she said.
According a synopsis of her work found on the Summerfest website, Wellings uses "hatching and crosshatching as well as variant line thicknesses to create value with the pen and ink" to create her drawings.
"Sometimes I will use watercolor in conjunction with the black ink to further value or add another level to a piece, or I will use the watercolor on its own," she wrote.
Wellings' fanciful artwork hung on display at her booth on Thursday at Summerfest. Works included a creature called a "Blow Poptopus," a cross between an octopus and the children's lolly pop from Charms. Another drawing, "Protectors of the Pulp," showed mini sharks swimming through an orange peel. The most expensive print, priced at $250, was called "Mango Cats," featuring three felines who were climbing over or snoozing with the fruit.
The booth also included some non-creature-related artwork from Wellings, too. "Hand of God" depicted a woman's hand open with some tall city buildings on it. Another, a nod to Utah's Arches National Park, showed a little girl using a swing that was attached to each side of Delicate Arch.
A single booth at Summerfest costs $285 — “a big commitment” for any vendor at the event, said Elaine Thatcher, executive director of Summerfest.
“It’s a risk for any artist to buy a booth because they’ve got to be able to at least make their costs back,” Thatcher said.
She praised Wellings for buying a booth and participating in Summerfest, an event which has also helped blossom the careers of other young artists.
“She’s taking a big leap forward in having a booth and trying to sell her work there — and I hope she does really well,” Thatcher said.
Wellings hopes people purchase her work, but if nothing else they “look at my stuff and maybe think about things a little differently or think it’s cute or like the ideas I have.”
A BUDDING ARTIST
Wellings was born in Logan and grew up in the Hillcrest area.
Even before she was born, her parents, Jim and Eleanor, were entertainment coordinators with Summerfest, said Wellings’ mom. Later on, Eleanor would join the Summerfest Board of Directors. Eleanor is a volunteer this year.
Eleanor said she is proud of her daughter, but she described the thought of her being a vendor at Summerfest as weird.
“Time flies,” Eleanor said with a laugh. “You don’t think about that when you’re dragging your children to Summerfest and carrying them around in backpacks that they might have a booth there someday.”
But Eleanor would soon see her daughter’s interest in art, like when she won a drawing contest at the age of 3.
Art ran in the family, Eleanor added. Both her parents had an art studio in their home on Washington state’s San Juan Island, where Wellings would visit as a girl.
“I don’t think she really made peace with that and started to pursue it until the last couple of years,” Eleanor said, referring to her daughter.
Wellings’ first showing at Summerfest was in 2017 and 2018, when she entered the Plein Air Contest for outdoor art and photography. Although Wellings did not win the contest the first year, she took home second place for amateur painting the second.
Wellings said receiving that honor helped give her enough self confidence to apply for a booth.
“I have a lot of self-doubt as an artist and being able to look back and remind myself that I accomplished something with my art helped me get past that doubt enough to try and do something more with it,” she wrote in an email to The Herald Journal.
Once Wellings submitted an application for a booth, she did not expect to hear back from event officials as soon as she did.
“I got super excited,” said Wellings, who is a bartender at the Logan Golf and Country Club. “Everyone I was with was like, ‘Jocelyn, are you OK?’”
Thatcher looks forward to having people from all over Cache Valley buy, or at least look, at Wellings’ artwork.
“It’s got a light-hearted feel to it and it’s fun,” Thatcher said. “I think people can look at it and smile and enjoy it.”
For more information about Wellings' work and all things Summerfest, go to logansummerfest.com.