Scott Iwasaki, The Park Record -- July 10, 2019
Summit Arts Showcase offers culinary arts in addition to visual art
There are 21 participating artists this year, and many of them hail from Coalville, Kamas, Oakley, Marion and Wanship, she said. “When we juried the show, we were thrilled to see a turnout of submissions from artists who live on the east side,” she said. Their mediums include paintings – acrylic, oil and watercolors – photography, jewelry, ceramics and fiber art.
“I don’t think many people realize we have an incredible community of artists who live on the east side of the county,” Scudder said. “One of our goals for the showcase is to build support for local artists and cultivate collectors who live in the eastern part of the country.”
Participating artists of the 2019 Summit Arts Showcase
Scott Iwasaki, The Park Record -- May 24, 2019
Blue Moon Ranch alpacas welcome spring with an open barn day
Visitors of the Blue Moon Ranch’s spring open barn day on Saturday will see a herd of alpacas in their full pre-shearing fluffiness, says ranch owner Linda Gardner.
While Gardner’s alpacas are a big draw, Ya-Ya’s Yarn Barn, the ranch’s home goods store, will be open for business. The shop, named by Gardner’s grandson who called her “Ya-Ya,” will feature homemade soaps and yarn spun from Blue Moon Ranch alpaca fleece, as well as ceramic mugs and yarn bowls by Oakley-based Chikamu arts, a mother and daughter pair.
Scott Iwasaki, The Park Record -- June 17, 2017
Chikamu Arts makes Summit Showcase Debut
Karylyn Bliss and her daughter Kortney Johnson will make their Summit Arts Showcase debut this year. Their company, the Oakley-based Chikamu Arts, specializes in ceramics, and they have shown and sold their hand-made creations at the Park Silly Holiday Bazaar and the Mirror Lake Diner Holiday Sale. "Our niche is kitchenware stuff, but we do branch out from everyday-use items to more artistic items," Johnson said. "And we keep coming up with new ideas all the time." Chikamu's showcase items will include citrus juicers, Christmas ornaments and signature mugs known as Chikamugs. "No two of those are ever made the same," Johnson said about the mugs.
Bliss and Johnson started Chikamu in 2013, after taking ceramics classes at the University of Utah in 2011. "Kortney took all of her electives at the end of her run, and we were talking about the different classes she could take," Bliss said. "She signed up for a pottery class, and I signed up, too, because it was held at night."
The two women had an epiphany during their first class. "We both looked at each other and said, 'We have to do this for the rest of our lives,'" Bliss said. "It was an unknown passion that has turned into a business."
When Johnson was a child she called squirrels and chipmunks "Chikamu."
"We tried different names and none worked, and one day, I said, 'Mom, this is so dumb," Johnson said. "We need to call it Chikamu."
Chikamu Arts debuted in 2013 at the Little Oakley Community Market, which was started by Kimberly Kuehn and Kate McChesney from the Park Silly Sunday Market. "They saw our pottery and wanted us to make them some mugs," Bliss said. "That started us making custom orders. And things steamrolled from there."
Chikamu Arts have created logo mugs for Mirror Lake Diner, yarn bowls and mugs for the Blue Moon Alpaca Ranch and tea bowls for the new Townshend Teahouse that recently opened at Kimball Junction. "We are so happy that people love what we do enough to purchase items, because this is our passion and we have to do this," Bliss said.
Information about Chikamu Arts can be found on Instagram, Facebook and the official website: chikamuarts.com.
Scott Iwasaki, The Park Record -- September 22, 2015.
Blue Moon Ranch invites the public to learn about alpacasFor the past 17 years, Linda Gardner, co-owner of the Blue Moon Alpaca Ranch, has raised alpacas. For the past 11 of those years, she and the ranch’s co-owner Ed Heintz, have welcomed the world to its fall Open Barn Days.
During these events, which will be held this Saturday and Sunday, the public can visit the ranch, meet and learn about the alpacas and purchase alpaca-related goods at the ranch’s Yaya’s Yarn Barn, including yarn, photos, hats and mittens. "This year, there will be 65 alpacas to show," Gardner said during an interview. "We had 10 babies born this year and they are excited to make their Open Barn Day debut."
New items offered this year are ceramics, including mugs and yarn bowls. "We just started selling the mugs," Gardner said. "I saw them at the Mirror Lake Diner and they were made by Chikamu Arts in Oakley. I thought it would be cool to offer these locally made mugs."
She contacted the company and they asked for a Blue Moon Alpaca Ranch logo. "They sent them to a place in Michigan that made a clay stamp and can use it to stamp anything I want them to make." The yarn bowls are convenient for knitters who do their crafts in bed or in the passenger seats of cars. "If someone has a ball of yarn and they are knitting, sometimes the ball will roll away," Gardner said. "So, the yarn bowl holds the yarn ball in place and you can pull the string through a little slot"...
Aaron Osowski, The Park Record - April 18, 2014
At the threshold of what would have been its second year of operation, the L’Oakley Community Market’s contract with the City of Oakley was cancelled. The market would have started July 12 and gone for six additional Saturdays this summer.
L’Oakley Market Executive Director Kate Boyd, spoke to the Oakley City Council meeting on March 6. She said that she and her sister Kimberly Kuehn were never informed that the contract was scheduled to be voted on...
Karylyn Bliss, an Oakley artist who was signed up to be a vendor this year, said she is very disappointed with the city’s decision. "Knowing full well that the first year of anything rarely makes a profit, I’m just disappointed that the city didn’t follow through on their two-year contract," Bliss said, who founded Chikamu Arts along with her daughter. The two design pottery, photography, artwork, custom jewelry and handcrafted cards...