When Utah Artists Expo Artistic Director Pam Lockwood was hired earlier this year by Prospector Square Lodge & Conference Center, she set a lofty goal to turn the venerable Park City lodging facility into one of the city's top venues for performing arts.
Well, she's about to unveil her first landmark event, and if the Utah Artists Expo is any indication, Prospector Square Lodge might well become a hotbed for talent in all the state of Utah, let alone Park City.
Jeff Coffin, three-time Grammy winner and saxophone player for The Dave Matthews Band, headlines a talented group of performers that will appear at this year's Utah Artists Expo, which will be held Aug. 9-21. Coffin will conduct a rare music clinic to aspiring musicians.
"I am really looking forward to coming out to the Expo and spending some time with everyone involved," said Coffin. "I know that everyone will have a good time and there will be a lot of discussion about music, being on the road with Dave Matthews Band, the Flecktones, the Mu'tet, composition, education, inspiration, and most importantly, we will focus on curiosity and the discovery process of becoming better listeners. I urge everyone to come out and spend some time. I know it will be unlike anything you have been to before."
Joining Coffin in the lineup for the 2010 Expo is Mark O'Connor, one of the world's most talented violin virtuosos; The Orbit Group with bassist Eric Blood on Aug. 13; Sticks & Stones, Kiska and WARHORSE on Aug. 14; and acclaimed film producer Denver Robbins. Park City Dance will perform on Aug. 16 and the widely popular Utah Artists Expo Competition "Finals" will take place on closing night.
"We have been blessed by a stellar field of artists this year," said Lockwood. "Jeff Coffin is one of the world's premiere saxophone players and, along with Mark O'Connor, the two will absolutely thrill the audience with incredible music clinics that will be second-to-none. Plus, this year's Utah Artists Expo competition will bring out some of Utah's most talented artists."
The areas of competition this year will consist of Visual Fine Arts (pastels/charcoal, watercolor, pencil, oils, sculpture and photography), and Performing Arts (acting, music/voice, dance, battle of the bands and a 48-Hour Film Marathon). Registration is $49 and is open to all Utah residents. There will be a $1,000 Grand Prize as well as other noteworthy prizes/awards.
"The competition will have something to offer for everyone," added Lockwood. "It's a wonderful mixture of visual and performing arts that is truly remarkable. I'm just thrilled that we have found a new home in Park City."
The Utah Artists Expo had been held in Provo since 2005 until Lockwood got the call from Prospector Square Lodge to bring the event to Park City. One of the unique aspects of the Expo is that it meshes talents from some of the world's foremost artists with that of some of Park City's most-accomplished local performers.
"We are thrilled to be performing at this year's Expo," said Trish Ryland, owner/director of Park City Dance. "It's a dream-come-true for our dance troupe to share the same stage as some of the finest artists in the world."
For registration and more information about Utah Artists Expo 2010, visit www.ProspectorArts.com or call the Prospector Square Lodge & Conference Center at (435) 658-3030.