Nearly a year and a half after Katie Stellpflug, Alisha Niswander and Cassidy DuHadaway opened the shop at 283 N. Main St., with the idea of showing and selling their art along with other local artists' wares, the three have amicably parted ways, said Stellpflug.
"The three of us had been making it work all this time while holding down other jobs and within these past six months, we talked about whether or not it was worth continuing or closing down," Stellpflug told The Park Record. "Alisha and Cassidy decided it was time to move on to their other adventures, and I chose to continue with the shop."
The trio decided to continue as Starving Artist Exchange through the holidays until the end of last year.
"After that decision, I tossed around the idea of continuing as the Starving Artist Exchange or to change the name," Stellpflug said. "I decided on changing it to something more simple."
The gallery is now called Artique.
"It just sounded different and I liked it, so I went with it," she said.
One of the reasons Stellpflug wanted to continue running the store was because owning a ceramics studio has always been her dream.
"With a degree in ceramics, having been out of college for 12 years, I wanted to make it a career and wasn't ready to close things up," she said.
Stellpflug also wanted a place where she could comfortably create her own art.
"I moved my ceramics studio in the space behind the store last November," she said. "I finally have a substantial studio space to make my ceramics. In the past I've basically worked out of garages and spare rooms and haven't had a real studio space. This is a good stepping stone for my career, and to finally have it connected to a shop is a bonus, because not a lot of studios can have that aspect."
Even with the name change and the studio addition, Artique will essentially offer the same opportunities to local artists.
"I will continue to move forward with the store and the consignment aspect of the gallery," Stellpflug explained. "I'll show the same artists that I have in the past. Including myself, I have 10 other artists who will show and sell their art now."
She will also continue the First Friday Artist Opening shows that will be held on the first Friday of each month.
"My goal is to still keep it local and find other Utah artists who want to participate," Stellpflug said. "I am constantly looking for additional artists and the best way for them to contact me is by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the phone by calling (435) 640-8048. They can also stop by the store from Thursdays through Sundays from noon until 5 o'clock, as well."
Artists interested in showing at Artique need to email or bring in photographs or examples of their works.
"I'm very open and flexible and would like to have a variety of art and not just show the same types of works," she said.
Although Stellpflug is excited to run Artique on her own, she is a little nervous.
"I know it's not easy, in general, to own a business and I knew, back when we Alisha, Cassidy and I started this up together, that I couldn't have run it on my own," Stellpflug said. "The fact that we start it up together is the only reason I'm in a place right now to continue on my own, and I want to see where it takes me."
keeping the shop open, Stellpflug also wants to help the Kamas art community grow.
"I think it has a lot of potential," she said. "Park City has a lot of art galleries, but a lot of the art on display isn't from the area, so I want to feature more up-and-coming artists from Summit and Wasatch counties and the Kamas area."
Artique, formerly known as the Starving Artist Exchange, 283 N. Main in Kamas, is open Thursdays through Sundays from noon until 5 p.m. For more information, or to submit works to be shown, call Katie Stellpflug at (435) 640-8048 or email Katie@art-ique.com.