‘Dealer’s Choice’ opens at the Kimball Art Center
October 4, 2016
Kimball Art Center Exhibitions Director Nancy Stoaks never forgot an exhibit she saw in Seattle eight years ago.
"The show focused on northwest artists and the gallery association in Seattle selected those artists whom they thought were doing great things and drawing attention to the northwest art scene," Stoaks told The Park Record. "So, I thought it would be interesting to do an interpretation of that exhibit here at the Kimball Art Center."
The result is "Dealer's Choice," a collaboration with members of the Park City Gallery Association, that will open this weekend.
"Since the galleries are such a huge prominent part of Main Street and offer so much to the community, we felt it was a natural fit to collaborate with them and put together a group show," Stoaks said. "So, we invited all of the Park City Gallery Association members to participate and think about artists who were creating exciting art that makes people think. We thought that would be a good way to structure the framework for the exhibition."
While some of the galleries weren't able to participate this time around, eight RSVP'd in the affirmative.
The galleries and the artists they selected are:
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- Gallery MAR, painter Amy Ringholz from Jackson Hole, Wyoming
- J GO Gallery, Nicolas Sanchez from New York City
- Julie Nester Gallery, Joe Brubaker from San Rafael, California
- Kimball Art Center, Nicole Pietrantoni from Walla Walla, Washington
- Lunds Fine Art Gallery, Christopher Maggio from Murray
- Meyer Gallery, Fidalis Buehler from Provo
- Montgomery-Lee Fine Art, William Maughan from Highland
- Silver Queen Fine Art, Stacey Embry from Versailles, Missouri
- Trove Gallery, Kathryn Kilpatrick-Miller from HelperEach gallery will get an equal amount of space to show the works, so, it was up to them to decide how big and how many pieces they would show, Stoaks explained."There are a lot of paintings, but we have a couple of other artists who will add variety to the show," she said.
These artists include Joe Brubaker, represented by the Julie Nester Gallery, and Nicole Pietrantoni, is a printmaker from Washington, who is representing the Kimball Art Center.
"Nicole takes printmaking into an interesting installation space, so it will be fun to see what her work will be," Stoaks said.
The Kimball Art Center member preview of "Dealer's Choice" will be Oct. 7, and the exhibit will open to the public on Oct. 9.
"The reason why there is a day between the opening is because we have a private event on Oct. 8," Stoaks said.
The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 6.
"I like that 'Dealer's Choice' is locally focused and that the gallery owners have close to 100 years of experience collectively working in the arts here in Park City," Stoaks said. "Then to have them select artists from outside of Utah also expands the exhibit."
In addition to opening "Dealer's Choice," the Kimball Art Center will debut an exhibit of encaustic paintings by Douglas Smith in the Cafe Gallery at the same time.
The Smith exhibit will show through Oct. 30.
"Douglas first took encaustic painting classes at the Kimball Art Center four years ago and fell in love with the genre," Stoaks said. "We're excited to present his work."
The Kimball Art Center, 1401 Kearns Blvd., will present "Dealer's Choice," from Oct. 7 through Nov. 6. For more information, visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org.