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Monster Drawing Rally enhances the joy of art

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Hadley Dynak believes there are quite a few art collectors who live in the greater Park City area.

The Park City Summit County Arts Council Artistic Director also knows that there are local residents who are intimidated by the idea of collecting art.

That is the reason why the Park City Summit County Arts Council is teaming up with the Kimball Art Center for a Monster Drawing Rally.

The event will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, at the Kimball Art Center.

"It's is one night of live drawing and art-making that will demonstrate the joy of collecting art and give attendees a glimpse into the creative process," Dynak said during a joint Park Record interview with Amy MacDonald of the Kimball Art Center. "It will help collectors grow their art collections and give everyone a chance to meet local artists."

The idea was inspired by a similar annual event hosted by a San Francisco-based nonprofit called Southern Exposure.

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"I had been to the Southern Exposure event many times and it's how I personally started to grow my art collection," Dynak said. "What happens is you see an artist create a piece you like. You meet the artist who created the piece and then you build a relationship with the artist and begin following his or her career, and, hopefully, that will spark your interest in collecting more works from that person."

MacDonald was more than happy to offer the Kimball Art Center as the venue for the Park City event.

"There will be three rounds and the artists who participate in a round will have 50 minutes to complete a work of art," MacDonald explained. "Whenever that work is completed, it will go on sale for $50. If more than one person wants that work, they will draw a card and whomever has the highest card will get to buy the piece."

More than 30 established and emerging artists who have connections with Park City and the Kimball Art Center will participate.

"Although the event is called a Monster Drawing Rally, it will not only spotlight artists who draw," Dynak said. "Some artists will paint. Others will do mixed media and some may bring a piece that they have already started and finish it on site."

The Kimball Art Center will provide basic supplies and paper, MacDonald said.

"Artists will also have access to watercolors, acrylics, graphite and other media, but if someone works with a special medium, they will be allowed to bring it."

MacDonald and Dynak came up with a list of artists and also invited members of the public to apply to become artists for the night.

"That list includes the Kimball Art Center's Young Artist Academy students and alumni," MacDonald said. "All the artists are contributing their time and creations, and we, in exchange, will promote them at the event and through of our public relations efforts to introduce them to our community."

The Monster Drawing Rally aligns with the Park City Summit County Arts Council mission to build partnerships and produce events that connects Summit County through art, Dynak said.

"This idea seemed like a natural fit for us to work with the Kimball Art Center and the community to cultivate a culture of collection," she said.

In addition to the art, the Monster Drawing Rally will feature live music by Earthestra, a cash bar and food provided by Uptown Fare and Riverhorse on Main.

"I think this will be so fun because many of the artists aren't used to working on a 50-minute deadline," MacDonald said. "I think we'll have a lot of laughs, and maybe a few screams."

Monster Drawing Rally will take place from 6-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, at the Kimball Art Center, 1401 Kearns Blvd. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For information and tickets, visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org or http://www.pcscarts.org.

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