Park City Professional Artist Association’s ‘Art Elevated’ exhibit returns to the Visitor Information Center
Ryan Summerlin February 12, 2014
Last Presidents’ Day weekend, the Park City Professional Artist Association hosted its first "Art Elevated" exhibit at the Park City Visitor Information Center.
The show was such a success, that the association and Park City Chamber of Commerce/Visitors’ Bureau decided to host another over Miner’s Day weekend in August.
The exhibit will come full circle when it returns this weekend at the Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Parkway at Kimball Junction.
It will open with an artist reception on Friday, Feb. 14, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.
and continue through Feb. 17.
The exhibit’s coordinators, painter Robin Cornwell and photographer Richard Pick, both members of the Park City Professional Artist Association, said each show has featured different artists and medium, which gives the public an idea of the spectrum of artists in the PCPAA.
"With every show, we’ve been able to show different mediums, which is kind of nice, even when it comes to the paintings," Cornwell said. "We get encaustic painters, watercolorists and oil painters. And all of them in their own mediums have different techniques."
This weekend, the show will feature 14 artists, Pick said.
The artists will include sculptor Judy Summer, textilist Kathy Cartier, jewelers Melissa Skarsten and Alix Railton, photographer Pick, and painters, Cornwell, Linda McCausland, Mary Perry, Renee Mox-Hall, Tamara Lindsay, Jan Perkins, Barbara McCullough, Jeanne Hansen and Sharon Sams.
"We have between 70 to 80 artists in the Park City Professional Artist Association," Pick said. "Several artists, who have their own galleries or are represented by other galleries around the country, haven’t been part of our show before, so it’s nice to get new variety of work and styles."
Cornwell and Pick sent out a call for artist entries to the PCPAA for the show.
"It’s not a juried show, but we have a limited amount of space," Cornwell explained. "So we set a deadline for anyone who wants to apply."
The show is made possible by the Park City Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Bureau, Park City Summit County Arts Council and Masterlab, Fine Art Reproduction.
"We owe a big thanks to all of them." Pick said. "It’s been great for us to work with the chamber and we feel fortunate that there is a space for [us to exhibit], because I don’t know if there is another space in the city that would compare to that in our eyes."
"It’s very hard to find a place that will sponsor a show," she said. "And the nice thing about the center are the windows. All that glass makes perfect lighting for showing the works. It’s also in a great location, because you can get people from Salt Lake and the other areas from Summit County to attend,"
Cornwell got in contact with Masterlab, a printing company in Salt Lake City, somewhat by accident.
"They are a great resource for artists," she said. "I just called to get competitive prices on posters and they did them for free."
That’s a big donation because the PCPAA charges only a small application fee for their artists to show in the "Life Elevated" exhibit.
"So any donation helps us greatly," she said.
The Park City Summit County Arts Council came on board to provide Cornwell and Pick with the panels that will display the artwork.
"The panels are huge and it takes a big flatbed truck to haul them to the venue," Pick said. "They measure 8 feet by 4 feet and the painters and photographers will get two sides of these panels, and they will be able to bring as many works to fill those panels. They will also sell prints, giclees and other smaller reproductions of their works during the show."
The sculptor and jewelers, on the other hand, will be provided tables to showcase their pieces.
"The tables measure about 6 feet long, so they will be able to display their works any way they want," Cornwell said.
In addition to the visual art, the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 14, will feature Vivace Vivace, a Salt Lake City-based violin duo, comprised of Suzanne Brimhall Barradough and Lillian Barrus, Cornwell said.
Barradough has performed with the Utah Symphony, the Lexington Philharmonic, the California Symphony and the Utah Chamber Artists.
Barrus, a student of Barradough, is a Heber resident and is currently playing in the Utah Youth Symphony.
"We are thrilled to have them, because it’s nice to add another artistic medium to the two-dimensional and three-dimensional works," Pick said.
"They were recommended to us by one of our artists who will be showing with us," Cornwell said. "They are donating their time to us, and it takes our art show to another level to have live music."
The opportunity for the PCPAA to celebrate its third exhibit at the Visitor Information Center is exciting, Pick said.
"This is important, because it not only introduces visitors to Park City and shows them that Park City is a thriving artist community, but it also shows the same thing to Park City residents," Pick said. "I don’t think many residents have been to the Visitor Information Center, because it is mainly there for visitors. But if residents come to the VIC, they will see that it’s a facility that is well used by different groups in the community. It is a very nice space and we hope that our art show will bring many local residents through the doors."
The Park City Professional Artist Association’s "Art Elevated" exhibit will be presented at the Park City Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Parkway at Kimball Junction, Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. The opening reception will be on Friday, Feb. 14, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Regular hours on Feb. 15 through Feb. 16 will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the hours on Feb. 17 are 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.parkcityart.com.