Swaner Preserve and Arts Council partner to offer elevated arts for holiday gifts
Event will feature artists and entertainers
November 29, 2016
The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter and Park City Summit County Arts Council are getting into the holiday spirit.
The two nonprofits will partner for Art Elevated: a Holiday Market Featuring Local Artists that will run Dec. 2-4 at the Swaner EcoCenter.
The event will feature 19 artists and artisans along with live art demonstrations and entertainment, said Hadley Dynak, executive director for the Park City Summit County Arts Council.
“The mission of the Park City Summit County Arts Council is to promote, support and strengthen arts and culture in our greater community,” Dynak said during a joint interview with Sharon Sams of the Park City Professional Artists Association. “We sponsor and program events like our Arts Elevated shows to showcase the local work of local artisans.”
Sams, who organized the event, said this is the first time the Park City Summit County Arts Council is presenting an art show at the Swaner EcoCenter.
“They’ve had a holiday market there for several years and they have always run it,” Sams said. “This year, they came to the Park City Summit County Arts Council to see if they could partner with them.”
The 19 artists — which will include painters, photographers, jewelers, textile weavers and knitters — will all be on site during the show.
“That will make it possible for these artists to interact with the community and talk about the vision of their works,” Dynak said. “We’re excited to partner with local nonprofits, such as the Swaner Preserve, when we can to highlight the creative sector in our community.”
The Park City Summit County Arts Council sent out a call for submissions a few weeks ago.
“We wanted to make sure that anyone who wanted to participate would have the opportunity to,” Dynak said. “We also wanted to showcase a diverse representation of art forms.”
Sams was happy with the response.
“We had a nice selection of artists and artisans who will sell beautiful pieces of art and gift items,” she said. “This is an opportunity for the public to purchase limited edition creations.”
Textile artist Catherine Marchant and photographer Tom Horton are two of the artists who will participate in the event.
Marchant, the former president of the Handweavers Guild of America, said many of her works will be comprised of shawls and scarves.
“I’m also a knitter, so some of them will also be knitted,” she said.
The Salt Lake resident said she started to knit when she was 10 and taught herself how to knit until high school.
“A few years later, I took a knitting class by Nancy Bush at the University of Utah and realized the limitations of teaching yourself,” Marchant said with a laugh.
Bush had a spinning wheel and Marchant had to have one.
“So, right after the class, I went out and bought a spinning wheel,” Marchant said.
When she moved to Texas, Marchant discovered a weaving class.
“I took a class at a small college there and really enjoyed it,” she said.
After moving to and spending 30 years in New Jersey, Marchant returned to Utah last year and participated in Salt Lake street fairs such as the Urban Arts Festival and Craft Lake City.
She also started teaching knitting at a shop called Harmony in Provo.
“I took this year off to help my mom with her health issue, but then I somehow got a notice from the Swaner EcoCenter and thought it was the end of the year and I have a ton of stuff,” Marchant said.
Horton, owner of Further to Fly fine art photography, specializes in nature and landscapes.
“So showing at the Swaner EcoCenter, which is an ecology center, is entirely appropriate,” he said. “I’m so pleased to be selected for the show because it’s a juried show and the jurors select the best of the best and they liked the ones I submitted.”
Horton enjoys outdoor photography because of the art doesn’t rely on images of people.
“My background as a biologist and teacher persuades me that nature works well and beautifully without human beings,” he said. “It’s always been my desire to represent and interpret nature without people.”
The photographer also enjoys the challenges that come with taking photographs.
“You cannot make the beautiful things happen when and where you want,” he said. “As a photographer, I’ve got to figure out when and where the beautiful things are going to be and be there. A lot of times I’m wrong.”
Still, there are the rewards.
In the past couple of weeks, the North America Nature Photography Association named Horton’s photo of Yellowstone National Park as one of the top 100 nature photos of the year.
“I was thrilled,” he said. “I’ll show and sell that print at the show.”
Another reward in photography is akin to making a scientific discovery, Horton said.
“For an instant you see and know something that no one on Earth knows about,” he mused. “There is something special about having that unique experience and then try to explain it to others through the image.”
In addition to art, the Park City Professional Artists Association will sell Christmas and other holiday ornaments, Sams said.
“The proceeds will go to a high school senior at Park City High School who is going to major in visual arts in college,” she said.
Last year, the association raised $2,300.
“We’re hoping to exceed that this year,” Sams said.
This year, the Holiday Art Show will feature some artist demonstrations and live entertainment.
The schedule is as follows:
2-6 p.m. — Nan Gray, watercolorist
4-6 p.m. — Teresa Eggertsen Cook, singer and songwriter
11:45 a.m. — Phyllis Robinson, Tandem Chocolates
1-2 p.m. — Park City Treble Makers, women’s a cappella choir
3-4 p.m. — Flash Mob Orchestra, string ensemble
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Kate Vogel, singer and songwriter
2-3 p.m. — Park City Singers, choir
“I wanted to enhance the attendees experience and give them additional things for them to enjoy,” Sams said.
Phyllis Robinson of Tadem Chocolates will give a presentation and put together some boxes of her custom made chocolates to sell. Watercolorist Nan Gray will also be there to do some painting.
“Nan makes some adorable ornaments of sheep that have sweaters on,” Sams said. “So, she’ll paint those on Friday afternoon.”
Sams wanted to thank the Utah Conservatory for helping round up some of the musicians.
“They were key in helping me get entertainment,” she said. “Because of them we got Teresa Eggertsen Cook, the Flash Mob Orchestra and Kate Vogel.”
Through her own connections, Sams brought on women’s a cappella choir Park City Treble Makers and local community choir Park City singers.
From Dec. 2-4, the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter and the Park City Summit County Arts Council will present Art Elevated: A Holiday Market Featuring Local Artists at the EcoCenter, 1258 Center Drive at Kimball Junction. Friday and Saturday hours will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday hours will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.swanerecocenter.org.