Artist Amy Ringholz creates pieces depicting wildlife. A Main Street gallery wants City Hall to allow Ringholz to paint an image on wall on Swede Alley
Artist Amy Ringholz creates pieces depicting wildlife. A Main Street gallery wants City Hall to allow Ringholz to paint an image on wall on Swede Alley early next year. Courtesy of Gallery MAR

An artist, it appears, will be painting Old Town during the Sundance Film Festival.

But it will not be Banksy, the famous graffiti artist who left his mark during Sundance in 2010.

A City Hall panel recently endorsed the idea of allowing an artist to paint a piece on a wall along upper Swede Alley. A mural depicting the history of Park City once had been featured on the wall. The mural fell into disrepair, leading to Park City officials ordering it be painted over approximately four years ago. The wall has been blank since then. It is located close to the Brew Pub parking lot.

The Public Art Advisory Board discussed the idea of allowing an artist to put an image on the wall at a recent meeting. Sharon Bauman, a City Hall staffer who works closely with the panel, called the piece under consideration a "graffiti-type installation." The piece, though, will be created by an artist whose works are sold at a Main Street gallery, Gallery MAR. Bob Kollar, a member of the panel, said "street art" seemed to be a more appropriate term than graffiti.

Bauman said the artist does not intend to maintain the artwork. The panel wondered whether an artist could be selected to create a piece at the location annually.

The Park City Council as early as mid-November is expected to consider the endorsement by the Public Art Advisory Board. Bauman said she plans to confer with other City Hall staffers about the idea of allowing the artwork during the heavily regulated period of the film festival.


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Maren Mullin, the gallery owner, was not in attendance. She said in an interview the artist's name is Amy Ringholz, and the piece that would be painted onto the wall would be in conjunction with a Ringholz show on Jan. 17. Sundance opens the night before.

Mullin said the piece would not include advertising for the gallery. The artist will create the work free of charge, Mullin said.

"It's a wonderful gift from one of our top artists" in the West, Mullin said.

The piece would highlight local wildlife, she said.

Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council on Thursday night received an update about the piece.

"Can we contact Banksy," Williams said lightheartedly.