Jennifer Worsley’s woodblock prints that will be shown at the 4 th annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival will include "Late Summer Sunset at
Jennifer Worsley's woodblock prints that will be shown at the 4 th annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival will include "Late Summer Sunset at Saltair." (Images courtesy of Jennifer Worsley)
In 2001, Salt Lake-based visual artist Jennifer Worsley was accepted into the Park City Kimball Arts Festival.

She has applied each year and, with the exception of 2006, has been given the opportunity to show her works, which include pastels, drawings and woodblock prints, every year.

This year, Worsley, who will be among the 220 artists participating in this year's event, is planning to forgo the drawings and bring in more prints.

"The first year I did only pastels and plan to keep showing those," Worsley said during an interview with The Park Record. "But this year, I have a lot of woodblocks and limited space. So I decided not to bring my drawings."

Worsley said she is honored to be asked back to the festival.

Jennifer Worsley’s woodblock prints that will be shown at the 45th annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival will include "Parley’s
Jennifer Worsley's woodblock prints that will be shown at the 45th annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival will include "Parley's Canyon." (Images courtesy of Jennifer Worsley)

"There are more artists than ever, but each year, the quality of the art remains high, and I'm glad to be part of it all," she said.

Worsley's works will come in different sizes.

"The smallest size of work will be 12 inches by 16 inches in its matte and frame," she said. "The biggest will be 26 inches by 32 inches in its frame. So there is quite a range."

Worsley became fascinated with art when she was a child during the 1980s.

"It's kind of a funny story, because I was good at computers," she said, laughing. "My mom tried to get me more interested in computer science, but I didn't want to. I wanted to do art."

Still, her mother gave Worsley many computer-programming manuals.


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"I'm not sure why I wanted to rebel against my parents' wishes, but I think part of the reason why I wanted to do art was because my sister, who is younger than me, was an artist and we got competitive," Worsley confessed. "It was just the two of us and we were only a year apart in age."

Throughout the years, Worsley found herself attracted to nature.

"I have always liked the idea of going out and observing naturalism and being in quiet places," she said.

Jennifer Worsley’s woodblock prints that will be shown at the 45th annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival will include "Moonlight Drive."
Jennifer Worsley's woodblock prints that will be shown at the 45th annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival will include "Moonlight Drive." (Images courtesy of Jennifer Worsley)
"I got something by being in these areas alone and I learned to appreciate that when I was young and it has stayed with me.

"I think many times this feeling does get neglected when people get older, but the idea of being with my own thoughts without the influence of other people is always what I liked," Worsley explained. "That's gotten into my work."

The artist also liked the dynamics of the Utah seasons.

"There is something about the quality in Utah with the sky, weather and all the changes," she said. "When it storms, you can see the clouds rolling in on the open sky and during clear evenings, you can see beautiful sunsets. Those scenes reflect what goes on in my head, and I like that a lot."

The first artworks Worsley did were drawings.

Jennifer Worsley enjoys making woodblock prints such as "Shadows of the Unitas" because she likes the tactile element that goes into carving an
Jennifer Worsley enjoys making woodblock prints such as "Shadows of the Unitas" because she likes the tactile element that goes into carving an image and then seeing it end up as a print. (Image courtesy of Jennifer Worsley)

"I did a lot of those in school, but pastels were the one that I first showed when I came to Park City in 2001," she said. "I was happy how I did the pastels,"

She began working with woodblock prints later.

"While I enjoyed working in nature, I also wanted to do some projects in my studio," Worsley said. "I'm still not sure where the connection is with my fascination with woodblock prints.

"Pastels, to me, are very spontaneous and I have done some of my works on the spot while I'm on vacation," she said. "If I do a woodblock print, I have to plan out the design of the image and figure out where all the elements of the image will go in advance before I start to carve the block I use for printing. I also have to carve a scene on the wood in a mirror image, so when I print it, it will look normal."

Her attraction to both mediums might stem from the tactile quality of each medium.

"I think I like the carving of the wood and in order to see what you've done you have to print the image out to see how good you did," she said. "With pastels, you work with the pastel and almost knead it onto the area."

While reflecting back at the other times she's been a part of the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, Worsley is still amazed that she is part of such a significant event in the West.

"The festival has really grown over the years," she said. "I am thankful to be part of the arts festival and a returning artist. I don't know what I would do if I wasn't accepted. There are only a few shows that I apply for — the Utah Arts Festival and the Park City Kimball Arts Festival are the two main ones for me. I'm looking forward to setting my booth up again this year."

The Park City Kimball Arts Festival will continue through Sunday, Aug. 3, on Main Street. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for youths ages 6 to 17. Children ages 5 and younger will be admitted for free. For more information, visit www.kimballartcenter.org . For more information about Jennifer Worsley, visit www.jenniferworsley.com.