The Kimball Art Center continues to expose Park City residents of all ages to all kinds of art through exhibits, education and festivals.

One of the ways it has made art accessible to the public is the free admission.

That's one of the reasons why the KAC began hosting the Charity Lift Fundraiser three years ago, said executive director Robin Marrouche.

"We wanted to have a fun and casual event around the holidays to raise money so we could continue to allow the public to visit all year without an admission price," Marrouche said during an interview with The Park Record. "Even the Charity Lift is affordable at $65 a ticket, compared to other fundraisers."

This year's event, hosted by two-time Olympian Kaylin Richardson, will be held in the Grand Summit Ballroom at Canyons Friday, Dec. 14, from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

The night's agenda will include dinner and refreshments catered by Canyons, a live auction of decorated chair lifts, dancing with music spun by Miss DJ Lux, a demonstration by wood sculptor Sylvia Davis and a live, quick-draw art battle presented by Coda Gallery.

Deer Valley, Canyons, Mary Jane's and Hank Louis, founder of the nonprofit DesignBuildBLUFF, which works to develop areas on the Navajo reservation, donated the chairs that are up for auction, Marrouche said.

The five chairs were, in turn, decorated various artists and businesses including Bob Peek, Brian Morris, Karyn Jacobsen, eBay and KSL-TV.

Marrouche said all the chairs were done with flair.


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"The eBay chair, for example, is an Apple workstation that comes with a computer monitor, laptop and keyboard," she said with a laugh. "It's perfect for the techie who likes to ski."

A new addition this year is a Waterbox Creation Station.

"Waterbox is a local company that makes unique and functional reusable water bottles," Marrouche said. "They have teamed up with our Young Artists Academy to customize water bottles for stocking stuffers and other gifts."

Another highlight of the evening is the live, quick-draw art battle, which was introduced last year.

Four artists, Paul Davis, Dave Doran, John Erickson and Marie Zielinski, will battle it out with on-the-spot art for the audience choice award.

"All of the artists are represented by Coda Gallery and are well-known Utah artists that have an edge," Marrouche explained. "The art battle was a great addition to the event. People enjoyed the kinesthetic notion of seeing art created before their eyes and they liked the fact that they could choose the winner."

The art will be auctioned off along with the chair lifts, she said.

While it's fun attending the event, Marrouche knows there are some who can't, due to schedules or other obligations.

"So, eBay is running an online auction for us from Dec. 12 through Dec. 16," she said. "We'll have five online packages to bid for, so those who can't come to the Charity Lift can still participate."

The Kimball Art Center's annual Charity Lift fundraiser will be held Friday, Dec. 14, at Canyons Grand Summit Ballroom, 4000 Canyons Resort Dr., from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 and available at the KAC, 638 Park Ave., or by visiting www.kimballartcenter.org/charity-lift/