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Works by Park City Professional Artist Association's painter Robin Cornwell will be among those on display at the Park City Visitor Information Center at Kimball Junction from Aug. 30 through Sept. 2. (Photo courtesy of the artist)
Over Presidents' Day weekend this past February, the Park City Professional Artist Association "Art Elevated" exhibit gave a lift to the new Visitor Information Center at Kimball Junction.

The idea was to introduce the public to the PCPAA and give the members an opportunity to show their works, but it also drew additional people to the center, which opened a few weeks prior.

The exhibit, which featured 16 artists, was a success for the Park City Chamber of Commerce/Visitors' Bureau and the PCPAA. So the two organizations decided to do it again over Labor Day weekend, which is known in Park City as Miners Day.

Painter Robin Cornwell and photographer Dick Pick, who are on the PCPAA's exhibition committee, took some time to speak to The Park Record about the upcoming show.

"We are hoping to make this a biannual event, and that's great because the chamber seems to like having us there," Cornwell said. "It's such a beautiful space, and the show is open the same hours the center is open, so we don't go into the evening."

The exhibit will kick off with an artist reception that is free and open to the public on Friday, Aug. 30, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Monday, the hours will be from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Cornwell said the hours are perfect because of the natural lighting that comes into the venue, and the association and bureau chose Miners Day weekend because felt like the perfect follow-up to Presidents' Day.


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"It just seemed like the dates were good and made sense and, like Robin said, we hope we can do two shows each year," Pick said. "It's a great venue. I don't think we can say enough about the chamber working with us to make these two shows possible."

As it was in February, the art will be set up near Silver Bean Coffee in the Visitor Information Center.

"Silver Bean accommodates us, because they have set up a little seating area, and when we install the art, we have to move some of the tables around," Cornwell said.

"It also helped because Silver Bean Coffee had just opened in the center at the time our first show opened as well," Pick said. "So having them in there also helps create a nice atmosphere."

The artists will also have access to the center's outside deck.

"That will be good for my husband David, whose art is stonework that can be displayed indoors or outdoors," Cornwell said. "He's hoping to set some of it outside."

Fourteen will participate this time, Pick said. (See accompanying story for a list of artists).

"Although there will be some who are returning, we are spotlighting some different artists than the ones we had participate last February," he said.

"We try to encourage our artists who work with all different mediums to participate," Cornwell explained. "For example, we have potters, sculptors, photographers and an array of painters that use all different mediums. We have those who work with acrylic, oils, encaustic and mixed media."

The show will also feature three jewelers, Pick added.

"I'm also interested to see something that is called fiber art," he said. "It will be interesting to see what that is."

To show in the "Art Elevated" exhibits, the artists have to be members of the Park City Professional Artist Association, Cornwell said.

"We didn't jury the show, although we did think we might have to if we received an abundance of applications this year," she said. "We did have a tight deadline so the artists had to make their decisions quickly."

This exhibit serves as an outlet for the PCPAA artists, which number around 30, to show their works, Pick said.

"I think if we had a lot of artists apply, we would probably regulate the space so more artists could be shown, instead of turning anyone away," he said. "This is something we want all of our artists to participate in if they want."

The PCPAA stumbled upon the opportunity to present a show at the Visitor Information Center last October.

"The committee that Dick and I are on is always looking for new venues to do shows and it's kind of difficult to find a place that will offer us a space that not only works for the artist with the lighting and such, but is also in a central location," Cornwell said. "I was out scouting places and visited the center."

Cornwell contacted Deb Lewis, Park City Chamber of Commerce/Visitors' Bureau's visitor services manager.

"I talked with her and she talked with Bill Malone, who is president of the Park City Chamber of Commerce/Visitors' Bureau, and asked me to meet with them," Cornwell said. "I explained we were looking for a place to do an art show."

Lewis took the idea and ran with it, Pick said.

"They do use the space for a number of other activities, and it's very flexible," he said. "I think they designed it that way because of the great lighting and all the electrical outlets all around the floor. And all the furniture, with the exception of the main desk, is on wheels, so they can be moved."

Lewis, Cornwell and Pick worked from October to February to get things ready for the first show.

For the upcoming show, PCPAA had some additional help from the Park City Summit County Arts Council, which is sponsoring the show.

"They made this happen for us, and we are so grateful to them," Pick said.

"We only charge our artists a small amount to be a part of the exhibit," Cornwell said. "So the sponsorship is very much appreciated."

The Park City Professional Artist Association, with the sponsorship of the Park City Chamber/Visitors' Bureau and the Park City Summit County Arts Council, will present the exhibit "Art Elevated" at the Park City Visitor Center, 1794 Olympic Parkway at Kimball Junction, from Friday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 2. The exhibit will open with a free reception on Friday from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.parkcityart.com.