Author and artist Corinne Humphrey’s "Play Every Day!" will be among the works presented in the Park City Professional Artist
Author and artist Corinne Humphrey's "Play Every Day!" will be among the works presented in the Park City Professional Artist Association's fourth Art Elevated exhibit at the Park City Visitor Information Center at Kimball Junction this weekend. (Courtesy of Corinne Humphrey)
The Park City Professional Artist Association, which features 50 visual artists from Summit and Wasatch Counties, is always looking for new ways to promote local artists.

For nearly the past two years, the PCPAA has presented "Art Elevated" a bi-annual exhibit at the Park City Visitor Information Center at Kimball Junction.

This weekend, the organization will unveil its fourth show, beginning with an artist reception on Friday, Aug. 15, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

PCPAA's Richard Pick and Sharon Sams spoke with The Park Record about the upcoming event.

"What we try to do each time is to hold one event in the winter, which is always on Presidents Day weekend, and then do one in the summer," said Pick, who is a photographer.

Sharon Sams’ "Carin" is a new work the painter created for the upcoming Art Elevated exhibit. (Courtesy of Sharon Sams)
Sharon Sams' "Carin" is a new work the painter created for the upcoming Art Elevated exhibit. (Courtesy of Sharon Sams)
"There are a lot of second-home owners in town and a lot of visitors during those times, and we want to also attract more local residents."

Last year, the summer show was on display over Miner's Day weekend.

"This year we're doing it a couple of weeks earlier, because Miner's Day is so busy and filled with other activities," Pick said. "We still wanted to do it August because it's a great time to do something like this, so we opted to do it a couple of weeks earlier."

There are 50 members of the PCPAA and 12 of them will be a part of the show. (See roster titled "Art Elevated Artists.")

"The space is good for that," Pick said. "If you can get 20 to 25 percent of our members to show, then you know it will be a vibrant show.


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The 12 artists will present an array of works in different mediums, said Sams, who is a painter.

"Seven of the artists work with two-dimensional art and five work with three-dimensional mediums," she explained. "We will show six painters, three jewelers, a sculptor who works with polymer clay, someone who does photography and one that works with fiber arts."

Five of these artists were in the Park City Kimball Arts Festival two weeks ago, so this is a good opportunity for those who missed the festival to see these artists, according to Sams.

Richard Pick’s "Secret Canyon," which will be on exhibit at the Visitor Information Center, was taken during Pick’s many excursions
Richard Pick's "Secret Canyon," which will be on exhibit at the Visitor Information Center, was taken during Pick's many excursions to Southern Utah this year. (Courtesy of Richard Pick)

"There will be a lot of new work," she said. "In fact, one of the jewelers, Melissa Skarsten, actually made a whole new jewelry line for the festival and will be showing those during our show.

"I know Dick has been on a ton of photography trips taking a lot of new photos and I have been working on my new acrylic monotypes," Sams said. "There will also be a handful of artists who we haven't presented before."

That helps the "Art Elevated" exhibit on several things, Pick said.

"First, it gives the show a new look," he explained. "Secondly, the new artists bring new traffic into the show, so we are very happy to keep rotating new people."

Not only will these artists show their original works, they will also present prints and note cards for sale.

"[Author] Corinne Humphrey will also sell her books and our fiber artist, Kathy Cartier, will be selling her scarves, handmade dolls and canvases," Sams said. "So there is a really nice diversity in the show."

"Art Elevated" is not a juried exhibit, Pick said.

"We open it up to our artists and those who can show submit their works," he said.

Pick is happy the VIC is open to continue hosting the exhibit.

"We really like to use the facility, because it's such a great spot for us," he said. "We are working with the Park City Summit County Arts Council and the Park City Chamber/Bureau for the show. We couldn't do it without Kathy Hunter at the Arts Council and we couldn't do it without Deb Lewis and Bill Malone at the Chamber."

In addition, Hugo's Coffee, a shop owned by Claudia McMullen in the VIC has expanded its menu, Sams said.

"This has become a great place to come have a nibble, get some coffee and enjoy some art," she said.

While the artists will be present on Friday for the reception, they will also be on hand on Saturday and Sunday as well, according to Sams.

Saturday's hours will run from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday's hours will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., she said.

"We'll have nibbles and beverages," Sams said. "It will be fun."

The Park City Professional Artist Association will present its fourth Art Elevated exhibit at the Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Parkway at Kimball Junction from Friday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 17. The exhibit will be free and open to the public. An artist reception will be held from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday. Saturday's hours will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday's hours will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.parkcityart.com.