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Celebrate the fall with ARTober

The Kimball Art Center wants to show appreciation to the Park City community, so on Sunday, Oct. 26, it will present ARTober Fest, a free family-friendly celebration with activities, snacks, hot drinks and gallery tours.

The idea of the event, which will run from noon until 4 p.m., is to remind the public about the art center’s mission to be "a non-profit center for the arts, committed to engaging individuals of all ages in diverse and inspiring experiences through education, exhibitions and events."

"There has been a lot of turbulence surrounding the thought of the Kimball Art Center moving," said Jocelyn Scudder, KAC education program manager, during an interview with The Park Record. "We feel like because of everything that has been in the news that our mission has been lost. So, we just wanted to remind everyone that we’re a community, nonprofit arts center.

"This is what we really enjoy doing," she said. "This is what we’re here for. No matter where we end up, we will always be here for the community."

ARTober Fest will feature various art projects for families.

"We’ll have some small pumpkins ready for paintings and we’ll help kids make some trick-or-treating sacks out of some canvas tote bags," Scudder said. "We’ll use some stencils so kids will be able to get creative.

The day will also include art demonstrations, including one by ceramic-wheel-throwing studio manager, Kristen McDermaid.

"Kristen is just fabulous and has been with us for about 1½ months now," Scudder said. "She’s finishing up her masters in ceramics at the University of Utah and is known for large-scale, artistic works, but she is also wonderful at functional pottery as well."

The public will have opportunities to purchase some ceramic mugs created by various artists who have appeared in the annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival that is held in August.

"The artists have donated these mugs for the ARTober Fest," Scudder said. The KAC’s Young Artists Academy alum Ali Mitchell will add another highlight with a live painting demonstration that will run from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

The Young Artist Academy (YAA) is a program designed to help students who are serious about art prepare to become professionals in an art career.

"We’ll also highlight a lot of different facets of the art center with different stations set up throughout the building," Scudder said.

Throughout the afternoon, Marie McMahon, the KAC’s A.R.T.S. Tours Coordinator, will take groups on gallery tours.

A.R.T.S. is an acronym for Academic Resources for Teachers and Students, Scudder said.

"Because we are short on time that day, we’ll have tour sign ups and Marie will lead groups through the Relevant exhibit, which is the current show," she said. "Relevant is a residency alumni show that features metalwork, glasswork, textiles, painting and mixed media. It will close on Halloween, so this will be among the last chances for the public to get an informative tour about the artists."

ARTober Fest will be held solely by the Kimball Art Center without the help of sponsors, according to Scudder.

"Fall is a slow season for us," she said. "We get really busy and put our heads down for the Arts Festival in August and don’t think too far ahead. So we wanted to offer something for the community this month.

"We want people in the Kimball Art Center being creative and being artistic," Scudder said. "We want them to come to the art center to be together with family and friends. That’s the main purpose."

The Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., will host Kimball ARTober Fest on Sunday, Oct. 26, from noon until 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 435-649-8882 or visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org .


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