Celebration closes ‘A View from My Door’ exhibit
Visitor Information Center will host event
On May 19, the Park City Summit County Arts Council unveiled the new exhibit “A View from My Door,” which featured posters of more than 120 black-and-white photographs taken by Summit County residents.
The posters were put on display in 14 businesses located throughout the county — including the Coalville City Hall, Kamas Town Hall, Miners Hospital in Park City and the Blue Sky Service Station in Wanship — to name a few. (See accompanying list).
The exhibit closed on Friday, July 21, and the arts council wants to celebrate its success, Executive Director Hadley Dynak said.
A closing celebration, which will be free and open to the public, will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, at the Park City Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Parkway.
“The reason we didn’t have the closing celebration on Friday was because it was the start of Pioneer Day weekend,” Dynak said to The Park Record. “So we thought the celebration would be better attended if we pushed it to next week.”
The party will be an opportunity for the arts council to recognize the people who participated in the exhibit.
They include the artists, photographers, and the business owners who allowed the art to be shown on their properties, Dynak said.
“We will also recognize Park City and Summit County staff and council members who were supportive of the project,” she said. “We will also give a high-five to the idea that the community came together to create public art where everyone could access it in their own convenience.”
The artists who submitted their photographs will be able to pick up the posters that were created from their art during the celebration.
“We hope the artists will come and take advantage of that,” Dynak said. “In instances where there are more than one image on a given poster, we will deconstruct those posters so the artists can take their own art home.”
The point of the exhibit was to celebrate local residents’ sense of place.
“It was about our definition of home and our connection to the community and Summit County,” Dynak said. “The other thing about this exhibit was that it used a number of different locations, and that encouraged people to drive through the community and maybe visit places where they haven’t been for a while or where they haven’t ever been to see the art. That, in turn, connected our community through a visual vocabulary and visual viewpoint.”
Dynak said she was pleased with the number of photographs that were submitted and enlarged and formatted by Kimball Art Center Artistic Director Amy MacDonald and her staff.
“We were also pleased with the variety of imagery and the common themes and similarities,” she said.
The similarities included images of the natural landscape in the area.
“We saw many of the vistas and the beautiful perspectives we have with the rural and mountains,” Dynak said. “Animals were another common theme, whether it was horses or the local residents’ love of pets, particularly dogs.”
Portraits of people — children or whole families — were also submitted in abundance.
“These were photos of people who meant something to the artists,” Dynak said.
The differences lied in the perspectives of the photographs.
“There were some contemplative images, which suggested a deeper introspective meaning, as well as some literal, silly, fun and in-the-moment images,” Dynak said.
Julianne Rosen-Carone, visitors services manager for the Park City Chamber Bureau, said holding the celebration at the Visitor Information Center was a logical decision, because it was one of the 14 commercial sites that was part of the exhibit.
“We share the space with Hugo Coffee and created a community meeting place,” Rosen-Carone said. “When Hadley talked to us about ‘A View from My Door,’ Hugo’s owner Claudia McMullin and I immediately wanted to be a part of this, because we thought it was a cool thing to have people in our community share their views of the [county] with locals and visitors about how they see things from their eyes.”
There was no hesitation when Dynak approached Rosen-Carone and McMullin about hosting the closing party.
“We thought it would be a great event to say thanks for letting us participate,” Rosen-Carone said.
“A View from My Door” and the preceding exhibit “Inside-Out Park City,” which featured enlarged black-and-white portraits of Summit County entrepreneurs on display at Newpark, fall under the “Dark Storefronts” concept, a pilot project created in 2016 that the Summit County Public Art Avistory Board wanted to test.
“Dark Storefronts” is a model to bring a temporary public-art exhibit into commercial spaces across the county, and it was supported by the Park City Summit County Arts Council and funded by the RAP Tax grant board as well as the Utah Division of Art and Museums and private donors, Dynak said.
“I think we want to now look at what we have done, and I think the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board is interested in continuing to explore this further,” she said. “All of the photographs are now part of Summit County’s public-art collection. They are so beautiful and we are looking for other ways to share them with the community.
“I think there is going to be an opportunity to project them and display them at the upcoming Summit County Fair.”
The Park City Summit County Public Art Advistory Board will host a closing celebration for the county-wide exhibit, “The View from My Door,” at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, at the Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Parkway at Kimball Junction. The event will honor the 120 photographs that were submitted by Summit County residents that were installed in 14 commercial business and on display starting May 19. For information, visit www.darkstorefronts.org.
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