End of month stroll introduces the public to Park City’s art galleries
What: Park City Gallery Association monthly gallery stroll
When: 6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30
Where: Various Park City galleries
Since 1989, a Park City monthly gallery stroll has existed in one form or another, said Jen Schumacher, acting co-president of the Park City Gallery Association. The idea has always been to promote community.“It’s about strength in numbers,” Schumacher explained. “We like to expose people to galleries that they might not know exist. Park City, let alone Main Street, changes. And the Gallery Association keeps on top of the different galleries that are opening and that have remained.”
The gallery stroll runs from 6-9 p.m. on the last Friday of each month. This month’s event will take place on Nov. 30.
There are 18 galleries and one roving artist who are members of the association.
“We promote them all in the stroll,” Schumacher said.
The galleries display art from multiple mediums paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media. Each space has their own agendas in regards to what they will offer during the strolls, according to Schumacher.
“Some of the galleries will open exhibits during the strolls, and this is true especially in the peak seasons,” Schumacher said. “Some galleries will have appetizers and drinks. And some will have artist demonstrations or host fundraisers.”
Schumacher, who owns Trove Gallery with Scott Gutierrez, said this month’s stroll will be celebrated as a pre-holiday event.
“We want people to come visit Main Street before the seasonal rush,” she said. “Trove will promote some our wind sculptures by Lyman Whitaker. He lives in southern Utah and has created these sculptures by hand for 30 years.”
There is no designated way to enjoy the gallery stroll.
“It’s just a different alternative to going out on a Friday night,” Schumacher said. “There is no cost to visit the galleries, and you can visit one or two or visit all 18.”
Most of the galleries are located on Main Street, but there are some in Prospector – Designs by Knight, The Prospect Executive Suites and Julie Nester Gallery – and one, the Kimball Art Center, is located off Kearns Blvd.
In addition, Kamas-based visual artist William J. Kranstover shows his works at a pop-up gallery at Park City Lodging at 820 Park Ave.
“The stroll is a great option because if people are here on vacation skiing in the winter or biking and fly fishing in the spring and summer, they can find a different way to enjoy Park City,” Schumacher said.
There are some galleries that are not part of the association that try to take advantage of the stroll, Schumacher said.
“The way people can identify Park City Gallery Association galleries is by the large white flags we hang outside our doors during the stroll,” she said. “They are the galleries that pay an annual fee, which goes to producing hand-out gallery guides and promotion of Park City as an art destination.”
To date, most of the galleries’ customers are local, especially in the off seasons, so Schumacher and her copresident, Becca McHaas, who works with Prothro gallery, are coming up with ideas to change that.
“We would like to attract more people from Salt Lake and the surrounding areas,” Schumacher said.
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