Exhibit taps into Summit County art community
Oakley will come alive with art when 20 local artists converge on the Red Barn for the Park City Summit County Arts Council’s Summit Arts exhibit this weekend.
The exhibit — featuring paintings, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, children’s books and photography — will open Friday, July 8, with an artist reception from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The show will continue Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The event, which will also feature a children’s activity corner, led by Kimball Art Center summer camp instructor Ali Mitchell, is free and open to the public.
Kathy Hunter, executive director of the Park City Summit County Arts Council, said there would be a mix of artists from around the county who will participate this year.
“We have seasoned artists and upcoming artists in the show,” Hunter said in a joint Park Record interview with photographer Richard Pick. “There are also many new artists who will show their work.”
Among the artists new to the exhibit will be painters Judy Calhoun and Michael Smith, according to Hunter.
“We will also have artists who have participated in the past, but didn’t last year, returning,” she said. “For example, Corinne Humphrey and Robin and David Cornwell, all of whom didn’t participate last year, and photographer and author Fred Montague is also coming back this year as well.” (See full list at the bottom of this story). Pick said the Park City Summit County Arts Council tried to target eastern Summit County artists for the show.
“That’s a treat because it gives people who live in the western part of the county to see some of the artists from all over the county,” he said.
This is the second year the Summit Arts exhibit will be held at the Red Barn.
“It was brand new last year, and was a wonderful venue,” Hunter said. “Not only is it visible from the road and easy to find — everyone knows where the Oakley Rodeo Grounds are — but it is designed so well for events.”
The most important thing was the artists loved it, she said.
“It is a nice big space with the two or three stories,” Hunter said. “The lighting is perfect for artists, and there are electrical outlets everywhere for people who need them.”
“The space easily accommodates 20 artists, and that was something very important,” Pick said. “It is also a nice climate-controlled space, too. So, there will be some good air conditioning.” Not only did the artists enjoy showing in the space, the public seemed to enjoy looking at and purchasing art at the Red Barn.
“We sent out a postcard mailing last year and reached new homeowners in Hideout Canyon and Tuhaye and they showed up in big numbers because they had a lot of empty walls to fill up,” Hunter said. “I think they appreciated the local art — the nature photography, Western art.”
“It was so popular that last year, when we opened on Saturday, people were already waiting in line to get in,” Pick said.
Some of the artists sold more during that show than at other big local art events, Hunter said.
“It was so successful that we had artists who approached us and wanted to sign up as soon as last year’s show ended to do this year,” she said. There were so many interested artists that the Park City Summit County Arts Council had to jury this year’s exhibit.
“In selecting the artists, we had to maintain a balance between the art forms,” Hunter explained. “We have painting, photography, jewelry and it was a natural flow for us to find fiber artists, pottery and ceramics.”
Like last year, the layout will allow each artist a 10 foot by 10 foot space for their booths, according to Pick.
“We have some panels that we can help the artists with, but they will bring their own displays,” he said.
The panels that will be used for paintings and other larger works will create a perimeter, Hunter said.
“We’ll then have a row of 10 booths down the middle, with five on either side,” she said. “Since it worked well that way last year, we decided to do it again.”
The core reason the Park City Summit County Arts Council presents the show is to give local artists opportunities to show and sell their works.
“When we started the Eastern Summit County Initiative by working with representatives of the towns in the eastern part of the county in 2006, we asked what they wanted and the main reply was more opportunities for artists,” Hunter said. “So, from the beginning, we wanted to present these artists who might not be represented in art galleries in Park City or who may not feel comfortable in participating in other art shows and festivals.
“We want to show the incredible talent in the county and encourage artists to participate,” she said. “Every year, it’s been that way. So, the growth we’ve seen is the number of artists who want to participate. And we’ve seen their confidence grow.” The benefits include seeing artists who participated in the Summit Arts show register for booths at the Park Silly Sunday Market and the Park City Kimball Arts Festival.
“This is like a launching pad for many artists,” Hunter said.
Summit Arts exhibit participating artists
The Park City Summit County Arts Council will host Summit Arts at the Red Barn, 4300 S.R. 32 in Oakley, on Friday, July 8, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://www.pcscarts.org.