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Exhibit will show why local artists love their ‘Art Elevated’

Valentine’s Day just happens to fall in the middle of President’s Day weekend and there is nothing like a romantic stroll through a collection of fine art.

It’s even more special when the art on display is designed and created by local artists.

The Park City Professional Artists Association (PCPAA) will showcase 11 Summit County based artists during its annual "Art Elevated" President’s Day weekend exhibit at the Park City Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Parkway, at Kimball Junction.

The show will open with a reception on Friday, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and the exhibit will remain open on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Park City Summit County Arts Council and the PCPAA are presenting the event, which is free and open to the public.

There will be 12 artists this year, according to Denise Walz, silversmith and fine jewelry designer.

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"We had to reduce the number of participants because Hugo Coffee, who is also located in the VIC, has expanded a bit," Walz told The Park Record. "They have been really good to put up with us and welcome us."

This year’s show will feature some new faces that have been in the exhibit before. Those artists are:

  • Kathy Cartier — collage/mixed media handmade papers, paint and canvas
  • Bill Silliman — Nature and landscape photography
  • Connie Greene — Nature-inspired paintings
  • Nan Gray — Watercolors inspired by her travels; scenes and encounters
  • Ginny Coombs — Pastel and photography
  • Melissa Skarsten — Jewler who works in silver and high-karat gold
  • Karen Kurka Jensen — Sumi-e artist and teacher
  • Lisa Carlson — Baroque ornamental jewelry
  • Sherry Walsh — Paintings
  • Fred Montague — Graphic art, ink drawings, woodcuts and letterpress prints
  • Judy Summer — Sculptures and jewelry focusing on the horse
  • Denise Walz — Silversmith and jeweler

    "Those who have been to our past ‘Art Elevated’ shows will see new and exciting art," Walz said. "We love seeing people coming in to see the fine art and be introduced to the fine artists we have in the area."

    The "Art Elevated" exhibits, which include one in the fall, help the PCPAA fulfill its mission to not only help local artists network, but also find them ways to show their creations, according to Walz.

    "It’s motivating when artists get their work out into the public," she said. "It gives us the juice we need to be more creative and continue to do what we do.

    "Many artists come from a soul level and put something special out into the world," Walz said. "So, anytime we do a show, it’s a big thing, at least it is for me."

    These exhibits also introduce the local community to local artists.

    "It’s nice to expose the newcomers and long-time residents to our art," Walz said. "We have some fabulous artists and a great bunch of people in the association right now. There is an amazing group of talent."

    Walz, who has participated in the Park City Kimball Arts Festival and created a micro cheering bell and designed a piece for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team for the 2002 Olympics, said she began working with silver after taking a silversmith class in the 1980s.

    "I wanted to incorporate that in the antler works that I was doing at the time," she said. "I would shine beautiful elk antlers and make them into cribbage boards and inlay stones in them. I thought it would be fun to put some silver in there. So, I took the class and away I went."

    Walz’s fascination with crafting with metal also stemmed from her family.

    "I come from a long line of welders," she said. "My father was a fabulous welder, as were my brother, my uncles and cousins. We all tend to be creative and artistic. So, working with silver has been a natural thing for me. It’s been fun, and an adventure."

    The Park City Professional Artists Association will present its annual "Art Elevated" President’s Day weekend show at the Park City Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Pkwy., at Kimball Junction from Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14. Admission is free. For more information, visit parkcityart.com.