Galleries at Redstone have plans for film-festival week
January 10, 2014
While many people know about the many art galleries in and around Park City’s Old Town, some may not know about two premier galleries — Hoffman Fine Art and McMillen Fine Art Photography — located next door to each other at the Redstone Center at Kimball Junction.
The Redstone Center is also home to the Redstone Cinemas, one of the main venues for the Sundance Film Festival.
Both galleries offer unique experiences for their patrons and both will be open during film festival week.
Hoffman Fine Art, 1678 W. Redstone Center Dr., Suites 110 and 115
Owner Don Hoffman and his wife Ioni has been involved with art and design for more than 65 years.
The couple started an art gallery in Provo, before relocating to Park City.
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"We wanted to get into Park City because there were people coming from all over the world to visit the world-class ski resorts," Hoffman said. "We wanted to offer them a unique experience with what we have to offer."
After opening galleries throughout Old Town, the Hoffmans decided to open another in Carmel, N.Y., but after a while, felt they needed to return to Park City.
"This town has always been a good area for us," Hoffman said.
Two years ago, they opened another gallery at Redstone.
"The area was being developed and we thought it would be a great location for us because it’s right off the freeway," Hoffman said.
Hoffman Fine Art , which specializes in exotic items and fine art, utilizes two areas — a 6,500-square-feet show room and smaller gallery next door that is approximately 1,300 square feet.
"We felt these areas would be perfect to show what we wanted to show," Hoffman said.
Some of the artists that Hoffman shows include painters David Stewart, Dan Mieduch, Larry Riley, Rosa Chavez, Brownell McGrew, Gordon Snidow, and the Swanson artists — Gary Swanson, his son Trevor Swanson and brother Ray Swanson.
The gallery also offers works by sculptors Michael Coleman, Stanley Wanlass and Peter Fillerup.
"Many of these artists I have worked with for more than 40 years," Hoffman said. "And some are not with us anymore."
In addition to the painters and sculptors, Hoffman Fine Art features a networking program called the Registry.
It is a private, high-definition electronic catalogue that features items that can be viewed by clients of member galleries.
Some of the items that can be purchased through the Registry include various exotic vehicles such as Ferraris, Ducati motorcycles and Cirrus aircrafts.
"I have been wanting to do something like the Registry for 50 years," Hoffman said. "I thought it would be so cool to have a place where people could go to see samples of everything from leather goods to jewelry to fine art to cars and motorcycles.
"If I wanted to go look at Maseratis, I could go to a gallery with a Registry and punch in and see which ones were available," he said. "I pictured four screens back-to-back so four people could shop at the same time."
For more information, visit http://www.hoffmansfineart.com .
McMillen Fine Art Photography, 1678 W. Redstone Center Dr., Suite 120
McMillen Fine Art Photography, owned by husband and wife photographers Jared and Trish McMillen, celebrated its one-year anniversary last November.
The two moved up from Las Vegas to open their gallery in Park City and enjoy the Utah outdoors.
Last year, the photographers’ work "Moody Blues," a photo of a slot-canyon river in Zion National Park, was accepted in the Professional Photographers of America Loan Collection, the highest honor of the competition.
The McMillens will celebrate film-festival week with an open house on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
"The gallery will still be open throughout the festival, because that’s a great time for us to be there for people who come into the gallery," Trish McMillen said. "At least one of us, Jared or I, will be at the gallery as well."
McMillen said their gallery is located in a great spot, because it’s not too far away from the Redstone Theaters, which will screen Sundance Film Festival films.
"There will be more and more films that will be shown there that are worth seeing, so if we can give festival-goers and visitors a better experience, why not?" she said.
The open house on Jan. 25 will be an artist reception for the McMillens.
"Both Jared and I will be there to greet people and show them our work," McMillen said. "We will offer some appetizers and invite people to come down to talk about art and photography."
The McMillens, who still shoot their photographs on film, are known for hosting free Tuesday-night Tips and Tricks workshops for anyone who wants to learn more about photography, so an open house during the film festival seemed like a good idea.
"We just want to encourage people to come out and see some of our photography," McMillen said. "Since our photography is a film media and of course, movies are film, we thought it would be a good idea to tie the two together."
For more information, visit http://www.mcmillenfineart.com .
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