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Gallery Association’s November stroll will kick off holiday season

Throughout the years, Park City has become a destination for people who love art thanks to organizations such as the Kimball Art Center and the Park Silly Sunday Market.

Another organization that promotes art and locally owned galleries in and around Park City is the Park City Gallery Association.

On the last Friday of each month, the association hosts a free gallery stroll that features more than 17 galleries located on and off Main Street.

The stroll runs between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., and offers a free, unique showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits and art events according to Susan Meyer, president of the Park City Gallery Association.

"It’s not so much an event that results in a high amount of profits for the galleries, but we feel this gives more of an opportunity for the galleries to connect with the community and the surrounding areas," Meyer told The Park Record. "If I had to take a guess, I would say 50 percent of the people who do the gallery stroll are from the Wasatch Front in the valley. I think the stroll is a good excuse for people who live down there to come up the mountain and do something specific here in town."

This month’s gallery stroll will be held Friday, Nov. 27, and will kick off the holiday season.

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Meyer said in addition to those who drive up from the Salt Lake Valley, many Park City and Summit County residents attend the stroll with their own visitors.

"We have found many people have guests who are in town and this is a fun thing for them to do," she said.

Meyer said the stroll gives galleries a chance to get creative.

"We’ve hosted some themed gallery strolls where people can bring their dogs on occasion," she said. "We’ve also had fashion shows and there have been some fundraising strolls.

"But it’s more likely that the individual galleries will have their own plan of events," Meyer said. "They bring in individual artists and time their exhibit openings."

A majority of the galleries are located on Main Street, but there are a few located elsewhere.

Designs by Knight can be found at 1662 Bonanza Dr. and the main Julie Nester Gallery is at 1280 Iron Horse Dr., although it has a smaller gallery at 511 Main St.

More recently, the Kimball Art Center moved from the corner of Main Street and Heber Ave. to 1401 Kearns Blvd.

"Just because they aren’t on Main Street doesn’t mean they don’t participate in the gallery stroll," Meyer said.

Throughout the years, the stroll has ebbed and flowed but has taken hold in the past 12 or 15 years, Meyer said.

One of the main reasons why the stroll continues today is because of the late Connie Katz, who owned the now defunct CODA Gallery. Katz, who passed away in 2011, was the driving force of the stroll.

"Connie’s spirit is what keeps a lot of us excited about the event," Meyer said. "She really injected a lot of vitality into the association and gave us a mission to support each other, instead of us looking out for the good of our individual places."

As current president of the Park City Gallery Association, Meyer loves bringing new galleries into the fold.

"The reason is because the opportunities they have as a brand-new business to promote themselves is far better than they would have, doing this alone," she said. "We not only are able to promote the event and the businesses simultaneously every month. It would be hard for an individual gallery to advertise every month. Sometimes this is the only advertisement the galleries get each month, and it’s an incredibly good opportunity for us."

There are a few galleries that aren’t members of the Park City Gallery Association that host their own events during the stroll, so to differentiate the members from the nonmembers, the association members will display red emblems in their windows on Friday, Meyer said.

The Park City Art Gallery Association’s Gallery Stroll will be held on Friday, Nov. 27, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The stroll is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.parkcitygalleryassociation.com .