Kimball Art Center celebrates ARToberFest |

Kimball Art Center celebrates ARToberFest

The Kimball Art Center has a lot to celebrate.

Last year, it moved from its longtime location in Old Town to a new, more spacious venue at 1401 Kearns Blvd.

With that move, the KAC, as it is known to local residents, has upped its educational
efforts by offering more than 300 art classes, compared to last year’s 250, including more ceramics, clay and welding classes, according to Dave March, Kimball Art Center’s marketing and events director.

“We are here as an art center to connect with and inspire the community,” March told The Park Record. “This is one of the reasons why we’re hosting our third annual ARToberFest.”

ARToberFest will be held at the KAC on Saturday, Oct. 15, from noon until 5 p.m.

“It’s a free event that is a way to give back to the community and to thank them and our members for their support,” March said “We want to invite everyone to join us for this family-friendly event, and get the folks who, after one year, might not have been to our new location.”

ARToberFest will offer complementary face painting and pumpkin painting to get people into the Halloween spirit, according to March.

“We’ll also have a photo booth, and serve free refreshments as well,” he said.

KAC staff and art instructors will be on site to answer questions and do some demonstrations.

“They will do some ceramics in our ceramic studio, and we’ll also offer free A.R.T.S. tours,” March said.

A.R.T.S. is an acronym for Academic Resources for Teachers and Students, a program that provides art education to Utah’s public, private, home school and youth programs.

The staff will also lead free tours of the new exhibit, “Dealer’s Choice,” which tapped into artists represented by the Park City Gallery Association.

Throughout the event, the public will get a chance to see art that is part of the Kimball Art Center’s online auction that will raise funds for its various programs, March said.

“The auction runs through Oct. 16, and features 16 or 17 pieces that will be on display physically here at the KAC throughout ARToberFest,” he said. “The majority of those pieces were created by Park City Kimball Arts Festival artists who joined us last August.

“We wanted to give some recognition to these artists as well as raise funds for the Kimball Art Center,” March said.

Two years ago, ARToberFest was held at the old location, and last year, it celebrated the grand opening of the Kimball Art Center’s new location, March said.

“It’s supposed to be an event where people can get out and enjoy a crisp sunny fall day,” he said. “We hope people will come visit us and see what we have to offer.”

Kimball Art Center, 1401 Kearns Blvd., hosts its third annual ARToberFest on Saturday, Oct. 15, from noon until 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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