Kimball Art Center fundraiser will be a Celebration of the Arts |

Kimball Art Center fundraiser will be a Celebration of the Arts

The next couple of weeks will be busy for the Kimball Art Center.

In addition to the upcoming gala, the nonprofit is gearing up for the annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival the second weekend of August and a new fundraiser called the Celebration of the Arts on July 30 and 31.

The Celebration of the Arts is an art and music festival that will be held at Red Cliff Ranch in Heber on July 30 from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. and July 31 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The event came about thanks to the ranch’s owners Von and Virginia Whitby, according to Steve Kun, marketing and communications manager for the Kimball Art Center.

“They are supporters of the arts and approached us to create a fundraiser that would support the Kimball Art Center,” Kun said. “Since they have been putting on events out there for some time, the Whitbys had the background to put this all together. We’re so appreciative of them coming forth and wanting to raise money on our behalf.”

Art, of course, will be one of the components of the event.

“Virginia reached out to a bunch of local artists. All the artist who are participating in the event are from Utah, “ Kun said. “There will be 26 artists who work in various disciplines who will have their art on display for purchase by the public.”

The artists are: Stephanie Saint-Thomas, Jan Perkins, Ron Russon, Mark Maziarz, Asia Raine, Susan Slewing, Dan Cummings, Sierra Dickey, Thomas J Howa, Susan Jarvis, Lucia Heffernen, John Collins, Stacy Phillips, Sandra Ence, Sandra Elliott, Jan Massimino, Jeanne LaRae, Emily Q Loughlin, Ron S Butkovitch, Jimmi Toro, Brian Lindley, Chauncey Secrist, Traci O’Very Covey, Lisa Howa, Kami Kahler and Douglas Smith.

In addition, there will be 11 plein-air painters who will paint onsite at the ranch on Friday and Saturday morning.

“They will display their paintings beginning on Saturday for sale to the general public,” Kun said.

Although admission to the Celebration of the Arts is free, it is a fundraiser and the money will be raised through the artists.

“We have a revenue share with the artists,” Kun said. “Part of the proceeds of the sales will benefit the Kimball Art Center. The other part will go to the artists.

“The Kimball Art Center inspires and connects people through art and we’re inspired daily how the artists support us as well,” he said. “We’re thankful for those artists who agreed to help us out and fund our classes and programs.”

The programs cover three areas — education, free exhibits and other events.

“We will look to see which of our programs need funding,” Kun said.

In addition to the professional artists, there will be art activities for the kids, including pony rides and lasso lessons for kids and adults and a scavenger hunt and a piñata on Saturday, Kun said.

Local musicians will perform the music for the event.

“We’ll have seven bands that will play Saturday and a duo that will play Sunday,” Kun said.

Saturday’s performances will be by Cody McKinnon, Mary Beth Maziarz, The Naked Waiters, Jeff Proctor & Friends, Yard Sale 45, Cold Creek Bluegrass Band and The Wayne Hoskins Band.

Sunday’s performance will be by Bill ‘n’ Diane.

Lori Tolbert Catering will provide the food, which will be available for purchase during the event.

“The food will include barbecue, sliders, gelato and lemonade for the kids,” Kun said.

“The neat thing is that there will be something for everyone,” he said. “We’re excited for this because we are offering so much and, again, the Whitbys have been so kind to put this together with the quality of artists and musicians.”

The Kimball Art Center and the Red Cliff Ranch have been accepting RSVPs for the event, even though RSVPs aren’t required.

“We just wanted to get an idea of what we can expect,” Kun said. “We just crossed 600 RSVPs on Wednesday.”

Those who wish to RSVP can do by visiting or the Red Cliff Ranch website,, and they will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of five $100 gift certificates that will go towards an art purchase from one of the artists during the weekend.

“There is no deadline for those who want to RSVP,” Kun said.

The Celebration of Arts, a fundraiser for the Kimball Art Center, will be held at the Red Cliff Ranch in Heber on Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31. Admission is free. For more information or to RSVP, visit or

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