Main Street gets creative and branded with Arts Council spaces
What: BrandPC and CreatePC
When: Sunday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.
Where: 692 Main St. and 660 Main St.
Caitlin Barhorst, textiles
Mike Hayes, ceramics
Olga Hegner, painting
Emily Quinn Loughlin, multimedia
Juanita Marshall, ceramics
Mark Maziarz, photography
Anna Leigh Moore, painting
Karen Millar Kendall, painting
Jan Perkins, painting
Pamela Beverley Quigley, multimedia
Frances Remillard, painting
Lisa Shine, painting
Karen Urankar, encaustic
CreatePC community gallery artists
Samantha Da Silva, mixed media
Kelly Franklin, steelworks
Rhonda Hypio, painting
Robert Johnson, painting
Linda McCausland, painting
Brenda Moss, painting
Jenelle Parnelle, mixed media
Bill Silliman, photography
Samantha Simon, ceramics
Ida Yoked, painting
BrandPC creative entrepreneurs
Alpine Distilling, spirits
Boutique Mahout, textiles
Cat Tongue Grips, phone protectors
82 Degrees & Sunny, textile accessories
Elizabeth Carrington, upholstery
Faded Cloth, wardrobe
Franklin Woodworking, custom furniture
Gypsy Mountain Skulls, decorative bone art
Happy Dragon Designs, jewelry
Helen Knows Best, skincare
House 48, jewelry
Lucky Penny Press, children’s nature books
Lylo Designs, handbags and accessories
Michael McRae, jewelry
Motherlode, shirt designs
Red Flower Studios, blown glass
Ritual Chocolate, artisan chocolate
Sage Press, children’s travel books
Soul Poles, eco-friendly ski poles
Threadheads, hats and mittens
Uncharted Supply Co., survival kits and accessories
Zenzee, clothing and footwear
Park City Summit Art Council, in partnership with Park City Hall, is bringing more creative locals to Main Street with two new art spaces.
BrandPC and CreatePC, respectively located at 692 Main St. and 660 Main St., opened to the public in September. The galleries are intended to give local artists and creative entrepreneurs spaces to showcase and sell their products, said Jocelyn Scudder, executive director of the Park City Summit County Arts Council.
Both galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
BrandPC is an expanded version of Branded PC, a weeklong exhibit that showcased every December for the past three years at the Rockwell Room, Scudder said.
“Since this pop-up has proven to be successful in the past, we were able to set it up for multiple months through April,” she said. “In the meantime, we are slowly building up our inventory, and we hope to have 30 to 40 brands by this coming December.”
Some of the products showcased and offered at BrandPC include self-published books, jewelry, clothing, accessories, skincare products and woodwork. (See accompanying list for brands).
To start off the expanded BrandPC, the arts council contacted entrepreneurs who had participated in past Branded PC shows, Scudder said.
“These creatives are often overlooked in the artistic landscape, but fall under our umbrella,” she said.
Jeweler Alix Railton is among the BrandPC creatives, and said the space provides her with more exposure.
“I create my work at home, and I can’t go outside and tell people to come in to see what I’m doing,” Railton said. “So this is a way for people to see my work, and I love being here and seeing people get a kick out of the art as well.”
Like BrandPC, CreatePC serves as a place for creative locals to sell their works, but also provides a small studio for these artists to create new works, Scudder said.
“This is a completely new concept that provides a unique experience for someone to just walk into,” she said. “The public gets to see how the artists think about and approach their creative process, and watching an artist work builds a connection.”
Thirteen artists are featured at CreatePC, according to Scudder. (See accompanying list).
“We had a couple of artists come into this quickly so we could set up CreatePC, and then we put out an open call for the remaining slots,” she said. “So we have a total of 13 local artists who are able to use this beautiful space and fill it with art.”
The art includes everything from pottery to photography.
CreatePC is a concept that emerged from the Park City Summit County’s Project ABC, an arts, beauty and cultural planning initiative, according to Scudder.
“We heard the community wants more spaces for artists and creatives to make, showcase work and convene,” she said.
Mixed media artist Emily QUinn Loughlin, who is part of the CreatePC roster, said she is thrilled to show her works on Main Street.
“I’m excited to have a place where friends and family can come visit,” Loughlin said. “We can also see how other artists work, and it’s interesting to see how they think and how they open themselves up to the creative process.”
In addition to providing studio space for selected artists, CreatePC also offers a community gallery, where 10 additional Summit County-based artists can hang two pieces, she said. (See accompanying list)
“We hope to grow the community gallery as more space is made available,” Scudder said.
“It’s been a fun idea, especially for emerging artists.”
BrandPC and CreatePC were made possible when local businessman Mike Sweeney, a Park City businessman who is known for his work with negotiating temporary Main Street setups during the Sundance Film Festival, approached Scudder last August with a plan to use the spaces that once housed the Zoom Restaurant and a Marriott rental area.
“Mike said the city wanted some retail businesses to reactivate those areas, and that they saw the proof of concept with BrandPC that we have been producing for the past few years,” Scudder said. “I couldn’t say no.”
Scudder jumped at the opportunity, even though it wasn’t in the organization’s budget.
“We are working with Mike and the building’s owners, who are donating the space to us,” she said. “The owners do get a portion of the sales to help offset some utility costs.”
In addition, the arts council charges each artist a participation fee.
“So they are essentially renting studio space on a month-to-month basis,” Scudder said. Some of the artists and entrepreneurs can choose to help run the front desk of each space to help pay for their rent.
Although Park City Summit County Arts Council doesn’t make money with BrandPC and CreatePC, Scudder said the two pop-ups add value to Main Street’s culture.
“Art and artistic products are economic development tools, and I just think there is such a great value of us adding to the creative and cultural vibrancy that Historic Main Street already has,” she said. “I’m a firm believer that when we celebrate and highlight our creatives, it helps reveal the community’s identity, something that a destination visitor looks for. And it’s what makes our mountain town an incredibly special place to live.”
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