Park City Artists get ‘Elevated’ over Presidents Day Weekend
President’s Day weekend is a special time for the Park City Professional Artist Association.
For the past couple years, the nonprofit organization that presents and promotes local artists has presented an art show, Art Elevated, at the Park City Visitor Information Center at Kimball Junction.
This year, the PCPAA is celebrating its third annual Presidents Day weekend show from Feb. 13 through Feb. 16, and painter Robin Cornwell and photographer Richard D. Pick, who spearhead the exhibit, are mixing things up a bit.
"We have a nice selection of mediums in this group," Cornwell said when she and Pick met with The Park Record earlier this week. "It’s not just painters, photographers and the same jewelers, and that makes it nice for people coming to see the show. Some of these artists are multi-medium artists, as well."
The artists, in addition to Pick and Cornwell, who will participate this year are:
"Of the 13 artists who will be participating, five are showing for the first time," Pick said. "We had more people who wanted to be in the show this year. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough space."
The five artists new to the show are Silliman, Coombs, Kolb, Suez and Carlson.
"We like to see that," he said. "This gives more artists in the community opportunities to participate in these kind of local events."
In addition to the visual art, the exhibit will also feature live music, according to Cornwell.
"We started doing this last year," she said. "We had some violinists who were connected with the Utah Symphony perform."
This year, the musicians will be from Park City High School.
"One of the artists who will show her work, Linda MacCausland, talked with several people at the high school," Pick said. "So, on Friday, we’ll have a couple of the orchestra students perform.
"Scott Tanner, who is the director of the orchestra, asked a couple of his students to play," Pick explained. "We’re not sure which two will play, but the music will fit with the exhibit."
Cornwell enjoys hearing the music while showing her works.
"I think having it in the background gives a whole different atmosphere to the show," she said. "I think it makes it seem more professional.
"It’s another form of art and that enhances the whole visual-art aspect," Cornwell said. "We wanted something acoustically to enhance the presence of the art."
The musicians will perform the night of the reception.
"I think it’s quite neat to have students from the high school performing," Pick said. "The last time I heard some of the high school students play, I couldn’t believe they were only students."
In addition, the PCPAA is partnering with the Egyptian Theatre for the show.
"This is the first time we’ve done something like this," Pick said. "Last year, we talked about how nice it would be to partner with another nonprofit organization in town, and we wanted to start out with an organization that was part of the arts community."
PCPAA contacted Egyptian Theatre Manager Randy Barton
"It didn’t take him long to agree to do this," Pick said. "We’re going to give a portion of the proceeds the exhibit makes to the Egyptian Theatre’s various programs."
The exhibit wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Park City/Summit County Arts Council, a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes arts and culture in Park City and Summit County.
"[Executive director] Kathy Hunter has been great to make sure this happens for us," Pick said.
Another sponsor is the the Park City Chamber/Visitors Bureau, according to Cornwell.
"They have also been very supportive, especially because they are loaning us the space for the show," she said. "We literally disrupt their whole floor plan when we move in there."
Pick and Cornwell wanted to thank Claudia McMullin, owner of Hugo Coffee, located in the Visitor Information Center.
"She is also great about letting us move the furniture around," Cornwell said.
Both Pick and Cornwell hope the Presidents Day weekend exhibit continues, because they have ideas for the future.
"I think the holiday weekend not only draws in local residents who are art collectors, but also anyone who is interested in non-typical events that are going on in town," Cornwell said.
"We would love to feature more high school musicians in future shows, and not only have them perform on Friday, but on the other days as well," Pick said.
The Park City Professional Artist Association will present its third annual Presidents Day weekend exhibit, Art Elevated, at the Park City Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Parkway at Kimball Junction, from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16. The exhibit will open with a reception on Feb. 13 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. The hours for Saturday and Sunday will be from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Monday’s hours will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.parkcityart.com.
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