‘Park City Creates’ exhibit opens at the Kimball Art Center
Throughout the Park City Professional Artists Association’s 36-year existence, it has worked closely with the Kimball Art Center.
The Kimball has presented PCPAA shows off and on for about 20 years, said Virginia "Gincy" Carrington Plummer, who is on the PCPAA board of directors.
The association, which is comprised of visual artists from Summit and Wasatch counties, has thematically produced their own shows that often piggyback on the traveling exhibits that come to the Kimball Art Center.
"We have tried to work with what they have going on, because we think it helps bring in people who will stumble across us when they see the other exhibits," Carrington Plummer said. "So the KAC feels like home."
The Park City Professional Artists Association will return to the Kimball Art Center when it presents the "Park City Creates" exhibit in the downstairs Badami Gallery that will run through Jan. 5.
"This is essentially a group show where we promised each member that they could show at least one piece," Carrington Plummer explained to The Park Record. "If the artists wanted to show a second piece, it all depended on space and quality."
The exhibit features painting, sculptures and photography,
Carrington Plummer has two paintings, one of McPolin Farm and another of galloping horses, in the show.
"I grew up riding horses and that has always been a theme for me," she said. "Physically getting a chance to ride and just the idea of riding, as well as art, was a way to escape and have a beautiful experience at the same time.
"For me, riding horses is as close to the mind meld you see in the film ‘Avatar’ where there can be such a strong understanding between a person and a beast," Carrington Plummer said. " That’s kind of mysterious and really wonderful."
Carrington Plummer has created art since before she can remember.
"[Art has] always been a means of response or escape to whatever was around me," she said. "I grew up in a big family, in Houston. So art was a way to process and get away.
"Twila Tharp said that ‘Making art was the only way to run away without leaving home,’ and that’s how I feel," she said.
Carrington Plummer began painting because of its accessibility.
"I did sculpture and photography when I was in school, and I still enjoy taking snapshots, but I first colored with crayons and then began drawing with colored pencils and then moved on to paint," she said. "I like the feel of the paint and facing the blank canvas. And that process of ‘how to fill that space beautifully,’ quoting from Georgia O’Keeffe, is the one that resonates with me at this point."
Carrington Plummer and her husband Michael moved to Park City nine years ago.
That’s also how long Carrington has been a member of the Park City Professional Artists Association, where she has been on the board for about half of that time.
The Park City Professional Artist Association currently has roughly 60 members, Carrington Plummer said.
"We want to create professional development, network and exhibition opportunities for our artists, and we also create a Christmas ornament that is sold at the Kimball Art Center and other outlets in Park City," she said. "That raises money for a scholarship that is awarded every spring to a Park City High School student that is going to study art in college."
The Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave., will open Park City Creates, an exhibit by the Park City Professional Artist Association on Saturday, Nov. 23. The works will be on display until Jan. 5. For more information, visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org .
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