Park City Kimball Arts Festival enjoys collaboration with other nonprofits
July 28, 2015
The beauty of the Park City Kimball Arts Festival is the collaboration between the Kimball Art Center and other area nonprofits that makes the town a Mecca for everyone.
"I really love the community collaborations and the fact that this has become a city-wide festival," said Robin Marrouche, Kimball Art Center executive director. "It continues to grow and we work together with other organizations in the city to program the best entertainment and activities, which attracts the biggest number of attendees.
That, in turn, creates a contribution to the economy and the cultural vibrancy of the town."
The Park City Kimball Arts Festival will be held Friday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 1, on Main Street.
The additional events Marrouche mentioned are in the Festival After Dark programming will include Park City Institute’s St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concerts featuring Esperanza Spalding, Perla Batalla and Anna Wilson at Deer Valley on Thursday, the Sundance Institute’s screening of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" in City Park on Friday, the Utah Symphony’s Deer Valley Music Festival performances featuring Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture on Friday and Ozomatli on Saturday.
The weekend will also feature the Egyptian Theatre’s stand-up comedy concert with Nick Cobb and Sean Peabody on Friday and Saturdayand 10,000 Maniacs concert at Canyons on Saturday.
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"We have wonderful partners," Marrouche said. "When the economy went sideways in 2008, that gave us the opportunity to sit down and visit with each other about how we could optimize our efforts to put on the greatest qualities for our visitors.
"Today we are working together better than ever, and we’ve been able to use our collaboration to cross market all of the different organization’s events," she said. "We want to draw the biggest audience to Park City for the weekend."
The arts festival alone will feature 220 visual artists, according to Marrouche.
"Sixty of those haven’t been in the festival before and that’s a big number of artists that we’re excited about," she said. "We received roughly 1,000 artist applications this year. And the Kimball Art Center pulls together a jury to select which of the artists will participate this year."
The jury is comprised of artists, collectors and gallery owners.
"We do that so the jury is representational of our audience and not just collectors or artists," Marrouche explained. "We want to make sure this festival is fair, objective and fresh. That’s why we change the jury every year."
In addition, 19 of the 220 are from the Park City Professional Artists Association, which juries their own artists. (See story titled "Local artist Lisa Carlson looks forward to her festival return.")
"Each year we receive applications from new, up-and-coming artists who have heard about the festival through word-of-mouth or from their artist friends who have been in the festival before," Marrouche said. "We’ve been told by participating artists that their sales here are among the highest they have ever seen."
On Sunday, the Best of Show awards are given to artists in each category. These artists are judged on three things:
Quality of artwork and artistry, craftsmanship
Originality and variety within a category
That the art will sell well with this audience and has a relevance to the work in the market for the festival
"The Best of Show artists are also automatically invited to participate in next year’s festival," Marrouche said.
While the Kimball Arts Festival changes the artist lineup every year, it also finds new activities for kids in the children’s area.
"We want to make sure that that is something that is going to engage and attract the young to the festival," Marrouche said. "This year, we will offer new projects and they will be able to make wearable art and backpacks and pendants, and Home Depot is donating ceramic pots so the kids can decorate them anyway they want."
Another new arts festival element is a food-truck roundup at the top of Main Street.
"We always like to program different activities to draw people to that area," Marrouche said. "So, people will get to enjoy the festival and shops as they make their way to the top of the street.
"So, in addition to the restaurants who put on the best of their culinary efforts for the weekend, we are offering these food trucks for those who just want to do a grab and go," she said. "We’ve been cutting back on the number of food vendors in the past year because we want to make sure the restaurants we’re getting customers, but then we still had clientele that wanted something fast and easy. So, we thought the food-truck option was a good one for us."
As always, the festival will feature live music on three stages on and around Main Street.
"Brian Richards from Mountain Town Music is doing the programming again," Marrouche said.
Another arts festival tradition is an opportunity drawing.
While this year’s drawing will be held in October when the Kimball Art Center moves to its new temporary location in Bonanza Park, tickets are available for purchase now.
"Drawing tickets cost $50 and people can visit our website for the instructions of how to register by text or they can visit us at the festival," Marrouche said. "The winner will have a choice between a Volkswagen Beatle or Touareg donated by Strong Volkswagen."
The deadline to purchase the opportunity drawing tickets is Oct. 25.
"The cars will be displayed at the corner of Heber Avenue and Main Street during the festival," Marrouche said.
The Park City Kimball Arts Festival is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Kimball Art Center, Marrouche said.
"The money is used to provide free admission year-round to our ongoing exhibitions and community educational programs," she said. "We would like to thank our presenting sponsor Zion’s Bank. They are a wonderful support for art in Utah, not just the Park City Kimball Arts Festival."
The 46th annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival will be held Friday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 2, on Main Street. Friday’s hours are from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday’s hours are 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sunday’s hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 through 17, and students. Children ages 5 and younger will be admitted for free. On Friday, Summit County residents will be admitted for free. For more information, visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org.
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