Park City Kimball Arts Festival relies on many moving parts |

Park City Kimball Arts Festival relies on many moving parts

The 47th Park City Kimball Arts Festival will be a mecca for art lovers.

They’ll get to browse 270 boots featuring works from 225 artists from across the country, sample of world-class cuisine that is created here in Park City and see and hear an array of music on three stages.

Although the festival runs Friday through Sunday, two weeks later than in the past due to the Tour of Utah, there will be a record number of artists, according to Kimball Art Center Marketing and Events Director Dave March.

“This year the artists come from 33 states,” March told The Park Record. “We had more than 900 applications for the 12 different mediums — ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalworks, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood.”

The applications were juried in a blind process that selected 225 artists, and put more than 50 on a wait list.

“This year, because of the date change, we are working with some last-minutes changes,” March said. “So, we’ll add some of the wait listers up to opening day.”

Opening day is Friday, Aug. 12, and gates open at 5 p.m. That’s the night the festival will offer Summit County residents free admission with a valid ID.

In addition to taking care of local residents, the festival will spotlight members of the Park City Professional Artists Association. (See story titled ” Fred Montague will make his mark on the Park City Kimball Arts Festival”).

“We’ve been able to finalize the street and layout a little better throughout the years,” March said. “We move the food trucks up to the Wasatch Brew Pub lot at the top of Main Street, so we’ve been able to sneak a few more artists in to have the largest artists (set-up) possible

Chris Crowley, consultant and director of operations for the Park City Kimball Arts Festival, has shoehorned the festival’s artists’ booths onto Main Street since 2003.

“This is an extremely large festival and for me, on an operational level, I need to put those 270 booths on the street this year,” Crowley said. “It’s quite a challenge, especially in the constricted space of Main Street.”

Crews start the move-in at 4 a.m. on Friday.

“My crew is very small, about 20 people in total and they work an extremely long few days at the beginning of the festival and one extremely long period on Sunday night,” Crowley said.

Crews make sure the artists are assigned and adhere to their move-in times.

“If they miss their window, they have to get to the end of the line,” Crowley said.
The artists with the bigger and heavier art, begin their move in at 3 a.m.

“Some of for these extremely large works require a forklift to move,” Crowley said. “Years ago, we nearly had one of those pieces tip over. I’m talking about eight to nine foot tall sculpture.”

In addition to the artists booths, Main Street will be dotted with three music stages, according to March.

“The Main Stage at the Kimball Garage, which we are renting for the festival,” he said. “Miners Park is up the street and the third stage is at the Wasatch Brew Pub lot, the location of the Food Truck Roundup,” March said.

Another new music-related addition, Live at SKY, will take place on the lower deck of Main & SKY, 201 Heber Ave.

“We have a new collaboration with Main & SKY, Farasha Boutique and the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera,” March said “We’ll have arias and fashion shows that will supplement the live music at the Kimball Garage.”

Jon Miles, vice president of marketing and public relations for Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, said the partnership and performances are unique to this year’s arts festival.

“Usually when we present the Deer Valley Music Festival, we have overlapping weekends and are part of the arts festival’s Festival After Dark program,” Miles said. “Since the festival was pushed back a couple of weeks this year, I still wanted to make sure the Utah Opera could still be involved.”

Live at SKY will feature two opera singers — baritone Christopher Clayton, and soprano Clara Hurtado Lee — a pianist and 10 fashion models.

The singers will perform pieces from the Utah Opera’s upcoming 2016-17 season that include Leigh’s “Man of La Mancha,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” according to Miles.

There will be two performances with the opera singers on Aug. 13 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

“This started with Farasha owner Vanessa Di Palma Wright, who was on our outreach program taskforce called Creative Communities,” Miles said. “We talked with her about doing something with Park City this summer and felt like there are some good synergy with the arts festival.”

The Park City Kimball Arts Festival will run from Friday, Aug. 12, through Sunday, Aug. 14. For more information, visit

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