Park City Summit County Arts Council will present exhibit in Oakley’s Red Barn
When the Park City Summit County Arts Council hosted its first Summit Arts exhibit in Oakley’s Cattlemen’s Hall five years ago, the show had two goals — to take an arts event into easterm Summit County to showcase Summit County artists.
"Our first was in the summer of 2010 and we also did a holiday show in 2011," said Kathy Hunter, executive director of the Park City Summit County Arts Council. "We decided to continue the summer exhibits and continued that until last year."
The reason the arts council didn’t present the show last year was because the venue they wanted to use — the Red Barn, located on the Oakley Rodeo Grounds — wasn’t open, yet.
" that time, we found that Cattlemen’s Hall had already been booked by someone else, so we didn’t do a show last year," Hunter said.
That’s the reason she’s geared up for this year’s exhibit, which will be held on July 10 and 11.
"This will be the first time we’ll be at the Red Barn," Hunter said. "It’s going to be a beautiful venue and the lighting will really lend itself to the art."
More than 14 artists who create different types and styles of art will be part of the show. (See list below.)
"There will be painting, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, fiber art and paper arts, to name a few," Hunter said.
Among these artists is renowned watercolorist and illustrator Don Weller.
"Don never does shows, so we’re really excited to have him come out," Hunter said.
All the participants were selected after the Park City Summit County Arts Council sent out a call to artists via emails, flyers and ads.
"We received a lot of inquiries from artists all over the area including the Salt Lake valley, but we wanted to keep the show focused on artists who live in or have a connection with Summit County," Hunter said. "We found all of these incredible artists, including some who never do shows and some who are represented by various galleries on Main Street."
Hunter will be forever grateful to the Park City Professional Artist Association for its guidance in steering the arts council to some of these artists.
"They’ve been a real help ever since the we started doing artist-networking meetings in eastern Summit County in 2009," she said. "The PCPAA let them know the resources that we could provide and started getting these artists together."
Hunter found great artists who had never shown their works publicly.
"Some had done art years ago and stopped, but were inspired to start up again because of these meetings," she said. "Others were older and did paint and exhibit these beautiful landscape works at the Summit County Fair, but other than that, only painted for members of their families instead of selling them or putting them in galleries."
These were the artists Hunter wanted the arts council to find.
"We wanted to provide then a venue where we could link all the communities in the county together," she said.
The Summit Arts exhibit will open with an artist reception on Friday, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
"This will be a time when a lot of local residents get together and talk with the artists and really connect with each other," Hunter explained. "We’ll offer some finger foods, refreshments and live music.
"Since this is a fine-art show, we wanted to find musicians who played elegant music, but also who would fit in with the feel of the county," she said. "So there will be an array of styles performed."
The exhibit will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will feature a children’s project.
"Kathleen Briley, who runs the Painted Pony summer arts camps in Oakley, comes up with new creative things for kids to do for our shows," Hunter said. "One year, they made boats. Another year they made flags. By the end of the event, all of these kids were running around with these beautiful, fun flags they made."
This year’s project is still a secret, according to Hunter.
"We do know that the kids area will be outside in the covered pavilion, so there is plenty of space and kids can get messy as they want to," she said.
The children’s project is an important element to the show, Hunter said.
"We stress fine arts because the artists don’t do a lot of crafty works, but it’s an affordable local arts show," she said. "We want the event to appeal to homeowners who are looking for art to fill their homes or jewelry for themselves or family members. And we also want the event to appeal to families."
Artists participating in the Summit Arts Exhibit
The Park City Summit County Arts Council will present Summit Arts Exhibit at the Red Barn at the Oakley Rodeo Grounds on Friday, July 10, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission and parking is free. For more information, visit http://www.pcscarts.org/summerarts2015 .
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