Party seeks answers to the question ‘Who’s Art?’
Event will celebrate local creatives
June 6, 2017
Randy Barton wants to know "Who's Art?"
In other words, he wants to discover whose personality is driven by creativity.
The Egyptian Theatre manager said he and local artist Bill Kranstover will find the answer during the Who's Art? gathering that will run from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the Park City Library.
The free event is open to the public and will feature displays from artists as well as poetry and music, Barton said during an interview with The Park Record.
"The gist is we ask anyone who is an artist to bring and show something original," Barton said. "It can be a painting, a drawing, a poem, a dance or a sculpture or song, but it needs to be original."
Who's Art? is an event that started back in the late 1980s.
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"It was organized by a few artists who would get together sporadically for a non-affiliated, non-commercial art party," Barton said. "It was basically meant to celebrate originality in our area."
The event has been held at least once a decade since the 1980s, and it seemed the right time to bring it back, Barton said.
"We used to do it at least once a year, sometimes twice," he said. "I think it's been probably eight years since we did the last one."
Past Who's Art? gatherings have been presented in City Park and the Egyptian Theatre's basement.
"We held it at Harry O's (which is now Park City Live) one year," Barton said. "In fact, we have done it in almost every bar from the Wasatch Brew Pub to the Cozy, the Star Bar and Claim Jumper."
The event will also highlight another local arts initiative, Project ABC: Arts, Beauty and Culture.
Project ABC is an initiative that will become a roadmap for the future of arts and culture in Summit County.
(See story titled “Project lays out the ABCs of a city and county arts and culture master plan”).
"Since I'm involved in that, we thought it would be a good time to do this and combine two big events," Barton said.
Artists of all levels are welcome to participate in Who's Art? and there is no deadline
"People can just walk in with a piece of art or another type of creation," Barton said.
"I love seeing people I never know who could sing, dance or paint to come and show their art to friends and neighbors.
"Most of them aren't professionals, but they have a piece of photography or sculpture that they have done. It's exciting to see who shows up and what they bring."
Since the event is noncommercial, the pieces won't officially be on sale.
"We just want to celebrate originality," Barton said.
Who's Art? will be held in the Coffee Shop downstairs and on the patio of the Park City Library's community room that is utilized by the Park City Film Series.
"We are partnering with the Film Series on this," Barton said. "They will have wine and beer for sale, but we won't have any food. So people who come should eat at home."
There is no deadline for submissions.
"It feels good to bring back a Park City tradition," Barton said. "Our only wish is to hope someone will catch the enthusiasm and want to do it more often. We would love for someone else to take on the organizing side of this. We haven't been doing a good-enough job to bring it out and show it off.
"The event is called Who's Art? and we answer that by saying 'I'm Art,' and that is shown through all the collected pieces that are on display."
Who's Art?, a community art party, will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave. The event is free and open to the public.