PCPAA will host its first holiday show at the Visitor Information Center
Shortly after the Park City Visitor Information Center opened at Kimball Junction in 2013, the Park City Professional Artists Association, with the blessing of the Chamber Visitors Bureau, began showing its Art Elevated exhibits.
These usually take place over President’s Day weekend, but have, on occasion, have opened one in August.
This weekend, the Park City Professional Artists Association will present its first Art Elevated Holiday Art Show at the Visitor Information Center (VIC). The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, Dec. 4, from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and continue Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and wrap up on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The idea for a holiday show has been a long time in the making for PCPAA member and photographer Richard Pick.
"We’ve done the February event at the VIC and we’ll continue to do that, but we have always looked for a second date or second event, because it’s such a wonderful venue and the (Park City Chamber/Bureau) people are just wonderful to work with and to let us use the facility," Pick said.
This will be the sixth Art Elevated show, according to Kathy Hunter, executive director of Park City Summit County Arts Council, who partners with the PCPAA for the show.
"We’ll have big and small items of everything from jewelry to paintings to sculpture," she said. "That’s the nice thing, because people will be able to find items from all price points, whether those will be notecards or small prints. This is a good way for people to find things for their homes."
There will be 11 artists participating in the show.
"We put out a call for artists and we had the right number interested and fit everyone in," Pick said.
In addition to the artwork, the Park City Professional Artists Association will sell handcrafted holiday ornaments to benefit its art scholarship fund, according to Sharon Sams.
"We’ve been doing this for awhile and it started out as memorial for Judy Taylor, who was an artist of ours who passed away," said Sams, who oversees the PCPAA’s scholarship fund. "Since then, other of our artists have passed away so that we now call it our Memorial Scholarship Fund."
Every fall, PCPAA members are asked to create handmade ornaments that will be sold around the county.
"The ornaments run the gamut from paper to ceramics to fabric, wire and beads and range in price from $5 to $21," Sams said. "We make them affordable because we want to sell them."
One hundred percent of the proceeds go toward a scholarship for a Park City High School senior who plans to pursue the arts.
"We ended up raising $1,500 last year and my hope is we exceed the $1,500 this year," Sams said. "We have 219 new ornaments this year and they are all packaged and contain a card that tells about the scholarship fund’s mission."
The ornaments will be available for purchase during the PCPAA Art Elevated holiday show this weekend.
Pick is looking forward to the show.
"It’s surprising to me that there are a lot of people who live in Park City and have never been to the Visitor Information Center," he said. "The people at the desk are just full of information."
Hunter said the artwork will only be highlighted by the views outside the center’s windows.
"There is something about this event because when you go and have conversations with the artists, you really notice the view more," she said. "It will be even more pretty with all the decorations up."
Hunter said the Park City Summit County Arts Council’s partnership with the Park City Professional Artists Association has helped further her organization’s mission to support local artists.
"The Park City Professional Artists Association has provided us a group to partner with to get in touch with the local artists," she said. "The association itself provides networking and education opportunities so that artists can continue to develop.
"This gets stronger and stronger with each show and that piques the interest of other local artists," Hunter said. "And that connects the dots with artists in Summit County. Because the talent that exists in Summit County is amazing."
The Park City Professional Artists Association will present its "Art Elevated" holiday show the Park City Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Parkway, at Kimball Junction, from Friday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 6. The event will help raise money for the PCPAA’s Art Scholarship fund. Friday’s hours, which will feature an opening reception, will run from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday’s hours are from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and the show will wrap Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information, visit parkcityart.com .
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