Summit County exhibit invites public to enjoy a ‘View from My Door’
Posters on display through July 21
- Coalville 20 S. Main St. 23 S. Main St.
- Kamas Artique, 283 N. Main St. Done to Your Taste, 70 E. Center St. Hi Mountain Drug, 40 N. Main St. Kamas Town Hall, 170 N. Main St. Mirror Lake Diner, 35 S. Main St.
- Oakley Oakley Town Hall, 60 W. Center St.
- Park City Miners Hospital, 1354 Park Ave. Kimball Art Center, 1401 Kearns Blvd.
- Snyderville Basin Summit County Library Kimball Junction Branch, Richins Building, 1885 W. Ute Blvd. Visitor Information Center, 1794 Olympic Parkway
- Wanship Blue Sky Service Station, 27649 Old Lincoln Hwy.
Last summer, the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board opened a temporary photography exhibit called “Inside-Out Park City” that featured black and white posters of Summit County entrepreneurs, taken by Rebekah Stevens, which adorned the windows of empty commercial spaces in Newpark.
The success of “Inside-Out Park City” spurred the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board to plan and create a new exhibit, “A View from My Door,” which will feature scenic photographs taken by the general public.
The new exhibit, comprised of posters made from more than 120 images taken by Summit County residents, will be on display on windows of 13 locations around the county. The kickoff reception for “A View from My Door” will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at Artique, 283 N. Main St. in Kamas.
Kristen Mitchell, chairwoman of the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board, the nonprofit that conceived the exhibit, said people who have taken the photographs, and others, will gather at Artique because it is one of the businesses that will exhibit a poster.
“We’ll have food and a general celebration of Summit County,” she said.
There will about 13 locations that will display the posters on 74 windows.
“People can use the maps to visit the places that range from the Richins Building at the Summit County Library to the Visitors Information Center at Kimball Junction all the way out to Kamas, Coalville and Oakley,” Mitchell said. “The windows range from community buildings to the China Bridge parking structure to the Kimball Art Center and Mirror Lake Diner.”
(See accompanying box on Page C-2 for locations).
The full exhibit, which will be on display through July 21, creates a 60-mile tour that loops throughout the county.
The tour breaks down into a six-hour bike ride, a one-and-a-half-hour drive or a 21-hour walk, Mitchell said.
“I think the walk would be really awesome,” she laughed. “I think that would be really cool.”
The Summit County Public Art Advisory Board contacted various businesses throughout the county for window space.
“We did have a criteria that it had to be a window,” Mitchell said. “There were a couple of places that we could have displayed a poster, but it would have been exposed to the weather and that seemed like it wouldn’t have worked.”
Volunteers measured each window and asked Amy MacDonald, artistic director of the Kimball Art Center, to create posters from photographs to fit in these areas.
“It was a huge task because there were more than 122 images that were submitted,” MacDonald said. “They were all different. Some were fun. Some were quirky and some were very professional looking. So, we decided to use them all.”
Because of time and budget restraints, the posters were all printed in black and white.
“We were also limited to paper that was 24 inches wide, but unlimited in height,” MacDonald said.
MacDonald and her staff of volunteers wanted to identify something that was unique to these places where the posters would be on display, so they grouped the photos into different categories such as landscape, wildlife, sports or people.
“There were other photos that had no category, but still fit somewhere,” MacDonald said.
Some of the windows will show one large image, and others will be designed aesthetically in a grid format to show multiple posters.
“The formatting allowed us to get creative with the images as we varied them in size and groupings,” MacDonald said. “It was a fun curatorial design project, because we wanted to do justice to each piece, but also have them complement and connect with each other.”
Summit County residents took all the photos
“It was interesting to see a perspective of what was important to the people who live here,” MacDonald said. “All the pictures told us a little bit about the person who took the photos.”
The entries included an abundance of wildlife and landscape photos.
“That, alone, showed us that there were many people in our community who cared about wildlife and outdoors,” MacDonald said. “What a cool statement for our community.”
Other photographs were more creative in their composition.
“There were some that showed us just a part of something, but you could tell what it was,” MacDonald said. “I found myself smiling as I looked at these photos because I could relate to some of the images.”
Mitchell said if it weren’t for the response of the Newpark exhibit, the countywide exhibit may not have become a reality.
“People made connections with others in the community because they saw the faces of different entrepreneurs on display last summer,” she said. “That created a rich fabric of experience for those who live here, because a community that is connected is stronger and more resilient. So, we thought it would be really awesome that would spread throughout the county, because our goal is to unite Summit County through art.”
Mitchell said both exhibits have been exercises in community building.
“Every person who submits the artwork and every building owner who agreed to show the art work had to sign a release and a contract and that alone increased the connectivity with each other,” she said. “This is community-generated artwork and speaks to the strength of the art community that is here.”
“This is the first time the Kimball Art Center has been involved in this exhibit,” she said. “It’s an exciting thing for us, because the Kimball Art Center is starting to engage in different partnerships with different communities. It’s fun to be a part of something like this that is so community-art based.”
Mitchell wanted to thank the Park City Summit County Arts Council as the exhibit’s main fiscal sponsor, and she wanted to thank other organizations involved: Utah Department of Arts & Museums and the RAP tax, for making the exhibit a reality.
“We are lucky to have such support of the arts,” she said.
A “View from My Door” exhibit kickoff will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 19, at Artique, 283 N. Main in Kamas. Admission is free. For information, visit http://www.darkstorefronts.org and http://www.facebook.com/darkstorefronts/?ref=py_c.
Author Edward Massey will present a reading and book signing of his new historic novel “Fugitive Sheriff” at the Kamas Valley Branch on Friday.