Summit Gallery rides into Main Street location
There’s a new gallery in town, and owner Megan McIntire means to do business.
Summit Gallery, located at 675 Main St., opened last week, and McIntire has plans that she hopes will add to the local arts community.
“The idea is to fuse contemporary and traditional mountain west art and bring those works together in an eclectic collection that will appeal to collectors from all over the world,” she said. “When clients come in, I want them to not only see some bits of Park City, but also art that will remind them of home.”
McIntire had been thinking about opening a gallery for the past several years she worked with Colby Larsen at Park City Fine Art.
“In the past 18 months, I decided to take on that goal head on,” she said.
McIntire signed the lease for the space, located below the new L.L. Bean at the intersection of Main Street and Heber Avenue at the former site of the Kimball Art Center a year ago. While she waited on construction, McIntire used the time to find artists.
“I had quite a while to be selective in choosing the artists, which I really appreciated,” she said. “It was about finding artists whose pieces worked well but didn’t compete with each other.”
McIntire also wanted to offer art that hasn’t been seen in Park City.
“Every artist that I represent is new to the area,” she said.
McIntire currently represents 16 artists, who are based across the country. (See accompanying list).
“They come from Florida to Oregon,” she said. “We also have a three Utah artists, including one from Park City — Cynthia McLoughlin, a visual artist who lives in Promontory who oil paints on metal. She’ll then scrape away the oil to reveal the painting.”
Many of the artists had participated in the Park City Kimball Arts Festival.
“I started looking there and then I expanded my search,” McIntire said. “I attended art shows and galleries in different communities last year. I was able to find so many talented people.”
The Summit Gallery itself measures a little more than 1,100 square feet, which is pretty average for Main Street, according to McIntire.
“We have room to expand when we need to,” she said.
Her plan for the gallery is to host monthly artist receptions.
“The artists will bring in new works, meet the public and their collectors,” she said. “Hopefully through these receptions, the artists will meet new collectors.”
The gallery also offers an array of services including in-home consultations, professional installations, framing and commissions, to name a few, according to McIntire.
McIntire’s love of art was inspired by her grandmother.
“She gave me my first big-kid paintbrush and paid for painting classes when I was 7,” McIntire said. “It was an instant connection with art for me.”
McIntire, who grew up in Sandy, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of Utah and began working with galleries, eventually finding her way to Park City Fine Art.
“I’ve always been encouraged and inspired by creative people, and that inspiration took me to the gallery side of art,” she said. “I get to work not only with my own paintbrush from time to time, but I get to work with tons of creative people. I get to support them with their dreams.”
Summit Gallery is a “passion project” for McIntire.
“While I connect artists with collectors every day, I am working with artists that I want to work with,” she said. “To be working on a dream come true makes it easy for me to come in every day. That said, I know the stakes are higher. But they are higher in a fun and liberating way.”
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