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2010 Arts Festival guide

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

Maybe you’ve been to the Park City Kimball Arts Festival year after year for, well, decades. Each August, before the white tents are pitched, you wonder what’s new, what’s different, and what might find a new home in your living room.

This time around, there’s more to consider than just the artwork. As always, the annual juried show will feature a huge number of artists more than 230, to be exact showcasing their masterpieces. The lineup features artists young and old, festival first-timers and veterans, and representatives from around the world.

In addition to the artwork, however, this year’s event encompasses a wide range of activities, transforming it from your run-of-the-mill arts festival into a multifaceted artistic experience. From live music and art demonstrations to film screenings and kids’ projects, the newly programmed festival schedule is designed to appeal to everyone.

"The festival has expanded in scope, in reach and in programming," says Kimball Art Center executive director Robin Marrouche. "The message we’re really trying to get across is: Spend the weekend with us. There’s a myriad of things to do and we want people to stay close."

The 41st annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival, hosted by the Kimball Art Center, takes place this weekend, Aug. 6-8, on Main Street. For details on how to make the most of the festival experience, read on.

The basics:

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The Opening Night Gala and Art Auction on Friday evening is sold out, but it’s not the only way to kick off the festival and support the Kimball Art Center. The public is invited to a sneak peek at artist exhibitions on Main Street from 6 to 9 p.m. The preview is free with donations being accepted in any amount.

Weekend hours for the Arts Festival are Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 adults for adults and free for kids 12 and under. Tickets purchased on Saturday may be used for re-entry on Sunday.

Visual arts:

Artists working in ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood will be showcased in individual booths lining both sides of Main Street. The artists sell their own pieces and often work on-site.

In addition to national and international artists, the festival will feature nearly 20 artists from Summit County.

For a complete list of participating artists, visit http://www.kimballartcenter.org.

Performing arts:

A major focus this year is the musical aspect of the festival, which will encompass two outdoor stages and the BMI Music Café at Downstairs, a venue fashioned after the Sundance Film Festival’s ASCAP Music Café. "People who are die-hard music fans can come enjoy these singer-songwriters and bands that are really on the cusp of breaking out," Marrouche says.

Programmed by BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) and Downstairs, the Music Café will feature a variety of local and national musicians throughout the weekend. Performances are scheduled Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday from noon until 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 1 a.m. Admission is free with a festival wristband for guests 21 years and older.

Outdoor music will be stationed at the Main Stage in front of the Kimball Art Center and at the Miners Stage, located halfway up Main Street between 4th and 5th Street. Mountain Town Music has scheduled shows on the Miners Stage Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and on both stages Saturday and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m.

As part of its Festival After Dark initiative, the Kimball Art Center has partnered with other local nonprofits to promote concerts taking place around Park City during the festival. Patrons are encouraged to attend the Deer Valley Music Festival’s performances Friday and Saturday at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, the free Saturday concert featuring Cracker at The Canyons, and the Big Stars, Bright Nights concert featuring Michael McDonald Sunday at Deer Valley.

Culinary arts:

A new addition to this year’s festival, Taste of Art, will showcase the menus and cuisine of Park City restaurants. Many local establishments have partnered with the Kimball Art Center to offer arts festival attendees exclusive discounts and deals.

"Each restaurant is doing something different to showcase their creative offerings," Marrouche explains. Different venues are participating in different ways, from offering special discounts to presenting artful, edible arrangements and sculptures.

Participating eateries include Bistro 412, Mountain Town Olive Oil, Wasatch Bagel, Alpine Internet Coffeehouse, Yuki Arashi, Wahso Asian Grill, Grappa Italian Café, Easy Street Brasserie, Sky Blue , Butcher’s Chop House & Bar , The Mountain Grill at The Yarrow Hotel and High West Distillery.

Just for kids:

While parents explore art and music, the Kimball Art Center will offer a variety of kid-friendly, hands-on activities on the lower deck of its Main Street patio. The kids’ area will be open to the public during regular festival hours and tickets can be purchased to participate in one or more projects.

Activities will include tie-dying T-shirts, face painting by members of the Kimball’s Young Artists Academy, DIY postcards to mail to friends, make-your-own hats with artist Laura Mirale, and a scavenger hunt to complete as families walk the festival. Salt Lake artist Andrew Smith has created a kinetic water sculpture for kids to play in or for those who want to cool off.

According to Kimball Art Center education director Jenny Dierson, the kids’ area will provide fun for all ages with guidance from artists and volunteers. "Whether your kids are one and just want to scribble or play in the water sculpture, or they’re 17 and want to make a cool hat and hang out with their friends, there will always be something to do," she says.

New this year:

While many aspects of the festival including the BMI Music Café, Taste of Art and Festival After Dark are new this year, there are also specific events that have been added to the schedule to enhance the appeal for both locals and tourists.

Each night of the festival, an art-related film screening will be offered to attendees as well as the general public. On Friday, the Sundance Institute Film Series will present a free outdoor screening of "Mary and Max" (not rated) at City Park at 8:30 p.m. The Park City Film Series will show "The Thomas Crown Affair" (rated R) at 8 p.m. Saturday and "Herb and Dorothy" (not rated) at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Park City Library. Discounted $5 tickets will be offered to those with festival wristbands.

The Kimball Art Center will host panel discussions at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in its Main Gallery. Saturday’s talk will feature art collectors and museum directors discussing "How to Start an Art Collection" and Sunday’s topic is "Contemporary Art 101," a primer on understanding modern art. The discussions are free and open to the public.

"We get a lot of questions about art collecting and contemporary art and this is a chance for people to meet with experts and listen to different opinions on the same subject," Marrouche says.

More details:

A comprehensive guide to all things Arts Festival can be found on the Kimball Art Center’s website at http://www.kimballartcenter.org .

Summing things up, Marrouche praises the joint efforts of local groups, organizations and volunteers. "I’m really excited about how well this community has collaborated well together this year," she says. "We’re all providing such great entertainment together this weekend."