37th Arts Festival to party on main
Main Street will transform into an arena of booths, art and music this weekend.
The Kimball Art Center will present the 37th Park City Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday.
"I think the consistency and quality of their art fare is the best in the country," said Bruce Larrabee of Larabee Ceramics in Park City. "It’s a good mix of people and patrons, which helps sell better. This festival is thought of high around country."
The numbers of artists that sent in applications prove Larabee’s point.
"We had about 800 artists apply to the festival; we had a panel of jurors select 220 artists," said Susan Thomas, the Public Relations coordinator of the Kimball Art Center. "So the quality will be very nice this year. It says a lot for the Kimball that the arts festival is spreading throughout the West. We still get emails and phone calls from people who want to apply. I think it’s incredible that 800-plus wanted to be involved."
Larabee, who travels around the country to various arts festivals every year, agrees.
"Anytime the competition is stiff, they will get high-quality artists," he said.
This year, the Kimball Art Center has expanded the Kids Corner and the music at the event. Thirty bands will play during the two-day celebration playing everything from jazz to blue grass and rock.
"The Hearts and Hands for Humanity will present the Midway Summer Home Tour on Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will tour seven homes in the Zermatt Resort. Tickets are $10 and are available at Stanfield Fine Art, 751 Main St., Day’s Market in Heber and Robert Duncan Studios in Midway. I’m really excited to have 30 bands over a two-day period and three lives stages. That’s 15 bands a day, five a day at top of main, middle and the Kimball art stage," Thomas said. "Everybody’s going to find music they love."
Larabee is one of 18 local artists that will participate in the festival. He will showcase fire porcelain, white stoneware, large in large interior design pieces and functional ware. His work will be brightly colored with red, blues and purples.
I have done (the Park City Arts Festival) every year since 1991," Larabee said. "The Kimball supports our local artists and no one is more appreciative of that as me. I travel all over the country and the people here treat me better than anywhere else in the country."
Judy Summer has participated in the arts festival since 1979. The local artist is going back to sculptures this year instead of her usual jewelry. She has also been impressed by the organization of Park City’s festival.
"I think the Kimball has been absolutely great, they’re forging ahead to make differences," Summer said. "I think that they have done a great thing for both the locals and the artists. I think that the setup gives people more of an opportunity to zigzag around if they want to."
Summer will offer "fanciful colorful pieces," she said. "They are horse subjects but they’re not realistic they are somewhat abstracted. They are getting far away from the cowboy art. The horses have bright colors with wild manes; they are all in the 12- to 24-inch range."
Summer is also showcasing a few metal pieces that she’s been working on for several years.
"These are polymer-clay enhanced with metal wires. They are really pretty and very unusual," Summer said. "As far as I know, I’m the only one that has taken it into this form. There are other polymer-clay pieces but mine are unique and one-of-a-kind. Each one is done from scratch and they have individual character."
Park City painter, Joyce Baron of Baron’s Best will be showing two different types of artwork.
"I will have large abstract colorful paintings with lots of texture and composition," Baron said. "My abstract paintings are filled with lots of mood and emotional pieces. They’re based on landscape.
"I will also show earrings and bracelet pendants fused dichroic glass. Dichroic glass has tiny particles of different precious metals in it that give it a great reflective quality in the pieces."
According to Baron, the dichroic properties give coloring to the glass that makes it unique.
"It changes with different types of light," Baron said. "People say it looks like it’s glowing. Each piece is unique. It’s a beautiful time to be in Park City. I think it’s going to be fabulous."
For more information of tickets and times, call the Kimball Art Center at 649-8882.
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