Area galleries bring in talent for the high season
For art lovers, Friday night will be the time to see Park City. That night, under the Main Street Christmas lights, the Kimball Art Center will host its monthly event, the Last Fridays Arts and Eats Gallery Stroll. The event, along with the holiday crowds, will attract a whole collection of visiting artists to the local galleries.
According to Susan Thomas, public relations manager at the Kimball Art Center 24 galleries have signed up to participate in the event.
"I’m excited for it, because in the midst of the holidays, it’s just so pretty to be in Park City," she said.
The Meyer Gallery, Terzian Galleries, Thomas Anthony Gallery, Coda Gallery and Stanfield Fine Art will all host events, along with the Kimball, which will host artist Peter Singleton, whose exhibit "Peter Singleton: Urban Typography," is currently on display in the Badami Gallery in the Art Center.
In addition to Singleton, the Kimball will also offer its usual hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, serving as a central location during the event.
"To go as a group and see the art, it gives it an extra sense of fun, I think," said Thomas. "I have a lot of friends in Salt Lake City who come up here for this. I think it’s nice. It gives people an incentive to go."
"The thing that’s cool about the gallery stroll is, it’s great exposure for the artists," said Karen Terzian, owner of Terzian Galleries.
Friday evening, the Terzian Galleries, located at 309 Main Street, will host painters Clay and Rebecca Wagstaff, a husband and wife duo from Southern Utah, from 6-9 p.m. Both have their own styles.
Clay favors expansive landscapes with subtle color variations and geometric influences.
"He’s probably one of Utah’s most well-known living painters," said Terzian.
Rebecca, on the other hand, paints still-lifes featuring items like pieces of fruit, flowers and her daughters’ drawings. The drawings feature a style reminiscent of Renaissance-era artists.
Terzian said that while Rebecca is not quite as well-known as Clay, it’s not for lack of talent.
"Rebecca is not only the wife of Clay, but a mother of two and hasn’t been able to paint on a full-time basis because of the kids," Terzian noted.
The couple’s show at the Terzian Gallery will drawn on their whole family.
"When we do our exhibition," said Terzian, "both of their daughters, who are, not surprisingly, very talented little artists, are going to have some of their works on display as well."
She said prices have not yet been set on the girls’ works. But Terzian said they should bring a little something extra to the show.
"I feel that having this fun show, including their daughters, will be a really fun family event," she said.
One door up the street, the Meyer Gallery, at 305 Main Street, will hold a show of its own, featuring landscape painter Shanna Kunz from 6-8 p.m.
"She’s definitely a Utah artist," said Nancy Samson, the gallery’s fine art consultant.
In her works, Kunz uses a relatively tonal palate and a detailed brush-strokes to create scenes with and impressive, ephemeral sense of light. They give their viewers the impression of a landscape viewed through a screen.
Kunz will be present for the show, which will feature jazz from Faith Sandberg.
"We love the gallery stroll because it’s involvement with the community and it’s a chance for all the galleries to work together," said Samson. "Gallery strolls are a tradition in arts communities and we’re happy to participate in that tradition."
Thomas Anthony Gallery
A bit down the hill at 340 Main Street, the Thomas Anthony Gallery will host another artist reception with painter Michelle Samerjan from 6-9 p.m.
"All of her pieces include antiquities and fabrics from China and the Orient," noted Carolyn Bruski, who owns the gallery with her husband, Tom.
"That probably sets her apart from all others," Carolyn added.
Samerjan’s works, she noted, range from figurative to abstract, but almost all include a pronounced sense of texture, with textiles, trinkets, artifacts and other pieces all incorporated into the works.
Bruski said the gallery scheduled Samerjan’s visit independently of the gallery stroll.
"We just had and incredibly successful show with her last year and the people who are in town at this time of year just seem to love her stuff," noted Bruski.
Coda Gallery, located at 804 Main Street, will host painters, Cassandra Barney and Sandra Pratt. Barney is a painter, originally from Orem, who is known for her portraits of women.
"They’re very feminine," said Coda’s Jenefer Schumacher. "They have a lot of personality and a lot of soul."
Barney’s works, she said, focus on heroines and everyday women. They appear with a keen attention to detail and a firm sense of character, usually single against a solid background.
Pratt’s work, on the other hand, emerges from swaths of paint forming shapes, and occasionally, forms.
"She paints with a palate knife," said Schumacher.
The works, she added form without fussing. They appear quickly and come as much from Pratt’s memory as anything else and carry a quick, loose look, but still retain at least a trace of realism.
Pratt will not be able to appear in Park City, but Barney will be present, according to Schumacher.
The event for art lovers
Other galleries will likely have their talent present as well, as the town kicks into high gear for the season.
The artists are all part of the gallery stroll, particularly at one of the busiest times of year, according to Thomson.
"A lot of the galleries are having their artists on hand this week," she said. "We have more people in town , so it should be a pretty exciting turn out." The event, she added, should be a wonderful one.
"For us at the Kimball, in particular, it’s just got a really nice holiday feel," she said. "It’s really fun to see the decorations and the festive atmosphere for the holidays."
Doubtlessly, many gallery stroll patrons will agree. Park City does have a particular charm during the holidays, and on Friday night, it should be in full display.
Tickets to the Last Fridays Arts and Eats Gallery Stroll are $5 and are available the night of the event at the Kimball Art Center, along with maps and a list of participating galleries and restaurants. For more information about the event, go to http://www.kimball-art.org or call 649-8882.
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