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Friday is Locals’ Preview for Arts Fest

Greg Marshall, Of the Record staff

Jayson Murray lives in an apartment above Dolly’s Bookstore on Main Street. During the Park City Kimball Arts Festival each year, Murray has to dodge through crowds outside his door and compete for parking spots in China Bridge.

The festival typically attracts thousands of tourists and features more than 200 artists hawking wares up and down the historic street.

Still, Murray shrugs off the notions that the two-day art sale warrants a scowl from locals. "I don’t find it inconvenient," he said. "I never really have any issues. They do a good job keeping people moving through."

The locals’ preview sweetens the deal for residents like Murray. Although the arts festival doesn’t officially open its gates until 9 a.m. Saturday, patrons can wander the street Friday for free. The evening is informal no proof-of-residency required but a tradition nonetheless for some locals.

Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $10 for adults. Kids 6 to 16 are $5.

The festival opens at 9 a.m. both days and closes at 8 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Artists begin setting up booths Friday at 6 a.m., and by evening nearly all of the 220 sellers from around the country are open, some to sell merchandise, others to offer a preview. The evening promises to attract crowds because it runs concurrently with the Park City Gallery Stroll and the KPCW Summer Bash at the Town Lift Plaza.

The stroll, which is free, begins at 6 p.m. and features a variety of artists and exhibits on Main Street, north of Main, Redstone and elsewhere. The summer bash, also free, features Motherlode Canyon Band.

Artists will be both on the street and in galleries. Visual artist Mark Knudsen will exhibit his work at the Kimball. Coda Gallery welcomes painter Melissa Peck, McCarthy Gallery hosts Russian impressionist Victor Nikolavich Butko and Gallery MAR hosts painters Mary Scrimgeour and Ron Russon.

Whether locals simply meander through the booths or hunt for artwork, the goal of the preview night is the same: inclusion. "We love our locals and we want them to get them a sneak peak," Jenny Diersen, the Kimball’s education coordinator, explained. "We want to let people know that we are part of the community and the community is part of us."

The Park City Kimball Arts Festival runs Saturday, Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and runs through Sunday, Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.