Gallery stroll hopes to attract locals |

Gallery stroll hopes to attract locals

Greg Marshall, Of the Record staff

Don’t worry.

The 13-foot clay monument of Native American warrior Iron Horn posted inside Mountain Trails Gallery, 301 Main St., isn’t meant to frighten patrons away. In fact, Iron Horn draws people to the top of Main Street, says art specialist Erin Evans.

Wielding a rifle decorated with dream catchers in one hand and a spear in the other, Iron Horn is one of the pieces that will be on display at the Gallery Stroll Friday. Festivities are free at galleries in Redstone, on Main Street and elsewhere in Park City. The walk is officially scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m.

The stroll is one of the first big events on Main Street since the last ski resort closed for the winter season April 19. It’s typically a slow time for art sellers and other retailers, but also a good time for Summit County residents to enjoy art without battling crowds. "We want to make sure locals understand that the gallery stroll isn’t just to draw tourists," said Chris Meyer, the owner of Dancing Hands Gallery, 591 Main St. "This is a good time for people to relax. We want to be available for people 12 months a year to help make Park City an art destination," she added. Dancing Hands is one of about 100 galleries in the world to sell a unique brand of glass-blown art, Sculptural Objects and Function Art. That makes Meyer’s gallery, and others, sources of education and information, not just commerce.

Gallery strolls have remained well-attended events despite the downturn. In February, the Gallery Association unfurled banners on Main Street. The colorful flags brought near record numbers to the stroll in spite of the recession. Galleries in Summit County hope for more of the same magic this Friday.

The Park City Gallery Stroll is Friday, April 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Park City. Gallery Association brochures are available at participating galleries. The event is free and open to the public.