Julie Nester gallery moves locations
July 4, 2008
Three months ago, Julie Nester set about transforming Qual Paints on 1755 Bonanza Dr. into one of the largest art galleries in Park City. There were no internal walls, fewer windows and linoleum floors. "We gutted it and rebuilt from the inside," Nester said. The difference from Nester’s old space to her new one was dramatic.
Never mind the move was across the parking lot.
The new Julie Nester Gallery is 3,200 square feet, about twice the size of the old space. It has high ceilings and windows on nearly every side.
Since opening in 2004, Julie Nester Gallery has specialized in contemporary art and represents mid-career and nationally recognized artists. "We’re focusing on bringing art that’s never been seen in Utah," she explained.
The gallery features a number of large pieces on stark white walls, indoor and outdoor sculpture and plenty of storage space. The size of the gallery gives art room to breathe, Nester said. "There’s no way we would ever have this kind of space on Main Street," she said, and Park City is growing so much that we see plenty of traffic. People who want to find us find us. They found us in the parking lot and I hope they’ll find us on the corner."
The gallery departs from the mountain motif popular in many galleries in Park City and sells pieces ranging from $3,000 to more than $17,000. "I would say it’s a different level of sophistication," Nester said. "Some of the work here can be a little more difficult, a little more challenging."
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Nester was born in California and earned a degree in art from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she first worked in art galleries. Nester said she has spent the last 25 years in and out of the business.
She moved to Park City four years ago, when she decided to start a fine art gallery with her husband. "People moving into Park City are well-traveled and have sophisticated taste," she said.
Melissa Saltesz has worked under Julie for two-and-a-half years. Before that, she worked at galleries in New York City and Park City. "What Julie is doing is what I’m familiar with in bigger cities," she said.
The Julie Nester Gallery is hosting a relocation party and exhibition called "Moving Pictures" Saturday July 5, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1755 Bonanza Dr.
The gallery also plans to host a champagne and caviar social Sunday, July 13, as part of the Park City Food and Wine Festival.