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Kimball Art Center aims to uplift charities

Last year, the Kimball Art Center commissioned artists to redesign ski lift chairs and auctioned them off during a gala at Canyons Resort to benefit 20 charities.

The event raised $100,000, and since it was so successful, KAC and Canyons Resort are working together again for the second annual Charity Lift that will be held Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Grand Summit Ballroom from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

The event will be emceed by former Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton and co-hosted by two-time Olympic athletes Shannon Bahrke and Kaylin Richardson.

Although no chair lifts will be reimagined this year, KAC decided to continue calling the event the Charity Lift.

"We wanted to keep the name because we are uplifting charities at the year end, but we’ve changed the theme to fit the winter so the artists and Park City area corporations were able to create works for the auction that feature a winter theme," said Kimball Art Center executive director Robin Marrouche during an interview with The Park Record. "They could reclaim old winter sports gear to make these multi-media pieces and other works of art, and 50 percent of the money made through the silent auction will go to the charities of their choices."

This year, 25 corporations have chosen 25 charities or non-profit organizations to support, Marrouche said.

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"It’s kind of like the Live PC Give PC campaign that was held a couple of weeks ago, but focuses on corporate philanthropy," she explained.

To give people who can’t attend the Charity Lift, the auction is also being held on eBay at and will end the night of the gala, Marrouche said.

The night’s highlight, the Quick Draw, an on-site competition in which six artists are given a set time to create a work of art that will go up for sale once it’s finished, was inspired by a couple of western auctions in Jackson and Cody, Wyo.

"I had the opportunity to attend the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale this year in Cody and witness a Quick Draw," Marrouche said. "You can’t believe the energy and excitement that creates, and the people who attended got the opportunity to watch the creative process, while the artists sculpt and paint. They literally saw works of art come to life."

During the KAC event, six artists Nicolas Coleman, Peter Fillerup, Bill "Kranny" Kranstover, Josee Nadeau, Justin Pok and Steven Waggoner will each be given 90 minutes to conceive, create and finish a piece of art while a live DJ spins some tunes.

Once the time expires, the works will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

"During the competition, ballot boxes will be placed in front of each artist and the guests will vote on who they like best," Marrouche said. "We’ll count the ballots at the end and declare a winner."

The winner will land an exhibit at the Badami Gallery.

"So the public will program an art show for us," Marrouche said with a laugh.

Sculptor Peter Fillerup, known for his Pony Express bronzes, has participated in a series of Quick Draw competitions.

"They’re a lot of fun to do," Fillerup told The Park Record. "There’s a lot of pressure and you see how well you hold up. Rather than competing against the other artists, you’re really competing against yourself to see what you can knock out. You pull out the guns and blaze away and see if you’re standing when the smoke clears.

"Sometimes you score big and some days the bears get you," he said with a laugh.

The Kimball Art Center will host the second annual Charity Lift fundraiser at Canyons Grand Summit Ballroom on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and include a refreshment bar and complementary valet parking. They can be purchased by visiting