Letters to the Editor
A sincere thank you from the Kimball Art Center for the 37th annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival.
What an arts festival! It seems to grow bigger every year. Festivalgoers had a wonderful time. The Kimball would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community and volunteers.
Thank you to Park City Municipal for all of the help with traffic control, signs, shuttles, security, parking and planning. All went smoothly. We enjoyed working with the Historic Main Street Business Alliance to install our artist booths along the center of the street, and to continue the free night for locals on Friday. So many of you have thanked us for the preview event on Friday, and we were happy to go the extra mile to offer this special opportunity for locals.
We just can’t thank our sponsors enough. They make the arts festival what it is today. A major part of the festival is the excitement surrounding the luxury car giveaway courtesy of Ken Garff Automotive. Thank you to our presenting sponsor Ken Garff Automotive and to all of our generous sponsors. Please look for the Kimball thank you advertisement in the Saturday issue of The Park Record for our complete list of the Kimball Arts Festival sponsors.
Word is spreading and we are gaining more visitors who stay in Park City for the whole weekend, which is great for local businesses. The more well known we become nationwide, the more prominent artists we attract for this event. This year approximately 800 artists applied to be a part of the festival and our panel of 12 jurors selected 220 of them. It is thanks to this notoriety that our festival offers such a high level of quality art for the festivalgoers.
We had more than 200 shifts of volunteers. What a great team. Thanks to the many helpful members of the Sunrise Rotary Club who showed up in full force. Our dedicated staff here at the Kimball Art Center is grateful for every effort by each group that helped with the Park City Kimball Arts Festival.
Pam Crowe-Weisberg, Kimball Art Center executive director, the Kimball Art Center staff and the Kimball board of directors.
I can’t help but react to the recent letter from Sally Calloway (visitor from Tennessee) criticizing the handicap accommodations at the recent Etta James concert at Deer Valley. I was seated very close to the west designated handicap seating area and it is very close to the stage. There was plenty of room in the west enclosure as well as the east handicap enclosure.
I also saw Terry Orr personally provide a wheelchair and bring a person to the east enclosure for better viewing.
It is unfortunate that Ms. Calloway had a bad experience and carries away a poor impression of our city. I think Terry and her volunteers do a great job. Possibly the lesson to be learned here is to communicate your needs to the volunteers. They are a wonderful group of people and are all willing to help the public.
Park City Arts (and Crafts?) Festival
I was incredibly disappointed this weekend as I walked up and down Main Street for the annual Park City Arts Festival. I counted at least four booths just for handmade hats (a craft, not an art), several with handmade clothing (again, a craft, not an art), some guy selling hand-built low-rider bikes (?), and was appalled by one of the last booths on lower main that featured handmade, life-sized dolls. What was so appalling? How about the large picture of one of their dolls on the throne reading a newspaper or the "housewife" doll bending over cleaning the floor?
That stuff doesn’t offend me at all. But this is supposed to feature quality art, something that seems to disappear more and more each year! I didn’t feel the quality of the artists this year (with the exception of a few) were even close to the Salt Lake City show and what you will find on the monthly Gallery Stroll.
As an artist myself, I really look towards this show for inspiration and to "ooh" and "ahh" over incredible art — not handmade hats. The photography didn’t move me and the paintings were just "ehhh." If the Kimball is going to lower the quality of the show each year they should call it what it is: Park City Arts and Crafts Festival and then dedicate the whole lower Main section to the Ken Garff automotive group and have car salesman harass us as we enter the show.
Don’t pack a gun, pack a dog
I read the essay called "Bone Woman" in The Park Record the other day. The writer tells about being haunted by a story of a woman who went out fly fishing and didn’t come back. The writer, a devoted fly fisher herself, solves the problem of her fear by packing a gun into her fishing vest.
I am also an avid fly fisher, and before I had kids, I’d often head out into quiet wilderness areas alone. Friends used to worry a bit about me — a woman alone — and more than one suggested that I get a gun.
I got a dog instead.
My wonderful, sweet-faced Jasper was a cupcake at heart, but would-be malefactors wouldn’t know that. We’ve all heard statistics about how often guns that were bought for self-defense end up being turned upon their hapless owners by more ruthless criminals, but I’ve never heard of a dog being used against his or her owner.
Some day, I hope we’ll realize that we need to find other answers to our problems than guns. Weapons certainly aren’t solving any issues in the Middle East. I don’t know if dogs are the answer either, but then again, a little more unconditional love in the world might be a good thing.
Many thanks to Friends of the Animals for helping Jasper and me find each other 10 years ago.
A sense of community
On Monday, I met with a worker in our community who is buying a house and wasn’t sure what the contract said. One call to Mayor Dana Williams — he has a lot to do, but he stopped, looked at the contract and had great references. In case you don’t know our mayor (sorry, your mayor), he gives out his cell phone when he isn’t in the office, and is always available.
Today, we sat on the porch of Sally Elliott with members of the police, the county, the city and the arts groups (we represent these groups, and are also friends). It’s not the first time Sally has been there, helping people in her living room and in the lift chairs on the porch. We wondered how this community has changed. I remember when Dolly’s burned, 16 years ago. We thought, have we changed? Did anyone care about the puppy chair? Or the swarm of kittens waiting for adoption, next to the non-fiction? Or all the struggles people went through to be a part of something they loved? Today, we sat on Sally’s porch, talked politics, caught up, and decided that this was a Park City moment.
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