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Local artists to spread holiday cheer in Oakley

The Park City/Summit County Arts Council wants to celebrate the holidays with affordable style.

That’s the reason it’s teaming with the Starving Artist Exchange for the first Holiday Art Sale and Christmas Celebration that will be held in Oakley on Friday, Dec. 9.

The festivities will take place in both Cattlemen’s Hall and Oakley Town Hall from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The event is another way for Eastern Summit County artists to show their talents and sell their works, said Kathy Hunter, executive director of the Park City Summit County Arts Council.

"The Arts Council started meeting with these artists four years ago and asked what they would like in terms of arts and culture in their towns," Hunter told The Park Record. "One of the things that was continually mentioned was for us to provide more opportunities to showcase local artists."

Since the Arts Council presents a summer festival, Hunter said the board decided to hold a winter event.

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"The goal is to showcase Summit County artists visual arts, music and give the community an opportunity and a place to celebrate the holiday and find unique and affordable gifts and enjoy activities with their families," Hunter said.

The idea of holding the event in both Cattlemen’s Hall and Town Hall emerged out of necessity.

"We expect to have 30 artists booths and to compensate not being able to hold the event outside on a bigger site, some of the artists will be set up in Oakley Town Hall, which is across the street from Cattlemen’s Hall," she said.

The booths feature everything from sterling silver jewelry to sketches, paintings, photography and pottery, Hunter said. The Park City Professional Artists Association will sell handmade ornaments and raise money for the Judy Taylor Scholarship fund for local students.

"The artists will have originals and prints to sell, as well as other small items and cards," she said. "Artists will also present textile art handmade scarves, pillows and hats.

Also, two local children’s book authors Corinne Humphrey and Jayanne Sindt will be on hand to sign and sell their books.

"We’ll have two local food vendors The Samak Smoke House and County Store, who will do gift packages, and Red Bicycle Breadworks," Hunter said. "We’ll also have some hot chocolate and cookies available."

The art show will also include live music provided by local musicians and the Park City Singers.

"They will perform their first Eastern Summit County concert at the art show," Hunter said about the Park City Singers. "We are so excited."

Families will also get a chance to make their own holiday ornaments and take a horse-drawn sleigh ride.

"Cattlemen’s Hall and Town Hall are basically right across the street from each other, but we’ll have the sleigh rides, complete with blankets to keep riders warm, that will take the riders from one door to the other after they do a short trip around the block where all the houses are decorated and lit up for Christmas," Hunter said.

The catalyst for the Holiday Art Show and Sale was the Starving Artist Exchange, a local shop that sells items from local artists, Hunter said.

Alisha Niswander, who co-owns the Starving Artist Exchange with Katie Stellpflug and Cassidy DuHadway, said they met with the Park City Summit Arts Council a few months ago to talk about the Holiday Art Show.

"We wanted to be involved with something down there because our space at the exchange isn’t big enough to hold a sale with multiple artists," Niswander said. "We needed a little extra help in getting a bigger space and manning the event."

Niswander also wanted to hold a show in Oakley to give the artists a less intimidating place to sell their works.

"A lot of the artists haven’t done this before, so to hold the event close to home will be more comfortable for them," she said. "They will be in their own territory, and that will encourage more artists to get involved, which will bring in a whole new eclectic mix of artists that we don ‘t usually get to see, and besides a small booth fee to cover the overhead, the artists will be able to take home all the money they make."

The Starving Artist Exchange will also hold an opportunity drawing during the show, Niswander said.

"We’ll have a huge basket of goods that were donated by the artists who show with us to raise a little bit of money for the Summit County Arts Council to kind of offset the cost of marketing the event," she said. "Opportunities like this are perfect for us to be a face in the community and get people involved in our vision. It should be fun."

The Park City/Summit County Arts Council and the Starving Artist Exchange will present the first Holiday Art Sale and Christmas Celebration on Friday, Dec. 9, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Cattlemen’s Hall and Town Hall in Oakley. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.pcscarts.org.