Park City Gallery Stroll gets green this month |

Park City Gallery Stroll gets green this month

ANNA BLOOM, Of the Record staff

In the spirit of spring, Friday’s Gallery Stroll promises to be green, from one gallery’s initiative to promote a sustainable stroll, to the young student film and artwork at the Kimball Art Center, to the return of a rehabbed six-foot bronze frog at Redstone Gallery.

Old Town photo gallery Thomas D. Mangelsen’s Images of Nature is spearheading the campaign to minimize the stroll’s waste. Images is also going to be inviting the non-profit group, Utah Open Lands, to discuss its mission as a land trust dedicated to preserving the wildlife, agriculture, historic and scenic values of Utah’s landscape.

"Each stroll we plan to have a nonprofit group (specifically focusing on groups that concentrate on wildlife and environmental issues) set up in our gallery," said the gallery’s general manager, Laura Allemen.

She explained the gallery will lead an initiative to "green the gallery stroll" by reducing the amount of disposable cups for coffee and drinks by offering reusable containers and washable, reusable cups.

"Our company has (and has always had) a very strong commitment to the environment and we decided that the gallery strolls are a great opportunity for us to show the public our ‘green’ side," Alleman said.

Images of Nature features Mangelsen’s work as a nature photographer, and is one of 25 galleries in the Park City area that participate in the stroll from 6 to 9 p.m. on the last Friday of every month.

New to this weekend’s stroll will be an 8:30 p.m. film screening of work from the Kimball Art Center’s introductory documentary filmmaking lab. The films are titled "Sk8alicious," "Maximum Occupancy" and "Park City Kids," and were planned, shot and edited by Park City area middle school students.

"The films that the students made are a little different than we thought but there was a lot of interest in construction and development," concludes Marcella Torres, the instructor for the course.

"Sk8alicious" interviews kids at Park City’s skate park, explained filmmaker Blake Peterson, an eighth grader from Treasure Mountain International Middle School. "Maximum Occupancy," discusses the response to the new Temple Har Shalom Synagogue and its impact on nature and the community. "We’ve been in the office complex for a long time," notes filmmaker Cole Sax who also belongs to the synagogue, "and there are a lot of people who think the architecture plans seem too modern."

Last week, during the editing portion of the course, "Park City Kids" filmmakers Noah Cohen, a seventh grader at Ecker Hill Middle School, and Graham Reynolds, his classmate, reflected their experience interviewing fellow classmates and strangers about his town.

They agreed the most interesting response came from the question: What do you not like about Park City?

"It took a lot of people a long time to answer, because they said what they liked, then all of the sudden, it’s like, wow," Cohen said.

The two report that the town’s development, snobby people and the structure of school-sponsored community service programs were the top complaints.

The nine budding filmmakers are anxiously awaiting the audience response to their work an exercise that is necessary and key to understanding the movie business, according to Torres.

"The kids learn a lot of different things about the film industry through taking the class and one of them is critiquing and also being able to premiere your film," Torres said. "It takes a lot of courage to show everyone what you’ve done. I think it’s very important for them to be proud of what they did and for other people to see their work It’s very important for them to have that experience."

The stroll coincides with the final weekend of the Wasatch Back Student Art Show as well as the Young Artists Academy show at the Kimball, an annual exhibit which showcases three dimensional and two-dimensional artwork from local students in kindergarten through high school.

Beginning at 6 p.m., for $5, Park City gallery strollers will be equipped with a map of gallery locations and offered Wild Oats hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by the Flanders, Miller, Car Trio, a saxophonist, guitarist and bassist who will play a mix of original songs and jazz standards.

The Kimball Art Center is located at 638 Park Avenue. For more information, visit .

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