Park City’s other art fair
July 20, 2012
The Redstone Art Fair returns to the Basin this weekend for its third year, drawing sculptors, painters and jewelry-makers from across the country.
The juried festival focuses on the art itself, not on entertainment, according to AnaBelle Dweck, spokesperson for the festival.
"We have 100 artists from around the nation coming to this arts festival and don’t want music or food vendors to be a distraction from the amazing art pieces," she said.
The event is being put on by Howard Alan Events, a Florida-based company that organizes similar fairs in Colorado, including the Downtown Aspen Arts Fair.
Dweck said the fair will have something for everyone, whether their taste is modern or eclectic.
"Some pieces at the fair are $25 while other art pieces price tags are closer to $25,000," she said. "We wanted a wide variety of prices so original art will appeal to more people."
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Salt Lake City artist Stephanie Saint-Thomas has shown her work at the Redstone Art Fair for the past two years and said she is excited to be able to talk to the customers and see how the judges like her pieces.
"For me, the fair is a great excuse to spend a weekend outside in Park City and take part in this growing show," Saint-Thomas said. "This event is a lot different than the Park City Art Festival because it just focuses on the art and allows people to engage with the artists."
Saint-Thomas describes her pieces as "wearable art" and said she focuses on nature and uses brilliant colors to bring her pieces to life.
"I do art fairs all over the country and this is one of my favorites," she said. "It is free for visitors, there are a lot of places for people to park and there is something for everyone."
While the fair is still young, Dweck expects it to turn into a Park City tradition as more residents and artists take part.
"The first year was a little slow because we held it right after the Park City Arts Festival," Dweck said. "But our second year we saw a lot more people check it out, probably 20,000 people visited the fair over the weekend. As more residents visit and tell their friends, we think the popularity of the event will grow. It is a great way to spend the day outside looking at beautiful work."
The Redstone Arts Fair will be held on Redstone Center Drive in the Basin on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entrance is free.