The Park Record editorial, July 28-30, 2010 |

The Park Record editorial, July 28-30, 2010

Supporting the arts in Park City is a picnic, literally

Park City is a year-round cultural hub thanks, in large part, to more than a dozen local nonprofit arts organizations. But this summer, it seems, they have outdone themselves, offering a nonstop schedule of gallery strolls, concerts and fairs. From Sundance Resort to Kimball Junction, the calendar is building to a crescendo that has out-of-town visitors, raving about the vast selection of musical, theatrical and artistic events.

But you don’t have to be a tourist to partake. Sometimes local residents need a reminder to get out of their work-a-day routines and take a fresh look at their surroundings. We suggest, first of all, packing a picnic and heading to one of the ski areas for an open-air concert.

Mountain Town Music, the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, Utah Opera, the Utah Symphony and the Park City Chamber Music Society all host concerts throughout town and throughout the week at a variety of venues. Joining in this month, Sundance Resort will be reopening its outdoor stage for a production of the musical "Big River."

There is an enormous palette of fine art and fun crafts too. Many local artists and others display their work Wednesday afternoons at the Farmers Market at The Canyons and on Sundays at the Silly Market on Main Street. Local galleries also have planned special strolls and receptions to introduce their featured artists and, in just over a week the core of the city will be devoted to the annual arts festival.

A friend recently posted an apt quote on Facebook: "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." It appears that Parkites and those who are visiting don’t have to go far afield to bathe themselves in culture and inspire their own sense of creativity.

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