Young Artists take seat at auction |

Young Artists take seat at auction

Greg Marshall, Of the Record staff

The Kimball Art Center’s auction and gala is the annual kickoff to the Park City Kimball Arts Festival. But it was also a night of firsts for students in the Young Artists’ Academy.

The teenagers from the Kimball’s free after-school art workshop saw their items auctioned alongside the work of professionals Thursday night. The auction was the culmination of more than a year’s work for the students, who used major artists such as Salvador Dali and Roy Lichtenstein as inspiration for painted chairs.

Emma Johnson, an incoming sophomore at Park City High School, said the project help expand her idea of art. "It’s taken me from just paper and pencil to mixed media," she said. "Anything can be art."

The chairs were auctioned for $500 with proceeds going the Kimball’s education programs and to the young artists themselves.

Cheyenne Lynsky, whose chair features Salvador Dali, plans to use any auction money toward a school trip to Europe. Still, she admitted that it would be hard to part with her project.