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The Kimball Art center is taking art to the streets

The Park Record editorial, Aug. 5-8, 2017


Whether it is the promise of mountain sunshine, refreshments, live music, or a combination of all three, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival annually attracts droves of visitors who otherwise might never set foot in a gallery or museum.

And that is something that, literally, makes Jordan Schnitzer jump for joy.

Schnitzer, whose fine art prints by Richard Serra are currently on display at the Kimball Art Center, is devoted to sharing his vast art collection with regional galleries and university museums, ensuring that smaller communities around the country have access to exhibits usually only found in New York City and Los Angeles.

Two years ago, when the Kimball Art Center moved off Main Street to a more modest spot in Bonanza Park, it was Schnitzer's collection of modern-day masters like Andy Warhol, Jeff Coons and Kara Walker that ensured the new location would draw a crowd.

Thursday, he regaled an audience at the Kimball with anecdotes about his own love affair with art. On the eve of Arts Festival weekend, Schnitzer delivered a timely reminder about the importance of art education. He praised the art center for filling in where public education is failing due to funding cuts and implored listeners to support emerging artists, local galleries and art centers.

"Buy something that speaks to you," he suggested.

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Even after amassing a collection of more than 10,000 prints, Schnitzer admitted he can still be swept off his feet by a work of art. "My knees buckle," he said.

Festival goers in Park City may not be the swooning type, but it is likely they will find a piece or two that fuels their imagination and begs to be taken home. This year's carefully curated artists are offering a spectacularly diverse palette of mediums and styles — and price points.

Friday afternoon, a crowd was already heading toward Main Street for the festival's opening, signaling what is sure to be a busy weekend – one that has an added resonance for art fans in Park City this year. The festival's growing popularity is a good indication that the city's plan to create a dedicated year round arts and culture district is likely to be an economic boon for the community — and one more reason for Schnitzer to return with another armload of knee-buckling art.

The Park City Kimball Art Festival is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6. Proceeds from the event help to support the Art Center's exhibitions and education programs.