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Guest Editorial

Richard Sheinberg Kimball Art Center Board Chair

Over the past two years the Kimball Art Center, Park City’s oldest nonprofit organization, has provided our community with an outstanding array of exhibits, art education programs and community outreach.

Recently the Kimball had over 1,100 school children tour Arte Latino! What an excellent experience for every one of those children to visit the art center, gain some art education and participate in an art project. Spanish classes as well as ESL students attended the art education tours conducted by Annie Kennedy, the Kimball’s education coordinator. The Arte Latino show has garnered overwhelming praise from both casual visitors and professional critics throughout the Intermountain region.

Over 260 students from Wasatch and Summit counties have submitted art for the annual Wasatch Back Student Art Show currently on display. The Kimball is proud to provide a forum for the presentation of artwork by our talented young artists.

During the summer school recess, the Kimball will again partner with the Racquet Club offering a series of classes for children enrolled in community-based and affordable summer programs.

Some of the outstanding exhibits over the past two years have been the Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post Holiday event, the William Morris glass art show and the Adam Bateman show, "Literal Sculptures." Complementing these shows, the Kimball has offered a steady diet of outstanding Utah artists including John Berry, Greg Ragland and T.K. Stephens, to name a few. The Kimball also presents a critical gallery talk accompanying each show that is free and open to the public.

Many of us have enjoyed the gallery strolls on the last Friday of each month. The Park City Jazz Foundation has partnered with the Kimball to provide great music for a number of these events. The Kimball has led the effort to improve the gallery strolls and to promote Park City as an art destination by forming the new Park City Gallery Association.

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The first weekend of August, the Kimball will host the 37th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival. The Kimball staff works over many months preparing to display the work of more than 200 artists and to extend hospitality to approximately 40,000 festival goers. The Arts Festival has become nationally recognized and more than 800 applications are juried for a limited number of exhibition spots. The Arts Festival also serves as the center’s major fundraiser of the year. For the second year, the Kimball, with the assistance of the city and the Main Street Merchants, is opening the festival on Friday night for Park City locals at no charge.

The Kimball is a proven asset to our community. The current staff, under the leadership of Pam Crowe-Weisberg, has made giant strides to establish the Kimball as a regional art center bringing outstanding exhibits of national and local artists before the community, while enhancing art education for school-age children.

With these wonderful exhibits and programs, both the board and staff of the Kimball want you to know that the welcome mat is out and the lights are shining brightly. We encourage participation by the Park City community. We sincerely believe that you will find the time you spend at the Kimball — whether as a visitor to one of our exhibits or as a participant in one of our programs — highly rewarding. Keeping up with what’s going on at the Kimball is easy – just visit http://www.kimball-art.org.