The annual Park City Kimball Art Festival is considered to be one of the top art festivals in the country. This 3 day event offers a multi-sensory artistic experience for artists, locals and visitors including visual-art exhibitions, live musical performances, interactive art demonstrations, kids’ art area, cuisine related activities, and art focused film screening.
Robin Marrouche, Executive Director of the Kimball Art Center tells about the upcoming event.
This year’s festival will feature visual arts, cuisine, live music on 2 stages and film experiences all weekend long.
FESTIVAL HOURS AND TICKETS – The festival is extended this year and will open an hour earlier on Friday, August 5th. Festival hours are Friday-5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Saturday, August 6th 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sunday, August 7th 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
COMPLEMENTARY ADMISSION FOR LOCALS ON FRIDAY NIGHT- Friday, August 5th is Summit County Locals Night. Admission for all Summit County residents is free on Friday night, August 5th, 2011. There will be locals “express” access at all 9 gates. The main gate is located at Heber Ave and Main Street. Out of town visitors are encouraged to attend on Friday night too. Weekend passes are available for $10.00. Children/Students $5.00.
TICKET PRICES- Tickets are $10 for a weekend pass. Friday-Summit County Residents are FREE. Adults: $10.00 each for a weekend pass; Children/Students 6-18: $5.00 each for a weekend pass; Children 5 and under: FREE. Saturday and Sunday-Adults: $10.00 each for a weekend pass; Children 6-18: $5.00 each for a weekend pass; Children 5 and under: FREE.
THURSDAY NIGHT ART AUCTION AND GALA FUNDRAISER – This year’s theme is BUILDING THE FUTURE OF ART featuring work from Kimball Art Center’s Young Artists’ Academy (YAA) and RELEVANT 2011 artists. The Kimball Art Center will host its annual Art Auction and Gala on Thursday, August 4th at 5:30pm to raise money for year-round programs. The event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, auction preview, seated dinner with artists, dessert and live and silent auctions. The Live auction will feature works from renowned artists, students of the YAA and work created as part of RELEVANT 2011. Silent auction items include work from featured artists at the festival. Tables for eight and individual tickets can be purchased online at www.kimballartcenter.org.
RELEVANT 2011 EXHIBITION – The RELEVANT 2011 show will feature a diverse array of artwork by this year’s resident and mentor artists as well as past alums for a total of 24 participants. The RELEVANT 2011 show runs August 6-September 11, 2011 in the Main Gallery.
TASTE OF ART – Showcasing the best cuisine Park City has to offer, this program was developed in conjunction with Park City’s incredible restaurants, cafés, and eateries to provide festival attendees a multi-sensory experience through food and beverage throughout the weekend. Participants will offer creative presentations and demonstrations, artful arrangements and sculptures, and pricing specials (e.g. two-for-one entrée special). The following restaurants are participating in this year’s program: Atticus Coffee and Tea House, Bangkok Thai, Butcher’s Chop House, Eating Establishment, Grub Steak Restaurant, High West Distillery, J&G Grill- St. Regis Deer Valley, La Niche, Leonardo’s, Main Street Pizza and Noodle, Reef’s Kitchen, Reyes Adobe, Shabu, Silver, Yuki Arashi Sushi and Zoom.
BEST OF SHOW ARTISTS- Don’t miss this year’s 2010 BEST OF SHOW ARTISTS located at the intersection of Heber Ave. and Main Street. Artists representing 10 categories-ceramics, drawing, fiber, metalwork, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood will be showcasing the best of their work. This year’s
2010 BEST OF SHOW ARTISTS are:
Ceramics-Don McWhorter, Carlton, GA; Drawing-Jennifer Cavan, Angel Fire, NM; Fiber-Lisa Telling Kattenbraker-Olympia, WA; Metal-Tim Sachak, Cedarville, CA; Mixed Media-Toby Mercer, Kalispell, MT; Painting-Erin Berrett, Salt Lake City, UT; Photography-David Mayhew, Fort Collins, CO; Printmaking-Steve Nowatzki, Minneapolis, MN; Sculpture-Frederick Prescott, Santa Fe, NM; Wood-Michael Thiele, Flagstaff, AZ. The 2011 BEST OF SHOW artists will be announced on Sunday, August 7th.
FESTIVAL AFTER DARK – Festival After Dark keeps the Park City Kimball Arts Festival going at night with options every night, all weekend long. Free activities include a Sundance Institute Outdoor Screening and Free Concert Series at the Canyons. Saturday night offers two great options, there’s something for everyone. As part of their Summer Concert Series at Canyons, The Famous String Dusters will perform on Saturday, August 6th at 6:00pm. In partnership with Sundance Institute, a free outdoor screening of “Exit Through The Gift Shop” will be held at Park City’s City Park on Saturday, August 6th at dusk, approximately 9:00 pm. Throughout the festival, you can also enjoy entertainment at Downstairs, located at 625 Main Street, on Thursday, August 4th – Revolver (Beatles Cover Band), Friday, August 5th – Bryon Friedman, Saturday, August 6th – Saturday Night Set Featuring DJ R.O.B. from Las Vegas, Sunday August, 7th – Arts Festival Closing Party featuring Ashlee K. Thomas Band. On Saturday, August 6th at 7:30pm, the Tibetan monks from the Sacred Earth and Healing Arts of Tibet Tour will be performing at the Jim Santy Auditorium. Check out the Deer Valley Music Festival at the Amphitheatre at Snowpark Lodge with Holst’s The Planetshe Planets, Friday, August 5th, 7:30 pm, and Broadway Rocks!, Saturday, August 6th, 7:30 pm. Don’t miss Big Stars Bright Nights, Park City Performing Arts event, Playing for Change, Sunday, August 7th, 7:00 pm in partnership with St. Regis Deer Valley.
OUTDOOR MUSIC STAGES – Due to popular demand, the Main Stage has expanded and has moved to the top of Main Street. Mountain Town Stages presents musical performances from various artists and bands to be held on multiple outdoor stages located throughout the Festival. Performances will be held on Friday at Miners Stage starting at 5pm and Saturday and Sunday on the Main Stage from 11:00am to 6:00pm. Festival wristband required for entry. The most updated list of musical performances available online at www.kimballartcenter.org.
BUDWEISER BEER GARDENS – Two beer gardens will be located at the top of Main Street and Miners Stage. Both locations serve beer and wine.
KIDS ART AREA – The popular Kids Art Area will be located at the lower patio and parking lot of the Kimball Art Center. The Kids Art Area includes free Face Painting sponsored by Rocky Mountain Power and a KSL Broadcasting Booth for kids to try their hand at news casting. A Scavenger Hunt will be available at all 9 gates for families to enjoy as they tour the festival. Additional activities will also be in the Kids Art Area.
FREE PARKING AND FREE SHUTTLE BUSES – Park City Transit has added extra buses. The locations for drop off and loading zones will be located at the Transit Center (off Swede Alley and Heber Ave) and new this year, at the intersection of Main Street and 9th Street. Free parking is available at Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR). Paid parking is available at China Bridge.
In addition to the 220 established artists from across the U.S. and Canada who have been selected to showcase their work in 12 categories – ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood, the festival presents young emerging artists, past Park City Kimball Arts Festival “Best In Show” winners and multi-year veterans, and many internationally- and locally-based artists. A complete list of selected artists is available on the official festival website, www.kimballartcenter.org.
“We’re showcasing the most talented artists in their respective fields to bring to our annual Arts Festival and raised the bar on programs like Taste of Art and Festival After Dark. As the largest three-day event in Park City during the summer, we work year-round to come up with innovative ways to create a multi-sensory experience for all of our patrons,” noted Robin Marrouche, Kimball Art Center, Executive Director.
About Kimball Art Center
The Kimball Art Center is the heart of Park City’s historic and vibrant arts community. We are a non-profit center for the arts, committed to engaging individuals of all ages in diverse and inspiring experiences through education, exhibitions and events. Visit www.kimballartcenter.org for more information and festival event schedules.
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