Bustling With Activity

By Laura Jackson

From its new ceramics studio to the restaurant opening of Uptown Fare and so much more, change has been good for Park City’s nonprofit Kimball Art Center. Its recent move last November to 1401 Kearns Boulevard in Bonanza Park, just a mile away from its former location, has provided much needed space for a beautiful and prolific expansion.

“The positive reactions and feelings from the public and students about our new building have really surpassed our expectations. It has a better flow for classes and school tours, fabulous exhibit space, a great new restaurant providing indoor and outdoor seating, a separate ceramics studio (Kimball Clay Studio), and is only a mile from Old Town,” explains Robin Marrouche, Executive Director.

With their two lots off Kearns Boulevard and Munchkin Road, there’s now easy access and parking for 60 spaces. The new exhibition space offers more square feet and space availability (four studios within the main building), as well as soaring 20-foot ceilings that allow for exhibit opportunities not possible before. Its new event rental space already proved successful during Sundance this year, where six successful events were hosted.

And you won’t believe what they have in store for this year’s annual fundraising gala. On August 4th, the 2016 Kimball Art Center Gala will include a live show of Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s new performance piece “The Way of the Rain” featuring Robert Redford and other nationally-renowned performance artists, dancers and musicians.

Her unique exhibit, “New Rain Art—Works by Sibylle Szaggars Redford”, will also run in the center’s Main Gallery August 4 through September 25. Having the space this year to host the gala on their own property is exciting for multiple reasons, especially since it means the ability to feature artwork during the event like never before.

Over 200 artists from around the nation will participate in the 47th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival August 12-14. Guests can look forward to over 30 live musical performances on three stages, more food trucks, and new kids’ activities including an amazing chalk artist. Be sure to note that this year, the festival will take place on the second weekend in August.

Kimball Art Center continues its enduring commitment to engaging locals and visitors of all ages in diverse and inspiring art experiences. Proceeds from the Art Festival allow the center to provide free, year-round art exhibitions, gallery tours and monthly Art Talks, as well as art education outreach to teachers, students and the community. For more information on its numerous community programs, please visit kimballartcenter.org.