Adventures in the Visual Arts
These adventures will guide you to discovering the many art forms that are woven into the fabric of the Park City-Summit County community everywhere you look (and in places you might not think to look, too!)
Breakfast of Champions
Start off your day of Art Adventure with a hearty breakfast at Deer Valley Grocery Café.
Located at the base of Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Village area, the Cafe is an upscale
cafeteria-style restaurant operated by the acclaimed Deer Valley F&B team, serving house-
made breakfast from 7:30-11:30am, with specialty coffees, pastries baked daily and a selection
of gourmet grocery items.
Don’t Miss: The Skillet Fried Dutch Baby is a spiced skillet pancake with poached
pears, candied ginger butter and a sprinkling of powdered sugar, served piping hot in a
cast iron skillet. Order it with a side of Niman Ranch apple sausage and you’ll be ready
to face the day with a smile.
Western Collection on the Mountain
Make your way up to Montage Deer Valley to view the hotel’s collection of original art in a private collection that represents the culture and heritage of the American West. Montage Hotels & Resorts has a commitment to museum-quality art, original, local art that evokes a unique sense of place at each of its luxury resort locations. Guests and visiting art lovers are welcome to take a self-guided art tour to learn more about the fascinating collection housed in the public spaces of the resort. Stop at the Concierge Desk to request a copy of their 150-page, art tour book containing artist biographies as well as information about all of the works in the Montage collection of paintings, sculptures and more.
Insider’s Insight: Many of the works on display at Montage Deer Valley were commissioned specifically for this hotel site. Be sure to check out the imposing 8-ft tall bronze depicting an early skier by Herb Mignery in the center of the main lobby, as well as numerous commissioned paintings by Luke Frazier, and other commissioned works by Doug Bouman, Ken Baxter, Bonnie Posselli, Marian Westall, and Hillary Parker.
LUNCH AT THE TOP OF MAIN
Color outside the lines and have lunch at Wasatch Brew Pub, the first brew pub ever in Utah, the State’s first brewery since Prohibition, and one of the first craft brewers in the U.S. Enjoy nuanced pub favorites with the whole family, like Niman Ranch Meatloaf, Wasatch Fish & Chips or Super Food Beet Salad, along with a frosty glass of Wasatch Brewery’s craft beer. Try the irreverently-named Polygamy Porter, the luscious Apricot Hefeweizen, or the malty Evolution Amber. Beer is served by the glass, pitcher, or growler, as well as in fifty cent “Taster” portions that allow easy sampling of several beer varieties.
Naughty, Naughty! Founder Greg Schirf was considered quite a maverick when he started brewing beer in Utah. He successfully lobbied the State Legislature to legalize brew pubs in 1987 and has continued his mission to liberalize Utah’s liquor laws with cheeky marketing campaigns featuring slogans like, “Polygamy Porter – Why Have Just One?”, and “Wasatch Beer: The Other Local Religion”.
Park City is home to over 20 art galleries displaying a vast array of art in many genres, mediums, and styles. Park City Gallery Association hosts the celebrated monthly “Last Friday” Gallery Stroll throughout the year, featuring exhibit openings, artist appearances and other special events. Many galleries are located in the historic district within walking distance, creating a rich accessible experience. Contact the Gallery Association for full details on member galleries, events, and the monthly Gallery Stroll.
There are plenty of opportunities to foster your creative muse. Kimball Art Center provides a central place for arts enthusiasts to explore the creative spark with a robust schedule of classes and workshops for all ages, abilities and mediums. Special for the holiday season, register for “Handmade Clay Tree Ornaments” (family-centered class on December 23 at 10am). The full calendar of KAC’s art classes is available on their website.
EXPLORE ADDITIONAL CLASS OPPORTUNITIES HERE
Art for All!
Summit County is rich with public art installations! Following the passage of the “Utah Percent for Art Act” in 1985, 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site-specific art at, on, or in the facility. Public art goes beyond the expected sculpture or painting – it includes terrazzo floors, etched glass, ceiling panels, textiles, stair railings, risers, pavers, planters, landscape, fences, grates, and more.
Find unexpected beauty throughout the community by taking a tour. Start with the Park City Public Art Tour, and travel farther afield to explore public art throughout Summit County.
Here are is a partial list of public art installations in Park City and Summit County to get you started:
Music to our Ears
Art Pianos for All is a local non-profit with a mission to bring back the piano as a centerpiece of music, community, art and fun in Park City and Summit County, Utah. Artist decorated pianos are placed in public areas to be played and enjoyed by all. Currently there are 11 tuned and playable pianos placed throughout the county. The latest installation is an upright player piano painted by artist Kylie Millward, at Summit County's Kimball Junction Transit Center.
Here’s a list of all the Art Piano locations:.
Miner's Hospital, Park Ave. Artist Sally Neilson.
Kimball Junction Transit Center. Artist Kylie Millward.
South Summit Aquatic Center in Kamas, lobby. Artist Sonny Luca.
Silver Star Cafe, plaza. Artist Renee Mox Hall.
Eccles Center at Park City High School, lobby. Artist TBD.
Old Town Transit Center, main waiting room. Artist Gincy Plummer.
Summit County Library, Ute Blvd. Artist Renee Mox Hall.
New Park Hotel, front entrance. Artist Nathan Florence.
Coalville City Hall. Artist Camille Vernon.
The MARC (Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center), 1200 Little Kate Rd. Artist Josee Nadeau.
National Ability Center, Quinn's Junction. Artist Kevin Arthofer.
So, make your way to one of the Art Pianos, pull up a stool and “tickle the ivories” for spell, enjoy the stylings of an inspired musician, or simply admire the art applied to the instrument. Music creates smiles and tapping feet, and makes the day brighter for all!
Community Art on Main Street
The city of Coalville partners with Summit County to host Artscape, an annual exhibition of sculpture by local artists, displayed along Coalville’s Main Street for a year. Residents vote to select the winner of the “People’s Choice Award”, and the award-winning piece of art is then purchased by the City for permanent display. Make your way through Coalville to see the winners on display, including an airplane, a dragon, a miner, and a paper airplane sculpture.
Dressed to Inspire: The 2011 People’s Choice winner, Leaf Dancer by Milt Neeley, a curvy female figure crafted of metal vines and leaves, has inspired engagement with the arts on a whole new level. Since its installation, residents have taken it upon themselves to dress the wire and metal figure in a variety of costumes. She has been a cook, a nun, Olympic swimmer, librarian, pioneer woman, circus ringmaster, firefighter, and more.
Park City/Summit County Public Sculpture
Fish 1374 Sullivan Rd, behind Old Miners Hospital
Snowflakes, 1374 Old Sullivan Rd, in front of Old Miners Hospital
Sound Garden, south of Skate Park on Poison Creek Trail, 1200 Sullivan Rd.
Franz the Bear, 560 Main St, Old Town
Miner, 405 Main St, Miner’s Park
Muses, 564 Swede Alley, outside Old Town Transit
Sheltering Aspens, south entrance to City Hall, 445 Marsac Ave.
Making Tracks, 2497 N SR 224
Flaco, Outdoor installation by Jamie Burnes, Art on Loan Program, 1250 Park Ave.
Air, in front of MARC, 1200 Little Kate Rd.
Bench and Bike Rack, Racquet Club Park, 1200 Little Kate Rd.
Symphony of Music, next to Dog Park, Quinn’s Junction
Sound Garden, along McLeod Creek Trail, behind Temple Har Shalom
Urban Tornado by Lenka Konopasek, at the Summit County Building in Kimball Junction
Bronze Elk by Clark Bronson, inside the Summit County Courthouse in Coalville, 60 N. Main Street
Park City Murals / Banners
Transit Center Mural – inside Old Town Transit Center, 564 Swede Alley
Life in Ontario Mine Mural – in tunnel along Poison Creek Trail, 780 Main St,
Deer Valley Dr. Tunnel Mural – in Rail Trail tunnel beneath Deer Valley Dr., near intersection with Bonanza Dr.
A Sacred Community - in tunnel along Poison Creek Trail, along Deer Valley Dr. near Marriott Summit Watch
Bonanza Tunnel – in the Rail Trail tunnel beneath Bonanza Dr., near intersection with Iron Horse Dr.
Banners at Ice Arena – inside Park City Ice Arena, 675 Gillmor Way
Comstock Tunnel Mural – in tunnel beneath Kearns Blvd at intersection with Comstock Dr.
Police Center Art – inside the Police Station Lobby, Park Ave. and Snow Creek Dr.
Surroundings – commissioned multi-media art installation by Danielle Wyckoff, inside entry hall to Park City Library, 1231 Park Ave.
Park City Bus Shelters
Good Book – Library Bus Stop, 1231 Park Ave
Copper – Skate Park Bus Stop, 1250 Park Ave
Flames – Park Ave Condos Bus Stop, 1751 Park Ave
Dogs of Bark City – Fresh Market Bus Stop, 1776 Park Ave
Dragon – Adolph’s Bus Stop, 1723 Kearns Blvd
Arts Kids – Learning Center Bus Stop, 2262 Kearns Blvd.
Wild Star – Silver Lake Bus Stop, 7620 Royal St. E.
You’ve worked up an appetite! Head over to Gateway Grille in Kamas for a phenomenal four-star dining experience that caters to fine dining, yet satisfies the appetites of hungry local farmers. Owned and operated for over 20 years by former Deer Valley chef, Sean Wharton with his wife Rebecca, this eatery offers everything from down home favorites like Buttermilk Fried Chicken, to chef’s specialties like Spice Grilled 14oz Choice New York Steak, and Grilled Salmon.
You’re in Good Company: Chef Sean Wharton also provides catering services for the community and has prepared meals for celebrities including Presidents Clinton and Bush, Mitt Romney, Stephen Spielberg, John Travolta, Richard Dryfus, Tony Danza, Geraldo Rivera, Cheech Marin, Danny DeVito, Rita Perlman, and many others.
EXPLORE ADDITIONAL ART EVENT OPPORTUNITIES HERE
IF YOU DECIDE TO STAY
In addition to getting the guaranteed lowest rates, booking your lodging here is another way to help sustain art in our local community. A portion of your booking goes back to the Park City Summit County Arts Council.