What’s the buzz at the PC Marc? It’s soon to be a new kinetic sculpture suspended from the rafters, with whirling balls, racquets, skis, gears, and gravity drops. When an RFP went out for artwork to add to the facility, the specifications were that it encapsulate Park City values promoting a sense of play, community, and discovery. Mike Wong is a PCCAPS (Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies) volunteer mentor, a Park City High School graduate (’96), and an industrial engineer by profession. He submitted the winning design to the City, with a plan to engage and empower the PCCAPS students to create a tantalizing, community-based project.
Jordan Daines is a fine art painter who studied in Florence, Italy with the master Masri Haysaam. During her studies at Caine School of the Arts in Logan, Utah, Jordan connected to the Italian painter giving her the opportunity to enhance her knowledge of art and its discourse. Jordan graduated with a BFA at Caine expressing herself in a most individual way. Her current work with oil on wood panel and canvas is a thick painterly style showing a love of color. Her work is bold and overtly representational.
On Saturday June 3rd, the second annual Latino Arts Festival, produced by the Christian Center of Park City, will celebrate and showcase our local Latin culture. Approximately one-quarter of Park City’s population is from Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South American countries like Peru, Argentina, and Bolivia. The one-day Festival brings this diversity to light and creates a fun and colorful way for people from Park City and the surrounding areas to better understand and experience the heritage, traditions, and creativity of our Latino community.
The Park City Education Foundation (PCEF) supports education from just about every angle one might imagine, and fortunately for Park City students, one of their target priorities is the arts. Thanks to their many donors, PCEF will provide $150,000 in funding for various arts programs this year alone, $100,000 of which will go to fund Elementary Visual Art (EVA).
In Park City, it’s sometimes difficult to know when summer has really arrived. Summer is more of a feeling than it is a defined season around here, as it can snow at any time, and it often does. Parkites feel like it’s summer when the outdoor concerts begin, and our community flocks together, picnicking to live music in the extended twilight hours of the day. Several local nonprofits will soon make these hills ring with outdoor summer shows, drawing locals and visitors of all ages to a handful of outdoor venues.
If you’ve spent much time in Park City, you know that the excitement doesn’t stop just because the slopes are closed for the season. In fact, summer brings an abundance of fun, family-friendly arts and culture activities from festivals and markets to special events like Savor the Summit and 4th of July to fill up your calendar.
Although there’s some argument as to who first coined the phrase, it’s nonetheless widely accepted that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Perhaps no one has been more flattered over the years than famed author Jane Austen – movies, parodies, reimagined novels, and now, a musical. Coming to Park City’s Egyptian Theatre in May, Emma – A Pop Musical is the modern day retelling of Austen’s similarly precocious Emma.
Growing up in Utah, artist Ruby Chacón saw few representations of her Chicana life and experiences in the art and history books that surrounded her. The stories she heard were about her father being segregated in the Monticello schools of his childhood, punished for speaking Spanish; or her mother, baptized at the old Guadalupe church in Salt Lake City or playing around the train tracks that separate downtown from Salt Lake’s west side. From now until June 4th, over a decade of Chacón’s work can be viewed at the Park City Library. The exhibit entitled Honoring My Community: A Collection from 2005-2016 provides a window into a rich part of Utah’s history told through the lens of a Utah native.
The Kimball Art Center believes that accessible creative outlets lead to a well-balanced lifestyle. Their summer art camps provide a makerspace for creative kids and teens. By sourcing local teaching artists along with visiting artists from around the country, students enrolled in Kimball Art Center summer art camps receive one-of-a-kind artistic experiences that help them feel inspired, gain confidence in their personal creative process, connect with their peers, and learn new skills and techniques.
Mahala Ruddell, Research Coordinator at Park City Museum, has always been interested in history. She shares, “As a kid, I was always reading books and dressing up in historical costumes. I loved going to museums and historical sites. By the time I got to college, I'd decided to turn my love of history into an actual job.”
April arrives, the weather gets cantankerous, ski resorts close, and Parkites long for summer to appear. What better way to bridge the gap than to head to the theatre? For over 15 years, the Park City community has looked forward to the end of April when The Park City Follies take the stage at The Egyptian Theatre. The Follies features an all-local cast that spoofs and lampoons all things Park City. From politics to transportation to community developments, no topic is considered taboo. If you’re a local, it’s an opportunity to remember the big issues from the year, laughing and cringing alongside your neighbors. If you’re a visitor, The Follies offer a special window into Park City and its local culture.
With its world-class ski resorts and miles of hiking and biking trails, Park City is widely known for its year-round outdoor activities. What’s perhaps less known, however, is the diversity of the Park City visual art scene. From contemporary to traditional, and from sculpture to oils and experimental mediums, the galleries in Park City offer the perfect cultural complement to the great outdoors. Of course, you can explore the many galleries on any given day, but The Last Friday Gallery Stroll is the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience the arts as an organized event. This free community activity takes place all year long on the last Friday of each month and is presented by the Park City Gallery Association (PCGA) and its members.
Native American basket weaving traditions come to Park City! Check out the kids, family, and adult workshops taking place at the Kimball Art Center April 21, 22 and 23. Visiting Artist Stephanie is an enrolled member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. She is Santiam and Yoncalla Kalapuya, Cow Creek Umpqua, Takelma Rogue River, Clackamas Chinook and Iroquois. She grew up listening to her mother, my Chich (Grandmother in Chinuk Wawa) and aunties telling stories of her family’s weaving traditions.
SPIRITED: Prohibition in America, is the temporary exhibit at Park City Museum appropriately located in the Saloon. Donna Kozlowski, Park City Chamber staffer assigned to the museum says, “This is one of the best exhibits we've ever had. It's so much more than just prohibition, it’s about the whole era.” Videos, photos, fashion, memorabilia and storyboards illustrate life in the USA during that era and the concerns which led up to the enactment of the 18th amendment.Be sure to visit before it closes on May 25.
Since the fall of 1999, the Park City Film Series, has brought films to Park City and Summit County that are often not readily available at larger, commercial theaters. Most weekends you can find screenings Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 6pm, at the Jim Santy Auditorium. The auditorium seats 400 patrons and is located at 1255 Park Avenue, in the historic building that originally housed the high school. From documentaries to independent film to special community screening events, the Park City Film Series takes its service to our community seriously. And nowhere is that commitment more evident, perhaps, than during spring break.
If you’re a poetry buff, budding poet, or just generally interested in all things literary, then you probably know that April is National Poetry Month, a full 30 days designed to celebrate and honor the art of poetry.
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Bruno Sammartino, dubbed 'THE LIVING LEGEND' for holding the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship for over 11 years, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013. The documentary in post-production at Park City Film Studios, however, is not about his famed career but the road he traveled to get there.
Fine art painter, Maria Zielinska lives in Park City, Utah where she maintains an art studio. Her wonderful canvases are inspired by nature and the happenings she sees around her. She expresses herself in broad brush strokes and a compendium of wonderful colors which stimulates the viewer's imagination. Her sense of composition is impeccable. No matter if the subject is deftly defined or loosely interpreted, the observer’s emotion fills in and one experiences nature from Maria's point of view.
On Monday, March 20 at 7pm in Jim Santy Auditorium, Leadership Park City hosts their 10th annual Community Lecture, this one featuring speaker, David Pottruck, former CEO of Charles Schwab. His book Stacking the Deck: How to Lead Breakthrough Change Against Any Odds, is an honest, practical guide for aspiring leaders. Pottruck, is the most recent in a long line of remarkable people who have presented at the free Community Lecture series.