Local Artist Profile: Don Weller

Don Weller loves the west and finds a treasure trove of inspiration living in Utah. He admires the works of C.M. Russell, Will James and George Phippen but learned to loosen his drawing methods and brush strokes by studying the impressionists. By combining the two, his distinct paintings trigger the imagination and cultivate an appreciation for the beauty of the west and the ongoing traditions of its history.

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New Direction for Park City High School Theater Program

Rick Kimball, the new theater teacher at Park City High School grew up in a Navy family, moving every three years -- elementary school in California, Middle School in Maine, and High School in Japan. Rick was 23 when his father retired in Utah, and he followed the family here. While a senior in High School, Kimball's English score wasn't up to par, so needing extra credit to graduate, he agreed to play the role of a super awkward student in a one act play and it changed the direction of his life.

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Get Creative and Show Your Artwork at the Summit County Fair

The annual Summit County Fair brings the community together for a week of food, fun, exhibits, demonstrations, contests, and rides. In addition to the demolition derby (always a locals favorite), the livestock showings, the 4H displays, parade, pie baking contest, and the little buckeroo rodeo, the Fair hosts the Fine Arts Tent which gives local artists the opportunity to share their creative work with the public. Admission to all Fair events is free and a full schedule of activities is available on the Fair website.

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Joshua Robinson in Cabaret: A key role for all time

The Cabaret Emcee must distract his patrons and let them forget about political and economic chaos outside. Joshua Robinson, in his first lead role succeeds as Emcee. As a kid, Joshua felt a powerful connection with Joel Grey's 1972 movie performance. He wanted to play this role not only due to its incredible message, dark humor, and openly queer themes, but also to be that representation for others like himself. “Very few roles embody a strong queer character who can be as feminine and wild as he pleases. Even fewer aren't the butt of a joke or a caricature of a LGBT individual. When I was young and out, I searched to find my place in a very conservative environment, tried to find other people like me.”

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One Voice Children's Choir: A 2002 Olympic Legacy

Those attending Mountain Town Music's July 5th Wednesday concert at Deer Valley were treated to a real bonus. The opening act, ONE VOICE Children's Choir, originated from a group of children who sang at the 2002 Winter Olympics under the direction of Masa Fukuda and were so powerfully impacted by the experience they asked to continue to sing together.

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MusicBarbara Bretz
Historic Home Profile: Part of Park City Culture

Historic homes are part of Park City’s charm and culture. Eric Younger and wife Debi have been in Park City for about 27 years but the house they call home, has been here much longer. Built in the late 1880's, the house has been expanded, upgraded and renovated over the decades perched on its lot at 1027 Woodside Avenue.

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CultureBarbara Bretz
YouCreate Lab at Park City Library

The YouCreate Lab, at the Park City Library, is a collaborative community space with state of the art software and equipment. This new space encourages the development of 21st Century Skills, such as information, media, communications, and technology literacies, which are essential for today’s global economy.  The Lab provides everyone in the community with opportunities to pursue their creative aspirations whether that is digitizing family slides, creating art, movies, apps, or animation. The Lab includes equipment that can be used in the library as well as borrowed.

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Functional Art on Parade: Zafod Beatlebrox Profile

Main Street Park City is lined with galleries featuring art of every kind but during the Fourth of July parade.....the biggest and most interesting art projects will be cruising down the middle of the street. Keep an eye out for 'THE FROG PRINCE', designed and owned by local artist Zafod (pronounced Zay-Fahd) Beatlebrox and 'THE PILOT FISH', designed by Zafod and owned by Park City physician, Dr. Harry Adelson. “Another favorite entry from past years was 'THE DOUBLE COMFORT VAN', which was two 15 passenger vans welded together back to back to make a 'push-me pull-you'.” Zafod, well-known for his functional art, which creates a thing of beauty out of ordinary objects, has super-sized his creations by using his scientific and mechanical skills to create the fantastic cars which appear in our local parades and joined other unique creations at The Burning Man Festival, held annually in Nevada.

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East Summit County Entertainment

Get out your summer calendars and take some notes. Entertainment opportunities abound....not only in Park City but also on the east side of our county. From the rodeo to live music and the County Fair, check out what the Eastside has to offer.

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CultureBarbara Bretz
The View From My Door

Community Created Public Art
May 19-July 21
Closing Party, July 25, 6-7:30pm

Visitor's Information Center
1794 Olympic Parkway
Park City, UT

The View From My Door produced by the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board engaged Summit County locals in the creation of the exhibit, featuring photography submitted by residents, artists and non-artists alike.

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Open CallsHadley Dynak
Music on the Library Patio

The remodel of the Park City Library, created a wonderful new indoor facility and an awesome outdoor patio used for a multitude of activities including the newest venue for music in our community. Kate Mapp, Adult Services Librarian explains, “The 'Music on the Patio' series is a partnership between Park City Library and Mountain Town Music.  It's funded by the Friends of the Park City Library and Park City Coffee Roaster (who operates our coffee shop in the library). Our vision is for the library to become the community’s living room of knowledge, opportunity, and innovation.  Just as we are incorporating the visual arts into our library space we wanted to include the musical arts and the patio seemed like the perfect space.” The concerts occur on Wednesdays from 10:30 am to 1 pm and will be a great spot for a picnic or a brown bag lunch!

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Park City Summer Event Preview

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.

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FestivalsDana Craig
Book Signing: A Walker's Guide to Park City

Local author, Dr. Beverly Hurwitz, discovered Park City as a skier in the early 70's and visited many times before moving here in 1990 from Syracuse, New York for the Park City lifestyle. To stimulate locals and tourists to embrace walking as exercise, recreation and transportation and to promote walkability in Park City, Dr. Hurwitz has written A WALKER'S GUIDE TO PARK CITY. The paperback provides maps and directions for 30 local routes through urban and wild landscapes, along with photos and pearls about local history and ecology. Dr. Beverly Hurwitz will be at Dolly's Bookstore on Sunday, June 11 from 1 to 3 pm to sign copies of her just published book, A WALKER'S GUIDE TO PARK CITY.

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Noches de Verano En Parque De La Ciudad

You don’t have to be in Park City for long before you hear about Mountain Town Music, the nonprofit organization that programs live music performances at several venues throughout, not only Park City, but all of Summit County. Their latest creation is Noches de Verano En Parque De La Ciudad, a Monday night series of Latino music, art, and food, designed to share this unique culture as part of the Park City community.

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Open Air Art Space: Personalized Visual Arts instruction

Open Air Art Space provides rentable studio space to artists, a supportive and collaborative environment for artistic growth, and classes and workshops for artists to get direct, one-on-one instruction improving their knowledge and skills. After experiencing teaching methods offered by private art schools, universities, Italian classical academics, direct mentorship, and workshops by some of today’s top artists, David Riley, launched the Open Air Art Space instructional program using a unique blend of teaching methods that allows students to grow as artists while creating the artwork that they are interested in.

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20th Annual Summer Sundance Film Community Screenings

Park City summers bring more hours of daylight and plenty of reasons to be outdoors, so you might be reluctant to sit inside a dark theatre to watch a film. But what if you could combine great film with the outdoors? Sundance Institute’s Summer Film Series is a chance to do just that. This summer marks the 20th consecutive year of free outdoor film screenings curated and presented by Sundance Institute.

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FilmDana Craig
Peter Pan in Park City

If someone asked you where to go to experience world-class theatre, you might suggest London’s West End, Broadway, or even San Francisco or Chicago. But what if you could stay in your own community and, for a fraction of the price, always be assured of the best seat in the house? With National Theatre Live that’s exactly what you can do! Katharine Wang, Executive Director for the Park City Film Series since 2012, says that National Theatre Live is a way of capturing award-winning theatrical productions from the West End of London and making them accessible to a global community. In partnership with the Park City Library, the Park City Film Series has made a yearly commitment to bringing several National Theatre Live productions to town, and in June it’s the family favorite Peter Pan.

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Savor the Summit 2017

Ever stop traffic? Ever stop traffic and dine on tables clad with white linens and hundreds of your new best friends in the fresh mountain air of Park City? This is your opportunity to do just that! Make your reservations today to join Park City’s largest outdoor dinner party, Savour the Summit on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 6 p.m..

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FestivalsJuliann Fritz
Interactive Public Art at the MARC

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.

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