Park City Gallery Spotlight // Julie Nester Gallery

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This month for our Park City Gallery Spotlight feature we spoke with Julie Nester from Julie Nester Gallery, located at 1280 Iron Horse Drive in Park City. She sat down with us to tell us more about her gallery and the artists she features. Check out Julie Nester Gallery website for more info and news on upcoming exhibits here.

Arts Council: Tell me a bit about Julie Nester Gallery

Julie Nester: We moved here about 15 years ago with the intention that we were going to be opening a gallery. I was living in San Francisco and had been in the art business forever and just needed a change of pace. I decided that if I was going to be opening a gallery, this would be a great place to do it. We opened originally in the parking lot next to Windy Ridge Bakery and were there for three years and then we moved here and have been here for twelve years. 

AC: How do you curate artists?

JN: We have 40 artists that we represent and that is the maximum amount that we can represent at any given time. We feel like the artists that we currently have, we have developed relationships with over the years, so we only change maybe 1 or 2 a year. Our artists are all over the US and we have one or two in Canada. 

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AC: Do you seek these artists out or do they come to you?  

JN: I seek them out. I’m always looking to see what’s out there and what inspires me. If we do decide we’re going to be changing our roster at all, the new artist has to fit in esthetically, we have to like their work, and we don’t want to repeat anything we’ve already been doing. So the window of possibility for new artists gets very small. 

AC: Do you have a favorite piece? 

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JN: We just collected a piece by Jennifer Nearbaus and love that. Our tastes lean more figuratively but that doesn’t mean we also collect other work. 

AC: What do you find inspiring? 

JN: The places that inspire me most are when I’m traveling. We just spent a month in Amsterdam and that was so inspiring. We got our fill of museums, and we saw a sculpture garden. It was basically an outdoor bi-annual sculpture garden throughout Amsterdam and it was amazing. 

AC: Has the way you curated your gallery transformed over the years or has it been pretty consistent? 

JN: It’s been pretty consistent. 

AC: Why do you think art is important?  

JN: I feel like it’s inspirational. Art itself is very inspiring and can make you think of a lot of different things and take you many different places.  

AC: What is your most recent exhibit?

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JN: Sunny Taylor who is from American Fork is our most recent and the next one won’t be until winter. 

Read more about Julie Nester Gallery and their rotating exhibitions on their website http://www.julienestergallery.com, or stop by Julie Nester Gallery located at 1280 Iron Horse Drive in Park City. 

Julie Nestor Gallery is a member of the Park City Gallery Association, which supports and promotes Park City galleries in a number of ways, one of which is hosting a Last Friday Gallery Stroll, a fun (and free) monthly community event that runs from 6:00-9:00 PM on the last Friday of each month, dedicated to highlighting artists and special exhibits at art galleries throughout town.

Visual ArtsLeslie Chavez