CRAFT ART ADVENTURE
Adventures in Bringing Creative Ideas to Life
Whether you’re an experienced craftsperson on the Martha Stewart level, or simply one who appreciates the handiwork of those who create beauty, here are some ideas for a day filled with creative endeavors in the Park City-Summit County community.
ALL THAT GLITTERS
Traditionally-trained goldsmith Melissa Skarsten designs and creates contemporary jewelry under her Jewelry by Melissa line. Her distinct style is inspired by memories of old-growth forests and endless subjects provided by nature – flowers, leaves, trees, and riverbeds. Each piece inspires the next, emulating nature and human individuality while sparking a personal connection and emotion. Melissa’s creations are available at the Kimball Art Center gift shop and through her website.
RSB Designs showcases the whimsical and edgy designs of Park City based jewelry maker, Ron S. Butkovich. Primarily using the techniques of lost wax and fabrication, Ron delights in the unpredictable use of traditional materials, including precious metals and stones, looking to the natural world for inspiration to create organic pieces for both every day and special occasions.
Deep Roots: Established in 1988, RSB Designs is located in the historic district of Park City, Utah, RSB's showroom is in the same building that once housed an old-fashioned general store run by Ron’s grandparents. Among his many community involvements, Ron is an active member of Park City’s historical society.
CREATE YOUR OWN MASTERPIECE
Explore new creative undertakings with Park City’s Kimball Art Center, offering classes for all ages and levels of ability - from weekly family-friendly Open Studio sessions, to sculpture classes for tots, paper marbling and origami for kids, folded books for teens, and an adult-only printmaking class with wine at a local wine cellar.
CRAFT MAKERS OF ALL KINDS
ARTique is a locally owned art gallery & gift shop in Kamas, Utah. Operated as an artists’ co-op, the gallery features a wide selection of handmade goods by local artists in Summit County featuring ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, sculpture and more. Artique’s “First Friday” openings showcase the works of a different local artist each month.
FAMILY FRIENDLY & FREE
So many of the best things in life are FREE!
On Tuesdays at 1pm, the Coalville branch of Summit County Library offers “Story Time”, a fun hour for preschoolers centered on picture book stories with related activities, music and crafts.
Every Wednesday Park City Library offers “Crafternoons”, a free hour-long session at 4pm devoted to the joys of crafting. The event is open to the public, appropriate for all ages, and supplies are provided.
On Thursday afternoons at 3:30pm, Kimball Art Center offers “Story Time Art for Tots”. This free weekly program engages children aged 3-5 years old by reading a book together and expressing their creativity in an art project based on the story. Participants require adult supervision.
The Swaner Preserve & EcoCenter offers “Swaner’s Craft Sunday” each Sunday from 11am-1pm through March 18th. A nature-themed craft, appropriate for all ages is featured each week.
MORE CRAFTING OPPORTUNITIES
Bring your pencils, paints, sketchbook, or camera and make some art at the Creative Meet-Ups gathering on Saturday, March 24 at 3:30pm at Park City Mountain Resort. Meet at Legacy Lodge at 3:30pm, and also enjoy a free concert by Vista Kicks courtesy of Mountain Town Music. Organized by artist Bridgette Meinhold, Creative Meetups encourages opportunities for creative people of all ages and abilities to get together to make art, make friends and enjoy the natural world.
Open Air Art Space is a collaborative studio that offers weekly art classes with one-on-one instruction from 1-4pm every Tuesday through Thursday. Students of all abilities are welcome and may select a Foundational Skills class or bring in a self-directed project for guidance.
Join a creative session at Paint Mixer or Paint Fusion PC to create your own work of art. Explore painting on canvas, or ceramics, or try fashioning fused glass art. Choose from ceramic or glass items, plates or platters, mugs, custom ceramic boxes, animals, picture frames, and more. These make terrific gifts and mementos.
The DeJoria Center offers opportunities to create, designed to appeal to a variety of ages. Everyone in the gang can create a complete painting at Family Paint Night on March 31, or try Clay & Cabernet on March 22, just for adults.
Check out our full calendar of class offerings.
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.