SUM­MER IN PARK CITY

American Art Collector - - Contents - By Kelly Skeen

Park City, Utah, has long been known as a win­ter des­ti­na­tion. From world-class ski­ing to the ac­claimed Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val in Jan­uary, this quaint moun­tain com­mu­nity is brim­ming with tourists, lo­cals and part-time res­i­dents dur­ing the colder months. Park City’s sum­mer sea­son, how­ever, now ri­vals what was once this his­toric min­ing com­mu­nity’s tourism peak. As the tem­per­a­tures rise and the snow melts from the moun­tain, out­door en­thu­si­asts re­place their skis and snow­shoes with hik­ing boots and moun­tain bikes and hit the 400-plus miles of pub­lic trails. Deer Val­ley, Park City Moun­tain and Canyons ski re­sorts even of­fer lift ser­vice for bik­ers. Park City is also known for its fly­fish­ing, wa­ter sports, hot air bal­loon­ing, horse­back rid­ing and easy ac­cess to 15 idyl­lic golf cour­ses. Mild sum­mer tem­per­a­tures due to the city’s high el­e­va­tion cre­ate an ideal en­vi­ron­ment for its abun­dance of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. Vis­i­tors who are drawn to Park City for out­door recre­ation may be sur­prised by what else the city has to of­fer. Arts and cul­ture is an in­creas­ingly strong point for this com­mu­nity and, in ad­di­tion to out­door tourism, at­tracts a de­mo­graphic of its own. Art col­lec­tors, artists and art en­thu­si­asts from Utah and around the coun­try come to Park City for its year-round gallery stroll, film se­ries, fes­ti­vals, the­ater per­for­mances, con­certs and more.

“It’s a moun­tain com­mu­nity, it’s a ski com­mu­nity, but arts are the other an­chor,” says Jory Ma­comber, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Kim­ball Art Cen­ter. “The more we can be­come an arts des­ti­na­tion in the fall, spring and sum­mer, the bet­ter it is for every­body.” The Kim­ball Art Cen­ter plays an im­por­tant role in this mis­sion as it hosts the defin­ing and big­gest event of the sum­mer. The

Kim­ball Arts Fes­ti­val brings in na­tional artists for a ju­ried com­pe­ti­tion and fair that stretches down his­toric Main Street. Out of nearly 1,000 ap­pli­cants, 220 artists are cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate and sell their work dur­ing the fes­ti­val. At­ten­dance reaches over 50,000 Utah and out-of­s­tate vis­i­tors dur­ing the course of the event, which takes places an­nu­ally in early Au­gust.

Ac­cord­ing to Ma­comber, the three-day art fes­ti­val com­pares fa­vor­ably with three days of at­ten­dance dur­ing the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val and con­tin­ues to rise

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