The 49th Annual Kimball Arts Festivalopens on Historic Main Street this week on August 3rd through the 5th and is promising to be the biggest ever. Artists from around the globe set up shop for three mind-blowing days to display, inform, and sell their one-of-a-kind craftsmanship to throngs of eager art fans. White tents fill Main Street from top to bottom while food, music, and entertainment add to this wonderful celebration of human creativity. Ann MacQuoid recalls, “I remember when my husband and I first moved to Park City in the late ‘70’s. The Arts Festival was just a little craft fair. Today, the Festival has grown into this amazing, massive event, but the thing I love most about it is that it still feels like a small-town celebration of creativity.”
Local icon Bill Kimball opened the Kimball Arts Centerin 1976. In a letter to the editor published in the Park Record, he officially christened the facility saying, “I hope the Art Center will enable [artists] to fulfill themselves and enrich their lives beyond the necessity to make a living.” During the years since then, the Arts Center has done that and far more. Steve Chin credits the Arts Center and its annual festival with making art second only to skiing in establishing Park City’s international renown. “Parkites have always been an eclectic group from all different walks of life. Given that we consistently encourage one another to be outrageously ourselves, it was inevitable that artists would gravitate to us,” smiled Chin.
Park City’s Kimball Arts Festivalhas become one of the most significant summer art events in the country. Every participating artisan must successfully complete a juried approval process in one of twelve categories: ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal works, mixed media, fiber, painting, photography, print-making, sculpture, or wood. Acceptance into this elite group is held in high esteem, and guarantees that every booth will offer works of exquisite craftsmanship that you have never seen before. Coupled with activities for the kids, a beer garden, gourmet food, and non-stop music performances, this festival promises to be one of the most memorable family outings of the summer.
Park City’s Kimball Arts Festivalruns from 5:00 – 9:00pm on Friday (8/3) when Summit County residents are admitted for free. Saturday (8/4) runs from 10:00am – 8:00pm, and Sunday (8/5) runs 10:00am – 6:00pm. Adult thee-day passes are $15 per person, making this the most affordable day of fun you’ve had all summer. Parking at the local High School is recommended with free buses transporting art fans to Main Street. We at Chin-MacQuoid-Fleming-Harris are 100% behind supporting the arts in Park City, so we hope to see you on Main Street this weekend!