Maybe you’ve seen the hats and the stickers around. The ones that say “Keep It PC”. That slogan has a lot of meanings. It’s not just about supporting local. It’s also about keeping Park City’s fun, easy-going, laid back vibe going. It’s about maintaining the small town feel while being welcoming to all of the visitors we host from around the world each year.
Honestly, it’s a little hard to explain it unless you’ve been here and experienced it for yourself. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the PC culture, is to explore the things that are made right here in Old Town.
48th Annual Arts Festival
The first weekend of August, Park City’s annual Kimball Arts Festival will be coming back to Main Street. Artists from near and far set up their booths and show off their beautiful and creative artwork. Be prepared for a leisurely stroll because it’s guaranteed that people will be stopping to say hello to longtime friends up and down the street.
We always keep an eye out for the the local artists that come back year after year to show off their newest creations, and it’s definitely one of the highlights of the summer event season.
For added local flare, there will be plenty of live music and good food, and don’t forget that the shops and restaurants on Main Street keep their doors open all weekend long, so stop in and make your own Parkite friends!
The Kimball Arts Festival is not the only time you can see local, Park City Artists’ work though. Stop into the Lund Gallery pretty much any Wednesday through Saturday night and you can see the owner and artist, Allen Lund working on his latest piece. Any day of the week, you can pick up some locally thrown pottery by Artwork’s owner, Bruce Larrabee who has a studio in his house in Summit Park. Stop into Gallery Mar to see work by local artist Bridgette Meinhold that is often inspired by the Park City area scenery.
Photographers like Bret Webster and David Beavis have opened up galleries right in the town they call home to showcase their artwork and immerse themselves in the surrounding Utah beauty. After all, all artists need a proper muse.
When it comes down to it though, there are too many artists living, working, and selling their artwork downtown to mention them all. A gallery stroll (the last Friday of every month) and a cruise through all of the shops is the best way to find the right local art to add to your collection. In fact, ask any of the shop owners on Main Street which local artists they feature and they’ll happily show you what makes Park City’s art scene so vibrant and diverse.
You Be the Artist
One last option for one-of-a-kind Park City artwork: paint your own! The Paint Mixer will set you up with everything you need to paint your very own masterpiece. You can create your version of Starry Night, a portrait of your pet, a wine bottle, a mountain scene...whatever it is, you’re pretty much guaranteed to have a good time. Calendar of events.
Keep It PC
Unfortunately, it’s not that often that we get to see the production and the skill behind what we purchase anymore, but we’re so grateful that we live in a town that embraces all of the creatives in our community.
Next time you’re looking for the perfect gift for a loved one or for yourself (#treatyoself), head to Main Street. You can support local artists, many of whom have been doing their craft for decades in the Wasatch Mountains. And when you step into a shop, you might even be able to see the artist at work, painting a mountain scene, hammering a custom piece of jewelry, or carving a sculpture.