Name: Jude Grenney
Business: J GO Gallery
Where are you from? I grew up in Logan, UT where my father was a professor at Utah State University.
Years in Park City? 23
How many years have you had a business or worked on Main Street?
I have been working on Main Street from within a few days of moving to Park City in 1991. I opened J GO Gallery with my partner, artist and architect Curtis Olson, in late 2010. My first business was Phoenix Gallery from 2002 to mid 2010, (in the building where I paid my power bills when I first moved to town) in what is now Silver Restaurant. Before that, I worked for other art galleries, artists and jewelers.
Tell us about yourself.
I moved to Park City after graduating from Northwestern University because I missed the stunning geography of Utah. I looked to Main Street for employment with the idea of one day owning my own business. I have two daughters, one at Ecker Hill and one at Treasure Mountain. My partner Curtis Olson, is a talented artist and one of the creative directors and co-owner of J GO Gallery. I am the current Chair of the Summit County Public Art Advisory Board, and have been a 20 year member of the Park City Gallery Association. I love to play volleyball, see live music, ski, travel and read novels.
Tell us about your business.
J GO Gallery is a contemporary collection of original art by renowned national and regional artists. We have an eclectic collection of artwork that references the west, but has an emphasis on contemporary and relevant - a far cry from traditional western depictions of cowboys and wildlife.
In addition to the J GO fine art collection, we also have a sub-gallery, a collection of curiosities in an old silver vault that we call WonderBox, it’s somewhat of a mad scientist/rouge explorer treasure chest where we remix the historical, mechanical, and natural world. We also feature a collection of wearable art within J GO, Sparkle & Bling, artist’s jewelry made from precious metals and gemstones as well as materials a little more unusual to fine jewelry such as glass, wood, and brushes, if you can imagine. We’re online at JGOgallery.com.
Describe Historic Park City in 5 words.
The heart of Park City.
Why is Park City special to you?
It’s a beautiful place where my passion for supporting artists is something I can do for a living. It’s a small town where my kids can ride their bikes to outdoor concerts or take the city bus to world class skiing. I love that Park City’s cultural and recreational opportunities are disproportionately large for a community of our size - a reflection of our sophisticated population. It’s also nice to be near an international airport to make traveling easy.
What is your favorite trail in Park City?
I often end up riding Aiden’s Trail on the pump track above Trailside, because it’s near my neighborhood, but I love any trail I’m on in solitude. The sound of my skis on the snow and the sun on my face reminds me to feel thankful.
Anything else you would like to share?
If you haven’t been to J GO Gallery, come check us out. We’re proud to have been voted one of the Best of Park City in both 2013 and 2014 for Art Galleries and Jewelry Stores. We’re conveniently located at 408 Main Street - lower level.