Park City, Utah
In my continued quest for a location for the future Aaron Reed Luxury Fine Art Gallery, Park City, Utah has been in my short list since the beginning. Park City is a city in Summit County, Utah, United States. It is considered to be part of the Wasatch Back. The city is 32 miles (51 km) southeast of downtown Salt Lake City and 20 miles (32 km) from Salt Lake City's east edge of Sugar House along Interstate 80. The population was 7,558 at the 2010 Census. On average, the tourist population greatly exceeds the number of permanent residents.
History of the Arts in Park City
According to the Kimball Art Center, the story of how the arts began in Park City is an interesting one. In the summer of 1969, a group of local Park City artists came together to launch an open-air arts festival on historic Main Street. Their aim was to imbue Park City – already a bustling ski resort during the winter – with cultural offerings offseason, during the summer months. Within a few short years, the Art Festival had taken off, drawing some 40,000 visitors to the town. Inspired by the artists’ creative energy, Ogden-born philanthropist Bill Kimball decided to expand upon their efforts through the creation of a permanent home for the visual arts in Park City.
Bill Kimball’s hopes came to fruition several years later when, in 1976, the Kimball Art Center opened its doors. Its first location was the once-dilapidated, newly renovated Eley Garage on Park Avenue. At its opening, Bill Kimball expressed his fervent hope that the space would “provide the opportunity for each person to expand his interest in the arts.” For nearly fifty years, Kimball Art Center has been engaged in the work of fulfilling its founder’s vision.
My Personal Top 5 Favorite Art Galleries in Park City
As a landscape photographer who enjoys the natural beauty and diversity that Utah has to offer, as well as an artist who appreciates the work of fellow artists, I have added a list of the top five galleries that you visit on your trip to Park City.
- Fatali – The Light Hunter
- Bret Webster Images
- Mangelsen - Images of Nature Gallery
- David Beavis Fine Art
- Kimball Art Center
My Favorite Places to Photograph in Utah
While I have not had the chance to explore the state of Utah as much as I would like to, I have sent ample time in two of my favorite places, Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. Both of these parks have incredible natural beauty and wonder. Please have a look at some of my favorite pieces from the great state of Utah below. I hope to get back to Utah in the near future and continue to consider Park City as a possible location for the Aaron Reed Luxury Fine Art gallery.