The 48th Annual Park City Kimball Art Festival Happens August 4-6 th on Park City’s Historic Main Street
by Kimball Arts Festival
- The 48th Annual Park City Kimball Art Festival Happens August 4-6 th on Park City’s Historic Main Street
- Annual event draws 50,000 guests, 230 jury-selected artists, 30 live musical acts and brings in $20 Million in economic impact annually
- In 2016, Smithsonian Magazine named the Kimball Arts Festival a “can’t miss” event
Park City, UT – Kimball Art Center (KAC) is encouraging art lovers around the world to save the date for the 48th annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival on August 4 – 6, 2017 on Historic Main Street. In addition to viewing some of the most innovative work across numerous visual mediums, guests are encouraged to explore Park City, a picturesque outdoor destination and creative hub nestled in the gorgeous Wasatch Mountains.
New to this year’s festival are more sustainable elements, such as a bike valet to encourage alternate transportation options, and a new and improved kids’ interactive art area.
The 200-plus artists come from 34 states and Canada and represent a wide variety of artistic mediums. All 12 of the Best in Show winners from 2016 will return for this year’s festival. See the full list here: http://parkcitykimballartsfestival.org/artists/visual-arts-categories.
Lindsie Smith, new Executive Director of the KAC, said, “The Park City Kimball Arts Festival is the culmination of our year-long work to inspire the Utah community through art and this huge summer celebration provides vital cultural and economic value to Park City. Art is the center of the celebration but we also look forward to experiencing the programming our community partners plan that helps make this event well-rounded and unique like yoga, film, food and more.”
The Kimball Arts Festival, presented by Zions Bank, is the KAC’s largest public fundraiser that allows the organization to provide free year-round art exhibitions, gallery tours, monthly Art Talks and art education outreach to teachers, students and others throughout the community. The KAC will continue to host Friday Locals’ Night, presented by Park City Municipal, as it has for many years which allows local residents to preview the art, enjoy live music and gather with the community on Main Street free of charge. The Festival After Dark program will once again feature partnerships and programming from local businesses who believe in the power of the arts. Festival goers will also have access to the Kids’ Art Area, Food Truck Round-Up, Taste of Art, Utah Artisans, Park City Gallery Association’s Festival Gallery Stroll, Yoga Fest and unique Dining Decks. A full list of festival programming is online here: http://parkcitykimballartsfestival.org/ and will be updated on a daily basis.
The 48th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival is made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: Presenting Sponsor, Zions Bank; Leading Sponsors: Strong Auto Group and Coca-Cola; Contributing Sponsors: Stella Artois Legere, Skullcandy, Summit County Restaurant Tax, Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, Gateway Center and Utah Office of Tourism; Media Sponsors: FOX13, Broadway Media and Utah Digital Services. Complimentary press passes are available for members of the media who wish the cover the event. Please email [email protected] for more information. Discounted lodging options are available through official providers, Deer Valley Resort and Stay Park City. ABOUT THE KIMBALL ART CENTER For more than 40 years, the Kimball Art Center has inspired and connected the Park City community through art. The nonprofit center provides art education, free exhibitions and a variety of events to the public, including the annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival that attracts more than 50-thousand people to Park City’s Historic Main Street. For more information on the KAC and its numerous community offerings and programs, please visit www.kimballartcenter.org. Art Starts Here™
Wanting to live within walking distance of Main Street, the Mullins first had to find a vacant lot close to town. Matt discovered a quirky piece of property deemed undesirable because of its steep grade, the lot’s tight orientation between a road and a dense condo project, and—zoned as part of a previous development—very restrictive land-use requirements. “We circled around this lot for a long time, and finally decided after several months that this was our final chance to build on an open lot in Old Town,” says Maren. “We both love a challenge.”
To deliver on what they knew would have to be an out-of-the-box design, the Mullins hired Axis Architects (see Sources, pg 100), the firm whose “H-House” in Salt Lake City rocked modern design in Utah and received worldwide acclaim in 2003. Architect Pierre Langue realized early on he was working with a challenging situation and an extremely creative couple. “They were very progressive clients,” he says. “They understood a lot more than typical clients and had aspirations for innovative solutions. They embraced our concepts, giving us a lot of freedom and flexibility.” Maren comments, “We like working with artistic people and giving them full range to create. That way we get the best of what they do.” As the project began, ideas were bounced back and forth, and Matt focused on the exterior and site planning while Maren brought ideas for the finishes and interiors. “No decision was made without both of us being on board,” she says.
The stunning end product is simple, modern, and energy efficient. The 2,114-square-foot, passive-solar house spans three compact levels topped with an angular roof that dramatically turns and cuts through the entire length of the house, becoming a leaning wall with a 4 percent tilt. “The wall is the roof sliding down, wrapping around, and protecting and enveloping you,” explains Langue. “We paid close attention to the views, closing the house to the street and the neighbors and opening it to the mountains on both sides—west toward town, Iron Mountain, and sunsets and east toward Deer Valley and the sunrise.” Access to the house was created farther down the slope where a long driveway approaches a generous garage and a third bedroom and bath tucked under the main level.
Although modern, the house uses traditional, warm materials. The smoky exterior is vertical cedar siding with a shou sugi ban finish. This ancient Japanese technique of charring wood creates a protective layer rendering it virtually maintenance free. “Because the north and south sides of the house are flat, the exterior finish had to be interesting,” says Matt. “It is the first house in Utah to have this finish.” A contrasting red-cedar soffit is embedded with sliver-like light fixtures as it slices from the exterior into the home in one continuous movement and runs the length of the first floor. The house opens up at either end with large expanses of glass and cantilevered balconies. “We had to take advantage of every opportunity to make the house seem as large as possible,” Langue says.
Inside, the home is serene, filled with light, and completely open from one end to the other. “I always knew I wanted everything white,” says Maren, “and more living space and less bedroom space.” Walls, surfaces, and finishes display the couple’s personal gallery of bold and joyful art. Even factory markings retained on the steel trusses contribute to the artistic ambience. The Mullins’ desire for ample wall space to display their eclectic collection conflicted with their request for an open floor plan, so a partial wall was added parallel to the staircase that does not cut the sightlines.
A New York artist crafted the fanciful bell-shaped web of bulbs that illuminates the glass-surrounded two-story main living area, referred to by Maren as “the fishbowl.” The space is furnished with a pair of modern Chesterfield sofas in cobalt blue facing one another across a large, faceted coffee table of walnut with gold leaf. Glass doors at the corner of the room slide away at both angles allowing the space to open completely to the outside. Finished with the same concrete flooring and railings as the interior, the deck becomes an extension of the living area and doubles its size for summer entertaining.
The high level of craftsmanship and attention to detail is apparent everywhere, especially in the custom cabinet wall running along the entire north wall of the main floor. It creates a visual clean sweep, replacing separate closets, kitchen cabinets, a fireplace, an entertainment center, and a dining buffet. “It is a functional thing that turns into art,” says Langue. “None of the doors match up, which caused the cabinetmaker fits,” recalls Matt. Strategically placed insets in the wall, some lined with brass, display artwork and photos. In the living room, the wall houses an EcoSmart fireplace and a television; in the kitchen, an inset holds the cooktop, counter space, and irresistible backsplash: a glass-covered painting of travelling bears by Luis Garcia-Nerey and Anke Schofield, known collectively as Kollabs.
The bathrooms have surprising overhead windows, filling them with natural light and illuminating unexpected works of art. “Bathrooms are a place where you naturally stop and pause,” Maren says, “so it’s a perfect location for artwork that takes you outside of your bubble and makes you think.”
Unlike the white serenity of the rest of the house, the main floor bath is wallpapered with an outrageous pattern and vivid color. “We thought the powder room was an excellent area to add some spice to our home,” explains Maren. “It’s a small, contained area, and we wanted our guests to have a unique experience—and maybe a bit of a laugh.”
Upstairs, floating shelves on the landing are arranged with art and architecture books. In the children’s room, the playful corner light fixture is a cascade of colorful antlers painted by children from the Kimball Art Center’s Young Artist Academy. The need for additional closet space in the master suite resulted in an artful solution: a translucent resin shadow box built into the leaning wall with shelves to display Maren’s collection of designer handbags and shoes like art objects. Mercury glass pendants hang on either side of the built-in bed, crafted by local artist Nikos Sawyer. And thin slices of windows frame intimate views. “When you are sitting in bed,” Matt says, “you can see the stars.”
Maren says what they love most about the house is “the calm effect that the architecture has on us. In our daily lives, we live with chaos and are constantly problem solving. At home, it’s a welcomed respite to see clean design and fine art that both relaxes us and rejuvenates our spirits; coming home to what we have created is like a deep exhale. We love to surround ourselves with beauty.”
From Kimball Arts Festival – 6/19/2018
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