2012 Kimball Arts Festival

Each year tens of thousands of people flock to Park City for the Kimball Arts Festival–a three day gathering of artists and art-lovers alike. The festival runs the length of Main Street in Old Town, Park City, which serves as a temporary home to the work of more than 200 artists from around the country. Ten dollars gets you a weekend-long pass, and you can feel good about spending your money to roam the booths because every dollar goes towards supporting the free year-round education, exhibitions and events at the Kimball Art Center.

This year marked the festival’s 43rd birthday, and nearly 60,000 people came out to celebrate August 3-5. Friday night is historically “locals night,” which means that if you have a Park City address, you get in for free from 5-9 p.m. Friday is a great time to scope out the booths while avoiding larger weekend crowds. We spent a few hours scanning the artwork and then headed to Oishi for some post-fest sushi.

Saturday and Sunday is when things really start to heat up. Temperatures last weekend reached 90 degrees, and people came out of the woodwork to view and purchase art from 12 different categories: ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. Each artists had something unique to bring to the table, and we spent hours looking at their work.

Here are some of the highlights from some of our favorite vendors:

Brad Henry Pottery, out of Truckee, California, showcased his beautiful ceramics work on lower Main St. We bought a mug and olive oil dispenser, and were envious of a woman whom we eyed purchasing his last beautiful bird feeder.

“Trying on Chicken II” batik artwork by Lisa Telling-Kattenbraker

Lisa-Telling Kattenbraker was easily our all-around favorite artists, and we’re not the only ones: she won Best in Show in hte “fiber” category in 2011. Lisa is from Olympia, Washington, and creates art through the medium of batik. (You can find out more information about this process on her website, it’s very interesting.) One of the things we like the most about her work is the clever titles and sayings she pairs with each piece.

Another one of our favorites was Richard Curtner‘s mixed media work. He creates pictures by putting together magazine clippings, and the words in each of the clippings match the mood of the photo. Richard won Best in Show in the “mixed media” category this year. You can find a list of the other 2012 winners here.

In addition to all of the wonderful artwork we experienced, there was also live music all three days and restaurant specials going on for “Taste of Fest” on Main Street. The festival was definitely a highlight of the summer in Park City, and just another reason to visit our beautiful town before snowfall!


By: Colette Maddock, Marketing and Social Media Coordinator