July 2006
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Art Professional Profile: Park City
The Utah Lifestyle and a Passion for Art
The Kimball Art Center's Pam Crowe-Weisberg
by Emily Chaney

Having worked in the fashion industry for over thirty years and keeping a fast-paced lifestyle in the big apple, Pam Crowe-Weisberg was ready for a change. Her husband was retiring and the couple desired a place where they could relax -Utah immediately came to mind. It would be the perfect place to unwind while enjoying the mountain scenery.

"Utah has a slow, refreshing lifestyle," comments Crowe-Weisberg, who is originally from Utah. During her years "back east" she kept in contact with the state through regular family skiing experiences, and attending the annual Sundance Film Festival.

Shortly after returning to Utah, Crowe-Weisberg saw an opening for Director of the Park City Kimball Art Center, a non-profit organization established in 1976. When a friend and board member of the center approached her about filling the position, she gladly accepted.

Bringing with her a Masters degree in costume and textile design from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Crowe-Weisberg felt the position at the Art Center was an opportunity to indulge her passion for art. This passion began early in her life, through the culture and environment her parents provided and the examples of close relatives, including her mother and aunt who were both artists.

When asked about how she feels about her job as director, Crowe-Weisberg is quick to reply, "I have the greatest job in the world--I am very lucky."

Being the Kimball Art Center’s director means being involved in different aspects of the Center including: fundraising, advertising, education, and community involvement. Under Crowe-Weisberg’s two-year tenure, and with the hard work of the staff, the Center has expanded in many areas: the yearly arts festival, the monthly art exhibitions, the formation of the Park City Gallery Association, the organization of the yearly live auction, and the continuation of excellent art classes and community outreach programs.

The annual Kimball Art Center Park City Arts Festival, the second largest event in Park City (Sundance is number one), attracts around 40,000 people each year and is an important money generator for the non-profit center. Recently, Travelocity joined as a major sponsor for this year’s festival (August 5-6) giving thousands of dollars in advertising that will help to bring national recognition and promote Park City as a year round resort and art destination.

This year, the Center’s art exhibits, which take place in the Center’s three galleries, have been diverse, including Norman Rockwell, Ray Atkeson, Utah Latino artists, and artwork from Summit and Wasatch county students.

An upcoming exhibit Crowe-Weisberg is personally looking forward to, because of her love for glass sculpture, is Best in Show: Works by David Gilhooly, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, and glass artist William Wegman, which runs November 4th through January 12, 2007 at the Center. It celebrates the relationship between humans and dogs, using mediums such as: photography, assemblage, prints, glass sculpture, ceramics, and plastic.

Making such shows possible are the local and nationally known artists that formally submit their portfolios for review by Crowe-Weisberg and the Center’s staff, who search for unique artists that will compliment the Center’s mission to “inform, educate, and promote valuable experiences in the arts.”

Continuing to talk ecstatically regarding the new additions to the center, Crowe- Weisberg mentions that most of the galleries in Park City have come together to form the Park City Gallery Association. Out of the thirty galleries in the area, twenty-three are participating in the association. By forming this alliance, the galleries show a united front, share the cost in advertising, and work towards improving the gallery stroll, which runs every last Friday of the month.

With her full-time job, Crowe-Weisberg has the unique opportunity to work with artists, gallery owners, and the Park City community on a day-to-day basis. When she is not working at the center, she is instructing classes at the Salt Lake Bikram Yoga studio, and keeping up with her two grown children, in whom she has instilled a love for art and culture.

By moving from New York to Utah, Crowe-Weisberg has had the opportunity to indulge her passion for art and enjoy the refreshing Utah atmosphere. She has truly succeeded in creating the ideal lifestyle.

Upcoming events at the Kimball Art Center: JUNE 3 - JULY 23: Material Matters: Art Quilts-Front Range Contemporary Quilters. AUGUST 5-6: Kimball Arts Festival. JULY 29 - AUGUST 20: Kimball Art Auction
For more information visit the Kimball Art Center’s website at www.kimball-art.org

Up and Upcoming
Up and Upcoming to the North

Kimball Art Center UP: Material Matters: Art Quilts from the Front Range Contemporary Quilters thru July 23, 2006. For the first time in Utah, the nationally acclaimed Front Range Contemporary Quilters are showcasing their artistic quilts at the Kimball Art Center. Garage Gallery:Sheri Rice: Paper Quilts. Badami Gallery: Sheryl Haler: Textile Sojourns (for all three shows see page 1).

Chester's Blacksmith Shop: UP: Brad Greenwell through August 20th.|1| Chester’s Blacksmith Shop presents a summer gallery treat packed with the aesthetic vibrancy of our favorite comic books, tempered with a healthy dose of inquisitive mysticism. The paintings of the Slat Lake-based Brad Greenwell, a self-taught artist, insightfully explore the depths of mythology, religion and intricacies of the psyche with tongue occasionally in cheek.
The canvases featured in Blue Apples, a title adopted from a cryptic phrase uncovered in a historical French chapel, synthesize the subversive iconography of contemporary wunderkind Mark Ryden and the classical austerity of Jan Vermeer.

Julie Nester Gallery UP: Thru July 26th -- Pacifica, an exhibition of recent paintings by Marshall Crossman.|0| Crossman was born in Omaha, NE and received a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Colorado State University. Crossman's work is about the painting process and the inspiration of the topic. Her "wet on wet" method creates highly textured, deeply colored surfaces. In each painting she wanders through many stages of paint action and destruction before arriving at a finish that feels resolved to her eye.

Pacifica” is a continuation of Crossman's latest volume of work, "Beach Series", and includes images of people playing in the surf and fishermen showing off their catch. This series was inspired by Crossman's family's move from urban San Francisco, to the beach in Pacifica, California. "Our new home looks directly out on the Pacific shoreline," Crossman says. "Across the road from our house is a fishing pier, and on the pier is a bait shop. I was particularly captivated by the dusty, sun bleached Polaroids of fisherman which were taped up in its windows. The humanity of these men holding up their catches inspired and charged my imagination. This was the beginning of my Beach Series.” Recently, Crossman's focus has shifted from the fishermen to the people in the surf. This will be Crossman’s first solo exhibition in Utah. She has had previous exhibitions in San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston, New York and San Diego.

Phoenix Gallery UP: Gentle-Men a new exhibit of work by Salt Lake City Holly Mae Pendergast. |2| Pendergast's unique style in which pencil-lines form a structure and brush strokes develop planes to create surreal portraits full of life, depth and character, continues to fascinate audiences and garner awards. Artist's Reeption Friday July 7 and Saturday July 8 from 4 to 7 pm.

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art UP: Eileen Doktorski: Domestic Arsenal, a memorial to victims of domestic violence and child abuse, through July 31.

Brigham City Museum-Gallery: Quilt National, featuring work by national and international fiber artists, through Aug. 19.

BDAC UP: June 21 - July 24 Bountiful Handcart Days Art Exhibit

Universe City (2556 Washington Blvd): UP: Portraits of Ogden's people and places by local artists: Larry Blancett, Tracy Grant, Stephen Henry, LeRoy Jennings, Judy Macner, Suzanne Storer and Michael Wright; and Kara Koolmees of Mountain Green.

Grant, Koolmees, Macner and Storer are some of the participants in the gallery’s Wednesday afternoon figure drawing session, which has been operating since January of this year. Blancett will present a number of charcoal portraits. Wright will have portraits of several well known Ogden musicians, including jazz saxophonist, Joe McQueen and Danny Weldon of the Porch Pounders. Henry and Jennings will present paintings of buildings in the area, many of which evoke Ogden in its railroad era. Koolmees will also have a number of her “portraits” of 25th Street. Her work has been selected in the past for Ogden’s Farmer’s Market Poster and the Ogden Arts Festival poster. She also produced a calendar featuring scenes from 25th Street. Her brilliantly colored, sun-filled work reflects Ogden’s downtown summer renaissance inspired by the Farmer’s Market.

Opening in conjunction with Ogden’s First Friday Art Stroll, Friday, July 7th, 5:00 - 8:00 and continuing Saturdays, July 8, 15 and 22, noon - 8:00 pm, and Fridays, July 14 and 21, 5:00 - 8:00 pm, or by appointment by calling 458-8959.

Eccles Community Art Center UP: 32nd Annual Statewide Competition. This competition exhibit will open Friday, July 7th and continue on display through Saturday, August 26, 2006. An opening reception at which awards will be presented will be held July 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. This exhibit features recent works by Utah artists in all media except photography. Photography is included in Biennial Black & White and Photography Statewide Competitions. This is always a varied and interesting exhibition.

AND: Opening in our Carriage House Gallery on the same evening will be an exhibit featuring paintings by Daren Wilding of Willard.|3| Daren Wilding was born and raised in southern Idaho. As a child, he enjoyed hiking, fishing, camping, and anything to do with the mountain, meadows, and lakes of Idaho’s Rocky Mountains. A graduate of Idaho State University, he now resides in Willard, Utah in the shadows of the Wasatch Mountains. He teaches art at Weber high School.

Wilding’s paintings reflect his love for nature, especially the nature of the west. He spends hours researching, photographing, and painting. His appreciation for his subject is evident from his accurate depiction and the mood of each painting. “It really disappoints me to see an artist put the wrong type of antlers on an animal or place it in the wrong habitat,” he says. “You have to do the research. You get to do the research, it is part of the fun for me.”

UPCOMING: The Women and Art exhibit, an invitational exhibit opening Friday, September 1st from 6 to 9 p.m. in association with Ogden’s First Friday Street Stroll. The exhibit will remain on display through September 30th.

Artists and Heirlooms: Pastels and Pastel Dust, original artwork by Gary Bateman |4| and Kay Chapman.|5| Artist's reception during Ogden's First Friday Art Stroll, July 7th from 6 to 9 pm.

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