Park City Olympic Parade, 2014

Park City Parade

Excerpted article, courtesy of The Park Record; photos courtesy of Jennifer Hughston.

Yes, the Olympics concluded a month and a half ago. But, when you consider that many of the athletes had media tours, World Cup seasons to finish, video shoots to do in Austria, trips to Bosnia, a visit with President Obama at the White House and various other post-Olympic activities to attend, getting all the hometown Olympians in one place on the same day is a small miracle.

That day [was] Saturday, when 18 Olympians and two Paralympians [were] in Park City for a celebration parade. Beginning on upper Main Street at 1 p.m., the day’s festivities [ran] until 5 p.m., concluding at the Town Lift Plaza on lower Main.

Hosted by the Youth Sports Alliance, the event featured a parade, fireworks, a speech from Park City mayor Jack Thomas, autographs and children’s activities.

Gold medalists Ted Ligety, Joss Christensen and Sage Kotsenburg headlined the parade. Double bronze medalist Steven Holcomb also [attended], along with many other hometown Olympians and Paralympians. Stein Eriksen, a 1952 Olympic gold medalist, served as the parade’s grand marshal.

Athletes in Attendence

Olympians

  • Ted Ligety
  • Joss Christensen
  • Sage Kotsenburg
  • Steven Holcomb
  • Sarah Hendrickson
  • Lindsey Van
  • Jessica Jerome
  • Anders Johnson
  • Megan McJames
  • Brad Wilson
  • Brita Sigourney
  • Chris Fogt
  • Preston Griffall
  • Kate Hansen
  • Billy Demong
  • Taylor Fletcher
  • Julia Krass
  • Maria Lamb

Paralympians

  • Erik Bayindirli
  • Megan Harmon

Updates are BIG at the Kimball Art Center

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Written by Bridgette Meinhold, For Inhabitat.com

The Kimball Art Center has been a fixture on Main Street in Park City since 1976 and has long provided space for art exhibitions, education and events, especially the Sundance Film Festival held every January. However, the historic building does not provide enough space to meet the non-profits goals of fostering art and culture for the town. So, back in 2011 an international design competition resulted in a win by Bjarke Ingels and his design team with a dramatic timber addition next to the historic structure. Unfortunately, city codes along with some resistance from local residents kept this bold design from being realized.

BIG literally went back to the drawing board and came back with a new plan that meets code and appeals to a wider set in the community. The new extruded mountainous form inspired by local topography is kept low enough to meet height restrictions. A sloping site informs the building’s structure and glass along the street allow both pedestrians to peak inside the space and visitors to get a view of the street. The exterior will be made from board-formed concrete and natural light will infiltrate from skylights on the roof. We can expect that many of the original sustainability strategies will be included in the new design.

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While not as large as originally intended, the renovation will still provide additional space for the Kimball Art Center to achieve its goals by doubling its space. The 15,000 sq. ft. expansion will include large social areas, flexible use areas, a Children’s Interactive Discovery Center, an educational studio, additional administrative spaces and more support areas. In addition to the main site, the Kimball Art Center will be adding a second location to provide additional educational studio space with improved parking and access. Construction is expected to begin in 2015 with the support of local architecture firm, Elliott Work Group.

View more and explore the expansion proposal here

In addition to the preservation of the existing building, the new 15,000 sq. ft. expansion will provide:

  • The Kimball Art Center with over 9,000 square feet of museum/exhibition space
  • Large social areas
  • Flexible use areas

The renovation of the existing building will create spaces for:

  • A Children’s Interactive Discovery Center
  • An educational studio
  • Additional administrative spaces
  • Much needed support areas

This expansion will allow the Kimball Art Center to double in size to 30,000 square feet. The Kimball Art Center anticipate that this project will be privately funded.

They also plan on adding a second campus, which will allow them to offer even more opportunities for art appreciation and education. By moving the education studios to a second site, they will be able to:

  • Provide a greater range and frequency of classes
  • Provide better parking
  • Easily access student drop off and pick up

New Paintings by Fred Calleri

We met Fred Calleri over five years ago, and have been exhibiting his figurative paintings ever since. From the first few small cowboy and skier paintings to the large-scale commissions that he paints for us today, we have enjoyed an incredible breadth of work from this talented artist. We are fortunate to be able to spread his joy amongst collectors all over the world!

Fred Calleri - Crenelation InspirationWe are now pleased to present new works to the gallery for our winter season, featured below. Please visit the gallery to view them in person, or call us with any questions about the work: 435-649-3001.

Fred Calleri - Modern Priscilla

After an extensive period in Graphic Design and Marketing, Calleri decided to move to Flagstaff and take advantage of the history, scenery, people and especially the astounding light offered in the western regions of the U.S.  A recent move has brought Calleri to Santa Barbara, CA. By studying artists such as Zorn, Sargent, Vermeer, Sorolla and many others as well as living masters today, Calleri aims to reproduce classic and romantic images using the master’s palette and mood to create an emotional reaction.

Fred covers a wide range of styles and subject matter. As he explores different paths, the figure resonates throughout each piece. While exploring the figure and representational painting in general, Calleri found by adding a slight distortion he was free to let the image take him where it wanted to go. Calleri injects into his images a romantic and mysterious quality.

Fred Calleri - Just The girls

Now starting to evolve is a smoother blending of the representational with the quirky distortion, as well as an effort to create a deeper narrative with the work. The historical or “period” nature of the work lends itself to the style and reaches back to a seemingly simpler time. This theme resonates with casual observers and collectors alike. Using vintage reference photos, live models, and imagination, the work is then created on Masonite Panel or Canvas.

Fred Calleri - Positively Pleasant

In the Spirit of the Games…

We’re cheering for all the Park City and U.S. Olympians competing right now in Sochi with the arrival of this wonderful new painting from Vermont artist Rebecca Kinkead. “Flight” arrives just in time to capture the spirit of the Games. You’ll notice that the ski jumper depicted here is a female, which only compounds the timeliness of the painting: as many of you may know, this is the first year that women’s ski jumping is a sanctioned event in the Winter Olympics.

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             Rebecca Kinkead, Flight, Oil on canvas, 54″ x 48″. Available at Gallery MAR.

Kinkead uses palette knives and and bright paint colors to create compositions that are rich in texture and color. She focuses most often on depicting children and animals. Currently we have a wonderful grouping of paintings of skiers, of which “Flight”, above, will be the newest addition.

“Flight” is currently in transit; we should have it in the gallery by Monday, so please stop in to see it. What a great piece to commemorate the first Women’s Ski Jumping events at the Winter Olympics! Perhaps there is a young, fearless, female ski jumper out there for whom “Flight” would be a constant source of inspiration.

- Kirsten Gill, Fine Art Consultant

Did You See that Bit about the “Racist Chair”?

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According to Jonathan Jones, blogger for The Guardian, Bjarne Melgaard’s black woman in the shape of a chair – as seen in the now-notorious photoshoot of Roman Abramovich’s girlfriend Dasha Zhukova – has been totally misunderstood.

Did you see the photo? It made the Internet rounds on January 20th, which happens to be Martin Luther King Day. Cue the whole world in a collective gasp.

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But I doubt that the artist meant to create a racist work, or that the artist is himself racist. Rather, he was looking for exposure. And in that way, the piece was a great success. The New York Times has described Melgaard as a “projectile vomiter” of an artist. Excess is his thing. One of his other sculptures shows the Pink Panther smoking crystal meth. Yuck — yes. But it gets people talking.

His art may be in bad taste, but I am fairly sure that in making this chair he was not intending to denigrate black women. Rather, it is a comment/re-do on the controversial works of the 1960s British artist Allen Jones. This connection has been missing from the public dialog. I’m wondering what Allen Jones’ response is to the re-do, and haven’t seen any piece on that yet.

According to Jonathan Jones (the blogger mentioned above), the new chair is “a pastiche of the pop art sculptures Allen Jones made in the late ’60s, which use women – literally – as furniture. Jones’s art reflects the attitudes of its time. Its hyperbolic sci-fi look inspired the furniture of the Korova Milkbar in A Clockwork Orange.” Okay. I get that. And by making the new chair a black woman, it takes the work a step further.

But then another layer of complexity — adding insult to the artist’s injury, the seated woman (Dasha Zhukova) publicly apologized, in TIME Magazine. I think that’s worse than posing in the first place.

I don’t pretend to have an answer to the question — “is this racist or not?” But I do love that, once again, art is making people talk, challenging them, and educating them. What was your initial response to the chair? Has it changed now?