Saturday and Sunday, Park City's historic Main Street will play host to the Park City Art Festival, one of the country's most prestigious outdoor events of its kind. This will be the festival's 19th edition.
There will be 244 carefully juried visual artists selling and displaying their work in ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, paper, photography, sculpture and wood. Artists selected from more than 700 applicants will be coming from as far away as Alaska, Texas and Wisconsin, from 28 states and the District of Columbia.The diversity of exhibiting artists is exemplified by John Hanks of Pflugerville, Texas, with hand-crafted wares made of rattlesnake; Lou Gaylord of Alta, Wyo., with his traditional red cedar canoes; and Utah's own sculptor, Gary Moon.
A credit card booth will be added this year for the convenience of patrons in purchasing artwork.
Festival hours will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and admission is $2 for adults, children free. Since as many as 100,000 are expected to attend, motorists must park outside the town. Parking is available at the Park City Resort, and a shuttle bus will run every 10 minutes from the parking lot to the foot of Main Street.
Entertainment will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, when the Kismet Belly Dancers will wind their way down Main Street. At noon the Utah Saxophone Quartet will play on the Patio Stage, followed by Kat James at 1 p.m., Intermountain Brass Quintet at 2 p.m., Chaskis, a Bolivian group, at 3 p.m., the Sons of Thunder (formerly Ellison & McKean) at 4 p.m., and the Tempo Timers at 5 p.m.
On Saturday evening the Utah Symphony will perform "The 1812 Overture and More Tchaikovsky" at Deer Valley, with Christopher Wilkins conducting and the Mountain Men of the Wasatch manning the cannons. Tickets discounted by $2 will be available at the festival gate, and a shuttle bus will run to Deer Valley.
Sunday's entertainment will also begin at 11:30 a.m, this time with the Salt Lake Scots marching on Main Street, and the following schedule on the Patio Stage: Jensen-Woodbury Duo at noon, Craig Crowther Band at 1 p.m., the Oquirrh Ridge Drifters at 2 p.m., Chaskis at 3 p.m., the Salt Lake Goodtime Jazz Band at 4 p.m., and Joe Muscolino Band at 5 p.m.
Kismet, members of the Park City Shakespeare Company and Lapsong will perform intermittently at the food pavilion and the pocket plazas along Main Street. The former two groups will also entertain in the Carl Winters Park at 7:30 p.m. both nights.
The Park City Art Festival is produced by the Kimball Art Center of Park City.