For many Park City visitors (and locals), one of the best pastimes after a day on the slopes is heading up to historic Main Street to check out the local visual art scene. Nestled between the souvenir shops, hotels, and restaurants, you can find a wide range of galleries featuring genres ranging from photography and painting to sculpture. Though you can pop into a gallery almost any time of day, if you want to peruse Park City's art scene like a pro, you don't want to miss the Last Friday Gallery Stroll. This monthly event takes place the last Friday of every month from 6-9 p.m. and it's one of the best ways to observe Park City's state of the visual arts.
Despite Park City's small size, more than 20 galleries reside here, providing enough art to surprise and delight even seasoned collectors. Here are some of the highlights of the final two art strolls of the year.
If you're not too busy stuffing yourself with a post-Thanksgiving meal, come check out new exhibits and meet working artists at these great galleries on Friday, Nov. 25th.
Bret Webster Images Gallery - 312 Main Street
Internationally renowned photographer Bret Webster's gallery is featuring a series of brand new images of the dramatic fall colors and snow. Although the leaves may have fallen, you can still fall in love with autumn in the mountains through Webster's exquisite photographs.
Montgomery-Lee Fine Art Gallery - 608 Main St
If you're hoping for some face time with an artist, head over to Montgomery-Lee Fine Art. This gallery specializes in 20th century realistic and impressionistic paintings and sculptures by a variety of artists, ranging from those with national and international reputations to newly emerging talents. From 3-8 p.m. on the day of the stroll, they'll have artist Jake Songer on hand doing a painting demonstration.
Terzian Gallery - 625 Main Street
Adding new perspective to high altitude art, the Terzian Gallery shows off the works of artists using a variety of mediums, from ceramics to oil paintings, glass, and more. Terzian's new exhibit "Small Works" will be on display between Nov. 17 and 27th. During the Gallery Stroll you can drop by to view the exhibit as well as chat with Utah artist Lane Bennion.
Lunds Fine Art - 591 Main Street
Best known for dreamy landscapes and magical animal paintings and jewelry, the curatorial staff at Lunds Fine Art Gallery invites art strollers to see the work of one mixed media artist Cary Henrie, one of their in-house favorites. A percentage of any sales will be going to "Hope for Summer", a fundraising effort to help a local family whose baby was born with a life threatening lung disorder.
J GO Gallery - 408 Main Street (Lower Level)
Contemporary artists focusing on the reinterpretation of western art find their home at J GO Gallery. The gallery will have two exhibits available for viewing in December. Opening Dec. 30th, Winter Sol showcases new artwork from J GO Gallery's artist repertoire. It is the gallery's largest event of the year, ushering in entirely new work for the winter season. In addition, they'll also be unveiling Sparkle, a new collection of art jewelry and one of a kind pieces.
PROTHRO Gallery - 314 Main St
Owners of the boutique PROTHRO Gallery pride themselves in showing contemporary artwork without any stuffiness or hype. On December 16th and 17th, the gallery welcomes artist Ford Smith, who began his exploration of painting at the age of 12 while stationed at an Air Force Base in a small Japanese village under the tutelage of an elderly Japanese painter. Check out his vibrant paintings when you stop by the gallery during the stroll.
TROVE Gallery - 804 Main Street
Trove Gallery represents a wide variety of artists, placing a special emphasis on Utah locals. True to that spirit, during December's gallery stroll, you're invited to pop in for the reception of local artist Stacy Phillips. The exhibit features new paintings and sculptures.
Montgomery-Lee Fine Art Gallery - 608 Main St
In December, Montgomery-Lee Fine Art celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a special reception on Dec. 8th from 6-9 p.m. with more than 15 artists in attendance. During the gallery stroll you can check out the Three-Man Show: Influential Utah Artist's. Artists Jared Sanders, Steve Songer, and Jake Songer will be at the reception from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 30th and there will be a painting demonstration from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 31st.
While most of Park City's art galleries a clustered on historic Main Street, don't be afraid to branch a little farther afield from Old Town. Just slightly off-the-grid you'll find some true gems, including the Julie Nester Gallery and the Kimball Art Center. Plan your route ahead of time with this great map put out by the Park City Gallery Association.