Kimball Art Center’s First-Ever Evening to Celebrate Exhibition and Artist-in-Residence Programs

Gold Standard will provide the live music at the Kimball Art Center’s first-ever Art Night on April 30 in Pendry Park City. The event will raise funds for art center exhibitions and artist-in-residence programs.
Photo by Nicole Aston

The Kimball Art Center will host its first-ever art party on April 30 in Pendry Park City, and executive director Aldy Milliken would love to see some creative cocktail attire and elaborate artistic clothing.

“We would like people to (get in touch with) their inner creativity,” he said. “The ethos of the event is to represent the enthusiasm and creativity of the organization, and we really want to give people an amazing opportunity to have a good time, learn about art and the Kimball Art Center , to connect with artists and be together.”

The event, which will run from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Pendry Park City, 2417 W High Mountain Rd., is not designed to be a typical or traditional fundraiser, said Kimball Art Center development specialist Jaimie Mitchell. .

“It’s a fancy cocktail party, not a sit-down dinner,” she said. “(Instead) we will have had appetizers, food stations and specialty cocktails throughout the evening.”

The evening, which will be hosted by Park City singer Ryan Walshwill feature a short presentation of Milliken, live music from local band Gold Standarda silent auction and drawings of opportunity, Mitchell said.

“We will have 20 high-value silent auction packages, including seven travel opportunities,” she said.

Opportunity raffle tickets are available for attendees and those who cannot attend, according to Mitchell.

She said Opportunity ticket prices are $100 for one and $250 for three.

The raffle will be for three packages – Livin’ Local, Desert Destination and Adrenaline Adventurer, Mitchel said.

Livin’ Local offers a two-night stay in Pendry Park City, a High West Distillery Supper Club experience for four, two tickets to any Salt Lake Acting Company production, an Egyptian Theater gift card, complimentary attendance at Copper Moose Farms’ weekly summer flower share and a Mindful Cuisine cooking class.

Desert Destination includes a three-night luxury stay at Entrada Escalante Lodge, hiking boots, backpacks and base camp bags from The North Face for two, personalized gear, “Hiking from Here” book to WOW: Utah Canyon Country” which features 90 trails in the canyon region of southern Utah and gift cards to the Burr Trail Grill in Boulder and the 4th West Pub in Escalante.

Finally, the Adrenaline Adventurer package includes a tandem skydiving experience for two adults with Skydive Utah, two one-day tickets to the scenic Deer Valley Resort chairlift on an ATV or hike for the 2022 summer season, an All Sports Eyewear, a three-hour professional training, a guided mountain bike tour and lesson, a gift card to, and a custom brand mountain bike clothing kit – two jerseys, a pair of cycling shorts, a pair of undershorts and a set of gloves.

The highlight of the evening will be art demonstrations by Kimball Art Center instructors and appearances by Jorge Rojas and Nancy Rivera.

Rojas was the Kimball Art Center’s artist-in-residence in 2021, and Rivera will be the artist-in-residence in 2022, according to Milliken.

“We share, inform and build excitement for the exhibition program and the artist-in-residence program,” he said. “It’s more relevant to people when they see artists in residence, talk to them about their work and then you can support those things. This is a great opportunity for people to support Kimball and our mission.

The evening’s fundraising goal is $150,000, Milliken said.

Park City singer Ryan Walsh will host the Kimball Art Center’s first fundraising party on April 30.
Courtesy of Ryan Walsh

“We need to fundraise to really bring high quality cultural experiences to Park City,” he said. “The next exhibit will be from a group called Creative Growth based in Oakland.

It’s a neurodiverse community that has an amazing studio schedule.

Mitchell is excited to host an evening of live art.

“Our mission is to connect and inspire through art, and a lot of that is done in person,” she said.

“We are excited to do this with our donors, community members, new people who have come to town. If they’re looking to connect with a nonprofit arts organization, it’s a springboard to learn more about the Kimball Art Center and get more involved.