Kimball Arts Festival—New Exhibitors Make it Special…Again.

Kimball Arts Festival
Written by Scott Cullins

At least for me. It seems that every year I attend the Kimball Arts Festival, a lot of the same tired exhibitors show up. Not to say that artists, who have participated for many years, are not special. Its just that I can walk through the event and not see anything fresh. I almost have to drag myself to the event. But I know there will be music, and beer. Oh, and that guy with the metal sculptures that I never tire of.

Regardless of my trepidations, the Kimball Arts Festival is a great way to spend the afternoon. Especially after a ride, when I’ve earned some slack time.

I decided my task would be to identify my three show favorites. Surprisingly, it wasn’t hard.

I paused when I saw the work of Signe & Genna Grushovenko from a couple hundred feet away. I’m a somewhat accomplished magazine art director, so graphic art gets me going. Even from that distance, I was struck. This couple’s oil paintings evoked, in me at least, a better, more simpler time.

"The Flight" Oil on Linen, 48" x 48" by Signe & Genna Grushovenko

“The Flight” Oil on Linen, 48″ x 48″ by Signe & Genna Grushovenko

Visit grushovenko.com to view more Signe & Genna Grushovenko’s work, and to learn more about the artists.

Next, I happened across the work of Tai Taeoalii. I loved the urban-infused style in western wildlife imagery. I’m also a big Anime fan, and I felt like Taeoalii might have been channeling the master, Hayao Miyazaki, with some of his pieces.

"Guide of Physical and Emotional Healing," Ball Point Pen and Watercolor, Tai Taeoalii.

“Guide of Physical and Emotional Healing,” Ball Point Pen and Watercolor, Tai Taeoalii.

Check out artbytai.com to view more of Tai Taeoalii’s work, and to learn more about the artist.

Finally, I spied the work of Dolan Geiman. His amazing collage art is created by hand-cutting thousands of pieces of vintage paper, and applying the pieces to wood. I once had a roommate who, while not as accomplished as Geiman, was a master with scissors. Geiman’s art brought back some old memories and, like all of my favorites this day, brought on a bit of nostalgia for me.

"Sharpshooter" Vintage Papers on Wood, 66" x 54" by Dolan Geiman

“Sharpshooter” Vintage Papers on Wood, 66″ x 54″ by Dolan Geiman

Go to dolangeiman.com for more art and, especially interesting to me, his process.

Plan on making the Kimball Arts Festival a regular affair. For more on the festival and this year’s artists, go to parkcitykimballartsfestival.org.

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About the author

Scott Cullins

Scott is publisher of wasatchrider.com, Wasatch Rider magazine and the Teton Valley WYDAHO Outdoor Guide and Map. After ten years in the Tetons, Scott moved to Park City in 2011 and, in 2017, moved down to Holladay, UT. Scott is a mountain biker and skier, and spends his spare time as a publishing consultant, providing creative services and advising clients on all matters publishing. Email Scott at scott@canyonmedia.us

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