Nature and art lovers are invited to meet Art On the Trails

The Tó’áhání Dance Troupe, a Native American dance company, will perform traditional dances at the Art On the Trails 2022 event.
Courtesy of Park City and Summit County Arts Council

Art on the trails is truly a Park City and Summit County event that connects residents’ love of the outdoors with the performing and visual arts.

This year’s event, made possible through a partnership between the Park City and Summit County Arts Council and Leisure poolis scheduled for Saturday, August 27. It’s designed to bring people to McLeod Creek Trail to watch artists create, dance and read poetry, said Jocelyn Scudder, executive director of the Park City and Summit County Arts Council.

“The central message and intention of this event is to connect art and nature,” she said. “A lot of us moved here because we love our open spaces and love being outdoors, and a lot of us love the arts and culture. So finding intersections between these two core values ​​melds into a fun event that appeals to our local residents. »

The public can register for the guided tours that will leave Copper Moose Farms every 20 minutes between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to Scudder.

I’ve been in theaters all my life where there are no windows and no fresh air, so this is an amazing and nice change for me…” Michele Wilse, Artistic Director of BalletNext

“Once you sign up, you will be given a start time,” she said. “We ask people to arrive a few minutes before their time so they can check in and meet their tour guide, who will give them an overview of the arts council and this program before walking them through the performances.”

This year’s performances include BalletNEXT, Utah Symphony Together, Arts of Mexico poetry readings, Honky Blue Tonky band and the Tó’áhání Dance Troupeand other local artists — Anna Leigh Moore, Bridgette MeinholdJim Sheeran and Victor Gervacio, among others, will also share their talents along the way, Scudder said.

Local encaustic artist Bridgette Meinhold will be one of the visual artists participating in this year’s Art On the Trails celebration.
Park Record File Photo

“Bridgette Meinhold’s encaustic paintings raise awareness of wildfire prevention,” she said. “Some of his art incorporates charcoal from the Parley’s Canyon fire that burned nearly 600 acres a year ago last week.”

The Tó’áhání Dance Troupe is a Native American dance company, and it will perform traditional dances, Scudder said.

“As we celebrate art on this local trail, it’s important for us to recognize that we are technically on stolen land,” she said. “To honor the land and traditions of Indigenous peoples, inviting the Tó’áhání dance troupe to the event this year will hopefully have an impact not only for the artists, but also for the community members who will attend. at the show. We would like to do this every year.

Scudder is also looking forward to hearing poetry read by members of Artes de Mexico.

“We had them come to Summit Community Gardens for an event a few months ago, but the weather wasn’t cooperating,” she said. “He saluted, and so we asked them to come back for Art On the Trails.”

Scudder isn’t the only one thrilled with BalletNext’s return to Art On the Trails. Michele Wiles, the artistic director of the dance company, is also happy to perform again.

BalletNext, led by former American Ballet Theater principal dancer Michele Wiles, will be one of the performers at this year’s Art On the Trails event on August 27.
Courtesy of Michele Wiles

“We’re the first leg of the tour,” she said. “We’ll have a laid floor and a generator-powered sound system.”

Wiles will perform his original solo work, “Flight of the Inner Bird”, inspired by the music of the same title composed by Yehezkel Raz.

“It’s always music first for me,” said Wiles, former principal dancer of American Ballet Theater. “It inspires the concepts of my works. It transports me to the dance floor.

The music and dance will be underlined by an electric cellist, Katlin Findlay of String effectsan electric string quartet based in Salt Lake City.

“Kate layers the piece with these bird sounds that she plays on her cello,” Wiles said. “I don’t know how she does it. But I would really like the composer to be able to hear what she is doing.

Wiles premiered “Flight of the Inner Bird” during a Park City Gallery Association gallery walk a few months ago.

“The piece is so beautiful, emotional and uplifting,” she said. “I’ve had people come up to me and talk to me about all those emotions they felt hearing the music. It’s definitely a dizzy spell.

Wiles enjoys playing outdoors, which she did at last year’s Art On the Trails event and earlier this year at Plein Air Paint Out hosted by Park City Nursery and Gallery MAR.

“I’ve been in theaters all my life where there are no windows and no fresh air, so this is an amazing and nice change for me,” she said. “The setting and landscapes are so beautiful here. You feel like part of the universe. Here’s something about connecting with nature that’s special to me.

An outdoor stage also allows Wiles to connect with his audience on a different level.

“It’s more accessible and intimate, person-to-person, which I love,” she said. “It’s cool to put the art on the track. I mean, who does this? Park City does, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

Tours will last about an hour and a half on the flat, ADA-accessible gravel trail at Temple Har Shalom, and guests are encouraged to bring comfortable hiking shoes, sunscreen and a hat, Scudder said.

“The Arts Council is committed to accessibility and in our programming we prioritize that everyone can participate,” she said. “This trail, which is managed by Basin Recreation, is also shaded and has a water element that adds calm and serenity. There will be free drinking water available.

Honky Blue Tonky will be setting up and performing at the Copper Moose Farm show during Art On the Trails.
Courtesy of Park City and Summit County Arts Council

Over the past four years, the Summit County Arts Council has also cultivated a relationship with Copper Moose Farm for the event, according to Scudder.

“We were able to host a lounge that has live music, a cash bar and a raffle,” she said. “So people can come and relax with picnic items from the Copper Moose Farm stand even if they’re not going on a hike.”

The raffle will raise funds for more Arts Council programs, and prizes include two-day passes to Deer Valley Resort, cooking classes through the Park City Culinary Institute, a day of golf at Park City Golf Club and a men’s jacket and ski bibs from Spider, courtesy of US Ski & Snowboard.

Other sponsors include Kuhl, Your house, Park City Community Foundation, George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Summit County Rap Tax and Utah Arts and Museums Divisionsaid Scudder.

“This is the fourth year of Arts on the Trails, and although it’s fairly young in our arts programming repertoire, we’re still getting great feedback on this event,” she said. “We are happy to be able to continue.”

Dora W. Clawson