Park City’s dozens of galleries often debut cool and unusual exhibitions on Park City Gallery Stroll Fridays. This unusual piece, “Can’t Get It Out of My Mind” by Deveren Farley and will be on display beginning July 26 at Kimball Art Center.

Newpark, Kimball Junction, Quarry Village, Silver Creek Junction and Prospector are just a few of the commercial areas in and around Park City. And while all offer an array of shops, restaurants and even concert venues deepening Park City’s community status, when it comes down to it, they all play second fiddle to this charming berg’s literal and figurative heart, Main Street.

One of my favorite times to visit Old Town (as it is also known) is on the last Friday of every month for the Park City Gallery Association’s Gallery Stroll. This free event has a definitively neighborly feel, but is also a great way to check out works and exhibitions of local, unusual and emerging art not on display elsewhere in the state.

For example, on Friday, July 26, Kimball Art Center debuts SRAM pART Project/Park City. The exhibit features work from 25 artists who transformed a box of 100 SRAM bike components into original sculptures. The sculptures will be auctioned on eBay with proceeds going toward World Bicycle Relief, Kimball Art Center and the artists. "Merging the art world with bike culture is something that we are eager to do here at the Kimball and in Park City,” says Robin Marrouche, Executive Director of Kimball Art Center.  “Also, thanks to eBay’s participation, anyone can bid on these wildly creative works," she adds.


“Velo-Rapter” by Jim Hoffmeister will be on display beginning July 26 at the Kimball Art Center as part of the SRAM pART Project/Park City exhibition.

Other exhibitions of note opening during Park City’s July Gallery Stroll include Gallery MAR’s “FIVE” Anniversary Celebration 
and Group Exhibition, featuring a diverse group of the gallery's current artists including Bridgette Meinhold, Maura Allen, Nina Tichava, Matt Flint, George Bodine, Ron Russon, Joe Norman, Ronald Ray Rogers, Warren Neary, Brian McGuffey, Adam Winegar, and Charles Keiger, many of whom will be on hand during the Gallery Stroll. And Park City local Carole Wade opens her one-woman show at the J-GO Gallery on July 26 as well.

If you go: Call earlier in the week, prior to the Gallery Stroll, to make a dinner reservation. Most of the gallery association’s 25 or so galleries serve light refreshments during the stroll (enough to hold you over until 8:30 or 9 p.m.), but because some Main Street restaurants are not as open as late in summer as in the winter, it’s a good idea to plan ahead.

For more information, visit parkcitygalleryassociation.com.

Melissa Fields is a Utah-based freelance writer. Her blog about Utah things to do, see and eat is utahvagabond.com.