The Park City Kimball Arts Festival Opening Gala had one of the best charity auctions we’ve seen this year.

Parkites and art fans from all over Utah gathered at Stein Eriksen Lodge on July 31 for a reception and dinner, along with the impressive silent and live auctions, pop-up boutiques from O.C. Tanner, Farasha Boutique, Porsche Design and Perfectly Suited by Garth (who made the trek from Provo) and a fashion show styled by Vanessa Di Palma Wright from Farasha.

More than $100,000 was raised for the Kimball Art Center's year-round art exhibits, gallery tours, monthly “Art Talks” and education programs. “We are going to raise some serious money tonight to keep art education free in our community,” said Robin Marrouche, Kimball Art Center executive director. “We are so lucky to do what we do." 

Here are some of the auction items we were eyeing throughout the night:

Artwork by Jimmi Toro in the silent auction

Newspaper rock art by Linda Tay’nahza’ in the silent auction

Trip to Nashville to see Amy Grant and Vince Gill’s Christmas performance, along with an autographed Fender guitar in the live auction

“Geyser Buffalo” watercolor, donated by Perri Duncan, Perri Duncan Gallery

Luxury live auction items also included a Chinese dinner for eight with Parallel Wines, a Marlene Rose glass sculpture, a limited edition Luna Bronze elk sculpture, artwork by David Rothermel and a one-week stay in a stunning home in Italy. Another work of art by Jimmi Toro, Estelle, sold in the live auction for $9,600.

One of our favorite parts of the night—going back for more lemonade with High West vodka and a splash of pomegranate juice.

Overall, the evening was a great kick-off for this year’s Park City Kimball Arts Festival with beautiful artwork, stunning fashion (check out Zaiya Collection by SLC designer Olga Assayah) and great food from Stein. 

“This is the longest running arts festival in the American West,” says Matt Mullin, chairman of the Kimball Art Center Board of Directors. “And it’s Park City’s second biggest event behind Sundance.”

We can’t wait to see more art at the festival. Click here for details.