We feel pretty lucky to live in a mountain town that supports the arts in a multitude of ways. From the Sundance Film Festival, the Park City Songwriter Festival and the Kimball Arts Fair to the many art galleries, sculptures, live concerts, shows and local artists displaying their art on the walls of many Park City restaurants. There literally is culture around every corner.
We went on our own art crawl to a handful of restaurants around the valley that displays art on their walls.
350 Main has been displaying local Park City artist Aaron Fritz’s paintings on their walls for the past 15 years. His art compliments their space as it not only fits to scale on their large walls but also is easy on the eyes, commanding attention as diners glance around the room between bites with its bold expression, bright colors and deep textures. All Fritz’s paintings are available for purchase, and a perk for 350 Main is that when one is acquired, Fritz goes right back to work creating another masterpiece to be displayed for viewing pleasure of diners.
Riverhorse on Main
When you walk into the main dining room of Riverhorse, you are treated to a space that is airy and full of light. It almost looks like you are dining in a museum with the globes from a local glass blower hanging from the ceiling and reflecting light. Nearby Gallery Mar provides Riverhorse’s constantly rotating art. About every two months, the gallery comes into the restaurant and refreshes the walls with paintings and photographs that reflect the aesthetic of the restaurant. You can ask your server for more information about each piece, and next to each canvas you will find details and pricing if you’d like to take home more than the memory of a delicious meal.
Old Town Cellars
Old Town Cellars have been working exclusively with veteran photographer and 30 year Park City local Dan Campbell. His photographs hang on the walls of OTC’s lounge and tasting room, and show off the old school mountain town beauty of Park City (or nearby mountain regions, like the Tetons pictured above). OTC commissioned Dan to create photos that convey the lifestyle and messaging they were going after with their wine: approachable, casual, drinkable and the go-to beverage of choice after a day of skiing or mountain biking.
Townshend’s Park City Tea & Coffee House
Polly Rihm, the owner of Townshend’s Tea & Coffee House, likes to keep the teahouse’s wall fresh and exciting with the paintings of local artists. Show’s run for about three months where the artists bring their unique vibes to the space, and it gives them exposure to the community. As an added perk, Townsend’s host an art show for the artist and their friends and family once their pictures have been up for a couple of weeks. Polly found her most current artist, Amanda Charlton, from Instagram, whose work has been on display since November 11.
Blue Boar Inn
The Blue Boar Inn & Restaurant is an old-style European chateau with an eclectic mix of paintings hanging on their walls. The two large paintings in their dining room were painted in Paris by Jean Maxime Claude, and the paint scheme of their dining rooms are actually based on the colors of the cabbage in Claude’s paintings. Two other paintings discovered at a garage sale were lucky enough found to be quite valuable. And to fully accomplish that mountain ambiance dining experience, you can’t miss the amazing picture of a boar from late the 1700’s that is framed amongst the antlers of a red stag and a fallow deer.