“The goal of Westgate’s Serenity Spa at Canyons is to promote an environment that is welcoming and nurturing for guests, said spa director Michelle Howard.
‘We want people to have a great experience that’s down-to-Earth, that is intuitive for the people who come in,’ Howard said during an interview with The Park Record.
After thinking of things that would add to that type of experience, Howard decided to recruit local artists to show their work.
‘I wanted to think a little outside of the box,’ she said. ‘We get a lot of visitors asking if we have anything to offer that is made in Park City. So, I thought it would be fun to feature a Park City artist once a quarter.’
Howard said she is open to all types of art as long as the images, photos, paintings and sculptures are appropriate for the overall feeling of the venue.
‘I think polished is the first word that comes to my mind, but what that means, I’m really not sure,’ she said. ‘However, I think we would like to display soft-colored, relaxing and sensual works that complements the feeling people get when they come into the spa.’
With that in mind, Howard contacted Park City photographer Richard D. Pick through a mutual friend to see if he would be interested in being the inaugural artist to show at the spa.
‘We were so pleased that he was open to be our first artist, because we really didn’t know what we were getting into,’ Howard said with a laugh. ‘I was so happy he was open and humble to get this started.’
– Boutique will display new local art every quarter, Scott Iwasaki, The Park Record, January 8, 2013