2016 Kimball Art Center Gala, Featuring The Way of the Rain - A Live, Multidisciplinary Art Performance Created by Sibylle Szaggars Redford


A Fundraiser for the Kimball Art Center

The annual Kimball Art Center Gala, an outdoor, tented event taking place at our new location, 1401 Kearns Blvd., precedes and honors the 47th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival. The evening will include The Way of the Rain, a live multidisciplinary art performance that invites the audience to remember their physical and spiritual connection to our planet’s beauty and plight through paintings, music, dance, film, light and spoken word. The performance will feature world-renowned musicians Will Calhoun, Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer, as well as tap dancer Andrew Nemr, and guest artist Robert Redford.

The evening will also include a cocktail reception, live auction and seated dinner to launch Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s new art exhibit, Summer Rainfall, running in the Main Gallery from August 4 - September 25. The Gala begins at 6:00pm and tickets are $350 per person.

Fashion Alert: Fashion Alert: With the evening taking place outside under an elegant tent, we recommend cocktail attire and sensible footwear as well as a light jacket. Summer evenings in Park City can vary in temperature and we want our guests to be comfortable.

The Way Of The Rain | Sundance '15 from KARSTEN STAIGER on Vimeo.


Sibylle Szaggars RedfordWill CalhounDave Eggar
Chuck PalmerAndrew NemrRobert Redford

About the Artist: Sibylle Szaggars Redford

Sibylle Szaggars Redford is a German born Multimedia Environmental Artist. She has dedicated her life’s work to creating art informed by her spiritual consciousness of our connection to life, the land, and the world by raising awareness of our environmentally unsound practices. Redford’s inspirations stem from nature, ancient cultures such as the Hopi, the Moroccan, or as in her most recent work the monsoon rains in the New Mexican High Desert.

She has exhibited her work throughout England, Germany, Italy, Monaco, France, Peru, Japan, Singapore, and the United States, and often collaborates with various musicians and choreographers. Her large oil painting series, Shape of Color, was her first collaboration with the world-renowned cellist Nina Kotova which was presented during the International Classical Music Festival in Cortona, Italy and later in Singapore of 2008.

In the summer of 2010, Szaggars-Redford began creating her Rainfall series, inviting rain showers to become a major instigator and her collaborator with Nature. In this series Redford provides the paper with her abstract watercolor pigment compositions – she then waits for the monsoon rain in the New Mexican High Desert and places her work in these showers. To highlight her fascination about this process, she created her “Rain Painting” art film and invited Icelandic Musician/Composer David Thor Jonsson to score music to her film.

In 2013, Redford and Jonsson designed the concept for a staged art performance piece, The Way of the Rain, an homage to planet Earth and its Universal Elements. This performance would incorporate different art forms like music, dance, spoken word, film, and light. Wherein, Szaggars Redford designed her first stage backdrop of multiple large “Rain Painting” silks that would symbolize falling water from the heavens. The Way of the Rain was first performed in 2013 at the Highland Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In 2014, Szaggars-Redford formed a new collaboration with American musicians/composers Will Calhoun, Dave Eggar, and Chuck Palmer. They brought together an all star team with choreographer Desmond Richardson, lighting designer Steve Cohen, video artist Floyd Thomas McBee, sound designer Ron Saint Germain, and spoken word performed by Szaggars Redford’s husband, Robert Redford. This collaboration created a site-specific version of The Way of the Rain that was performed at the National Young Arts Foundation in Miami, Florida.

The Sundance Film Festival of 2015 invited The Way of the Rain as an “Official Selection” which was performed in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Complex Performing Arts Center. It included all of the Miami collaborators and special guest performances by Sussan Deyhim, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Marc Roberge and Richard of O.A.R., and Robert Redford.

In November of 2015, Sibylle Szaggars Redford founded The Way of the Rain, Inc., a New Mexico Nonprofit Organization. It is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, and/or educational purposes, including the specific purpose of developing, producing, and performing educational and artistic performances themed and designed to promote public awareness and support for protection of the Environment.

Sibylle Szaggars Redford continues to create and exhibit new art constantly. For more information and videos visit: www.sibylleszaggars.com or www.thewayoftherain.com.

Sibylle Szaggars Redford’s art is currently presented by Ernesto Mayans Gallery and Niman Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. See more information at: www.ernestomayansgallery.com and www.namingha.com.

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