Rembering Judy Taylor
Through Judy Taylor’s eyes, Park City looked as perfect as a fairy tale. If Main Street wasn’t sparkling with a fresh layer of snow, it was bursting with colorful flower boxes. Her canvases highlighted the city’s historic landmarks, resorts and mountains and, reproduced as posters, framed prints and stationery, were in constant demand at local bookstores and galleries. For more than two decades, wistful residents and visitors tucked those images into their suitcases to remind them of skiing through billowy snowdrifts on the mountain, or hiking along aspen-lined trails in town. Taylor died this summer shortly after suffering a severe stroke. Her husband, former Park City Mayor Hal Taylor and their son Cody were stunned by the sudden loss, as was the rest of the community.
Fellow artists throughout the state paid tribute to their colleague saying her talent and generosity would be greatly missed. In addition to serving on Park City’s Public Art Advisory Board, Taylor was known for nurturing local artists and contributing original artwork to countless fundraisers. Taylor created several covers for Park City Magazine over the years, including the 25th anniversary issue.
The Park City Arts Council has since established two funds in Judy Taylor’s honor. One is earmarked for a Park City High School scholarship that will be awarded to a college-bound senior who is planning to study art. The second will be used to create a piece of public art in her memory.