Exhibition Previews: St. George
10 Years at the Pioneer Center: The St. George Art Museum Celebrates
St. George may be the place to be this month. If you're down there to check out the redrock, you'll also find a lot of art to see. Of course, there's both the St. George Arts Festival and the Z-Arts Annual Open Studio tour this month (see page 3
). Two artists who like to create canvases as textured as the local landscape can be seen in Springdale, at the gateway to Zion's park; the Sears Gallery at SUU will feature area instructors and students. You'll even find something contemporary at the La Verkin Studio/Gallery of Corey B. Strange (see bottom of this column for all exhibits). At the center of this frenetic art activity is the St. George Art Museum
, which celebrates its ten year anniversary in the Pioneer Center for the Arts this month with three exhibitions highlighting the exciting things going on in this corner of the state.
Through July 7th in the Museum's Mezzanine Gallery you'll encounter a two-person exhibit from a couple of pillars of Southern Utah's art community: ceramicist Glen Blakely and painter Roland Lee
. Blakely, an MFA graduate from Brigham University, was the first director of the St. George Art Museum and has taught as a professor of art at Dixie College since moving to the area in 1976. He has served in many roles in the community, and has been active in the national ceramic scene.
Glen says that "as a potter, I take earth, water, and fire and make 'rocks.' Then I fire a coat of glass over the rocks and call them pots. |1|
You can see them, touch, them, hold them, break them, give them away, or use them up. As a teacher and educator, my responsibility is to make the world a more beautiful and safe place to live, while helping my students, family, and friends attain a fullness of joy and happiness." As part of this exhibition, Blakley will be giving a free 3rd Thursday Art Conversation on June 21 at 7pm at the Museum.
Roland Lee is a mainstay of the art scene in Utah's Dixie. His colorful watercolors of the area landscapes have become popular locally and nationally.|0|
”Roland Lee’s Canyon Country” is a potpourri of personal images from my forays into the canyons of southern Utah. Some of the places may seem familiar, others may not. Some are majestic, while others are intimate.
Like Blakely, Lee is a BYU graduate (1971). He worked for a couple of years as an illustrator in southern California, but quickly tired of the crowded city and moved to St. George. He devotes full-time to painting and teaching from his studio located in historic downtown St. George. (our May edition will feature a full-length article on the artist). Lee will be giving a free 3rd Thursday Art Conversation on April 19 at 7pm at the Museum.
The Museum has also pulled out a number of selections from its permanent collection to celebrate its position in the community. These are on exhibit in the Legacy Gallery in an exhibit titled Permanent Collection Gems: Flowers & Fish
. This exhibit, fifteen pieces by fourteen artists, begins the process of exploring the various aspects of the Museum's permanent collection for visitors. The Flower part of the exhibit consists of two dimensional paintings in various media depicting flowers both formally and informally.|2|
The Fish part of the exhibit consists of mostly three dimensional art in a wide variety of media: ceramic, glass, batik, gourd, wood, and mixed media.
This year, as part of their 2007: Legacy II for the Next Ten Years,
the St. George Art Museum is highlighting area art groups each quarter. This quarter the spotlight is on the Visual Arts Association, a membership body open to organizations and individuals concerned with the exhibition, interpretation and development of visual art. The group "functions as a catalyst, sharing expertise and knowledge and campaigning for a healthy visual arts destination area." Membership is open to all levels of artists throughout the tri-state region. VAA's commitment to its founding mission of encouraging emerging artists is supported by the many educational opportunities offered through workshops, classes and special programs. The VAA will be giving a free 3rd Thursday Art Conversation on May 17 at 7pm at the Museum.
Up and Upcoming to the South
prepared by 15 Bytes staff
ST. GEORGE AREA
Sears Art Gallery
UP: DSC Showcase,
May 4 with an artist reception Apr. 6, 7-9 pm. The Art Department of Dixie State College holds its annual exhibit to showcase the year's work of the finest students as well as the work of alumni and faculty.
St. George Art Museum (see article this page)
Bit and Spur Restaurant
(Springdale) UP: Recent Paintings: Colorscapes
works by Pearl Meadows
, through May 31 (Hours: 4 p.m. ~ 10 p.m. daily). Meadows is a native of Ontario who moved to southern Utah in 2003. Meadows' paintings are colorscapes, exploring patterns of connection that exist between humans and their immediate environment.|3|
The abstract colorscapes are an exploration of how humans perceive color in their world and the emotional responses connected with those colors. 10% of all sales will be donated to Zion Animal Lovers.
Canyon Community Center Art Gallery
(126 Lions Blvd, Springdale) UP: An Abstract Expression of Zion
, a solo exhibition of large scale paintings & photographs by Rockville artist Anne Weiler-Brown
, through May 20. From photographic and painted exploratory art forms, this exhibit translates the essence of Zion Canyon transformed into a language of color with diverse brush and palette strokes. Large scale images, from 12" x 84" to 6' x 10' take on sculptural forms as the use of mixed media combines with 2 to 3 inch canvases.|4|
Weiler-Brown's use of gels, acrylics, oils and organic paper create the illusion of the geology of the canyon. An artist talk and reception will take place at the gallery on Friday, May 11, 2007, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.
Corey B Strange Studio & Gallery (204 S. State La Verkin tel. 801.636.4181) UPCOMING: The Studio will host five new installations that show the power of language over color. There will be a brief lecture by the artist and an opportunity for questions, answers, and dialogue. A great event for those interested in learning more about contemporary art. Friday April 6, 7-9pm. All ages welcome.