Written by Greta Hyland
If you want to see how great art is made or start your own private collection, there is no better time to do it than during the annual Arts to Zion Tour. It works very much like the Parade of Homes where you have to purchase one ticket to get the official tour map with locations of all private artist studios. It also makes you eligible for drawings, giveaways, and the after hours events. This annual event will be held over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, January 15-19th 2015, so mark your calendars now! Tickets can be purchased now at the Chamber of Commerce or online.
The Fourth Annual Arts to Zion Art and Studio Tour is a self-guided art tour into a wonderland of visually stimulating talent that will lead you all over beautiful Washington County, from Ivins to Springdale. Not only that, you get to meet the artists and watch them work. The Tour has grown exponentially starting with 25 artists in its first year and 72 for 2015 making the $10 ticket a gold mine.
The event was started four years ago by Bobbi Wan-kier who moved here from Chicago. The tour will feature 72 artists and includes all galleries in Washington County. Nationally and regionally renowned artists will be available and presenting during this tour. Some names include: Julie Rogers, Royden Card, Roland Lee, Ron Larsen, among many others. Come out and support the arts, local artists, and the community. And this year, certain galleries will be hosting V.I.P. after-hours parties for ticket holders. After hours events include:
Thursday: At The Mission and Authentique Galleries, the After Hours 6-9 pm will feature two artists working from live models. Sculptor Ben Hammond will be at The Mission and painter Julie Rogers will be at Authentique.
Also Thursday: Fibonacci Main Street gallery is featuring Spike Ress and Steve McGinty performing, lite refreshments and jazz saxophone.
Also Thursday: At Split Rock, Ron Larson painting, Lola Krumemacher performing and festivities
Friday: After Hours 7:30-10:30 p.m. is at 13th and Park Art Space,a Masquerade Ball presented by Nick Adams Photography, Gina Jrel Art and Design, and Etched Magazine with the food trucks Waffle Love and Rigatti’s Pizza
Saturday : After Hours 7:30-10:30 p.m. is at Zion Brew Pub, and features artist Royden Card, and the band ‘Soul What” from 7:30-10:30 p.m. (discounts with ticket also available)
And don’t miss the St. George Gallery Walk, Friday from 4-8 pm which highlights Art Museum, L’Deane Trueblood and Annette Everett signing the 20 yr old Legacy books. Roland Lee also can sign them at his location, and Jodi McGregor, up in Silver Reef at the Cosmopolitan. On Sunday, Kayenta Art Village will be open to the public, with music and artists present, from 11-4p.m. There is also a silent auction at the Chamber of Commerce in Downtown St George, of original pieces of artwork created by this year’s artists (The proceeds will directly benefit the artists themselves, and our art organizations). The Silent Auction opened Jan. 6th and runs through noon on Jan.19th. It is open during Chamber business hours.
This event is being sponsored by the Southern Utah Arts Guild, a non-profit organization, the City of St. George, the Washinton County Tourism Board, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and Utah Public Radio. This event is being advertised all over the country. Last year 1,500 visitors came to Washington County for this special art event, and they are anticipating more this year. So get your tickets and make plans now.
Punch card tickets and maps are available at St George Chamber of Commerce and are $10. In order to get into studios, you must have a ticket. You can also get tickets and information online at: www.artstozion.net
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