Arts to Zion
Joy Stein, hosted at the Blue Gates Studio, Virgin, UT on the tour. Image: artstozion.net.

The fifth annual Arts to Zion Art and Studio tour will begin on Jan. 14 and continue through Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (Jan. 18) in Washington County. It is expected to draw more than 5,000 visitors to Washington County.

Arts to ZionAs in past years, the Arts to Zion tour is the arts community’s equivalent of the Parade of Homes, offering visitors a chance to see artists working in their home studios and in their galleries by purchasing a $10 ticket that includes a map of all tour locations. Patrons can also pick up a map at most tour stops, and two-for-one ticket registration is available online at ArtstoZion.net.

There will be a drawing for three overnight stays at local hotels. Make certain to get tickets validated to enter the drawing.

More than 72 artists will be participating in 2016. Many are from Washington County, and several are nationally renowned visiting artists who are represented by our local galleries.

The daytime studio tour is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Watch for yellow Arts to Zion real-estate-type signage and balloons, and use the map to guide you to their general locations. By visiting multiple studios, attendees are also eligible for prize drawings, including three overnight stays at local hotels. Just turn in your validated ticket to be included in the drawing at the Arts to Zion Showcase, located at 35 N. Main St. in St. George, before closing of the silent auction at 3 p.m.

Participating artists will also have work on display at a silent auction held at the Arts to Zion Showcase. The silent auction preview is on Jan. 11. It begins Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. on Jan. 18. All operations, administration, and supplies for Arts to Zion are supported by ticket sales and a portion of the silent auction proceeds. The information collected from patrons is used for grants that provide the marketing of the southern Utah art community. Any surplus of funds is used to promote the event throughout the year. See ArtstoZion.net for details.

New features this year include a plein air event and local history book signing at the Silver Reef Museum and ghost town in Leeds, a student exhibit at the DiFiore Art Center, and the grand opening of the Southern Utah Art Guild’s cooperative at the new Electric Theater Center in St. George during Art on Main.

On Jan. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m., Authentique, The Mission, and Arts to Zion Showcase will host after-hours events featuring 15 national artists who will demonstrate and present their work. This is for ticketholders only, but tickets can be purchased at the door.

On Jan. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. the Art on Main gallery stroll will be held, which is free and open to the public.

On Jan. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m., galleries in Springdale will be doing an art walk, and an after-hours party will be held at the Zion Canyon Brew Pub with Soul What!? playing from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Ticket holders will receive 20 percent off their meals. The artwork of Jason Butler of DeZion Gallery will be featured at the Zion Brew pub.

On Jan. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, artists and musicians will be present at the Kayenta Art Village.

On Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be book signings at the Silver Reef Museum involving the local history of the region, and history book authors including Doug Alder, Mark Hedengren, and Richard Kohler will be present.

A full list of participating artists and information about the silent auction can be found at ArtstoZion.net. The participants include artists who have won prestigious national awards for their work and who have been given the highest honor as artists by the state of Utah.

Tickets may be purchased at the Arts to Zion Showcase at 35 N. Main St. in St George, the Silver Reef Museum in Leeds, Juniper Sky Gallery and Kayenta Art Village in Ivins, and Worthington Gallery in Springdale. Take advantage of online registration at ArtstoZion.net for two-for-one tickets.