Dixie National Forest, Dixie State College present artistic portrait of forest scenery

"Casto Canyon" and "Pine Valley Mountains from Leeds" by Arlene Braithwaite, photos courtesy of Arlene Braithwaite | Image composite by Alexa Verdugo Morgan, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Join the Dixie National Forest and Dixie State College of Utah Sears Museum Gallery on Friday for the grand opening of the “Land of Contrast: An Artist’s Diary of the Dixie National Forest”  art exhibit.

The exhibit features art by Arlene Braithwaite, Carrie Trenholm, Deb Durham, Eric Brown, Valerie Orlemann, J. Brad Holt, Travis Humphreys, Spike Ress, Sue Cotter, Leslie Jensen, Joy Stein, Julie Rogers, Royden Card, Barbara Prestwich, George W. Handrahan, Ken Harris, Carol Bold and Roland Lee. These artists have used a variety of mediums including watercolor, pastel, oil, fused glass and book art to interpret the scenery of the Dixie National Forest. Unique and beautiful pieces will highlight the area’s scenic mountain ranges, colorful desert canyon gorges, forests, plateaus and alpine lakes.

“The Dixie National Forest is proud to be in partnership with DSC and local artists to present this impressive display of artwork,” Forest Supervisor Angelita Bulletts said. “The artists’ paintings provide a glimpse into the natural beauty that connects people to the forest.”

An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Eccles Fine Arts Center on the DSC Campus. Visitors can mingle with artists and Forest Service personnel to learn more about their favorite locations in the Dixie National Forest, many of which have inspired the paintings seen in the exhibit.

The exhibit continues through Jan. 18, 2013. Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays. Admission is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to attend and discover both new and recognized locations that will inspire you to explore and make lasting connections to the forest.

The Dixie National Forest and DSC will also host a free screening of the film “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time.” Though best known as the author of the conservation classic “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold is also known for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist and wilderness advocate. The film will be available in a special viewing area of the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

Event details and contact information

Date: Nov. 16 (reception), through Jan. 18 (exhibit)

Time: 7 to 9 p.m. (reception), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (exhibit)

Location: Eccles Fine Art Center, DSC Campus

Admission: Free

Contact: Dixie National Forest – 435-865-3200

Email: news@stgnews.com

Twitter: @STGnews

Submitted by: Marcia Gilles, Dixie National Forest

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