Russian art, glass art exhibits; St. George Art Museum

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ST. GEORGE – This summer will bring a variety of educational opportunities and attractions to the St. George Art Museum.

A work by Andrew Zabela-Zabelin on display at the St. George Art Museum | Photo courtesy of St. George Art Museum
A work by Andrew Zabela-Zabelin on display at the St. George Art Museum | Photo courtesy of St. George Art Museum

Summer schedule

The museum’s summer lineup features an extraordinary combination of exhibits and events. Exhibits run May 25 to Aug. 10 during museum business hours.

The main gallery will feature “In Translation,” a collection from classically trained Russian artist Andrew Zabela-Zabelin. Educated in the St. Petersburg Art Institute, he specializes in figurative art and cityscapes. Zabela-Zabelin has received an award from International Artist magazine, is exhibited in numerous American galleries, including the prestigious Green House Gallery and he is also currently a member of the American Impressionist Society. His works hang in private collections in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Poland, Germany, France, Italy and Japan.

In the mezzanine gallery will be “Sparkle & Glow: A Clear View” from the Utah Glass Guild Plus. The Glass Art Guild of Utah has been fostering talent and furthering glass techniques for more than 10 years. Glass forming is an ancient art that is now experiencing a revival. From tiny jewel-like universes that fit in your hand to sleek sculptures that catch and hold the eye, see a variety of technical aspects used in glass art creation during this first-ever exhibit from the Glass Art Guild of Utah and Southern Utah glass makers and collectors.

The legacy gallery will present “Windows to Heaven: Treasures from the Museum of Russian Icons” by The Museum of Russian Icons, which was founded as a nonprofit educational institute in 2006 by Gordon B. Lankton, a Massachusetts industrialist. Through his many travels to Russia, partnered with a passion for Russian history, Lankton’s collection spans an astounding six centuries.

Windows to Heaven brings together 24 historically significant works from the collection, dating from 1590 to present day. This spectacular exhibition helps demonstrate how religious structures and organizations are created by civilizations to reflect their own spiritual, social and political needs. The showing in St. George is part of a three-year national tour organized by The Museum of Russian Icons.

Art conversations, special educational programs, are held the third Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. On June 20, Slava Lubomudrov will present “Russian Icons in a Historical Context,” with a preblessing of the icons by John Haydukovich at 6 p.m. The Glass Guild of Utah’s Kerry Transtrum will present on July 18.

Schedule

Exhibits (May 25 to Aug. 10)

Main Gallery – “In Translation” by Andrew Zabela-Zabelin

Mezzanine Gallery – “Sparkle & Glow: A Clear View” by Utah Glass Guild Plus

Legacy Gallery – “Windows to Heaven: Treasures from the Museum of Russian Icons” by The Museum of Russian Icons

Art Conversations

June 20 – “Russian Icons in a Historical Context” by Slava Lubomudrov

July 18 – “Glass Guild of Utah” by Kerry Transtrum

A work by the Utah Glass Guild on display at the St. George Art Museum | Photo courtesy of St. George Art Museum
A work by the Utah Glass Guild on display at the St. George Art Museum | Photo courtesy of St. George Art Museum

Summer Art on Main Gallery Stroll

The summer Art on Main Gallery Stroll will take place in downtown St. George on June 14 from 6-9 p.m. Start at the museum, then walk down Main Street in St. George to visit fine art galleries with featured artists, and live music. Pick up a punch card at the museum for a chance to win a piece of original fine art at the end of the evening. A map and more information can be found here.

Blue Star program

The St. George Art Museum has announced a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the United States Department of Defense. Through this partnership, the museum joins more than 1,800 participating Blue Star Museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa.

As a Blue Star Museum, the St. George Art Museum is pleased to be able to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013.  Free admission is available upon presentation of a Geneva Convention common access card, a DD Form 1173 ID card or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card from any active duty member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard, as well as those currently serving in the National Guard and Reserve – up to five members per family.

A work from The Museum of Russian Icons on display at the St. George Art Museum | Photo courtesy of St. George Art Museum
A work from The Museum of Russian Icons on display at the St. George Art Museum | Photo courtesy of St. George Art Museum

“When the call for museums to participate in the first Blue Star program came, St. George Art Museum signed up immediately,” Museum Curator Deborah Reeder said. “The military is actively working hard to make us safe in America. The St. George Art Museum and the City of St. George are pleased to do something in return for the men, women and the families of those who serve.”

For active military personnel and family members who may be traveling during this traditional family vacation season, Blue Star Museums also include science museums, history museums, nature centers and 75 children’s museums across America. In addition to the St. George Art Museum, other participating museums in Utah include the Ogden Treehouse Children’s Museum, the Heritage Museum in Orem, the CEU’s Prehistoric Museum in Price, the Fort Douglas Military Museum and Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City.

The St. George Art Museum is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 47 East 200 North in St. George. The city-owned and operated facility exists “to educate … through quality exhibitions from all periods, cultures and media … and to collect, conserve, inventory, exhibit and interpret art and artifacts from Utah and the West.”

For more information, the museum can be reached at 435-627-4525.

Submitted by: St. George Art Museum

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Image by Brett Barrett, St. George News
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