Holiday gift shop that benefits opens at Southern Utah Museum of Art

The Southern Utah Museum of Art in Cedar City celebrates the season with "A Very SUMA Holiday," photo undated, Cedar City, Utah | Photo courtesy of SUMA, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — The Southern Utah Museum of Art is ramping up the holiday season by providing a variety of ways to give this year with “A Very Suma Holiday.”

A Wishing Tree, complete with one-of-a-kind handmade holiday ornaments and giving opportunities on it, will be on display in the museum’s gift shop. The gift shop opens Saturday for shopping through Dec. 15.

“The concept behind Suma’s gift shop is centered around the museum’s mission statement of showcasing regional art of the Colorado Plateau and interests in the larger world,” purchasing assistant Brooke Vlasich said. “This holiday season, we want to take the concept of supporting local and world communities one step further by collaborating with local nonprofits to give back to Cedar City.”

One way you can give this season is through the Wishing Tree, she said. The Wishing Tree is offered in partnership with Iron County Care and Share and is a great way to give to back to those in our community who are in need of help, hope and compassion this season, Vlasich added.

Care and Share helps homeless and low-income individuals and families work toward self-sufficiency. The Wishing Tree will contain tags with the age and gender of a community individual in need. You can purchase gifts for the individual and deliver the gifts, with the tag attached, to the Care and Share.

The Wishing Tree will also feature holiday ornaments for sale from Novica and Ten Thousand Villages. Both nonprofit organizations feature products made by artisans from around the world who utilize traditional crafting techniques unique to their country.

Our desire to support and contribute to our community also drives our continuing collaboration with many of our vendors, who strive to create better opportunities for their artisans all around the globe,” Whitney Staheli, a purchasing assistant for SUMA, said.

Suma will also be hosting a Wrap-A-Thon for the Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center from noon-6 p.m. on both Dec. 2 and Dec. 3. Gift wrapping will be available in the museum lobby for a cash or check donation. All proceeds for the Wrap-A-Thon goes to the crisis center, which helps survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Event details

  • What: “A Very Suma Holiday,” at the Southern Utah Museum of Art to benefit the Iron County Care and Share and Cedar Creek Women’s Crisis Center.
  • When: Saturday, Nov. 16 to Thursday, Dec. 15.
  • Where: Southern Utah Museum of Art, 13 S. 300 West, Cedar City.
  • For more information visit the museum’s website or call (435) 586-5432.

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