‘Earth in Black & White’ art exhibit to open at Zion Human History Museum; artists lecture scheduled

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SPRINGDALE — Touted as having a deep understanding of the Southwest and the Zion National Park in particular, artists Barbara Ellard and Michael Plyler will have their work featured at the Zion Human History Museum.

The ceramic art of Barbara Ellard will be featured at the Zion Human History Museum in Springdale, Utah, from June 7-Aug. 27, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Zion National Park, St. George News

The art display, titled “Earth in Black & White,” will feature the ceramic works of Ellard and photographs by Plyler. The display opens Thursday and runs through Aug. 27.

The artists will also host a lecture June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springdale Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion Blvd.

The Zion Human History Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and located on Zion National Park Road in Springdale.

The featured artists

Ellard’s art has included ceramics, mosaics, textiles, papermaking and printmaking. She is currently focused on ceramics, which include functional pieces and sculptures. Some of her work is high fired and other pieces are finished using low-fired “alternative” firing techniques such as pit firing, naked raku and horse hair.

Her ceramic art work is represented at Juniper Sky Gallery in Kayenta.

Tthe photography of Michael Plyler will be featured at the Zion Human History Museum in Springdale, Utah, from June 7-Aug. 27, 2018 | Photo courtesy of Zion National Park, St. George News

Plyler has been making photographs on film since 1976. In addition to his landscape work, he’s been photographing the Highland Maya of Guatemala since 1982. A large body of that work has been added to the permanent collection of The National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian and the San Diego Museum of Man.

“Making photographs with a view camera is a meditation,” Plyler said. “It forces you as the photographer to make photographs one at a time. As it should be. Since I am a user of Ansel Adams’ Zone System, it is also the most appropriate camera to use to achieve the contrast control desired in film development, treating each negative individually.”

Works from the artists are featured below.

Click on photo to enlarge it, then use your left-right arrow keys to cycle through the gallery.

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