ST. GEORGE – Take a stroll down Main Street and you will find dotted among the historical downtown area a number of art galleries, each with its own focus. Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 10,the galleries are opening their doors for a night of gallery hoping.
Local artist Alisha Tolman holds a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from Utah State University and, after living abroad in Taiwan, returned to St George to help establish the Gallery Walk.
In an effort to galvanize the community, Tolman created the Gallery walk to encourage connection between residents and visual artists that live in St. George.
“The more people talk to each other about what they are doing and what is going on and support each other, the stronger the arts community grows,” said Tolman.
The Gallery walk takes place on a quarterly basis. The walk will start at the St. George Art Museum; attendees who stroll through the various galleries will have the opportunity to have a punch card punched as they visit each gallery. Live music, as well as refreshments, can be enjoyed along with the fine art. The walk ends at 9 p.m. at 25 Main Restaurant, were those who had their punch card filled will have the opportunity to win a piece of original art work, donated by the artists.
“It is nice to see art and meet the artist, too. People may not realize how many galleries there are concentrated in the downtown area,” said Tollman.
The Gallery Walk has now become a project of Art Around the Corner, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the arts locally. According to Tollman, she remains involved with the Gallery Walk and serves on Art Around the Corner board. They are a “well established, well respected arts organization, and for them to take interest in the Gallery Walk helps it become that much better,” she said.
For more information on the Gallery Walk, art classes, and the local artist community visit www.stgeorgearts.com and St. George Art on Facebook.