Arts to Zion studio tour connects art across Washington County

Art-Z, the mascot of Arts to Zion. Photo courtesy of Arts to Zion.

ST. GEORGE – In the midst of St. George Heritages Days will be the Arts to Zion Studio Tour, a self-guided tour of the arts across Washington County.

The Arts to Zion tour will be held Jan. 14-16, and attendees will be treated to a variety of artists who practice a wide range of artistic disciplines.  All kinds of art will be on display, from the more traditional styles like painting and figure drawing, to photography, glass art, jewelry, garden art, mixed-media, sculpture, pottery and ceramics, music, and much more.  A myriad of art-based workshops will also be offered during the event.

“It’ll be a one-stop-shop for art,” said Bobbi Wan-kier, the studio tour’s director. She added that, with so much to choose from, there would be something for everyone.

Thirteen galleries and 10 private home studios will also be participating in the Arts to Zion studio tour, which will include locations across St. George, Bloomington, Santa Clara, Washington, Coyote Gulch (Kayenta), Silver Reef and Springdale.

Included in the gallery line up will be Art on the Edge, 13th & Park Art Space, Blue Raven Art Studio, GoGo 37, Spilt Rock Gallery other others.

Local artists like Jerry Anderson, L’Deane Trueblood , Annette Everett and others, will also be opening up their home studios to the public during the tour.

The tour is in its first year, though Wan-kier hopes it becomes an annual event for the artists and art enthusiasts of Washington County. She also said she hopes the studio tour will promote networking among the county’s art community.

“Part of the function [of the studio tour] is to give the public access to local artists,” Wan-kier said.

Wan-kier is also working to connect local preexisting art organizations, like the Visual Arts Association, Kayenta Art Village and Washington County Arts Council for example, and promote them over the internet.

“We plan to connect all of the organizations already in place and promote them online,” she said.

As a part of its networking goals, the studio tour will promote other art events throughout the year.

“Promotion; that’s what the studio tour is for,” she said.

The mascot of the studio tour is an 8-foot long, multi-colored Gecko named Art-Z. Wherever there is art, Wan-kier said, Art-Z would be there.

The Arts to Zion studio tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday.

All events are free to the public with the exception of the artists’ home studios which will require a $10 ticket that can be obtained at the Leisure Arts Center in St. George.

Additional information on the Arts to Zion studio tour can be found at www.artstozion.com, or on the event’s Facebook page.

mkessler@stgnews.com

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