FEATURE — The city sidewalks are dressed in holiday style in downtown St. George, and there’s no better way to enjoy the ambiance of Christmas downtown than to stroll Main Street during Art On Main Friday. The Art On Main fine art gallery stroll, set in beautiful Historic Downtown St. George, encompasses the St. George Art Museum as well as eight fine art galleries on Main Street, and concludes at Twenty-Five Main Cafe, which also displays work by emerging artists.
Featured artists offer live demonstrations and local musicians entertain within the galleries, filling the evening with art and music as well as the opportunity to meet local artists and view work by nationally-renowned artists from all across the country. Some of those artists include J. Kirk Richards, Julie Rogers, Annette Everett, L’Deane Trueblood, Jeff Ham, Michael Malm, Simon Winegar, and Jeffrey Pugh. During the holiday season, the streets, shops, and galleries are decorated with lights and trimmings and even gingerbread houses.
To participate, begin at the St. George Art Museum, located at 48 East 200 North, at 6 p.m. on Friday. Admission to the museum is waived the evening of Art On Main. Make sure to pick up a free punch card at the Art Museum to have marked at each gallery attended. Then, visit each of the other nine fine art destinations by following a map available at the Art Museum and online. Turn in the punch card at Twenty-Five Main Café before 9 p.m. when a drawing will be held for a piece of original artwork.
Participating galleries include Bedard Fine Art, Authentique Gallery, Split Rock Gallery, The Mission Gallery, Art & Soul Gallery (located inside Print It Shop), Wide Angle Photography, Fibonacci Main Street Gallery, Remax Fine Art Gallery, and Twenty-Five Main Cafe. In addition, take in the outdoor sculpture exhibit by the Art Around the Corner Foundation, featuring twenty-four unique sculptures at various locations downtown by sculptors including Ben Hammond, Dan Hill, Gary Lee Price, and others.
Art on Main is a nonprofit project of Art Around the Corner and is supported in part by the City of St. George via the St. George Arts Commission.
Written by Alisha Tolman Burton for St. George Health & Wellness Magazine and St. George News.
Alisha Tolman Burton created Art On Main in St. George six years ago as a way to highlight the growing art community downtown. She continues to advocate for the arts by serving on the board of The Art Around The Corner Foundation, which places sculptures on exhibit in the St. George downtown, and is the current chair of the St. George Arts Commission. Alisha also works for the St. George Branch of the Washington County Library System, where she does Toddler Time and offers a free Art Club for children.
Event details and resources
- What: Art on Main stroll
- When: Friday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m.
- Where: Stroll begins at St. George Art Museum, 48 East 200 North, St. George
- Art Around the Corner website
- Map and information available at St. George Art website
- Contact: Alisha Tolman Burton by email
- St. George Health and Wellness website
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