37th Annual St. George Art Festival opens to balmy weather, big crowds

The 37th Annual St. George Art Festival opened Friday and continues Saturday in the Town Square, St. George, Utah, March 25, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News
The 37th Annual St. George Art Festival opened Friday and continues Saturday in the Town Square, St. George, Utah, March 25, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

ST. GEORGE –  The 37th Annual St. George Art Festival got underway Friday with big crowds and great spring weather in downtown St. George.

The festival opened Friday morning and continues on Saturday at the St. George Historic Town Square, 50 S. Main, and more than 30,000 people are expected to attend.

More than 110 artists are showing a variety of work ranging in a wide range of mediums including textiles, photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture and more. Live entertainment is playing to crowds from two stages and a large children’s area is available for the kids.

“There are some wonderful artists here, I love it,” Sharon Koos of Mesquite, Nev., said.

“I have been coming here for  seven years, every year, and it has grown so big and so wonderful. And the quality of the artists has gotten so much better, it is like going to a museum, an art museum. It’s just great, I just love it.”

The 37th Annual St. George Art Festival opened Friday and continues Saturday in the Town Square, St. George, Utah, March 25, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News
The 37th Annual St. George Art Festival opened Friday and continues Saturday in the Town Square, St. George, Utah, March 25, 2016 | Photo by Julie Applegate, St. George News

Koos is a member of the Red Hat Society, an international social group for mature women, and traveled from Mesquite, Nevada, with 20 other Red Hat women to enjoy the festival.

“We are mature ladies that dress up in red and purple and we just have a good time, enjoy life.”

From humble beginnings, the festival has moved from Main Street to the spacious and green lawns of Town Square. The St. George Art Festival is produced by the City of St. George Leisure Services Department.

Random Acts of Dance

Saturday, “Random Acts of Dance” will be performed at different sites throughout the Art Festival. Organized by the St. George Dance Company, various groups will participate in a collaborative performance at the Art Festival.

Random Acts of Dance will be performed throughout Town Square Saturday at the St. George Art Festival | Photo courtesy of Chauntelle Lewis, St. George News
Random Acts of Dance will be performed throughout Town Square Saturday at the St. George Art Festival | Photo courtesy of Chauntelle Lewis, St. George News

Dance groups from the Southern Utah area will perform free site-specific improvisational dances at locations throughout Town Square. The dances will be created on the spot and inspired by their surroundings.

Random Acts of Dance schedule 

  • 10 a.m. – Desert Hills High School
  • 10:30 a.m. – Pine View High School
  • 12 noon – St. George Dance Company
  • 1 p.m. – Vista School
  • 1:30 p.m. – Dixie State University Improv Club
  • 2 p.m. – Desert Hills High School
  • 2:30 p.m. – Southern Utah University Orchesis
  • 3 p.m. – St. George Dance Company

Event details

  • What: St. George Art Festival
  • When: March 25-26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: St. George Town Square, 50 South Main St., St. George
  • For more information see the Art Festival website and Facebook page

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