ST. GEORGE – The Southern Utah-based arts advocacy organization, Arts to Zion, recently named six new members to its advisory board and announced its annual art and studio tour upcoming in January 2017.
The organization anticipates the new board members will contribute leadership to the expanding mission and purpose of the arts-based organization.
New members include: Ami Comeford of Utah Humanities Council and Dixie State University; Becky Cox of Arts Council of Washington County and Artful Healing Academy; Wendi, Mangum of LearnKey; J. Dan Mead of Zion Artisans; Daphne Schroth of Dixie Watercolor Society; and Melynda Thorpe of Emceesquare Media and Georgefest.
“Arts to Zion is expanding in its purpose and mission,” said Bobbi Wan-kier, Arts to Zion founder and board chair. “Each new board member brings added expertise, breadth and depth, and we are thrilled to have such a solid team representing the arts and artists of southern Utah.”
In the coming new year, the organization will host its sixth consecutive “Arts to Zion” Art and Studio Tour, Jan. 12-15, 2017, featuring hubs in St. George, Springdale, Kayenta and Leeds.
The theme for the 2017 tour will be “The Sound of Art,” pairing artists with live musicians at various tour destinations. See the tour map linked here.
New board members join with the existing Arts to Zion Advisory Board: Wan-kier (chair); Ken Sizemore of Santa Clara City Council; Dan Robison of Daniel R. Robison PC; and Paula Bell of Proforma Business Communications and Arts Council of Washington County.
The organization, established in 2012, is committed to providing experiential art events within Southern Utah that are both arts-centered and culturally-based.
“Southern Utah is well-known for having a rich culture of fine artists,” Wan-kier said, “and our goal is to help that culture continue to grow, and to continue connecting artists with buyers.”
The purpose of Arts to Zion is to facilitate plein-air events, studio tours and cultural events such as historical lectures, musical performances, literary events and arts-related film screenings.
The organization also aims to make cultural events accessible to the local community and tourists by providing maps and online services, recommending museums and providing gallery display opportunities for local artists.
The Arts to Zion Showcase/Gallery 35 is located at 35 N. Main St. in the heart of the Historic Downtown district of St. George.
For more information about Arts to Zion, visit artstozion.com.