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Thursday, February 28, 2013

NEWS: Art Around the Corner Expands Effort to Encourage Sculpture Placement

Art Around the Corner, a non-profit arts organization with the goal of providing education in the art and value of sculpture through its annual outdoor sculpture exhibit in downtown St. George, has recently expanded its operations to include leasing sculptures to businesses and other locations. The service, said Shannon Jensen, Art Around the Corner Chair, was implemented to make sculptures available to buyers who may not be able to commit to the price of a substantially-sized sculpture up-front, which can range from $1,000 to over $100,000, and to encourage the placement of sculptures throughout St. George. "We believe a sculpture has great power to enrich and inspire," said Board Member Alisha Tolman Burton. "We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to interact with and learn about sculpture as an art, and to see sculptures that are beautifully crafted and varied."

Sculptures available for lease include pieces from the 2012 exhibit, which can be viewed online at www.artaroundthecorner.org. Interested persons are asked to contact Art Around the Corner for additional details and recommendations.

Art Around the Corner's annually rotating outdoor exhibit features more than twenty fine art sculptures by nationally renowned artists who agree to loan a sculpture to Art Around the Corner for one year in order to showcase and sell their work. The exhibit has provided a conduit for the purchase of new sculptures by local collectors and by the City of St. George, including most recently the twin sculptures "Puffed-Up Prince" and "Puffed-Up Princess" by Gary Price featuring two crowned frogs with puckered lips that have since been installed at Town Square in downtown St. George.

The 2013 exhibit will be unveiled Saturday, March 23, including a wide variety of sculptures, such as a non-objective or "abstract" sculpture by Thad Tuin titled "Composition in Red and Orange," an interactive bell by Utah artist Doug Adams and a representational portrait of local Dixie University professor and arts advocate Glen Blakley by local sculptor L'Deane Trueblood. A reception honoring the artists who will exhibit in 2013, along with Art Around the Corner's current Partner in the Arts Award recipient Ronald Garner will occur Friday, March 22 at the Arts and Community Building in St. George.


Art Around the Corner is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to supporting the arts and enriching the community of St. George. It has been a major force behind projects like the restoration of the Opera House and building the St. George Art Museum and Social Hall. Ongoing Foundation undertakings include the Art Around the Corner open-air sculpture exhibit, the Partner in the Arts Award, and quarterly Art On Main art strolls.

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