FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2013
Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
College of Performing & Visual Arts
Southern Utah University
Photo credit: Kate Starling working outdoors in southern Utah. Courtesy of Kate Starling
FOR CALENDAR EDITORS: SUMA SPRING ART HIKE WITH KATE STARLING
WHAT: The spectacular southern Utah landscape changes from season to season and inspires regional artists throughout the year. SUU’s SUMA Community Engagement Committee invites artists, students and enthusiasts to accompany painter on Kate Starling on a Spring Art Hike.
WHO: SUMA, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Community Engagement Committee and Cedar Breaks National Monument
WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 2013
TIME: 9am in Cedar City; 10am in Virgin, UT.
WHERE: East Side of Main Street Park, Cedar City, UT or Kolob Terrace Road, Virgin, UT
TICKETS: Reservations required. Free and open to the general public. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Reserve a place by calling the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery at (435) 586-5462 (Tues-Sat, noon-7pm) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
INFO: For detailed info and requirements, call (435) 586-5462 or visit www.suu.edu/pva/suma.
SUU’s SUMA Community Engagement Committee
Offers Spring Art Hike with Painter Kate Starling
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: The spectacular southern Utah landscape changes from season to season and inspires regional artists throughout the year. SUU’s SUMA Community Engagement Committee invites artists, students and enthusiasts to accompany painter on Kate Starling on a Spring Art Hike. On Saturday, April 20, 2013, Starling, Anne Smith, SUU Instructor, Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT), Coordinator, Outdoor Education Series, and a representative from the Bureau of Land Management will lead hikers on a trek to North Creek, Kolob Terrace Road in Virgin, Utah. The theme for the hike is entitled “Make Your Own Sketchbook.” The Art Hikes have been created by the Southern Utah Museum of Art’s (SUMA) Community Engagement Committee to build public awareness for the proposed museum. All Art Hikes are free.
On the hike, participants will have the opportunity to develop a sketchbook of their own to be used later at home or in the studio. Participants are encouraged to bring pencils, watercolors, cameras (optional), knapsack, water, snacks/lunch, poncho or plastic to sit on when sketching, hats, gloves, and jackets/rain gear for potential weather change. All children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult.
The hike is free and open to the community. For this hike, participants must contact the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery to reserve a place for you and your party. Please call (435) 586-5462 (Tue-Sat, noon-7pm) or send an email to email@example.com.
Cedar City hikers will meet at east side of Main Street Park at 9am. Hikers from St. George and areas south of Cedar City will be able to meet at the hike’s starting point on Kolob Terrace Road in Virgin at 10am, but please contact the Braithwaite Gallery to advise your intent to participate.
Kate Starling is an oil painter who lives and works in the canyons of southern Utah. Educated in geology, she spent years working outside as a geologist and National Park ranger. After formal academic art training, she devoted her work to painting the landscape. Schooled in the importance of direct painting from life she has spent years painting outside, learning the way light plays on the land. Now she splits her time between the roadways and trails surrounding her home and the studio. Starling's paintings portray the natural world and focus on communicating a sense of place, atmosphere and light, retaining the immediacy of the painting experience. She knows the strength of emotion that the landscape seen in a particular light can trigger in her - she strives to paint in such a way that memory and emotion are triggered in the people who see her work.
SUMA Art Hikes have been created to provide an opportunity for the southern Utah community to discover the special places where local artists gain inspiration for their art. Participants will get to hike to these inspiring locations with the artist as well as a representative from the Public Lands such as the National Park Service, the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or Utah Division of Natural Resources who will educate and enlighten the hikers to learn more about these unique locales. In addition, all participants are encouraged to bring their own art supplies (sketch books, pencils, pastels, watercolors or whatever a hiker’s media) and cameras to capture the natural beauty of the region for themselves.
Additional hikes will be scheduled for the summer and fall. Participants are welcome to bring their own art supplies. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Detailed information can be obtained by calling (435) 586-5462 or visiting www.suu.edu/pva/suma. To make a contribution to SUMA, please contact Donna Law, Director of Development: CPVA, at 435-865-8182 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions can be made online at www.suu.edu/pva/suma.
ABOUT THE COLLEGE
The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration and the new Center for Shakespeare Studies. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by email at email@example.com.