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Monday, July 15, 2013

Art of the National Parks @ Suu's Braithwaite Gallery (Cedar City: Now - 8/31/13)

 Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: The majestic beauty of Zion National Park has inspired countless artists to capture its wonder on canvas. Several distinguished regional artists whose work can be viewed in the Southern Utah Art Invitational Exhibition & Sale, now at SUU’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, have had their art included in the new publication, Art of the National Parks. Recently published by Fresco Books, this new work includes a chapter on Zion National Park that features work by Arlene Braithwaite, Royden Card, Roland Lee and the lateJim Jones. This handsome volume is available at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery Gift Shop, located in the Gallery which is on the lower level of the Braithwaite Liberal Arts Building on the campus of Southern Utah University.
This Southern Utah Art Invitational Exhibition & Sale runs through August 31, 2013 at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery located on the lower level of the Braithwaite Building on the Southern Utah University campus. The gallery’s summer hours are Mon–Sat, 10am–8pm. Admission is free, and the general public is encouraged to attend.
One of the works featured in the book is Arlene Braithwaite’s vibrant pastel, “Sunrise, Towers of the Virgin” which is included in the Art Invitational. Arlene continually draws inspiration from vistas located in Zion National Park. "Sunrise anywhere in Zion is magical, but for me the best place to start the day is the observation point at the end of the Canyon Overlook Trail. As the sun hits the Towers, canyon wrens call in the morning chill and the light changes quickly. I took photographs as reference and back in the studio I added clouds and a streak of light in the foreground with the goal of suggesting the dynamics of fleeting daybreak."
The book also showcases Jim Jones’ “Zion from Gooseberry Mesa,” which will be housed in the Jim Jones Gallery in the forthcoming Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), which will be part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Southern Utah University. A giclee of the Jones’ piece is currently available for purchase through the Gallery Gift Shop, along with several prints by Roland Lee.
Inspired by nineteenth-century painters and photographers, Congress passed legislation preserving America’s spectacular natural resources for the enjoyment of all. Today, artists continue to play a significant role in interpreting these iconic panoramas, intimate corners, and diverse wildlife within our national parks. In Art of the National Parks, seventy painters and sculptors offer distinctive visions of eight of the nation’s most beloved wild lands: Acadia, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion. Susan Hallsten McGarry, well-known author and curator, guides readers on a lively journey through the artists’ styles, techniques, and philosophies. Art historian/author Jean Stern, director of the Irvine Museum, discusses the historic artists who put into motion our nation’s conservation consciousness. And Terry Lawson Dunn, biologist and educator, highlights the national parks’ ecological successes and challenges. With more than 450 artworks, this glorious, large-format book is a must for anyone who has hiked the trails, watched a sunset, marveled at buffalo herds, or yearned to experience our nation’s mythic and transformative vistas. It is also an indispensable compendium of artists who are at the forefront of twenty-first-century American landscape and wildlife art.   
Featuring works by some of Southern Utah’s most celebrated artists, the Southern Utah Art Invitational Exhibition and Sale will display more than 150 pieces from various mediums including painting, photography, jewelry and ceramics. The exhibition will feature breath-taking pastels by Arlene Braithwaite, vibrant paintings by Ron Spears, Royden Card, Valerie Orlemann and J. Brad Holt, colorful glasswork by Carrie Trenholm, masterful photography by Michael Plyler, stunning ceramics by Susan Harris and distinctive pottery by Harold Snider. Works on display can be purchased on site at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery during the exhibition.
For more information about the two distinctive exhibitions at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, please call (435) 586-5432, or visit www.edu/pva/artgallery.

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