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May 15, 2016
Art Around the Corner Creates Powerful Connections
by Cindy Trueblood, published in St. George News
https://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2016/05/15/djg-art-around-the-corner-art-creates-deep-powerful-connections/#.V84w9JgrK70

March 30, 2016
Art Around the Corner announces 2016 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
Published in The Independent
http://suindependent.com/art-around-the-corner-2016/

2015 Exhibit Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Art Around the Corner – Bringing Art to the Community

St. George, UT (March 1, 2015) – Keeping us connected to the arts as a community is one of the primary goals of Art Around the Corner (AAC). For the past decade the volunteer efforts of the AAC Foundation have been the cornerstone of the remarkable sculptures lining the streets and walkways of downtown St. George. Excitement is building for the new show that will open on March 28, 2015. This annual event heralds the unveiling of outstanding sculptures from artists around the country. It is a wonderful time to venture out and see what unique art pieces the new show will bring to our community.

The exhibit consists of 24 sculptures from artists all around the country. Some pieces are on lease and are available for purchase from the artists — and others are part of the City of St. George’s permanent collection. The sculptures are placed in different areas of historic downtown for adults and children alike to see, touch, and experience art on a whole new level. The remarkable quality of these pieces allows admirers to enjoy an interactive art experience and the sculptures have the ability to withstand hands-on curiosity like no other medium. Moreover, creating a beautiful and cultured downtown area benefits our community aesthetically, financially, and culturally. “The sole purpose of our efforts is to bring art to this community,” said Stefanie Bevans, Art Around the Corner Chairwoman. “The reward is when we see people of every age stopping to interact with the art, or enjoy it in some way. The level of sophistication and talent in our show is museum quality, and the fact that it lines our streets is a just another reason why St. George is like no other town.” Think of it as one of the greatest outdoor public art museums in the west.

The rotating annual show is a cooperative arrangement that allows the AAC to showcase a variety of work from a national pool of renowned artists. In return the organization promotes the artists’ work, which is for sale, and tries to provide greater access and exposure for the sculptors. To continue to attract this level of talent to St. George, the AAC must do their part to help artist make the 12 month loan worth their while. “The bottom line is we need to help these artists make a living and sell their pieces,” said Bevans. “We feel that this art is vital to our community and so we’re looking at more affordable and creative ways to keep the artists returning and keep the art on our streets.”

To this end, Art Around the Corner launched a new lease program this past year to work hand in hand with the straight sell of sculptures. Bevans emphasized, “First and foremost, this art is for sale. We want to keep this art in our community — so we are giving our business owners and private art lovers opportunities to enjoy this art by purchasing or leasing the sculptures.”

The newly integrated 12-month leasing program allows businesses or individuals to display a sculpture of their choosing at their own locations for a percentage of the purchase price. At the end of the contract, they have the option to put the cost of the lease towards the purchase price, return the piece, or trade it out for another sculpture. “Our show runs from March to March and the pieces coming off the pedestals in the coming months will be available for lease,” said Bevans. “If you love a piece of art and want it to stay in St. George now is a crucial time to contact us to purchase or lease the sculpture.”

Information about the leasing program and a preview of the sculptures available through the leasing program is located on the organization’s website at www.artaroundthecorner.org. If you would like to make leasing arrangements or have questions regarding sales, please contact 435-229-6612.

The website also includes a map for a self-guided tour of the 2014-15 Art Show as well as locations for pieces in the city’s permanent collection. A new feature to the website allows you to cast your vote for your favorite sculpture. In addition, there is bio information on artists and insights behind the sculptures. For younger art lovers there are “Children’s Questions” for an interactive tour, and a “Sculpture 101” introduction to the bronze sculpture process. If you have a group interested in a free guided tour, arrangements can be made with the AAC board through the website. Dates and times for Art On Main Gallery Strolls, a branch of the AAC, are also listed online.
CONTACT:
ART AROUND THE CORNER FOUNDATION
P.O. BOX 3328 ST. GEORGE UT, 84771
STEFANIE BEVANS, CHAIR: (435) 229-6612
art@artaroundthecorner.org / www.artaroundthecorner.org

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Pink stiletto sculpture draws mixed reaction in downtown St. George

POSTED 8:04 PM, APRIL 6, 2015, BY ZACH WHITNEY, UPDATED AT 10:11PM, APRIL 6, 2015

http://fox13now.com/2015/04/06/pink-stiletto-sculpture-draws-mixed-reaction-in-downtown-st-george/

Channel 2 News Article, Nov. 12th, 2014 featuring on of our veteran sculptors: Matt Clark http://www.kutv.com/news/features/local-news/stories/Quadriplegic-turns-to-childhood-love-of-art-after-accident-57193.shtml#.VH3sOjHF-mh Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | DJ Bolerjack

(KUTV) Scattered in areas of St. George stands a few unique metal sculptures that belong to creator, Matt Clark. They are not finely brushed paintings or delicate stained glass windows; the art depicts something much rawer. An example of his work can be seen in front of Painted Pony, a restaurant off St. George Blvd. and Main St. Clark says the some of his work portrays his own struggles, as well as challenges others face day to day. “I had to transform into something else, so I take these broken pieces and transform them into new entities themselves,” said Clark. Everything from animals to people and contemporary objects, Clark’s love is to mold and weld pieces of metal that nobody wants. To them it is junk, but to him the art speaks to many people who have gone through challenging, sad or crazy times in their life. A specific piece Clark is currently working on for a client depicts a journey of depression or being broken. “It’s a visual journey that all of us go through,” said Clark. “As you journey through that you heal, but as you see in the piece you carry the scar from that experience.” Clark’s most recent project was a family of life size horses, which are three of the thousands of sculptures he says he has done in his career. Each piece takes over 200 hours to build. “Smaller pieces will take an hour. Larger pieces though, I got one that was close to 900 hours to make,” said Clark. The building blocks for these projects are pipe, automotive parts and even some scraps from household appliances, like washers and dryers. Clark says there is more to his art than what meets the eye. “I grew up wanting to be world champion cowboy as a kid. I started riding in the rodeo when I was eight-years-old and actually made it to the national finals my junior year of high school,” said Clark. In his senior year, that childhood dream was taken from him when he was run over by his own pickup truck, leaving him with a severe spinal cord injury, making him a C6 Quadriplegic After being told by doctors he would be paralyzed from the neck down with no use of his hands ever again, Clark has surpassed expectations, but not without a little help from ingenuity. “I would duct tape my hand to a hammer, it worked, but it wasn’t functional,” said Clark. He decided to take it upon himself and invent a new handle for his hammer. It is a hammer that allows him to hold it even though he cannot grip it. Clark says, like everyone, he has adjusted and expresses himself through art of the 15-year-old cowboy inside him. “I’ve taken that experience as an artist and blended it into every piece I’ve ever done,” said Clark. Clark is married with one son, who has taken ahold of his dad’s love for art and sells his own work as well. If you want to take a look at more of Matts work, click here for his website.

Fox 13 News Article 2014 Exhibit

 


St. George News Article, May 29, 2014

http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/03/29/mgk-10th-annual-art-around-the-corner-brings-new-art-to-downtown/#.Uz19M_ldXCe

ST. GEORGE – A giant guitar sculpture displayed at the roundabout intersecting Tabernacle Street and Main Street has a lot of heads turning and some people wondering where it came from. The sculpture, titled “Ready To Play” by artist Deveren Farley, is a part of the 10th annual Art Around the Corner outdoor art show. So for the next year, residents and visitors alike get to gaze on Farley’s sculpture, along with 22 others placed across downtown St. George.

“People love the art that’s here,” said Stefanie Bevans, chair of the Art Around the Corner Foundation, during a presentation to the St. George City Council Thursday.

People love seeing the sculptures in the downtown area and then wonder where this or that piece disappeared to, Bevans said. She told council members that each of the 23 pieces brought into the city are only there for a year for the purpose of being sold.

That’s right, that giant guitar in the middle of Main Street and Tabernacle is for sale, and can be yours for $30,000.

“Part of my goal as chair is to bring awareness to what we do,” Bevans said, adding that Art Around the Corner brought in diverse pieces for the public and prospective buyers to view. As an example of that diversity of artistic style, Bevans pointed to pieces like the steampunk-inspired bust “Flight of the Zephyr” and “Momma Crusty the Desert Crab,” which is built with parts from a 1950s Chevrolet and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Not everything can be cowboy or pioneer-themed, Bevans said.

Though Art Around the Corner partners with the City of St. George in order to hold the year-long event, the Art Around the Corner Foundation is run by volunteers. As well, no taxpayer money goes toward the leasing of the sculptures brought into the city for the year. That cost is covered by local sponsors.

The City of St. George may buy a sculpture from the art show from time to time. Funds for such a purchase would come from revenue raised from the city’s carousel, St. George Mayor Jon Pike said.

“Abraham Lincoln,” by Gary Lee Price, St. George, Utah, March 29, 2014 | Photo by Mori Kessler. St. George News

Every piece has a story

On Friday night a dinner reception was held for artists whose pieces are being featured in this year’s show. Those in attendance thanked the City of St. George and Art Around the Corner for hosting the event, and also shared the stories and inspiration behind their sculptures.

David Anderson, the man behind “The Color Guard,” said he was inspired by the events of 9/11. When the tragedy happened, everyone was saying they would never forget. Well, more than 10 years later, they’ve forgotten, Anderson said. The day of the terror attacks, he said he went to his studio to work on a commission piece, but it didn’t feel right. Instead, he turned to creating what would become “The Color Guard,” and worked through the night doing so.

Another artist who shared his story was Gary Lee Price, who created a sculpture of Abraham Lincoln sitting on a bench. Price said it was a scene of Lincoln sitting in repose before giving the famous Gettysburg Address. He also put a slight smile on the president’s face, contrasting with popular imagery of Lincoln as a somber-looking figure.

“Abraham Lincoln” is also at the Wells Fargo Bank on Main Street.

L’Deane Trueblood’s piece “Playmates” was inspired by three little girls she saw while driving through Santa Clara years ago. Trueblood said she was charmed by the girls and took some photos of them, which later served as the basis of her sculpture. She still has the photos, and keeps and them in a plastic bag she showed those gathered at the reception. Trueblood said she has toyed with the idea of putting the photos in the newspaper so she might be able to find the three girls again, who by now may be in their late teens.

However, thanks to a members of the the Art Around the Corner Foundation Board who put a copy of Trueblood’s photo online, the girls were found Saturday and evident still either live, or have family in the area, Bevans said. “Playmates” can be found in the St. George Town Square.

With an estimated attendance of around 230, Bevans said the turnout at the artists reception was the largest Art Around the Corner has ever had. Along with the artists and Art Around the Corner volunteers, city and county officials were also in attendance.

Pike said he liked the direction the city is going with Art Around the Corner and other art-based events and groups, particularly where the city’s downtown is concerned. “I hope it’s something that has a synergistic effect on visual and performing arts,” he said. “I’m feeling really good about how it’s evolving.”

March 27 Article in The Independent

http://www.suindependent.com/news/id_5679

Twenty-three beautiful, bold, bizarre sculptures take over downtown St. George | Thursday, 03-27-2014, 06:00 AM | 

Written by Michael Flynn

One thing you can’t say about St. George is there’s nothing interesting to look at. Each year, dozens of new sculptures populate downtown, featuring the work of top artists from across the country and representing a diverse array of styles and media.

This weekend, Art Around the Corner, the local nonprofit arts group that brings all these sculptures to St. George each year, will unveil 23 brand new installations appearing in various locations downtown – starting at Town Square Park behind the library and continuing all the way up Main Street to Diagonal Street.

The sculptures are part of Art Around the Corner’s annual sculpture show. Each spring, the foundation refreshes the selection of sculptures, which are typically loaned to the show by the artists for one year. Most of the sculptures are for sale while others have been purchased from the artist for the St. George Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Local residents may have already noticed one of the new sculptures: a 22-foot-tall mixed-media guitar sculpture by artist Deveren Farley, welded together from rusted license plates, discarded tools, chains and other pieces of scrap metal. Farley’s sculpture and two others were installed on Monday afternoon, but the remaining 20 pieces will be unveiled on Saturday, replacing pieces from last year’s show.

“We’ve got some amazing artists this year,” said Stephanie Bevans, chairperson for the Art Around the Corner foundation.

This year’s installation includes naturalistic sculptures from familiar artists like Jerry Anderson, whose work has been featured throughout St. George, as well as pieces that are more given to interpretation, such as Spencer Davis’s steampunk inspired “Flight of the Zephyr.”

“We’ve got some pretty abstract things coming that might look like junk to one person,” Bevans said, “but to others it might be totally inspirational.”

This year, people will have the option of leasing a sculpture – those who would like to display fine sculpture in their home or business but do not have the means to purchase a statue, which may cost into the hundreds of thousands.

The new sculptures will be unveiled on Saturday. A walking-tour guide can be downloaded from the Art Around the Corner website, where visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite sculpture. A copy of the map guide can also be found in our image gallery below this article.

On Friday, March 28, an artist reception dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the St. George Children’s Museum, 86 S. Main St. in St. George. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists and learn the stories behind their favorite sculptures. Tickets for the dinner are $25 and can be obtained by emailing Stephanie Bevans at art@artaroundthecorner.org.

2014 Press Release:

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Where Those Sculptures Come From

Art Around the Corner’s 2014 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Arrives Downtown March 2014- Each year in late March, a transformation takes place in downtown St. George. Amid the blossoming trees and flowers, a freshly-curated outdoor exhibit of sculptures takes the place of the prior year’s selections. Many may visit downtown in the coming months and wonder where the new sculptures came from, and where the old ones went?

The answer lies in a collaborative project of the Art Around the Corner Foundation, an arts organization with the mission of supporting the arts and enriching the community of St. George. Thanks to the generosity of many well-known professional sculptors, a selection of sculptures is chosen by Art Around the Corner to be displayed for one year in downtown St. George. During that year, the sculptures may be purchased or leased, with proceeds helping to continue future exhibits. And of course, they are also enjoyed by all. An online map of the current exhibit and a list of children’s questions on Art Around the Corner’s website encourage all citizens to visit and learn about each sculpture, and about the process of creating and appreciating art.

Art Around the Corner’s annual exhibit has become an important channel for private collectors and local organizations and municipalities to develop collections of fine art sculpture. The City of St. George’s recent acquisition of “Puffed-Up Princess,” the companion piece to the puckering frog titled “Puffed-Up Prince,” has been a popular addition to Town Square. Annette Everett’s “Dutch Oven Cowboy,” featured in the 2013 exhibit, was also named the Purchase Prize winner of last year’s Sears Art Invitational.

“We are excited for our community to see this year’s exhibit,” said current chair Stefanie Bevans. “There were so many really wonderful submissions from very talented artists, we believe everyone will enjoy these sculptures immensely.”

New pieces include beautiful bronze contemporary subjects like “Beacon of Light” by Jeannine Young, and industrial abstracts by Deveren Farley, “Just Pick It” towering over 21 feet, to bronze classics such as “Summertime” by Jerry Anderson. Other participating sculptors include local artists L’Deane Trueblood, Patrick Sullivan, Doug Adams, and Annette Everett, among other world renowned artists.

Art Around the Corner invites the public to enjoy a free walking tour of these new works website ArtAroundTheCorner.org, and in paper form on Town Square, on Zions Bank Plaza on Main Street, and at the St. George Chamber of Commerce.

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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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