Art Around the Corner Comes to
Dixie Regional Medical Center

 

Intermountain Dixie Regional News 

Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center is  partnering with The Art Around the Corner (AAC) Foundation, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the arts, enriching the community, and bringing fine art to Southern Utah

To celebrate this new partnership and the opening of an exhibit of three-dimensional art installed by Art Around the Corner, Dixie Regional will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 28, at 7:30 a.m. in the outdoor dining area near Entrance 2. 

There will be a brief program, light breakfast and then attendees can take a walking tour to view six beautiful and interesting sculptures. 

“We are grateful and excited to partner with The Art Around the Corner Foundation to bring world-class art to Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center,” said Mitch Cloward, Administrator of Dixie Regional. “Art helps create a healing atmosphere. We feel that this addition to the hospital will help patients heal and recover, and we look forward to a great relationship with Art Around the Corner.”  

In addition to the visual arts on display, attendees can enjoy lovely piano music played on a grand piano recently donated to the hospital by Carl and Shari Berger. The piano is located in the lobby not far from one of the Art Around the Corner pieces.

“The Art Around the Corner Foundation is delighted to be partnering with Intermountain Healthcare to extend the footprint of our outdoor sculpture gallery,” said Marianne Hamilton, Board Chair for The Art Around the Corner Foundation. “We believe that art has the ability to enrich the human experience. The beautiful sculptures created by the talented artists are sure to do just that for all visitors to the hospital campus. Art Around the Corner looks forward to a long-lasting relationship with our Intermountain Healthcare team.”

The newly installed sculptures at Dixie Regional are: Arc of Peace, by Lori Alcott; Angel Anchored in Art Nouveau, by Ben Hammond; Journey of the Imagination Girl, by Gary Price; Angel of Faith, by Marcia Robinson-Rouse; 0408, by Josh Toone; and Elle, by Jeannine Young.

Formerly known as the Dixie Arts Foundation and the Pioneer Center for the Arts Foundation, the Art Around the Corner Foundation was originally formed in 1988.  AAC is partnered with the City of St. George. Since 2005, AAC has solicited, selected and installed more than 25 pieces of 3-D public art, created by nationally renowned artists, in unique outdoor sculpture galleries. The artists lend their works to Art Around the Corner for one year, and all sculptures are offered for sale or lease to public and private collectors.

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Contact
Terri Draper 435-251-2108

Art Around the Corner Gala a Smashing Success

Downtown and New Uptown Galleries Revealed

ST. GEORGE, UT – The 2019 Art Around the Corner (AAC) Foundation gala was a celebration of growth. Marking its 15th year in bringing fine arts to the heart of historic St. George, AAC gathered for the first time at the Hilton Garden Inn to honor the artists whose work will be on display throughout downtown for the next year.

This year’s gala was bigger and better than ever: For the first time, a silent auction featuring a dozen small sculptures offered an opportunity for guests to acquire a sculpture for their home or business. Additionally, the Art Around the Corner team expanded the 2019 Downtown gallery installation with an additional, “Uptown” gallery, inside and outside of St. George City Hall.

During the gala program, Mayor Jon Pike announced that the City would be purchasing the “Jules Vern II” sculpture by Richard Prazen, which had been featured in AAC’s 2018-2019 show. Mayor Pike added that Deveren Farley’s new “Power,” sculpture, a friendly snake made from license plates, would also become part of the City’s permanent collection. In all, a total of 37 new sculptures are now on display in this year’s show. Marc Mortensen, the City’s Director of Support Services, congratulated Art Around the Corner, saying, “We love the new pieces around town.” 

A highlight of the gala was the presentation by Alisha Burton, AAC board member, describing the most recent grade school tours. Each year, the Art Around the Corner board and volunteers host fourth-grade students from the district for a morning of arts education, offering short lectures on the “lost wax” process of creating bronze sculptures. This year more than 650 students and their teachers toured the outdoor sculpture gallery, and had the opportunity to experience the artwork first-hand. Burton shared some of their feedback including their insightful and sometimes humorous responses. “They loved the metal sculptures, and had many, many questions about that Giant Spider!” Burton reported.

This year’s show included many artists whose work is new to AAC, including Mike Dwyer of Loveland, CO. Dwyer created “Duck Parade,” an endearing bronze configuration of baby ducks following their parent on an adventure, that is sure to garner attention from children and adults alike. Said Dwyer, “It is a privilege and honor for me to have been extended a special invitation from the Art Around the Corner Foundation to partner together with ‘Duck Parade.’ This piece is very special to me, because my three sons assisted in naming the six ducklings. In order, they are Quacky, Waddles, Puddles, Chuckles and Doddles, and then Toddles is the little one trying to catch up at the end.”

As the Art Around the Corner Foundation celebrated its 15th anniversary, the board also honored the work of the next generation of 3D artists, presenting awards to three “Young Creators.” The Young Creators program provides a platform for emerging artists to receive exposure and gain confidence in their artistic abilities. This year’s winner was Lily Espitia, a sophomore at Pine View High School. Espitia’s piece was a contemporary representation of the strength, sacrifice, and love of a parent for her child. The other finalists included Ryan Adams from Malad, Idaho, and Lindsey Taysom, a Senior at Dixie High School.  Ryan is the son of Doug and Dianne Adams – both artists and long-time participants in Art Around the Corner exhibitions – and aptly embodies the “next generation of 3-D artists” concept. In developing her sculpture, “The Gift,” Lindsey expresses feelings of true gratitude, and hopes it will inspire others to be inspired as she has been.

About Art Around the Corner

The Art Around the Corner Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the arts, enriching the community, and bringing fine arts to the heart of historic St. George. The Foundation’s flagship project is the Art Around the corner Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, a collection of sculptures from nationally renowned artists. 

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Press Contact
Dawn McClain 702-860-2341

Organization Contact
Marilyn Kanas, Art Around the Corner
P.O Box 3328, St. George, UT 84771
435-319-4504; aacstgeorge@gmail.com
artaroundthcorner.org

Art Around the Corner Honors Kristy & Mayor Jon Pike

Partners in the Arts, 2019

ST. GEORGE, UT – The Art Around the Corner (AAC) Foundation is pleased to honor Mayor Jon and Kristy Pike as Partners in the Arts for 2019. Together, the Pikes have had a significant impact on the arts in St. George. Mayor Pike is a longtime advocate for arts in the city, having served as chair of the St. George Arts Commission from 2003 to 2008. He is especially supportive of AAC activities, and personally assists whenever he can. Kristy was a member of what was first called the Dixie Arts Foundation (later becoming the AAC Foundation) from 2006 to 20012, and served as its chair from 2010-2011. She is currently the director of the Washington Country Children’s Justice Center. 

Mayor Pike is a native Utahn, who grew up in Salt Lake City.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Utah, and an MBA from Westminster College. Jon has lived in St. George since 1995, and is currently the Regional Operations Director at SelectHealth, the health insurance division of Intermountain Healthcare. He credits his appointment to the St. George Arts Commission in 2000 with having launched his political career. In November of 2013, after having been a member of the St. George City Council since 2007, Jon was elected to his first term as Mayor. He has remained steadfast in his support of the arts throughout his years in office, helping to create a vibrant artistic and cultural community that is the envy of visitors from every part of the globe.

Kristy is also from Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English, with an emphasis in Poetry.  She initially worked as a technical writer, then in public relations. Following the births of the Pikes’ five children, Kristy launched a very successful career in freelance writing. As her children grew up, she devoted a considerable amount to time to volunteering where she saw a need, joining numerous boards. She remains passionate about the arts, and how art enhances the natural beauty of St. George. 

“Jon and I both love this community so much,” Kristy noted. “Every morning when I drive to work, I look at the breathtaking scenery and think about the people I love, and I’m so grateful and feel so blessed! As much as I love the sculptures around town—and I do love them—the big payback for me during my service on Art Around the Corner was the time spent with the artists and other volunteers.”

Kristy and Mayor Jon look forward to St. George residents and visitors enjoying the new sculpture show, especially the new “Uptown” installations in the City Hall area. Jon commented, “Art Around the Corner is part of what makes our city such an amazing, desirable place!”

About Art Around the Corner

The Art Around the Corner Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the arts, enriching the community, and bringing fine arts to the heart of historic St. George. The Foundation’s flagship project is the Art Around the corner Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, a collection of sculptures from nationally renowned artists. 

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Press Contact
Dawn McClain 702-860-2341

Organization Contact
Marilyn Kanas, Art Around the Corner
P.O Box 3328, St. George, UT 84771
435-319-4504; aacstgeorge@gmail.com
artaroundthcorner.org

Art Around the Conrer Gala Moves to New Venue

Adds Silent Auction of Original Sculptures

ST. GEORGE, UT – The 2019 Art Around the Corner (AAC) Foundation gala is moving to a new venue, and will add new opportunities for the community to acquire original, one-of-a-kind sculptures, announced today by Susan Jarvis, chair of the Art Around the Corner Foundation Board of Directors. In celebration of the nonprofit’s 15 years of bringing world-class public art to downtown St. George, this year’s annual “Evening with the Stars” gala –on Friday evening, April 5 – will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, enabling AAC to support the increasing demand for attendance, and to honor the expanding number of nationally renowned artists whose work will be featured in the 2019 outdoor sculpture gallery.

Since 2004, the all-volunteer AAC organization has solicited submissions of 3-D artwork from established sculptors, primarily from the Southwest, and then selects and installs approximately two dozen pieces each spring. Thanks to a City of St. George RAP Tax grant, Art Around the Corner was able to offer stipends to all participating artists for the first time this year, resulting in participation by artists from across the U.S. Due to the record number of submissions, Art Around the Corner is expanding the footprint of its outdoor gallery – scheduled to be installed on Saturday morning, April 6. Sculptures will be placed in historic Downtown; Uptown, outside and inside of St. George City Hall; and at Dixie Regional Medical Center. 

“We’re excited and delighted that our 15th anniversary is seeing so much growth for Art Around the Corner,” Jarvis noted. “This year’s show will literally be bigger and better than ever, with nearly 40 works of outstanding artwork installed for the community to enjoy. As always, we truly appreciate the support that Art Around the Corner receives from the City of St. George, and our wonderful sponsors. We also look forward to a long-lasting partnership with the Intermountain Healthcare team, who provided new opportunities for growth at the hospital.”

At this year’s gala, for the first time, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a silent auction of “maquettes,” small, preliminary models of sculptures created by the participating artists. With prices ranging from $80 to $2,400, Jarvis said the auction makes the acquisition of sculptures very affordable for art lovers. “The large pieces that we install in our outdoor sculpture gallery can be as much as $20,000 or $30,000 or more. Now, fans of the work by the very same artists whose larger pieces will be installed in our show can bring home an original, beautiful work of art.” 

The 2019 Art Around the Corner Evening with the Stars gala begins at 6 p.m. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. For information and ticket sales, visit www.artaroundthecorner.org, o email aacstgeorge@gmail.com.

About Art Around the Corner

The Art Around the Corner Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the arts, enriching the community, and bringing fine arts to the heart of historic St. George. The Foundation’s flagship project is the Art Around the corner Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, a collection of sculptures from nationally renowned artists. 

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Press Contact
Dawn McClain 702-860-2341

Organization Contact
Marilyn Kanas, Art Around the Corner
P.O Box 3328, St. George, UT 84771
435-319-4504; aacstgeorge@gmail.com
artaroundthcorner.org

2017 Young Creators Awards

Art Around the Corner Awards Young Creators

The Gala dinner kicking off the annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit was an inspiration again this year as we celebrated the talented artists who submitted their pieces, and recognized the sponsors and patrons who help make it all possible.  But there was a different twist this time around, as we awarded two gifted young student sculptors, who participated in the very first iteration of our new Young Creators Program. Each of the winners was awarded a $300 scholarship from Art Around the Corner (AAC).  

Sam Harr, 17 years old, displayed an original metal sculpture that he completed in a Dixie High School welding class.  Titled “Chain Rose”, it showcases the intriguing contrast of a delicate flower supported by a heavy chain stem. “I found the perfect piece of chain, and an old metal grate for the base, that would have been thrown away. To me, the piece means that no matter how much you get beat up, it will shape you and make you stronger. This whole experience makes me want to do more creative things. I like taking these random items and making them into something interesting.”  

Logan Clark, 16 and attending Dixie High School, exhibited his work “Vaquero”. The piece combines welded horseshoes and scrap metal in an intricate creation that brings to mind the old west. Logan, son of noted local sculptor Matt Clark, has an artistic streak that runs deep. As an infant, his father would take him into the studio with him and he started welding at age six.  When he was eight years old, he created a robot with gears that moved. Arranging items and components in strange, unexpected ways is what fires his imagination.

Last fall, Art Around the Corner began this new initiative, to encourage and grow high-school-aged artists living within the Washington County School District. The centerpiece of the Young Creators Program is a juried contest, featuring original three-dimensional sculpture. The mission is to provide a platform for young, emerging artists to receive exposure and gain confidence in their artistic abilities.

“It’s so wonderful to see this program come to life”, says Kasi Miller, AAC board member. “ We want to inspire the younger generation to keep art alive and thriving in our great community. Having them at the Gala lets us honor them just as we honor older, experienced sculptors. It’s a place for these up-and-coming artists to be surrounded by those that can help them grow and develop into their greatness.”

This coming Fall, we’ll be launching another Young Creators contest, working through the schools to announce the program and bring more new talent into the Southern Utah creative community. So, for budding young artists, their parents and their art teachers, now is the time to start thinking about concepts that could be entered into the contest.  Up to twelve student artists can be selected, and each will be invited to attend the Gala dinner in the spring as AAC debuts the new works of art in the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit.

Art Around the Corner is a non-profit foundation working to enhance downtown St. George with captivating outdoor art.  The Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit is the foundation’s flagship project, which each year selects around two dozen sculptures for an temporary installation.  Organizations and individuals can buy pieces for public or private installation. The foundation retains a portion of the proceeds, which in turn funds expansion of the city’s permanent sculpture collection.  

Cindy Trueblood
Director of Sales & Community Relations

Artist Story: Matt Clark

Transformative Cowboy Sculptor

I will always have a deep emotional connection to Art Around the Corner because this program introduced me to Matt Clark.  In the 12 years since, my life has been immeasurably enriched by the friendship we have forged. Matt is a master artist, enlightened philosopher, wise councilor, and one of my most treasured friends.

He is also the most genuine person I know, without a smidge of pretension. Matt certainly is not concerned with what others think of him, and sometimes can be brutally honest.  But even in those moments there is a natural compassion that flows freely from him. I have learned more spiritual truths in Matt’s presence then I have anywhere else.

People say suffering is the gateway to enlightenment.  Perhaps this is why Matt is such a sage. He knows heartache.  As a young man, he was paralyzed when a vehicle he was working under fell on him.  He has been in a wheelchair ever since. But this is not the story I want to tell about Matt.  It is only the backdrop for an incredible life, still unfolding.

Matt once explained the personal importance of his work.  He related how, when his injury first occurred, the medical professionals saw him as broken.  They advised his parents to put him in an institution since the burden of caring for him would be too great.  Basically, they were ready to throw him away. Fortunately for all of us, Matt’s parents didn’t listen and later he decided to become a sculptor, creating art for his own spiritual healing and for uplifting others.  

Today, Matt uses recycled items to create his art.  He finds scraps discarded as no longer useful—rusted, broken, and tossed aside.  Matt asks himself, “What is the best purpose for this object.” He searches for each piece’s innate power and gives it a new reason to be.  For him, the transformation is symbolic of his own journey.

As a teenager he dreamed of becoming a world champion cowboy.  Now he expresses that dream by creating majestic horses. Although minimal in execution, they convey power and personality.  Standing next to one the other day I thought, “If only I could win your trust, I bet you could take me to magical places full of wonder and awe.”       

If you visit Matt’s work shop, you’ll see on the wall this saying from the book, As A Man Thinketh by James Allen, “Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage, these are the makers of the after-world, the architects of heaven.  The world is beautiful because they have lived. Dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be.  Your ideal is the prophesy of what you shall at last unveil”. We anxiously await the unveiling of your next dream, Matt.

Art Around the Corner is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts and enriching our community.  AAC’s annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit features sculptures by nationally renowned artists on public display in the downtown area of St. George, Utah. If you’re interested in sponsoring or purchasing a piece or want to be involved, please contact Cindy Trueblood.

Cindy Trueblood
Art Around the Corner
Director of Sales & Community Relations
www.artaroundthecorner.org

Artist Story: Christ Coleman

Chris Coleman and the Magic of Art

What makes art good?  It’s a deceptively simple question.  Art is supposed to be subjective. The value lies in the eyes of the beholder.  On the other hand, it seems there should be some way to measure it, some kind of standards.  Pondering this question, I found a couple of responses that ring true to me:

“Good art is timeless”, says Robert Shimshak, Chair of Collections for the Berkeley Art Museum.  “It has a simple and rigorous beauty that commands your gaze and thought whenever you look at it.  You know it when you see it. It’s personal. You will not have to be convinced to acquire it. It will be something you simply must have.”

Alan Bamberger, an artist from San Francisco says, “At its most fundamental level, good art is an effective combination of concept, vision, and mastery of the medium. Good art is also uncompromisingly honest, unselfconscious, bold, ambitious, enlightening, original, challenging, and a feast for the senses.”

If you take these definitions of “good art” and add a pinch of magic, you’ll know how I felt as I delved into Chris Coleman’s art this week.  It is exhilarating, courageous, aspiring and intriguing. I felt moved by its beauty and originality.

Chris doesn’t have the typical artist’s background.  He grew up at the base of the Wasatch Mountains and says, “I’ve always loved Utah’s mountains and deserts as well as its remarkably rich art culture.” He spent his youth pursuing athletic endeavors as a professional snowboarder, avid rock climber, and biker.

He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Urban Planning in 1993.  Surprisingly, however, immediately after graduating he launched his art career, incorporating those disciplines into the meaning of his art and sculptures.

For several years he had his studio in downtown Salt Lake City, which doubled as a shared workspace and creative hub for local artists. Today he has relocated to Marysvale in the mountains of Central Utah, where he works on “inclusive, visionary projects to invigorate art in our rural communities”.   

Chris works in a variety of media, with cast metal and welded metal being his most prolific sculpture medium. His art tends towards the large scale and draws inspiration from nature’s sublime shapes and lines, rendered in an industrial or mechanical way affecting a unique juxtaposition and harmony.  He also builds exhibits that inspire viewers to interact within and respond to them, becoming a part of the art themselves. His artwork often features flowing, natural aspects of light, wind, water, or fire so there are perpetually changing viewing possibilities.

His piece, The Tilled Field, can be seen in front of Wells Fargo Bank on the corner of Tabernacle and Main.  This piece manifests natural curves in polished, stainless steel. Its reflective surfaces change with the environment and encourages viewers to see themselves in the art.  You can see more of Chris’ art at chriscolemanstudio.com

Art Around the Corner is a non-profit foundation working to enhance downtown St. George with captivating outdoor art.  The Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit is the foundation’s flagship project, which each year selects around two dozen sculptures for a temporary installation.  Organizations and individuals can buy pieces for public or private installation. The foundation retains a portion of the proceeds, which in turn funds expansion of the city’s permanent sculpture collection.  

Cindy Trueblood
Director of Sales & Community Relations