Sunday, April 26, 2009

Zion Canyon Open Studio Tour

Running concurrently with the "Footsteps of Moran" show was the Z-Arts Zion Canyon Open Studio and Gallery Tour. During the day Saturday we had a chance to visit many of the locations and see the artists at work.

We started with a visit to the Worthington Gallery where art scholar and author Donna Poulton (below) was signing copies of her new book "painters of Utah's Canyons and Deserts" which was co-authored with Vern Swanson. I am fortunate to be included in the book, and she was gracious to sign my copy. My painting "Wild and Free" from the permanent collection of the Springville Museum of Art is in the book.

Donna Poulton author of the book Painters of Utah's Canyons and Deserts with artist Roland Lee

Roland Lee with potter Greg Worthington owner of Worthington Gallery in Springdale UtahWhile there we bought a couple of Greg's pots (left) and watched Kate Starling (below) at work on a Zion painting.
Artist Kate Starling does an oil painting demonstration for visitors at Worthington Gallery during the 2009 open studio and gallery tour in Zion Canyon

We enjoyed visiting several artist homes and studios. The view from many of the studios was breathtaking in itself. What a fantastic place for artists to live and work.

Roland Lee with artist Royden Card in his studio
Royden Card's printmaking studio

Royden Card's studio in Virgin has an incredible view of the desert mesas. He showed us around and we bought a woodcut print of Zion we had our eye on for awhile.

Marilyn Alltucker's home and studio sits high on a rocky ridge with Zion views to die for.

Artist Anne Weiler-BrownAnne Weiler-Brown was part of the plein air paint out and helped organize the events.

Springdale Utah artist Barbara EllardBarbara Ellard does unique collage and paper designs.

Nellie Lee and Aleen McGuire weavingNellie tries her hand at weaving on the loom of Aleen McGuire. We bought Aleen's weaving at the art auction.

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