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SUMA Art Hikes to venture into Kolob
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Artist and photographer Steve Yates talks to a gathering of fellow hikers on his recent Art Hike. | Photo by Andy McCrea
Artist and photographer Steve Yates talks to a gathering of fellow hikers on his recent Art Hike. | Photo by Andy McCrea
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IRON COUNTY – The magic of the southern Utah landscape continues to inspire artists of all media. Mixed media abstract expressionist Anne Weiler-Brown finds her creative spark in the region’s startling vistas.

The artist will lead the second SUMA Art Hike of summer 2012 on June 30 with a trek on Timber Creek Overlook Trail in Kolob Canyons, Zion National Park. The Art Hikes have been created by the Southern Utah Museum of Art’s Community Engagement Committee to build public awareness for the proposed museum. All Art Hikes are free.

SUMA Art Hikes provide an opportunity to discover the special places where local artists gain inspiration for their art. Participants hike to these inspiring locations with the artist as well as a representative from the Public Lands.

In addition, 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.

Weiler-Brown, an acclaimed mixed media abstract expressionist, begins each art piece with hours of field work, painting in plein air (French expression for painting outdoors). According to the artist, “Abstract painting must be rooted in elements of composition, color juxtaposition and values. I add an extra element of passion.”

In the shadows of Zion Canyon’s red cliffs in Southern Utah, Weiler-Brown creates her mixed media abstract expressions. Substantial texture has been an integral part of her art since childhood — glue and rocks being her favorite combination. Her artistic career began with the teachings from her Potawatomi ancestors, resulting in handmade rawhide drums and totems with highly realistic animal paintings.

Before her move from Laguna Beach, Calif., in 2004, she exhibited at the annual Sawdust Art Festival as well as nationally juried art shows. She is represented by SplitRock Fine Art, in St. George; LaFave Gallery in Zion Canyon; and LaChica Gallery in Las Vegas. Her work hangs in many private and corporate collections, nationally and internationally. In addition, she teaches plein air painting with the Zion Canyon Field Institute and is the Western Regional Marketing Manager for “Plein Air Magazine.”

The final hike this summer will explore the wonders of the Summit Petroglyphs, learning about now Native Americans used art to interpret their landscapes with Todd Prince on July 14.

SUMA Art Hikes are free and open to the entire community. All ages are welcome. Hikers will meet at Cedar City Main Street Park, east side (near main pavilion) at 9 a.m. Participants are welcome to bring their own art supplies. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Hikers need to provide their own transportation, an adequate lunch, sturdy hiking shoes or boots, knapsack, a minimum one quart of water per person, rain jacket, personal first aid kit, sunscreen protection, and layered, comfortable clothing (for any type of weather). Walking sticks and insect repellant are recommended but not required.

The SUMA Community Engagement Committee thanks those individuals and organizations that have helped make the Art Hikes happen: Anne Smith, SUU instructor in Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT), and coordinator of the Outdoor Education Series, the National Parks Service and the Cedar City and St. George offices of the Bureau of Land Management.

Detailed information can be obtained by calling 586-5462 or visiting www.suu.edu/pva/suma. To make a contribution to SUMA, please contact Donna Law, Director of Development: CPVA, at 865-8182 or law@suu.edu. Contributions can be made online at www.suu.edu/pva/suma.

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