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Frontier Homestead State Park Museum and The Frontier Homestead Museum Foundation are pleased to bring the second annual Frontier Folk Festival to Cedar City, Utah, June 16-17, 11 am – 8 pm each day. Thanks to the support of sponsors, admission is free. Original art, live music, and delicious food combine to celebrate the diverse heritage of southern Utah. The Frontier Folk Festival promises to be filled with remarkable talent. Featured performers include Clive Romney, The Red Hill Rangers, Karyn Whittemore, Silversage, and the Griffin Family.
“We’ve been talking about this idea for years,” says Todd Prince, Park Manager. “Working with our Museum Foundation, we finally decided to take the leap and offer a new experience to the community and all our patrons. It will be a great event for anyone attracted to history, the visual arts and folk music.” Museum Foundation Chair, Mike Scott, added, “The Foundation is thrilled to offer this family friendly experience to the community. It is a wonderful opportunity for us all to experience our heritage.”
The Frontier Homestead Museum Foundation is looking forward to a diverse, high quality show, and wish to thank its exhibiting artists, musicians, and food purveyors in advance for helping to bring the arts in all of their forms to the residents of Iron County and beyond. The Foundation Board also wishes to extend a special thank you to the Cedar City/Brian Head Tourism & Convention Bureau (http://scenicsouthernutah.com) for their support in helping to advertise the festival throughout the western U.S. A list of all Folk Festival sponsors can be found at http://frontierhomestead.org/arts-festival.
For more information call the Park at (435) 586-9290.
Where History becomes Your Story
Aside from our regularly exhibited artifact collection, Frontier Homestead State Park Museum has a rotating special exhibit gallery that is used by artists and artisans of many disciplines to showcase, highlight, and sell their work. Through May 31 we are pleased to feature the work of visual artist Clayton Blaine Demille. Exhibited works feature an extensive collection of paintings highlighting desert scenes, portraits, and various still lifes.
For over three decades, Demille has been producing personalized fine art commissions in portraits, murals, and decorative painting. His early training was grounded in traditional figure and portrait studies under the late Al Gittins at the University of Utah art department. Later, in Denver, Colorado he tutored with European painter P.A. Kontny.
Demille designs and creates custom wall murals, sky ceiling, and painted furniture pieces for homes and business settings. In these diverse works, Demille endeavors to bring to the painted wall a touch of old world magic – an imaginative space which transforms any architectural setting.
Demille has exhibited in Colorado, Northern California, Florida, and throughout Utah. Frontier Homestead is open Monday-Saturday, from 9am to 5pm. Don’t let the opportunity to see this amazing artistic collection pass you by. Remember, the exhibit closes June May 31.
Frontier Homestead State Park and photographer Michael Plyler present “Sandstone, Silver, and Time,” an exhibition of black and white photographs celebrating the beauty of Zion National Park during this centennial anniversary year of the creation of the National Park Service. This exhibit is made possible by the support of the Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau.
Springdale resident Michael Plyler works with a 4 x 5 large format film camera to interpret the beauty of his backyard, Zion National Park. His prints are traditional “wet” darkroom prints individually hand-crafted by the photographer. The title of this show is a meditation on the constituent elements that contribute to the imagery. Just as erosion over time shapes the sandstone, time and silver conspire to sculpt the film’s emulsion and bring Zion’s beauty to the fore.
Michael Plyler is the Director of Zion Canyon Field Institute in Zion National Park. He has been making photographs and exhibiting his work since 1982. In 1983 he received a commission from the Guatemalan Tourist Institute for his portrait work of the highland Maya, resulting in his first international exhibition. In 1993 he was awarded a prestigious Visual Artist Fellowship from the Utah Arts Council. In 2013 he had the distinct honor of having 56 pieces from his Mayan portfolio added to the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. His work has been exhibited widely here and abroad, and is held in numerous public and private collections.
In 2010 Utah State University Press released Plyler’s and writer Logan Hebner’s book “Southern Paiute: A Portrait.” The book was the culmination of a ten year project wherein Hebner interviewed, and Plyler photographed, Southern Paiute elders from Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. The show will run from September 1 through October 31 at Frontier Homestead.
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum is pleased to announce a special exhibit by the Southern Utah Watercolor Society (SUWS). The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Saturday July 23rd, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. The reception is free to the public. Following the reception, the regular entrance fee applies. SUWS encourages those in the community with a passion for water media painting, or a desire to learn to come meet the artists and learn more about the watercolor society. SUWS-Cedar City Chapter has been busy this year working together to bring new and interesting programs, demonstrations, and plein air events to Cedar City.
To go along with the Centennial of the National Park Service, the theme of this year’s exhibit is “Pick Your Park.” Each artist was challenged to exhibit pieces reflecting their favorite places of natural beauty. The exhibit features the work of 17 local artists, with many of the works available for purchase. Additionally, there are a number of unframed prints offered for sale.
The exhibit will continue at Frontier Homestead through August 30.
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum is pleased to announce a special exhibit by the Kolob Society, celebrating the National Park Service Centennial. The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Saturday May 7, from 1:00–3:00 p.m. Members of the Kolob Society will be painting on-site throughout the day, providing an opportunity for the public to observe the creative process and interact with the artists.
The Kolob Society is an informal group of plein air painters who meet on Thursday afternoons and Sunday mornings to go out on paint on location. Plein Air is a French term which means "in the open air" and is used to describe painting outdoors. Members of this society enjoy being outdoors and immersed in their subject matter as they paint.
The Kolob Society was formed in June 2011 through Artisans Art Gallery, and started out with just a few members, but now numbers over 160 artists. All artists are welcome to join the Society, using any medium. Member artists represent all skill levels, from beginner to professional, who use a variety of mediums, including oils, watercolor, pastels, pencil, and photography. After the paintings are completed, the group will meet to talk about them and offer critiques, suggestions, and encouragement.
Individuals interested in the Kolob Society can contact Debbie Robb via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibit will continue at Frontier Homestead through June 30.
Family vacations boomed in post-war America. Amidst talk of nuclear conflict, packing the kids in the car and seeing the sites that defined the USA promoted family togetherness and national pride. In Utah, families came together to explore the lakes, canyons, ghost towns, and national parks that dot the Beehive State. This exhibit seeks to capture the feeling of a mid-century road trip through Utah.
In our new special exhibit, Snapshots: Highlights from the Springville Museum of Art’s Family Vacation, we will seek to capture those moments of discovery, when after hours of travel, you open the car door and see the wonders of Utah for the first time. Through vintage-inspired artwork from Stephanie Deer, travel posters by John Clark, paintings by southern Utah artist Jim Jones, and traditional Utah landscapes from the SMA permanent collection, this exhibit will recreate a mid-century vacation the whole family will enjoy. By exploring this amazing collection families will call back memories for those who hit the open road in post-war America and inspire younger visitors to visit these places on their own.
“In the old days, the vacation started the moment you got in the car and the road trip itself was the experience. It was about the journey, not the destination, more so than today,” said John Clark a Toole based graphic artist whose work we feature in the exhibit. 2016 marks the centennial of the National Parks and in many of the works, the National Parks of Utah are prominently featured.
Cedar City has a long history with the National Parks. For nearly fifty years the Utah Parks Company brought tourists to the national parks of southwestern Utah and northern Arizona. Cedar City marketed itself as the “Gateway to the National Parks” and became the jumping off point for the tour groups. We will explore the history of the Utah Parks Company in future posts.
Snapshots: Highlights from the Springville Museum of Art’s Family Vacation runs from January 25- April 30th.
Aside from our regularly exhibited artifact collection, Frontier Homestead State Park Museum has a rotating special exhibit gallery that is used by artists and artisans of many disciplines to showcase, highlight, and sell their work. Opening September 1 and running through October 31 we are pleased to feature the work of artist Travis Humphreys.
Born in Blackfoot, Idaho, Humphreys now makes Cedar City his home. He says he has been involved in art since age 13, with his first formal lesson from his uncle. He won many awards through high school and started selling artwork at a young age. His first gallery invite came in 1988 after winning awards in watercolor at the George Phippen Memorial art show in Prescott, AZ. He has won scholarships and talent awards to major universities but decided to attend B.Y.U in Provo, Utah. He graduated in 1993 with a BFA in illustration. Travis considers the greatest award that of selling artwork. Travis works in every common medium but prefers oil and acrylic and works in every scale from miniature to monumental. The landscape is his dominant subject matter. He also paints murals and does one-of-a-kind art projects for interior designers and decorators. A constant experimenter; he says, "The funnest part of painting is the process." Humphreys also creates custom framing for artists throughout the country, a talent for which he is held in high regard.
"Humphreys is a talented and accomplished artist. It's not unusual for incredible talent to be found in places of limited population.” says Todd Prince, Park Manager, “ It just so happens that Travis chose Cedar City as him home, and we are better for it. The Museum is honored to exhibit his work."
Frontier Homestead is open Monday - Saturday, from 9am to 5pm. Don’t let the opportunity to see this amazing artistic collection pass you by. Remember, the exhibit closes October 31.
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum is pleased to announce a special exhibit by the Southern Utah Watercolor Society (SUWS). The public is invited to an artist’s reception on Saturday July 11th, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. The reception is free to the public. Following the reception, the regular entrance fee applies. SUWS also encourages those in the community with a passion for water media painting, or a desire to learn to come meet the artists and learn more about the watercolor society. SUWS-Cedar City Chapter has been busy this year working together to bring new and interesting programs, demonstrations, and plein air events to Cedar City.
SUWS holds monthly meetings/programs on the third Monday of the month and are free to the public. For more information about the exhibit, or the Southern Utah Watercolor Society, please contact SUWS President Larry Laskowski via email at email@example.com.
The Frontier Homestead Foundation and the Groove Crew will once again partner June 26-27, 2015 to bring the Groovefest Music and Art Festival to Cedar City. The art theme will be Celebrating the Artistry in All Things Handmade. This is the 13th anniversary of GROOVEFEST and promises to be filled with amazing talent, both musically and in the visual arts. As this combined celebration of art and music evolves, it gets bigger and better each year. Through a jury process, over 50 artists have been selected to participate in the art festival, displaying and selling all original work. A portion of the artist booth fees support the Frontier Homestead Museum Foundation in its efforts to assist Frontier Homestead State Park in preserving and presenting Iron County's history to the public.
Bath & Body Christine Frazzitta Zeeta Body
Body Art Jennifer Bush Mad Hatter Face Painting
Fiber Ann Nelson Nelson Wool Works Sandi Levy iKnitQuiltSew LLC Godelio Palomino Ecologic Arts Marlene Larsen Marlene's Quilts Kathy Druehl KD's Darling Designs Svetlana Recce Knits Barbara Bisonette Barbara's Hemstitch
Fused Glass John & Betsy Kolb Wizard Stones, LLC
Gourds Todd Prince
Jewelry Edward Ptak SpiritRocks Manalisa Camarena Don Christensen DLC Gems, LLC Mike & Jamie Dobiesz DobeZ DesignZ Lynn Dalton Desert Gems Jewelry Darrell Olmsted Stone Seeker Susie Prince
Leather Ron Flud Three Peaks Saddle Co. & Mercantile
Metal Wall/Yard Art Andy Mondragon Jerry Campbell Paragoonah Guitar Michael & Sandy Rogers 4 on the Floor Mixed Media Tris & Gary Ayers Cactus Tracks Studios Brooke Fuller Soda-Licious Michelle Barnhart
Painting/Drawing/Illustration Marian Irwin Jango Coltrane Publishing Savina Francisco Fantasy Wildlife John Terry John's Art Design
Photography Brad Carlin B.C. Nature Photography Wendy Jensen WendyJ Photo Randy & Jean Bjerke Randy * Jean Bjerke Photography Bill Kutcher Bill Kutcher Photography
Pottery & Ceramics Kathy Vause Kathy's Garden of Whimsy
Sculpture Stoneman Meeks Don Sutton DixieKnapper.com Weston Alan Smith One Oak Studio
Stone Cathy Novak Natural Stone
Wood Kirsti Scott Scott Art Studio Cory & Mary Ann Grace Chipmunk Corner Crafters KC DeGroff Let It Be Written
Unclassified Joseph Cowlishaw (flutes) WowFlute Designs Gary Burks (pet products) Xtreme Pet Products LV Marie Jaggar (broomcorn)
Next Time: Photo Opps
Aside from our regularly exhibited artifact collection, Frontier Homestead State Park Museum has a rotating special exhibit gallery that is used by artists and artisans of many disciplines to showcase, highlight, and sell their work. Through June 27 we are pleased to feature the work of watercolor artist Clayton Rippey. Exhibited works feature an extensive collection of watercolors highlighting desert scenes, water images and long-standing buildings.
Rippey was born in Oregon, but settled in California following WWII. After graduating from Stanford University, he was offered a teaching position at Bakersfield High School. Rippey eventually taught art at Bakersfield College where he retired in 1980. Collections of Rippey’s art are located not only in the U.S., but around the globe – in Mexico, various European countries, and Japan.
Topping 90 years of age, Rippey continues to broaden his art into more areas and more themes, exploring new colors, textures and shapes in his work. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Rippey has participated in abundant group and solo shows, beginning in 1949 and continuing to the present. “If, through my observance of, and wonder at, the dynamics of life, some small part of it filters down through my brush and on to the canvass, I am happy,” Rippey commented.
“Our Museum is honored to be graced with the work of such an accomplished artist,” says Todd Prince, Park Manager. “Clayton has an incredible body of work and we are delighted to be able to share it with our visitors.”
Through Labor Day, Frontier Homestead is now open seven days a week, from 9am to 6pm. Don’t let the opportunity to see this amazing artistic collection pass you by. Remember, the exhibit closes June 27.
Next Time: Bottles