Calling All Cat Lovers!

We are very excited to host another Cat Adoption Event in celebration of cats and our current exhibit “Fine Art of Feline Art by Shu Yamamoto: An Art Historical Adventure”

It was a joy having P.A.W.S with us on Saturday, March 11th and we are very excited to have Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter with us on Saturday, April 8th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. 

We met some adorable furry friends in March from P.A.W.S and we are very excited to meet some new cuddly friends from F.I.A.S!

 

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We would love to hear about your cat! Follow and tag @stgeorgeartmuseum on Instagram with a picture of your cat and tell us about them using the hashtag #sgartcatcelebration and your cat can be featured on our blog!

If you donate 10+ cans or a large bag of cat food to F.I.A.S you will receive free admission into the art museum!

Stop by Saturday April 8th and you might find a new family member at the St. George Art Museum!

 

BRING YOUR A(RT) GAME!

We are very excited for our upcoming Twenty for Twenty event!

GAME NIGHT!

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This great event will be held Monday April 3rd from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The event will be held in our beautiful courtyard.*

Free admission to this event and the museum after 5pm (donations are always welcome).

There will also be SNACKS AND PRIZES!

We have a great selection of games to play and also have helpers skilled in facilitating the games if it’s one that is new to you. All of our games are ages 6+. You are more than welcome to also bring and lead your own games.

*It’s been a stormy few weeks here in sunny St. George, so in case of rain, or that blustery wind we’ve been getting, we’ll be playing in the Parlour of the Social Hall.

We hope to see you at this great family friendly event!

Upcoming Event | Poetry Jam

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. – Edgar Allan Poe

Every Last Wednesday at The St. George Art Museum we host a Poetry Jam! We invite you for this fantastic open mic night to share and read your original poetry or other’s poetry… or just come to enjoy and be inspired!

Please join us for our next Poetry Jam on Wednesday March 29th at 7:00.

Admission is free!

 

Third Thursday Events! Book Club and Art Conversation

It’s a beautiful day in St. George, Utah and a great day at The St. George Art Museum!

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Every Third Thursday of each month we have two great events at the museum. Book Club and Art Conversation. The museum is also free admission from 5pm-8pm

Book Club starts at 4pm. We will be discussing the great book  The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith

Art Conversation starts at 7pm and our guest speaker is Twila Abrams of our local Pottery Avenue Cottage. Twila will be discussing polish pottery.

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We hope you can join us on this beautiful day!

 

Interview with Shu Yamamoto

We are very excited to have Shu Yamamoto’s fun, colorful, and exciting exhibit Fine Art of Feline Art (an art historical adventure) at The St. George Art Museum to kick off our Twenty Year Celebration at our current location.

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Shu Yamamoto was born in Yokohama, Japan and graduated with his BA in industrial design from the Aichi Prefectural University of Art and Music. In 1973 he moved to Canada and worked a freelance illustrator. After 10 years of living in Canada he then moved to Utah where he is currently located. We had the delight to ask Shu Yamamoto some questions about himself and his artwork to share with our visitors and readers.
How did you first get into art? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
My mother was a graphic designer, so I guess I got influence from her.  My parents both worked full time – it was not as common as today in my generation – and I was an only child and so often I was given paper and pencil for doodling to occupy time.  (My grandma was there to watch me.)  That may contribute to develop art skill.
Who are your artistic inspirations?
I had the chance to see American magazines and these days (1950’s and 60’s) they were full of realistic illustrations on both advertisement and editorial.  I was amazed and wondered at the level of reality created by brushes and paints.  So I didn’t have any specific artist that I received inspirations from but American illustration in general of that era.  Much later I came to know some of these illustrators’ names such as Jon Whitcomb, George Petty and Al Parker.
What does your collection of Fine Art of Feline Art mean to you?
I like paintings and I like cats and in “Fine Art of Feline Art” these two elements merge in one. This project only started 10 years ago when I reached 60.  It was few years after all four children left home and financial burden of supporting them was behind of me.  My wife and I became so called “Empty Nesters” and had more free time.  So I decided to start this project of “Catrizing” old masters’ masterpieces.  Nobody commissioned me to do that so it was no income generating work, and I did not sell finished pieces just in case when these paintings became popular.
Why do you think cats are such wonderful creatures?
No explanation necessary I think – if you look at a cat it is obvious isn’t it?  Big clear eyes emitting light of intelligence.  Tightly shut mouth tells us of their serious nature and wisdom they posses within themselves.  Cats are very photogenic – often more so than even human female.  So when I replace human with cat in old masterpieces, it often enhances rather than worsen.  I don’t want to make enemies, and I don’t get sued so I don’t want to mention the name of this other popular house pet.  But imagine for example, Mona Lisa was replaced with this pet – often sagging eyes, black noses, mouth half open and tongue hanging from it – it would be disastrous!  If I do that there is no doubt that I would get sued by Leonardo.
Do you have any cats of your own?
I have two: Molly and Neko.  I met Molly on one cold winter day when my wife and I went shopping.  She was probably 3 months old or so.  When I picked her up and held in my arm, she had kept purring for forever.  I got Neko from my daughter who lives in Washington DC area.  She got Neko from the shelter for her children.  But Neko was not 100% toilet trained so when my wife and I visited my daughter’s family several years ago, she asked us if we want to take Neko home with us, otherwise Neko would be taken back to the animal shelter.  Even though Neko was not given seat of her own and didn’t get a peanut nor cats treat on board, it cost us $350 to get Neko on the flight from DC with us.
Do you personally have a favorite painting in your collection?
Recently I did cat versions of Mucha works including his “Slav Epic”, and I like these because these are more complex murals rather than a small painting.  The Slav Epic consists of 20 paintings and it depicts 20 major historical events of Slavic people including some battle scenes.  It is OK for me to see human lying dead on paintings – it is sad but part of reality of war.   But it is unimaginable and a hundred more times horrible to see cats lying dead, so I didn’t do battle scenes.
Is there is any other fun information you would like for us and our readers to know about yourself and/or your work?
This is nothing to do with visual art nor cats so I don’t know if it is appropriate for this forum but I am enthusiastic fan of Miklos Rozsa’s film music and I enjoy playing his music on piano as a hobby player.
My dentist gave me two choices on my bad tooth.  (1) Extraction – which cost me $70 and give me a gap between teeth    (2) Implant – which cost me $400 and nice looks.  Being money conscious, I picked choice #1.  So I have 2,3 missing teeth.   When Neko was run over by a car shortly after we brought home from DC three years ago, the vet gave me three choices: (1) put to sleep ($70)  (2) amputation ($200)  (3) operation ($7,000)   Do I really have a choice?  I hesitate to spend $400 on my own tooth, but no hesitation to spend $7000 on Neko for recovery.  Consequently I still have gaps on my teeth!  (ha ha)
— Shu Yamamoto
If you are interested in learning more about our current exhibited artists and/or local artists in our area please join for our monthly Art Conversations held every third Thursday at 7pm, admission is also free! Next Art Conversation: Thursday, March 23rd. Twila Abrams of our local Pottery Avenue Cottage. Twila will be discussing polish pottery.  

Book Club | March 16. The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith

Not only do we love art at The St. George Art Museum but we also love reading and books! Each 3rd Thursday at 4pm we hold a book club event which is also free admission.
The book for March is a New York Times Bestseller,  The Last Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith.
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This fictional story is about theft and restoration of a painting called “At the Edge of a Wood” by a female artist of the name Sara De Vos from Amsterdam of 1631. In 1957 a young art history grad student, Ellie Shipley, agrees to forge the only known standing painting of Sara De Vos, At The Edge of The Woods, for a wealthy lawyer. Sydney, 2000 Shipley is now a curator and mounting a exhibition: Female Painters of the Dutch Golden Age. She becomes aware that both the original and forged painting of At the Edge of a Wood are en route to her museum. (Barnes and Noble)
“Written in prose so clear that we absorb its images as if by mind meld, “The Last Painting” is gorgeous storytelling: wry, playful, and utterly alive, with an almost tactile awareness of the emotional contours of the human heart. Vividly detailed, acutely sensitive to stratifications of gender and class, it’s fiction that keeps you up at night ― first because you’re barreling through the book, then because you’ve slowed your pace to a crawl, savoring the suspense.” – The Boston Globe (Barnes and Noble)

We hope to see you next week at our monthly book club!

Sources: Barnes and Noble

Cat Celebration and Adoption Event!

In celebration of cats and our current exhibit “Fine Art to Feline Art by Shu Yamamoto: An Art Historical Adventure” we are excited to announce that we are teaming up with our local animal shelters P.A.W.S and Friends of Ivins for cat adoption events! We love cats here at the St. George Art Museum and would love to see these great animals go to a new home with a loving family!

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We are also offering a free admission into the St. George Art Museum if you donate 10+ cans or a large bag of cat food to PAWS or FIAS!
We will be holding two adoption events.
Saturday, March 11th at 1:00pm with PAWS  || Saturday, April 8th at 1:00pm with FIAS
Adopt a cat and get a free book “The Fine Art Collection of Feline Art” by Shu Yamamoto!
We hope to see you there as we celebrate or love of cats!

Upcoming event! 16th Annual Soup N’ Bowl

Friday March 3rd we will be holding our 16th annual Soup N’ Bowl! This is a very beloved and much anticipated event in the Southern Utah Community. The Soup N’ Bowl is our annual fundraising event for The St. George Art Museum and will be held at The St. George Art Museum from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.
Each ticket for the event costs $25 and will provide you with a beautiful handmade ceramic bowl, a delicious lunch, and a admission into the art museum! There will also be wonderful items for a Silent Auction, $5 Grab Bag Bowls, Drawings, and Live Music!
Advance tickets at the Art Museum.
This event is also part of our Twenty for 20!
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We hope to see you at our 16th annual Soup N’ Bowl!

Twenty for 20 Events

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Hello and welcome to the new St. George Art Museum Blog!
This year is very important for The St. George Art Museum because we are currently celebrating 20 years of art at our beautiful location. We are very proud to be an essential member of the art scene here in Southern Utah and constantly strive to meet high standards.  In celebration of this we are hosting 20 special events throughout the year of 2017!
We hope you will join us often to support the museum and help us reach our goals to receive 20 gifts of fine art, raise $20,000 and to host 20 special events in 2017 – 20 for 20!
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Also, when you attend our special Twenty for 20 events you have the chance to enter your name into a drawing at the end of the year! The more events you attend, the more chance you have to win!
Exhibit Opening | Fri. January 13. |  5-8 pm |to celebrate the St. George Art Museum’s 20th Anniversary | Free
Poetry Jam Slam! | Wed., January 25 | 7 pm Come win prizes at this open mic poetry night and celebrate with us | Free
Art Songs | Sat., February 11 | 7 pm Performance by the St. George Opera Company | $10
Soup N’ Bowl | Fri., March 3 | 11 am – 1 pm |  Includes a handmade ceramic bowl, lunch and admission to the museum | $25
Spring Celebration | Mon., March 20 | 6 pm | Come listen to the Vista School Orchestra perform | Free
Game Night | Mon., April 3 | 6-8 pm | Attend this night for some friendly games and chances to win fun prizes | Free
New Exhibit | Sat., April 2910 am-5 pm | Come celebrate the new exhibit which will feature the local artist groups | Free
Singles Night | Fri., May 19 | 7-9 pm | For singles to meet other singles and mingle at the Art Museum | Free
Teens Take The Museum | Fri., June 16 | 6-8 pm | Kick off summer at an evening for teens to come and explore art | Free
Date Night | Fri., July 14 | 7-9 pm | Grab your date and come enjoy a special evening at The Art Museum | Free
New Exhibit | Sat., August 26 | 10 am – 5 pm | Celebrate the new exhibit which will be local artists and permanent collection | Free 
smART Saturday Chalk Art | Sat., September 9 | Come draw with chalk outside on our sidewalks | Free
“For The Love Of Art” | September 22 & 23 | 9 am – 12 pm | Annual home Tour fundraiser | $65
Artists Carve for Halloween | Fri., October 27
Boo Ball. Dinner and Scare | Sat., October 28
Fashion Design Show | Sat., November 4 | 1 pm Celebration Materials themed for our Annual Fashion Design Show | Free
Art Conversation | Thurs., November 16 | 7 pm | Special art conversation as it is the final one for our 20th year | Free
New Exhibit | Sat., December 9 | 10 am – 5 pm | Celebrate the new exhibit which will lead us into our 21st year | Free
Book Club | Thurs., December 21 | 4 pm | Celebrate our book club and join us for this special book club meeting | Free
Winter Solstice Celebration | Fri., December 22 | A final event celebrating this wonderful 20th year
If you have any questions about the upcoming events please contact us at (435) 627-4525
The St.George Art Museum