A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
Dad was always looking for new ways to expand his creativity and use of different kinds of wood veneers. Making inlaid Christmas cards like this one was one way he did something new. Each piece in the card is cut out by hand, then glued to a background. Probably made some time in the 1950s.
Each year the original downtown area of St. George UT features about two dozen works of sculpture by various artists that remain on display and for sale. The sculpture posted here is Gary Lee Price's "Puffed Up Prince."
Each year the St. George UT annual Art Festival has become more competitive with countless applicants from a multi-state area. The resulting collection of booths contains painters, photographers, glass makers, weavers, potters, metal crafters, and virtually any form of creative arts you can think of. St. George has become widely known as an "arts" community with various art shows and public displays of art and sculpture throughout the year. The Kayenta residential community just north of St. George has become especially well known for the talented collection of artists who paint, do various forms of craftwork, and display their work in the Kayenta community.
Just a few examples of the kinds of craft work shown at the Art Festival. I don't feel that I can take photos of copyrighted paintings and photographs, so that excludes a large part of the Festival. But these colorful pieces of work are illustrative of the wide variety of wonderful creative works shown.
This photo is for my wood turning brother in law.
A Few of the 100+ booths at the St. George Art Festival. The D on the hill stands for "Dixie" since the St. George UT area was referred to as Utah's Dixie in the late 1800s when cotton was grown and a cotton mill processed the cotton crop. The name Dixie has stuck ever since and countless businesses, medical facilities, schools, and other local areas are prefaced with the name of Dixie.
Roland Lee has long been a favorite Utah artist, located in St. George. Here are two of his sites you won't want to miss: www.rolandlee.com, in which he shows galleries of his work and other information. The other site is a gem, because he shows how he works, even showing how he teaches his family to paint: www.travelsketchbook.blogspot.com.
Some of the finest fine art photography I have seen was shown by Leon Sadlo and Tracy Peterson-Sadlo, with studios in both Philbrook, MN and Payson AZ under the name of Whispering Impressions. You can view the beauty and talent of their work at www.WhisperingImpressions.com.
Another intriguing artist was Patricia Stanton, with whom I visited for a few minutes. She has an incredible combination of skills, including mounting a variety of different photo and photo-art media on numerous kinds of wraps on wood and matboard. She is from Sunnyvale CA. You can see some of her work at patriciastantonimages.com.
These are only three among the many examples we could include here, but demonstrate the level and quality of the entrants in this year's St. George Art Festival. The bar for showing work raises a bit each year. And the food court is pretty good, too.
One of the great benefits of being in St. George Utah is the commitment of the community to theatre and the arts. The 2010 31st annual Art Festival selected by jury 110 participants from hundreds of applications from throughout the United States. Arts and crafts of all types are included. We noticed that increasing numbers of photographers and photographic art are showing up each year. Fortunately, the weather cooperated, unlike some years when rain interferes.
Woodward School is on the left; Historic St. George Tabernacle in the background.