Past Z-Arts! Events

Thomas Forsythe’s Photography

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Thomas Forsythe’s Photography

Will be on display at the Canyon Community Center from November 24th to December 3rd.

Artist Reception Saturday, December 2nd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

Imagery to calm the mind and soothe the soul… Still & moving images to promote peace through awareness of the wonder of being.

My life brought me to a still hopeful present where I offer you work that I hope you find beautiful and soothing. Certainly my work representing nature is a closer representation of my faith in the supremacy of the natural world and the magnificence of the universe than any of the conceptual work I’ve produced. That made me infamous but the work was an indirect statement, a pointing at a reflection of the moon. My new work is just so, plain, direct, an image of the moon itself.

These still images are impressionistic more than representative. They’re meant to evoke a mood more than a place even as they are an anchor to the wonder of our world

In the end, I can spew a lot of hyperbole and rationale but it all comes down to the fact that I want to be one with nature. I want to depict that in my work and be that in my life.

Exhibitions include:

Art on Trial at Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, Charlottesville, VA- Running now:

Illegal Art at the Pacific College of the Arts, Portland, Oregon;

CBGBs in New York;

SFMOMA in San Francisco as well as in Chicago and Philadelphia.

Interventionist Collage at the University of Iowa Museum of Art

Annual Show,     Montserrat College of Art Gallery, Beverly, MA

Potentially Harmful, The Art of American Censorship, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, George State University, Atlanta, GA

Through the Looking Glass at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge, Los Alamos, NM

New Photography, The Barrett House Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

The Dishman Competition, Dishman Art Museum, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

He also showed twice at the Park City Art Festival, Park City, UT and at the Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, KS.

His first show was at the New Photography 97 at Millard Sheets Gallery, Los Angeles County Fair.

He is in the permanent collection of the Musee d’Lysee at Lausanne, Switzerland.


My current work is a project of simple seeing, of seeing simply, Impressions of just being in a particular time and place.

My conceptual work made law in society. My impressionistic work makes peace in my soul. I hope the work inspires peace in yours.

CCC Gallery is located at 126 Lion Blvd in Springdale.

Open Monday through Thursday from 10am to 7pm

Friday from 10am to 5pm

Saturday from noon to 5pm

Closed Sundays and all nationally recognized holidays.

Z-Arts Benefit Gala

Posted by on Oct 31, 2017 in Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

Z-Arts Benefit Gala

Join us for an evening of merriment at the Bit & Spur!


Z-Arts’ Annual Benefit Gala


Thursday, November 30th

from 6:00 to 10:00 pm



Join Us For:

Fun, Food, Drinks & Live Music!


Tickets $50 Each

Available at:

Springdale Town Offices

Bit & Spur Restaurant

any Z-Arts Board member

and online at


To ensure adequate food and drinks for everyone,

please purchase tickets before November 22nd.


Introduction to the Polyrhythmics, an instrumental band of eight:

Rich with bold brass and hypnotic percussion, Polyrhythmics is an instrumental eight-piece band with impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship as they tear through a singular blend of soul, R&B, and progressive jazz.



Hosted by the

Bit & Spur Restaurant

1212 Zion Park Blvd.

Springdale, UT




Lynnette Loughton

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Lynnette Loughton

The Art of Lynnette Loughton will be on display in the Canyon Community Center from October 12th to November 21st.  Refreshments will be served and attendance is free to the

Artist Reception

Saturday, October 21st

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Lynnette is an energetic, positive and accomplished person with many interests and life-style skills. She calls herself half nuts with all the activities she still gets a kick out of doing! They include making reversible hand-braided wool rugs, personal fitness and nutrition, weight training, hiking, biking, golfing, swimming and water aerobics, fishing, piano, organ, and vocal music. She prepares a musical theatre organ concert every two years just so she can still ‘romp and stomp’ on the manuals of the instrument. This past summer she ‘harked the lark’ performing an evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Broadway vocals. She directs choirs, composes and arranges both sacred and secular choral pieces and is published with several companies. She continues to share her love for music with others while expanding on her artistic passions.

Lynnette Loughton was born in Logan, Utah. At a young age her family moved to Cokeville, Wyoming where she often visited the home of well-known artist, Minerva Teichert and witnessed her wall sized paintings. It was from an early age that Lynnette demonstrated natural abilities in the arts, both musical and artistic interests. Her family relocated to Ogden, Utah during her teenage years where she attended Weber County Schools. Throughout her youth, Lynnette received recognition for her many talents in the fine arts, especially music. These musical talents led her to pursue a career as a music educator, touching the lives of many with her love of song. She graduated from Weber State University and taught in public school systems forty-four years as an elementary music/art specialist and junior high school choral music and musical theatre instructor. She relished the process and enjoyment of teaching her students whom she really loved!

Lynnette actually tried to take up painting over the years a few times by hiring a teacher to tell her everything to do and where to put the paint stroke…wishing now that in those younger years she could have afforded art lessons.  After leaving professional life she expanded her horizons by picking up a paint brush four years ago. She now loves to paint-has a passion for it, and continues to be a life-long learner while enjoying new friendships and associations. It has also been her good fortune to participate in instructional workshops the past couple of years with Roland Lee, Jim Wilcox, Jodi McGregor, Brad Holt and John Poon.

Her love of the western mountain beauty, southwest deserts and colorful rock formations are seen in her landscape art. Camping and outdoor trips with family and friends in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho led to an interest in Indian cultures of the Southwest and her interest in creating unique, original mixed medium acrylic Indian Shaman Spirits.

Lynnette hopes that on this continuing journey of brush mileage there will be time for the paint strokes to catch up to her artist eye, and that each time a brush and clean white canvas is available, that she will be brave enough to begin another artistic expression and let it unfold!

Lynnette’s three children call her a loving mother and grandmother of six. She is the wife of Jack Loughton. Their primary residence is in St. George, Utah with a summer home in Island Park,  Idaho-two locations with vistas to fill in her soul for painting!

Lynnette writes that, “I do love to paint! It has changed my life. It gives me great pleasure when others like my paintings,” and she expresses appreciation to Z-Arts, Zion Arts and Humanities Council of Springdale town for this one artist gallery show at the Canyon Community Center.  


2015 to present: Gallery 873 Representation     Southern Utah Art Guild     Business of Art     Arts to Zion Artist


Collectors located in Arizona, California, Idaho, South Carolina, Utah






Flying Monkeys, Fence Posts and Fighter Pilots

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Past Humanities Events | 0 comments

Flying Monkeys, Fence Posts and Fighter Pilots

Flying Monkeys, Fence Posts and Fighter Pilots , a companion exhibit to the Smithsonian “The Way We Worked” travelling exhibition, focuses on the work performed at the Hurricane Mesa Supersonic Test Facility in Virgin, Utah from 1955-1961.  Come see historic photos, an actual flight test dummy, and take a selfie in an ejection seat.

This exhibit is an inaugural presentation by The Pocketville Project, a brand new non-profit devoted to Virgin, Utah.

September 16 through November 4, 2017.

The Old Church at  Heritage Town Square
114 S. Mill Street
Virgin, UT 84779
10 am – 4 pm
M, Th, F, Sat

This exhibit has received funding from the Utah Humanities Council and the Zion Canyon Arts & Humanities Council.

Some pieces in the exhibit donated by UTC Aerospace.

This event has received funding from the Utah Humanities Council. The Utah Humanities Council promotes history and heritage, literature and literacy, and public discussion of issues important to our communities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website or the lectures do not necessarily represent those of the Utah Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Z-Arts welcomes pyrographer Djibril N’Doye

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Z-Arts welcomes pyrographer Djibril N’Doye

Djibril N’Doye is an internationally recognized artist with artwork in galleries, universities, homes, and businesses throughout West Africa, the USA, Mexico, Cuba, Western Europe, and Japan.

He has received numerous awards in recognition of his talent as an artist.

Z-Arts will be displaying his art at the Canyon Community Center, located at 126 Lion Boulevard, in Springdale.

On Display September 1 – October 10

Artist Reception Saturday, October 7th

5:30 to 7:30 pm


Recently the subject of an 81-minute documentary film “Ndap li-Djibril N’Doye Lebou Artist”, Djibril attended its world premiere at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles CA in February 2004. This film explores the life and unique woodburned artwork of Sierra Madre, California based artist Djibril N’Doye who is from the Lebou tribe of Senegal in West Africa. The film includes interviews with the artist in Wolof, the native language of the Lebou people, with English subtitles, and interviews with both African American and white American collectors.

Woodburn “Torque2”

For more information and to purchase this movie, click here.

“Taking Root and Blossoming”, Djibril’s celebrated 1995 ballpoint pen drawing, was selected for the program cover of the National Council of Black Studies 20th Annual National Conference held in Washington, D.C., in November 1996.

Djibril N’Doye considers his work to be “universal” art, and his style of drawing is inspired by sculptures in ebony. Processing images of different pieces of the dark hardwood, he is able to create the effect of transparency in his art. The drawings portray a variety of scenes from daily life based in his native West Africa.

Previously working with standard materials such as oil paint and watercolor, Djibril developed his own distinct technique using only ballpoint pen during a half dozen years of research and experimentation. After taking the ballpoint pen drawings to a very high level of professionalism, Djibril began using charcoal pencil on larger surfaces to further develop his intensely emotional detailed drawing style. His newest beloved creations are drawn directly on wood with a woodburner (pyrography).

Born in 1953 in Bargny, Senegal, self-taught, and a member of the National Association of Artists/Graphists of Senegal (A.N.A.P.S.), Djibril N’Doye’s public life began when he won First Prize in 1981 for an exhibit at the Popular Educational Center in Rufisque, Senegal. The following year he was awarded First Prize at the Blaise Senghor Cultural Center in Dakar, Senegal. This recognition led to a solo exhibit at the Daniel Sorano National Theater in Dakar in 1984. One year later, Djibril founded Suunu Nit Artists Group in Bargny, his hometown, with the objective of encouraging and developing local artists, painters, and writers, and helping support Bargny’s own artistic community.

Ballpoint “Silence”

From 1992-1995, Djibril regularly exhibited his work at the Hotel Savana in Saly de M’Bour, from which over 150 original drawings were sold worldwide.

After relocating to the U.S.A. in 1995, Djibril devoted his time to producing his own well-received first exhibit featuring 26 original drawings. He has since actively participated in numerous exhibits at festivals and galleries throughout Southern California, as well as speaking to students from grammar school through college.

To view a 7-minute clip of the 90-minute documentary about Djibril, his life and his art, click here.

Many Miles

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

Many Miles

Drawing inspiration from their home of Zion National Park, Many Miles sound is best described as a blend of John Mayer, Amy Winehouse, Dave Matthews Band and Adele. With two powerhouse songwriters/lead vocalists Many Miles connects with a wide range of audiences with their funky soul/pop/rock sound and unique blend of styles. The band released it’s debut self-titled album in the Spring of 2017 to international critical acclaim. Many Miles music was recently featured in a commercial on all national and global American Airlines flights.


In Concert Friday, September 22nd at 7:00 pm

Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion Blvd, Springdale


Attendance is FREE, but donations are encouraged.

Proceeds benefit the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.


La Havana Cabana will be offering their authentic Cuban food at this event.


The story of Many Miles began in two places; the towering red rock cliffs of Zion National Park and the mystical lakes and forests surrounding Stockholm, Sweden. In 2007 word of American Singer/Songwriter Dave Tate’s etherial solo album, “The Solitude of Here” was beginning to spread throughout Europe. With high praise from several prominent music magazines, Dave’s music soon gained the attention of Swedish Singer/Songwriter Victoria Lagerström. She fell in love with Dave’s music and reached out to him to collaborate.

Captivated by Victoria’s soulful voice and songwriting, Dave was on board. Victoria booked a ticket to Utah to write and record their first album. Over the course of a couple weeks as Dave and Victoria wrote the acoustic ballads that would eventually be “The Same Heart”, the two fell fast in love. They were married three weeks after meeting on a sagebrush hill in Dave’s native home of Zion National Park. Victoria never used her return ticket to Sweden.

Since then the couple’s music has taken them across the western United States, often traveling with everything they owned in the back of their truck. After several albums, several European tours as a duo, and honing their craft, living in the music scenes of Austin, Portland, and Salt Lake City, the couple was drawn back to the cliffs of Zion National Park. There, with some of the best session players in Utah, Chris Flaig on drums, Ryan Tilby on Bass and special guest Marco Blackmore on Sax, they formed Many Miles – a hybrid of rock, soul, funk and folk, channeled through Dave’s pop/rock songwriting and Victoria’s soulful vocals.

Z-Arts gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Longmont Community Foundation in Longmont, Colorado for underwriting this performance.



Utah Poet Laureate

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Past Literary Events | 0 comments

Utah Poet Laureate

Friday, September 8th at 7:00 pm

Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal

Canyon Community Center

126 Lion Boulevard, Springdale

Admission Free


(Stay tuned for details of Paisley’s poetry workshop coming to Springdale in March of next year.)  


Imaginary Vessels:  Bringing Life and History to Poetry”


Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee,  a hybrid-genre photo-text memoir entitled Intimate, and four books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos, Six Girls Without Pants, The Invention of the Kaleidoscope and Animal Eye, which was a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize, the Balcones Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize. Her newest book of poems is Imaginary Vessels, and a book-length essay, The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam is forthcoming in 2017. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, an NEA Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize, and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, the Best American Poetry series, and on National Public Radio, among others. She is an English Professor at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web project Mapping Salt Lake City.

The Utah Poet Laureate, established in 1997, is a Governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state who presents in communities, schools, libraries, and public events.  The Utah Poet Laureate gives a number of readings per year around the state, and is also involved in a project that focuses on the literary arts in Utah. Rekdal’s project is “Mapping Literary Utah”: a spin-off of her Mapping Salt Lake City project. Like Mapping SLC, it will be a website that maps the writers and poets (past and present) of Utah, along with all of the various literary presses and journals in the state (also past and present). Rekdal plans to conduct audio interviews with as many Utah poets, writers, and publishers as possible. Those interviews will be on the website, alongside the writers’ work, and audio and/or video clips of Utah writers performing.

“Ultimately what I’m hoping to do is make this site as inclusive as possible. I want to get poets and writers whose first language isn’t English on this site, and I want to reach out to the indigenous communities here as well, and make sure that their contemporary poets and writers, as well as their literary forbears from Utah, are represented,” Rekdal said. “I want to include conceptual poets as well as performance poets of all stripes, too.”

This project will be research and travel intensive to make connections with people who can introduce Rekdal to all the writers and poets she doesn’t already know. In the past, the laureate work has tended to be Wasatch-heavy, because there are so many more people here, but Rekdal plans to expand the reach and vision, to make sure as much of the state as possible is represented.

“Being chosen Poet Laureate is a real honor and, frankly, a surprise: I’m not from Utah originally, I’m not LDS, and I’m mixed race—all things that don’t make me the most obviously ‘representative’ choice for this position,” said Rekdal. “But of course, Utah is itself neither monolithic or homogenous, regardless of how others outside our state perceive us. The state is composed of communities that are constantly changing, and for me the role of Poet Laureate is to respect and reflect those changes, however I can.”

Rekdal grew up in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a Chinese American mother and a Norwegian father. She earned a BA from the University of Washington, an MA from the University of Toronto Centre for Medieval Studies, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

In reviewing The Invention of the Kaleidoscope for Barn Owl Review, Jay Robinson observed that it’s “the razor’s edge that always accompanies eros that makes the poems of Paisley Rekdal fresh, intense and ultimately irresistible.” Rekdal’s work grapples with issues of race, sexuality, myth, and identity while often referencing contemporary culture.


Z-Arts is grateful for the support of Utah Humanities, the Canyon Community Center, and the Town of Springdale.



Go Out and Play

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Go Out and Play

Z-Arts is thrilled to announce they will be the first to show this new traveling art exhibition provided by Utah Arts and Museums.

Artist Reception August 18th from 6 to 8 pm

featuring jazz pianist Sean Hebner performing live!


On Display from July 27 to August 31

Canyon Community Center Gallery

126 Lion Blvd., Springdale


   Memories of playing as a child are powerful. Children’s everyday experiences, adventures, and projects are often rehearsals for adult life. Play gives children a taste of freedom, encounters with uncertainty, risk taking, responsibility, and opportunities for unscheduled time for imagination. This exhibit focuses on artists’ memories to reignite the viewer’s own childhood markers of place and time. It aims to inspire parents, educators, and children to bring play back into their lives.

Collectively, this exhibit explores a changing world in which the role of play can sometimes seem trivialized.  As children spend more of their leisure time in front of screens, many American parents have begun seriously considering the role of play in their children’s routines. We are hoping this exhibition will invoke wonder, creativity, and natural curiosity in its viewers, and encourage them to go out and play.

“The exhibit focuses on reigniting the viewers’ own childhood through interaction and reminiscing,” says curator Kathy Cieslewicz. The exhibit displays artworks in a variety of mediums by artists from around the states of Utah and Arizona.

Originally, Dixie State University’s Sears Art Museum organized this show and now the Utah Arts and Museums have secured some of those art works for their traveling art exhibition program.  For more information on the Dixie State University Sears Art Museum Gallery visit or like their Facebook page at

Children’s Art Workshop

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Past Workshops | 0 comments

Children’s Art Workshop

Z-Arts will host a Paint by Number Mural

for elementary school aged children


Friday and Saturday, June 16 & 17, 2017

1 to 5 pm


In the Rockville Community Center

located at 43 East Main Street


led by local artist Jodi McGregor


Registration is limited to only 8 elementary school students, so contact Z-Arts right away if you wish to participate!  Call (435) 772-3434 x 313 or email


Jodi has been a visual artist nearly all her life, getting her first professional commission while still in high school!  She stubbornly pursued her ambitions, while taking time to marry, have children and work at the occasional “day job”.  She studied first at Utah State University in studio art and art history, and then had the opportunity to go to France to study as well.  She moved there for several years, and while there she got her real start in her art career, doing private and commercial art for individuals and businesses.  This enabled her to build a decent portfolio so that when she returned to the states, she more readily was able to secure commissions.


She spent eight years in Las Vegas during which time she painted many murals in Las Vegas casinos such as Mandalay Bay, the Monte Carlo, and the Aladdin.  She was spotlighted two years in a row by “Exclusively Las Vegas” magazine, and was featured in various publications there.  She also painted in many homes of the “rich and famous” and enjoyed a good measure of success there.  But she missed Utah, and the quality of life it has to offer, so she settled in St. George, where she has a family, and more recently in Rockville.








While in southern Utah, she has been involved as an artist and muralist in many homes during the annual St. George Area Parade of homes, most recently the home of Marie Osmond.  She served the city of St. George as a member of the Arts Commission, and also served as President of the Visual Arts Association.  (Now known as the Southern Utah Art Guild.)  She is now serving on the board of Z-Arts as the Visual Arts chairperson.  Jodi recently began entering art competitions and shows and has recently won “Paint Out”, “People’s Choice” and “Best of Show” to name a few.