Past Z-Arts! Events

Classical Greek Theater at the OC Tanner Amphitheater

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Past Events, Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

Classical Greek Theater  at the OC Tanner Amphitheater

On September 13, Westminster College’s Classical Greek Theater Festival will return to Springdale to perform at the spectacular Dixie State University OC Tanner Amphitheater at the foot of Zion National Park’s West Temple Mountain.  This year’s production is Hecuba, a tragedy written by Euripides in 424 BCE, during the golden age of Greek drama. The play is set in Troy after it was conquered by the Greeks; during the Trojan War, before the Greeks have departed.   The central figure, Hecuba, formerly Queen of the now-fallen city, mourns the sacrificial death of her daughter Polyxena, and seeks revenge for the murder of her youngest son, Polydorus.

In keeping with Classical Greek tradition, Hecuba will once again be performed in the morning, with a lecture by dramaturg, Jim Svendsen preceding the performance.  Two very excited Springdale youngsters, Zeb Farnsworth and Andy Beltran will join the cast to play the roles of Hecuba’s children.

Hecuba will also be the subject of a lecture/Demo in-service given by the play’s director, Barbara Smith to drama students at Hurricane High School on Friday, September 12. For anyone interested in reading the play, the text can be found at classics.mit.edu/Euripides/Hecuba.html.

 

Where – Dixie State University OC Tanner Amphitheater Lion Blvd Springdale
When – Saturday September 13, 2014
Time – 8:30 am
Ticket Price – $10 Non Members
$5 Z-Arts Members
High School Students Free with Student ID 

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

 

Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works

 

 

WRENCHED – Edward Abbey Revealed in Film

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Past Events, Past Film Events | 0 comments

WRENCHED – Edward Abbey Revealed in Film

wrenched logoWrenched is a new documentary film that captures the passing of the monkey wrench from the pioneers of eco-activism to the new generation who will carry Edward Abbey’s legacy into the 21st century. The fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American wilderness – the spirit of the West.

Director ML Lincoln will be in attendance. A discussion will follow the film.  

Date: 

Thursday, September 11, 2014 – 7:00pm

Place: 

Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre – 145 Zion Park Blvd Springdale, UT

Tickets:

There WILL be $10 day-of-show Wrenched tickets available for purchase at the Zion Canyon Giant Screen Theatre box office starting at 3 PM Thursday. Showtime is 7 PM.

Advance ticket sales are closed.

About the film
From Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, American literature has a history of being in the vanguard when it comes to activism about controversial issues. The books of Edward Abbey carry on that tradition, with memoirs like Desert Solitaire and the classic comic novel, The Monkey Wrench Gang, taking on the degradation of the American Southwest.

ML LincolnFilmmaker ML Lincoln’s documentary Wrenched reveals how Edward Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced and helped guide the nascent environmental movement of the 1970s and ‘80s. Through interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, ML Lincoln captures the outrage of Abbey’s friends who were the original eco-warriors. In defense of wilderness, these early activists pioneered ”monkeywrenching” – a radical blueprint for “wrenching the system” without causing human harm.

Abbey’s message has lived on. Young activists are carrying the monkeywrenching torch, using his books as a source of inspiration. Wrenched captures a new generation as personified in Tim DeChristopher, who single-handedly stopped the sale of 100,000+ of acres of public trust lands in southeastern Utah. He was sentenced to federal prison for his actions. The fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American frontier – the Wild West. And Wrenched, following in Abbey’s footsteps, asks the question, how far are we willing to go in defense of wilderness?

Successful screenings of Wrenched have happened in San Francisco, Santa Fe, Telluride, Moab and Salt Lake City. Z-Arts is proud to bring Director ML Lincoln and this timely film to the Zion Canyon Community and our neighbors in Southwestern Utah. Several notable Utahns appear in this documentary, including Terry Tempest Williams, Robert Redford and Ken Sleight.

View a list of characters.

About the Discussion Panel
Discussion panel members include the Wrenched film director/producer ML Lincoln, Eric Balken and Abbey-inspired environmental activist Kim Crumbo.

Eric Balken is director of the Glen Canyon Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration of Glen Canyon and a free flowing Colorado River.

Kim Crumbo is currently the Director of Conservation for the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, a non-profit, Flagstaff-based wildlife conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring native wildlife. He is an official stakeholder on USFWS Mexican Wolf Recovery Plan Revision process. Kim has strived to develop and maintain professional relationships with other conservation groups, legislators and their staff, and agency personal as well as general public outreach. He served 20 years with the National Park Service in Grand Canyon as the river ranger and later as Wilderness Coordinator. Kim worked as professional river guide, mostly in Grand Canyon, for 10 years.

Before his experience on rivers and in wilderness activism, Crumbo spent four years with the Navy’s SEAL Team One completing two combat deployments to Vietnam. As a result of his military service, Kim earned several combat decorations, including a Bronze Star.

Kim received a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Utah State University, with postgraduate work in outdoor recreation. His publications include A River Runners Guide to the History of Grand Canyon.

Watch the trailer here:

 

Listen to Doug Fabrizio’s KUER Radiowest interview with Director ML Lincoln and two of Abbey’s close friends Ken Sanders and Jack Loeffler here. Note: this interview occurred in February 2014.

 

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works

Film Presentation: Ramona

Posted by on Sep 6, 2014 in Past Events, Past Film Events | 0 comments

Film Presentation: Ramona

Z-Arts and Zion Canyon Field Institute are partnering this fall to show the silent film Ramona as silent films are meant to be shown – with live musical accompaniment.

Friday October 17, 2014 at 7PM
Canyon Community Center, Springdale
Admission is Free with Ticket, Limited Tickets Available in September

Praised at the time as “an extraordinarily beautiful production,” Edwin Carewe’s 1928 production of Ramona was filmed on location in Zion Canyon. The film is an adaptation of Helen Hunt Jackson’s novel of the same title, and stars a young Dolores del Rio. Although the novel is set in Southern California just after the Mexican-American War, the film’s use of Zion Canyon enhances a setting that provides both eerily dramatic backdrops for the drama, as well as some of the earliest moving footage of Zion National Park. The film had been thought lost for decades, but a single surviving nitrate print was discovered in 1994 in an archive in Prague, and was restored by the Library of Congress.

Rodney Sauer, pianist and film score compiler for the Mont Alta Orchestra specializing in the pre-talkie era, will perform. Prior to the showing, cinema historian and Nevada State College professor Jeff Crouse will give a lecture on Ramona, which he has called “a holy grail of late Hollywood silent film.”

First published in 1884, Jackson’s novel is a romance featuring the young Scottish-Native American, Ramona, who experiences both love and tragedy in mid-Nineteenth century California.

Helen Hunt Jackson (1830-1885), an American author, petitioned the U.S. government to improve its treatment of Native American Indians. In 1882, she published A Century of Dishonor, chronicling the plight of Native Americans.

This film contains some violence and is not suitable for young children. Parental discretion advised.

Support for this event provided by The Zion Canyon Field Institute

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works

Symbolic Landscapes: A Poetry Workshop

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Past Events, Past Literary Events, Past Workshops | 0 comments

Symbolic Landscapes: A Poetry Workshop

Register by October 18! On Saturday, October 25, Danielle Dubrasky will be conducting a day-long creative writing workshop entitled “Symbolic Landscapes: A Poetry Workshop” at the Zion Canyon Community Center. Long time Z-Arts members will recall that Ms. Dubrasky ran a poetry workshop several years ago; this workshop will be similar is spirit, but with new material and insight. Attendees will be both writing and reading their work, and Ms Dubrasky will also be reading.

The workshop will be held from 10am in the morning to 3pm in the afternoon. There will also be a one-hour lunch break. Attendees should bring pens and a notebook.

The workshop will be limited to 20 attendees. Workshop fees are $20.00 for Z-Arts members, $25.00 for non-members. Registration is required; To register online with credit card or PayPal use the form below:

Poetry Workshop Fee: $20.00 for Z-Arts Members, $25.00 for Non-Members

For questions regarding registration please email Vicki S. Bell at zarts@springdaletown.com.

Danielle DubraskyDanielle Beazer Dubrasky is currently the Associate professor of Creative Writing at Southern Utah University. She is the author of Persephone Awakened, a chapbook of poems designed by book artist Sue Cotter of Woodhenge Press. She is a two-time recipient of the Utah Arts Council First Place Award for Poetry: first in 2006 for a book-length collection of poems entitled To Live Elsewhere, and in 2012 for The Sandman. Her poetry has been published in ECOllective, Tar River Poetry, Weber Studies, Petroglyph, Dialogue and other places. She has collaborated with choreographers, composers, and visual artists in performances of her poetry. Danielle grew up in Charlottesville , Virginia . She has a master’s degree in English from Stanford University, and a PhD from the University of Utah’s Creative Writing program.

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works

HistoriOdyssey

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Past Announcements, Past Events, Past Humanities Events | 0 comments

HistoriOdyssey

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The Humanities department of Z-Arts has embarked on a new venture this season that we hope all of our members will enjoy – historical walking tours of the three Zion Canyon towns of Virgin, Rockville, and Springdale. Settled first in 1857, Virgin’s historical walk will occur first, followed by Rockville, and then Springdale.  The purpose is to see the historical progression of the settlement of Zion Canyon.  The tour dates are as follows:

  • Virgin                               Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Rockville/Grafton       Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Springdale                     Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Springdale Walking Tour

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This walking tour will be led by Michael Plyler of the Zion Canyon Field Institute.  This walk has been scheduled to coincide with the Butch Cassidy Walk/Run that takes place that same morning.  By taking place Saturday afternoon, this walking tour allows for participation in both events.

Michael Plyler has asked that we meet at the Springdale Post Office for the beginning of the tour.  However, there is no parking at the Springdale Post Office, so please park elsewhere and either walk or catch the town shuttle to the Post Office.  Please allow enough time for this so that the tour can start on time.

Unlike the two previous walking tours of Virgin and Rockville, the Springdale tour is shorter in time because there are less historical structures remaining to be seen.  But we still should learn some history about Springdale that many of us may not know.

Previous walkers please bring your lanyards from the previous walks.  There will Springdale pins and maps to put on your lanyards.  Lanyards will be available for those who have not attended any of the previous walks.

Families with children feel free to join in.  Bring your strollers.  Wear good walking shoes and hats.  We will see you then!

Partial funding for these walking tours has been provided by:  uhc_2012

Ongoing Show

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Ongoing Show

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Exhibition dates are October 7 through November 15, 2014.

Exhibit is at the Canyon Community Center Gallery in Springdale, Utah.

Description of the Woodcut Printmaking Process:

Rendering the colorful canyons and features of Zion in black and white is a bit of a challenge. This unique interpretation requires simplification and was accomplished by drawing the view then drawing from the drawing with brush and ink and then redrawing using that drawing as reference, and continuing this process until I arrived at a drawing which retained a sense of place and still held a pleasing sense of design. Reversing the drawing and transferring to the cherry wood block preceded the carving and proofing process. Finally, pulling an edition of prints on French made Rives paper.

Artist Statement:

I would hope one would take away another perspective of how to look at Zion and begin to notice the stark contrasts and ruggedness of the canyon. An appreciation for woodcut printmaking would also be a plus.

~Royden Card

Gallery Hours:

Mon–Thurs 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday Noon to 5:00 pm

Closed Sundays

 

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

 

Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works

“Stone Spirit” Exhibit by Tom Wheeler

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Past Events, Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

“Stone Spirit” Exhibit by Tom Wheeler

stone spiritThe July 15 through August 24 exhibition at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale is of stone compositions meant to represent what artist Tom Wheeler calls “Stone Spirit” figures. These are wall-piece constructions done in stone and wood on textured, painted backgrounds that are either abstract or representational.

The abstract pieces play with the color, shape and texture of the materials while the representational spirits are inspired by petroglyph images of ancient southwest cliff dwellers and by the katsinas (mythical beings) found in today’s Native American Hopi culture. Central to these pieces are the stone figures, dressed in ceremonial robes with large fancy collars and masked faces whose ancient eyes peer out into today’s world.

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

 

Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works

 

“Flow” – 2014 Juried Art Show

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Past Events, Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

“Flow” – 2014 Juried Art Show

“Flow” – 2014 Annual Juried Art Show

FLOW is the “ mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.”

For this year’s Annual Juried Show, artists have interpreted “Flow,” and expressed how it inspires them; whether mentally, physically, or even metaphysically.

This year, 65 pieces of art are on display and most are being offered for sale by the 35 artists. The show is free to attend.

Gallery Show Dates: August 27 through October 3, 2014

Gallery Hours:

Mon–Thurs 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday Noon to 5:00 pm
Closed Sundays

 

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

 

Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works

 

“Maya of Guatemala” Exhibition

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

“Maya of Guatemala” Exhibition

Rooster Girl Full ImageExhibition of photographs by Michael Plyler runs from June 9 through July 14, 2014 at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, UT.

The Loss of Cultural Identity in a Rapidly Changing World

The highland Maya of Guatemala are direct descendants of the pyramid-builders of such classic Maya sites as Tikal, Palenque, Caracol, and others. The Maya have been a continuously existing culture for 4,500 years, predating Rome by almost 1,000 years. They were the first culture to develop the mathematical concept of zero, which was not used in Europe until 1200 A.D. Their astronomical accomplishments are formidable. They calculated the path of Venus with an error of only 14 seconds a year, their lunar cycle was accurate to within 24 seconds of today’s atomic clocks, and their calendar projected 30,000 years into the future has an error of less than three minutes.

Michael Plyler has been photographing the Maya of Guatemala since 1982 and has made 15 trips there between 1982 and 2008 to record his vision. Trained as an archaeologist, Plyler brings an anthropological perspective to his photography. Over the course of the years his black and white portraits record the subtle changes and diminishment of the traditional dress, or traje. His photographs of the Maya are contained in the permanent collections of the Museum of the American Indian, the Heard Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man, the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, the Barrick Museum of Natural History at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, the Museo Ixchel in Guatemala City, Instituto Guatemalteco de Turismo in Guatemala City, and the premier research center in Central America, Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Meso America (CIRMA) in Antigua, Guatemala. In 2013 Michael had the distinct honor of having a large body of his Mayan portraits added to the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

 

 

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

 

  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts

 

Visual Arts Exhibit

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014 in Past Events, Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Visual Arts Exhibit

Visit the Canyon Community Center Gallery in Springdale between April 12 and May 12, 2014 and experience the work of two Springdale artists.

Douglas Gregg and Paul Mailloux interpret “The Color of Light” through the medium of glass and photography.

 

There will be an Artist Reception on Tuesday April 15th from 7-8 pm at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale.

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Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.