Past Z-Arts! Events

Washburn Family Bluegrass Band

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Past Events, Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

Washburn Family Bluegrass Band

Performing at the Light Parade in front of SOL Market between the hours of 5 and 7 pm on Saturday, December 10th.  A “Sweets Social” will follow.  For more details, visit!

Gala Tickets On Sale Now!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Past Events | 0 comments

Gala Tickets On Sale Now!

Let’s Celebrate!  Thanks to our many supporters, Z-Arts has hosted 70 events in the disciplines of visual arts, performing arts, literary, film and the humanities.  Now it’s time to celebrate at the annual Gala!

You’re not going to want to miss this!  A fabulous Switchback dinner, wine and live entertainment by Harry “O” and Friends.


Friday, December 2nd from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Switchback Grill, 1149 Zion Park Blvd, Springdale

$50 tickets on sale now


Get tickets from any Z-Arts Board Member or

Call (435) 772-3434 x 313

or visit the Z-Arts office in the Canyon Community Center at 126 Lion Blvd in Springdale on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday mornings between the hours of 9am and noon.


Ticket Deadline Tuesday, November 22nd

so we can provide accurate count to the restaurant in timely manner.


Harry OHarry”O” – Guitar and vocals

From private parties to the stages of music festivals and state fairs.

From local bars and clubs to restaurants and hotels.

From the chicken wire protected stages of the rural south to the coolest Blues bars in Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.

From upscale weddings at the finest exclusive Country Clubs to backyard divorce parties.

From a “Blues in the Schools” program at an elementary school in an urban neighborhood to a “Happy Hour” at an assisted living facility.

From a christening to a Blues Funeral service.”

He’s played every imaginable kind of gig and always left the clients satisfied that they hired the right man for the job!

Drew Millerberg – Bass and vocals

As versatile bassist from The SF bay area is proficient in many genres has played all over the world. He states that his biggest thrill was openning for the likes of CCR, The Grass Roots and the late, great, Ray Charles!

Charlie Mikkelson – Drums

Originally from LA;  played, recorded and taught drums in the LA area till he moved to the St. George area in 2007.

He has played with, The Dixie’s Troubadours, Classic Country, Dakota Nights and currently plays with Vinyl Fusion  and Harry”O” and Friends.

Austin McDonald – Tenor Sax

A St.George native, started playing at the age of 12 at Pine View Middle School and continued playing his sax in marching bands, concert bands and Jazz bands throughout his High school career. He’s currently playing with The C-notes and Non-sufficient Funds, in addition to playing with Harry”O”.

Lines in Nature

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Lines in Nature

Recent Works by Carol Bold and Justin Newby

Canyon Community Center Gallery Show


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Monday – Thursday 10am to 7pm

Friday 10am to 5pm

Saturday noon to 5pm

Closed Sunday

Zion Canyon Arts & Crafts Fair

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Past Events, Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Zion Canyon Arts & Crafts Fair

Avoid the crowds Thanksgiving weekend and enjoy a leisurely drive to the Zion Canyon, where you’ll find exceptional handcrafted and original items! This year’s show will include lavender, beeswax and essential oils in various soaps, bath bombs and shaving products.  Original artwork, photography and hand made cards for those who value visual arts.  Exotic jerky, raw local honey, smoked nuts, jams, cookies, breads and more for those who value culinary arts.  Silk scarves, woven mats, and crocheted items for those who prefer originality.  Wood carvings, candle holders, and pottery too.  And of course, jewlery:  Navajo, copper, silver, gemstones and wizard stones.


Friday, November 25th and

Saturday, November 26th

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Canyon Community Center

126 Lion Blvd, Springdale

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Dueling Paintbrushes

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Dueling Paintbrushes

Two painters traveled up the Missouri River within a year of each other, George Catlin in 1832 and Karl Bodmer in 1833.  They had very different temperaments and very different styles for documenting the same Indian villages, the same chiefs, the same sacred rituals, the same bison herds, the same river bluffs.  Catlin and Bodmer also illustrated how each tribe painted accounts of their own lives in their own styles on tipis, drums, and buffalo hides.  Their paintings provide a rich visual record of the High Plains at a unique time in history:  after Lewis & Clark, but before the arrival of railways and photography.



Kristi Hager

Kristi Hager, painter & photographer

Sunday, November 6th at 7:00 pm

Canyon Community Center

126 Lion Blvd, Springdale


Audience members will be asked to consider whether they would prefer a portrait or a photograph of Mandan leader Ma-To-Toh-Pa (Four Bears), or his buffalo robe depicting his victories with his own hand.



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George Catlin

Sioux Ball Player

Mato-tope Mandan Chief

Mandan Chief

Karl Bodmer

Karl Bodmer

Moonshot Through The Double Helix

Posted by on Oct 14, 2016 in Past Film Events | 0 comments

Moonshot Through The Double Helix

A revolution in cancer research is taking place and the world is starting to take notice. Utah’s Intermoutain Healthcare and famed genomic researcher, Dr. Lincoln Nadauld, who came to Intermountain Healthcare from Stanford University, are initiating a novel approach to the treatment of cancer by instituting personalized cancer medicine using cutting edge genetic sequencing technologies. This film tells the story of how this came to be the “Moonshot for the 21st Century” with Vice President Joe Biden leading the charge.  Produced by Springdale’s Mayor Stan Smith.


Documentary Film Screening

Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00 pm

Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion Blvd, Springdale


Dr. Lincoln Nadauld

Dr. Lincoln Nadauld

Double Helix

Double Helix


The goal of Cancer Moonshot is to double the rate of progress toward a cure – to make a decade of advances in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care in five years.

Dr.’s Lincoln Nadauld, Derrick Haslem and Pravin Mishra along with a world-class team at Intermountain Healthcare Precision Genomics have initiated a novel approach to the treatment of cancer.  By sequencing a patient’s DNA to find genetic mutations that are known to cause cancer, and then targeting the drugs accordingly.

Phil Tuckett is the executive director of DOCUTAH and Dixie State University Films.  Director Stan Smith is the owner of Bumbleberry Inn and the mayor of Springdale.  They have shadowed the work of the Intermountain Healthcare’s doctors and created an informative documentary.

“The driving force behind the making of this film for me was about giving patients and families hope. Very few people know what genomic research is, but when you explain to them what it can do and that it can give those suffering from cancer new hope, they go – wow!” according to Stan Smith.  Tuckett agreed, stating, “It could be the very future of what brings cancer under control and it’s right here in our community.”

Credit:  The Spectrum

Credit:  St George News


Thank you to the Town of Springdale and the Canyon Community Center for supporting this film screening.




A Long & Winding Road

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

A Long & Winding Road

Artist Kristine Eberhard will be displaying her paintings and constructions from 1973 to present.


October 3 – November 14
Canyon Community Center
126 Lion Blvd, Springdale


Nibbles & Chats Friday, October 7th, 6-8 pm



Gallery Hours:

Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm

Friday, 10 am to 5 pm

Saturday, 12 noon to 5 pm

Closed Sunday


Thank you to the Town of Springdale and the Canyon Community Center for supporting this gallery showing.

The artist reception is supported in part by Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Streams of Consequence

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Past Film Events | 0 comments

Streams of Consequence

Chliean Patagonia:  the Baker and Pascua Rivers


Documentary Screening

Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00 pm

Canyon Community Center

126 Lion Blvd, Springdale

Admission Free

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In April 2012, co-founder of Rios Libres, James “Q” Martin arrived in Santiago on the heels of the landmark decision that approved five dams on two of Patagonia’s pristine rivers. Since 79% of Chileans opposed the project in support of alternative energy options, Q found himself in the thick of some of the largest protests the country has ever seen.

Amidst the chaos of protests, Q travelled the length of Chile to create Streams of Consequence. The result is a solution-based documentary that addresses the difficult, unanswered questions including, “What does an alternative energy model look like?” “How do the Chileans feel about it?” and “Could Chile become a global leader by gaining energy independence via green technology?”

Streams of Consequence premiered at the 2013 Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival and will continue to show across the country via Wild and Scenic, other film festivals and grassroots screenings.


Text Source:  Vimeo

Image Source:  James “Q” Martin

This film screening is supported in part by Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thank you to the Town of Springdale and the Canyon Community Center for supporting this event.

Jack Dykinga

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Past Literary Events | 0 comments

Jack Dykinga
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer
National Geographic Contributor
Published Author of documentary photojournalism
Member of the first ever Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition for the International League of Conservation Photographers
Sonoran National Park Project Board Member


Historic Rockville Church

43 East Main Street, Rockville

Saturday, October 22nd at 7:00 pm


Jack DykingaPulitzer Prize (1971 Feature Photography) winning photographer Jack Dykinga blends fine art photography with documentary photojournalism. He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic Magazines.  His ten wilderness advocacy, large format books include: Frog Mountain Blues, The Secret Forest, The Sierra Pinacate, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley.   He authored and photographed Large Format Nature Photography, a “how to” guide to color landscape photography. Jack’s ARIZONA, released in 2004 from Westcliffe Publishers, is a compilation of Jack’s best Arizona images. “Capture the Magic” released November 2013, delves into composition and the creative process. Jack’s latest book, “A Photographer’s Life” will be released in the fall of 2016.

Dykinga’s fine art images were featured along with the work of Ansel Adams in an Arizona Highways Magazine retrospective shown at the Phoenix Art Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Northern Arizona.


Recent work includes:

Texas/Mexican border highlighting the biological diversity of protected areas along the Rio Grande River, appearing in the February 2007, National Geographic Magazine.

His illustration of the wilderness lands of Native American Tribes is featured in the August 2010 National Geographic.

Jack has donated his talents to the International Leagure of Conservation Photographer’s RAVEs (Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions) El Triunfo, Mexico, 2007; Balandra 2007, Baja Sur, Mexico; the Yucatan 2009, Yucatan, Mexico; the U.S./ Mexico Borderlands 2009, as well as the 2010 Patagonia, Chile RAVE and the September 2010 Great Bear RAVE in B.C. Canada.

In each case, Jack and teams of celebrated photographers from all over the world pooled their collective talents to highlight potential environmental degradation.

In April 2010, Jack’s image “Stone Canyon” was selected as one of the forty best Nature Photographs of all time by the International League of Conservation Photographers and he received The 2011 Outstanding Photographer of the Year Award from the North American Nature Photography Association in March 2011 and has just been named the recipient of NANPA’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

He and his wife Margaret live in Tucson, Arizona. His daughter Camille Bralts lives in Champaign-Urbana. His son Peter Dykinga manages Jack’s image collection.

The way he sees it, everyone should “Taste life and strive to make a difference”.


We are grateful to Flanigans Inn for providing lodging accommodations.

This event is supported in part by Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.

We are grateful to partner with Utah Humanities to bring Jack to the Zion Canyon.

This event is jointly supported by the Utah Humanities Book Festival and the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative. This initiative is a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the prizes and seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future, and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize winning work.



Steven L. Peck, author

Posted by on Aug 12, 2016 in Past Literary Events | 0 comments

Steven L. Peck, author

An evolutionary ecologist who teaches History and Philosophy of Science and Bioethics at Brigham Young University, Steven L. Peck is an accomplished author and a Mormon.  

According to Wikipedia, he received a bachelor’s degree from BYU in statistics and computer science with a minor in zoology.  His master’s degree was from UNC Chapel Hill in environmental biostatistics and his PhD was from North Carolina State University in biomathematics and entomology.  In 2008, he worked with the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria making models of tsetze fly ecology and population genetics.

His published works include “Evolving Faith:  Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist”, “A Short Stay in Hell”, and “The Scholar of Moab”.  The movie rights for “A Short Stay in Hell” have been acquired by independent film maker David Spaltro.  “The Scholar of Moab” won the 2011 Best Novel by the Association for Mormon letters and was a 2011 finalist for the Montaigne Medal Eric Hoffer Award.


When:  Friday, October 14th at 7:00 pm

Where:  Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion Blvd, Springdale

Admission:  FREE!


Evolving Faith

Believers and scientists have long wrestled over the relationship between science and faith. Steven L. Peck, an acclaimed Latter-day Saint author and scientist, demonstrates in this new book that both science and faith are indispensable tools we can use to navigate God’s strange and beautiful creation. Evolving Faith is a collection of technical, personal, sometimes whimsical essays about Mormon theology, evolution, human consciousness, the environment, sacred spaces, and more.

Scholar of Moab

“The Scholar of Moab is a hilarious, otherworldly, beautifully strange, and strangely familiar novel, like nothing I have ever read before.  In my fruitless search for an adequate comparison, I could only say it’s philosophy meets satire meets poetry meets cosmology meets absurdity.  For all of its indirectness and fantastical wit, it conveys a seriousness of tone about life in a small western town and about the strangeness of human existence with more humanity, humor, and wonder than most anything else in print.  It had no right to survive its outside ambition, but it does, wonderfully.  Read it and maybe you will know what I mean.”

George Handley – Author of Home Waters:  A Year of Recompenses on the Provo River

A Short Stay in Hell

An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he’ll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life.

In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity, taking the reader on a journey through the afterlife of a world where everything everyone believed in turns out to be wrong.

Wandering Realities

Wandering Realities is perfectly satisfying, a treat from beginning to end,” says Steven Evans. “It is alternatively touching and funny and poignant, with horrors and wonders. Steven Peck is a gift to Mormon literature, and any opportunity to read his stories is not to be missed.”

“This collection is one of the freshest, most engaging, and most entertaining contributions to Mormon literature that I’ve seen in a long while,” says Jonathan Langford. “Steve Peck is an alien. . . . That’s the only explanation I can come up with for how, in this set of 16 stories, he so consistently manages to provide such startlingly different, yet at the same time deeply insightful, perspectives on the culture and religion he has adopted for his own.”


Z-Arts is grateful to the Cliffrose Lodge for hosting Steven Peck’s accommodations.


Thank you to the Town of Springdale and the Canyon Community Center for supporting this event.


Literary arts in Zion Canyon is supported in part by Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.