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Street Performers

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Street Performers


Francisco Perez-Figueroa will be displaying his black and white photography of street performers in the Canyon Community Center (126 Lion Blvd., Springdale) Gallery from August 25th through October 2nd.  The Artist Reception will include live music and refreshments and be held on September 18th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.


Gallery Hours:

Monday – Thursday 10am to 7pm

Friday 10am to 5pm

Saturday 12 noon to 5pm


Street performance or busking is the act of performing in public places for gratuities, though “busking” is particularly associated with singing or playing music. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiquity. People engaging in this practice are called street performers or buskers.

The place where a performance occurs is called a “pitch”. A good pitch can be the key to success as a busker. An act that might make money at one place and time may not work at all in another setting. Popular pitches tend to be public places with large volumes of pedestrian traffic, high visibility, low background noise and as few elements of interference as possible.

In her book, Underground Harmonies: Music and Politics in the Subways of New York, Susie J. Tanenbaum examined how the adage “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast” plays out in regards to busking. Her sociological studies showed that in areas where buskers regularly perform, crime rates tended to go down, and that those with higher education attainment tended to have a more positive view of buskers than did those of lesser educational attainment.

In the 2000s, some performers have begun “Cyber Busking”. Artists post work or performances on the Internet for people to download or “stream” and if people like it they make a donation using PayPal.


Well Known Street Performers:

Rod Stewart began hanging around folk singer Wizz Jones and busking, at Leicester Square and other London spots in 1962.  On several trips over the next 18 months, Jones and Stewart took their act to Brighton and then to Paris, sleeping under bridges over the River Seine, and then finally to Barcelona.  Stewart was eventually rounded up and deported from Spain for vagrancy in 1963.

George Michael used to busk near the London Underground, performing songs such as ’39 by Queen.

Benjamin Franklin, the American inventor and statesman, was a street performer.  He composed songs, poetry and prose about the current events and went out in public and performed them.  He would then sell printed copies of them to the public.  He was dissuaded from busking by this father who convinced him it was not worth the stigmas that some people attach to it.  It was this experience that helped form his beliefs in free speech, which he wrote about in his journals.


The first recorded instances of laws affecting buskers were in ancient Rome in 462 BC. The Law of the Twelve Tables made it a crime to sing about or make parodies of the government or its officials in public places; the penalty was death.In the United States under Constitutional Law and most European common law, the protection of artistic free speech extends to busking.


Credit:  Wikipedia


This project is supported by Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts .
Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works



Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Past Events, Past Film Events | 0 comments


Movie PosterDocumentary Film Screening

Wednesday, August 17th at 7:00 pm

Canyon Community Center

126 Lion Blvd, Springdale



This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.


Written by DamNation Team








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



Copper and Bronze Unite

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Copper and Bronze Unite

The Art of Jerry Anderson and Zac Hawkins



Forging the patina of experience

with the shine of youth!

Artist Reception July 15th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

Canyon Community Center

126 Lion Blvd, Springdale


IMG_8579Jerry Anderson is a noted bronze sculptor who resides in Silver Reef, Utah where he has maintained his studio and gallery for over 25 years. Jerry has become widely recognized as a master of bronze sculpture; his work can now be found around the world. Jerry was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, and at an early age began showing an interest in the world of art. Upon moving to California Jerry enrolled in the “Famous Artists Course”- a four year course of study where he received a diploma in commercial art and illustration. The Famous Artists Course out of Connecticut taught Jerry the basics of art including composition, perspective, and anatomy. In 1981 Jerry and and his lovely wife Fawn returned to Utah where he devoted his full time attention to sculpting. Jerry has completed 55 maquette bronzes, and 52 life- sized monuments. His knowledge of both animal and human form is seen in his artwork–no detail is left undone.


art5021Zac Hawkins owns Coppertop Metals.  A family business, he operates with the help of his blushing bride Danielle.  Since 2006, the business has grown and expanded into Southern Utah’s premier metal fabrication shop, customizing in architectural elements.  Zac is the craftsman who inspires all of Coppertop’s custom products, taking flat pieces of metal and transforming them into works of art. Through trial and error Zac has created many patinas and textures that are one of a kind. Everything that leaves the shop is handmade and crafted to perfection.




Gallery Show from  July 12 to August 23

CCC Gallery Hours

Monday – Thursday 10am to 7pm

Friday 10am to 5pm

Saturday 12 noon to 5pm

Closed Sunday



2016 Z-Arts Music at the Zion Canyon Farmers Market

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

2016 Z-Arts Music at the Zion Canyon Farmers Market

Z-Arts Music at the Farmers Market
Featuring Local Musicians
Saturdays, May 14 thru Oct 15, 2016
9:30 a.m. – Noon
On the lawn at the Bit and Spur Restaurant
1212 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale

Co-sponsored by Zion Harvest


14-May             Johnny Van

21-May             Jerry Allen

28-May             David Bird

4-Jun                Zion Native Flute Circle

11-Jun              Still House Road

18-Jun              Raven Cain

25-Jun              Dulce

2-Jul                 Lisa Benham

9-Jul                 Sean Hebner & Friends

16-Jul               Strings & Bellows

23-Jul               Michael SG

30-Jul               Michael Cundick

6-Aug               Shearer Guitar Students

13-Aug             Michael SG & Gordon Strang

20-Aug            Harry “O”

27-Aug             Lisa Mac

3-Sep               Tumblweedz

10-Sep              Joshua Kloyda

17-Sep              Eli Wrankle

24-Sep              TBA

1-Oct                Katy Taylor

8-Oct                Alec Horstein

15-Oct              Paul VanDam


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Pine Mt Blue Band 5-15Johnny Van OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA



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


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

Classical Guitar Symposium Faculty Performance

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

Classical Guitar Symposium Faculty Performance

Aaron Shearer Foundation

Classical Guitar Symposium Performance

Canyon Community Center    7:30 p.m.

Admission: FREE

August 5 – Faculty Performance with Ricardo Cobo, Thomas Kikta, Kami Rowan and Alan Hirsh

Ricardo Cobo Widely regarded as one of the leading virtuosos of the new Classic Guitar generation, Mr. Cobo is in high demand as soloist, chamber musician, lecturer and recording artist. Mr. Cobo’s versatility can be heard in his award-winning solo recordings of classical and children’s music – Tales for Guitar – ESSAY, Brouwer Solo Works-NAXOS and Guitar Lullaby – Ellipsis Arts, as well as his orchestral and crossover recordings in collaborations with jazz and classical musicians. Mr. Cobo chairs the classical guitar department at UNLV and is founder and artistic director of the Guitar Las Vegas/Allegro Guitar Series hosted at UNLV’s Doc Rando Concert Hall.

Thomas Kikta As a musician, producer, professor and author Mr. Kikta is a versatile artist who has been the director of Classic Guitar and Recording Arts and Sciences at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. for over twenty five years. A native of Pittsburgh, he studied Classic Guitar performance with Aaron Shearer at both the Peabody Conservatory and at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He has performed around the country and for such dignitaries as Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison and has worked with such artists as Ricardo Cobo, and Manuel Barrueco.

Kami Rowan Dr. Rowan has taught at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC since 1993. Her success has resulted in a nationally recognized guitar program within a liberal arts context. Dr. Rowan is currently the president of two non-profit musical organizations in the Greensboro area—Music for a Great Space, and the Piedmont Classic Guitar Society. Dr. Rowan studied with Aaron Shearer, at North Carolina School of the Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Music in performance.

Alan Hirsh Well known as composer, arranger, guitarist, and music educator, Dr. Hirsh began his collaboration with Aaron Shearer back in the 1980’s, writing music for the ground-breaking 1988 three-volume method series: Learning the Classic Guitar published with Mel Bay. Since then he continued his collaboration with Aaron (along with Thomas Kikta) as composer and editor of the three-volume Alfred Music publications—The Shearer Method: Classical Guitar Foundations, Classical Guitar Developments, and Learning the Fingerboard.


This project 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

Aaron Shearer Student Performance

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

Aaron Shearer Student Performance

Z-Arts and the Aaron Shearer Foundation present an evening of classical guitar music

Canyon Community Center

August 6, Saturday,   7:30 p.m.

Reception to follow the performance


This student performance will be the culmination of a week of classical guitar training in Springdale. The program will include student solos, ensembles and a guitar orchestra which will include the students and faculty. Guest performers will include Eli Wrankle on violin and Cassey Mode on flute.

Please come to enjoy beautiful guitar music performed by the nations up and coming young guitarist. After the performance Z-Arts will hold a reception for the community to meet the students.


This project 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


Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Past Film Events | 0 comments



The Film “Unbranded” will be shown on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Canyon Community Center.  Admission is free.


Click Here to View Trailer


Four young cowboys hatch an outrageous plot to adopt, train, and ride sixteen wild mustangs, from the Mexican border to the Canadian border, up the spine of the American West. Their wildness of spirit, in both man and horse, is quickly dwarfed by the wilderness they must navigate: a 3000-mile gauntlet that is equally indescribable and unforgiving.

As the film informs us early on, horses, not an indigenous species, were introduced to this country 500 years ago by the Spanish conquistadors. A 1971 Federal law extended protection and allowed wild horses to run free, much to the consternation of ranchers who claim that they cause irrevocable damage. Reproducing at the rate of 20% a year, their numbers have reached unprecedented levels, with 50,000 horses and burros now living in holding facilities throughout the country.

Culled from some 500 hours of raw footage, procured over the five month journey and spanning five states, this film promotes the adoption of wild horses in the American West. This engrossing real-life adventure brings much-needed attention to an important environmental issue:  how to maintain healthy herds of wild horses and burros on healthy rangelands.

Gorgeously photographed, it is sure to boost visits to national parks, as the crossing took place almost entirely on public land, including Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and Glacier National Park.

There are plenty of facts and figures shared in Unbranded, as well as a strong element of advocacy. But what viewers will come away with most is a renewed appreciation for the natural beauty of both the western region of the country and the wild animals that inhabit it.



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Wild Horses in southwest Wyoming








Dr. Erika T. Wurth

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Past Events, Past Literary Events | 0 comments

Dr. Erika T. Wurth

Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend

and the Writer’s Craft

by Dr. Erika T. Wurth


Erika Wurth Photo

Canyon Community Center

Friday, June 24th at 7:00 pm


Reception immediately following at the home of Gene and Zelda Gerstner, 1505 Claret Cup Lane.


Erika T. Wurth is a writer of both fiction and poetry. She is professor of creative writing at Western Illinois University and has been a guest writer at the Institute of Indian Arts. She is the author of the novel, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend and a collection of poetry, Indian Trains, which was a finalist in both the Akron Poetry Series and Earthworks. Soon to be published is her new poetry collection, A Thousand Horses Out to Sea.

Erika grew up outside Denver, Colorado, an Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee, which lends her a unique perspective on Native American letters and culture. She will read from her work here and in Cedar City, and share with us her insight on the writing process and how it shapes her work, how it plays into the creation of her fiction and poetry, what drew her to writing. Anyone who cares about writing, the creative process, and their importance in Native American literature will not want to miss this event.

Dr. Wurth will also be speaking at the Paiute Tribal Building, 440 Paiute Drive in Cedar City on Thursday, June 23rd at 6:30 pm.



Flamenco Performance and Special Classes

Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

Flamenco Performance and Special Classes


Original Expression of Poetry, Flamenco & Jazz

MusikePromo flipEnjoy this exciting performance with renowned composer, multi-instrumentalist and innovative percussionist Nacho Arimony, virtuoso jazz and flamenco guitarist and composer Alfredo Caceres, and dancer, writer, and storytelling artist Karina Carmen Velasco.

Musiké Is an original concert that incorporates four primary artistic forms of expression into one: Flamenco, Jazz, Poetry and Dance which brings together the lifelong work of Arimany, Cáceres and Velasco’s artistic journey in their individual fields. It highlights the thread which communicates between the art forms as well as taking a leap into the stages of World Music by incorporating Arimany’ s unique world music percussion instruments, piano, guitar, singing and dance. With original music, lyrics and choreography it is an evolution from Arimany’s renowned concerts in Spain: Origins. His award winning Flamenco and Jazz CD Silence-Light, Cáceres Hispanica Jazz CD, and Velasco’s interpretations of these through dance brings a unique part of themselves to create this new unified work.

When:   Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Where:  Canyon Community Center located at 126 Lion Boulevard, Springdale, UT

Cost:      Tickets are $10.00 per person for Z-Arts members and $15.00 per person for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the door prior to the performance.


Rockville Community Center

November 19 Saturday 

1:00 to 2:00 Beginner Dance Class – Free to all who are interested in Flamenco dance. Children 12 and older are welcome.

2:15 to 3:45 Cajon Class – Nacho Arimany  – $10 – anyone interested in learning the basics of the cajon (box drum)

4:00 to 5:30 Intermediate Dance Class – Karina Velasquez (with Alfredo Arimany on guitar) – $10 – open to anyone with any type of dance experience


This project is supported by Utah Arts and Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts .
Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works

Film Screening – Pete McCloskey: Leading From The Front

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Past Film Events | 0 comments

Film Screening – Pete McCloskey:  Leading From The Front



June 8, 7-8:30pm

Canyon Community Center

126 Lion Boulevard, Springdale


Recounting the colorful and inspirational story of former Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey, a real political “maverick”, a Marine war hero, a leading peace advocate during the Vietnam War, and an environmental activist.

In the span of just a few days during the Korean War, McCloskey won the Navy Cross, the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. His experiences in Korea no doubt contributed to his opposition of the war in Vietnam.

McCloskey was one of the nation’s first environmental lawyers. He co-chaired the first Earth Day in 1970 and co-authored the Endangered Species Act.

An authentic hero who dedicated his life to public service and followed his conscience, regardless of the prevailing political winds, McCloskey was the first member of Congress to call for the impeachment of Nixon in 1973.

Join Z-Arts in the viewing of the film “Pete McCloskey:  Leading from the Front” on Wednesday, June 8th from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Canyon Community Center at 126 Lion Blvd in Springdale.


Attendance is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring water (only) and personal snacks.


Mark Your Calendars! Z-Arts will be hosting a film screening every second Wednesday of the month at 7pm throughout the summer! Visit for details!