Past Z-Arts! Events

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

patagoniaClick here to view trailer.

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.


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


stillhouse roadJohnny Van 6-2-15 Odan 6-15






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