Past Z-Arts! Events

Shearer Classical Guitar Performance 2017

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

Shearer Classical Guitar Performance 2017

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

Canyon Community Center, June 30, Friday, 7:30 p.m.


This student performance will be the culmination of a week of classical guitar training in Springdale. The program will include student solos and ensembles. Come and enjoy beautiful guitar music performed by the nations up and coming young guitarists. Be prepared to enjoy a wide variety of styles and musical periods.








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

Guitar Performance 2017 featuring Ricardo Cobo and the guitar orchestra

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017 in Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

Guitar Performance 2017 featuring Ricardo Cobo and the guitar orchestra

Z-Arts and the Aaron Shearer Foundation present an evening of classical guitar music solos and a guitar orchestra.

Canyon Community Center, July 1, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Admission: FREE

The first half of the program will a performance by Ricardo Cobo.

Ricardo Cobo is widely regarded as one of the leading virtuosos of the new Classic Guitar generation. He 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.

The second half of the program will present the 25 piece guitar orchestra which will include the students and faculty. The program will include pieces by Vivaldi, Mauel DeFalla, Andy McKee and Alan Hirsh.


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

Alive Inside Documentary Film Screening

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Past Film Events | 0 comments

Alive Inside Documentary Film Screening

ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows numerous visionaries in healthcare including social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain), healthcare visionaries Dr. Bill Thomas, Dr. Al Powers, Naomi Fiel, and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.


Click Here to View the Official Trailer


Z-Arts is pleased to offer a free screening of this documentary to our community.


Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion Blvd, Springdale


Plan to stay after the documentary film screening to participate in our panel discussion on the topics raised.  Our panel will be lead by LuAnn Lundquist from Memory Matters of Utah, and teachers of the “Dementia Dialogues” with the Five County Association of Governments we have Sheri Reber and Tracy HeavyRunner.


LuAnn Pollock Lundquist

LuAnn is the founder of Memory Matters Utah, formerly the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Society. LuAnn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University in the college of Social and Behavioral Science with a minor in Anthropology. She has worked for 10 years in the senior care industry in Southern Utah as a Therapeutic Recreation Technician and as a dementia care consultant and educator. Luann is a certified Dementia Dialogues trainer and has been an instructor for Foundations of Dementia Care and Maintain Your Brain programs. She has been a caregiver for two family members who have passed away with Alzheimer’s or Vascular Dementia. She feels that this is a calling and a blessing to work with caregivers and those who are challenged with dementia illnesses. LuAnn is married to Kurt Lundquist. They have four grown children and 11 ½ grandchildren.


Memory Matters is a community-based nonprofit organization which strives to be a center of excellence for persons with Alzheimer’s and all forms of dementia and their families by providing daycare programs, support services and education in a compassionate and dignified manner.



Tracy HeavyRunner

Tracy HeavyRunner is the Case Management Program Coordinator and is also a case manager for the Home & Community Based programs.  She works in both the St. George and Cedar City offices.  She is a licensed Social Service Worker and has been with Five County AOG since 1996.   

Sheri Reber

Sheri Reber works for Five Counties Association of Government; she has had 10 years working with the aging population in both home and skilled nursing settings, as well as 10 years working with people with disabilities. She graduated with Bachelors in Social work. She is a licensed Social Service Worker, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Dementia Specialist, Dementia Dialogues Instructor, QIDP (qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional) RCI Reach Interventionist and a Therapeutic Recreation Technician.

Alzheimer’s is a disease that is close to Sheri’s heart, as her grandfather had Alzheimer’s, and she has seen the effects that it had not only for him but for other family members. Sheri loves to be a resource to others, helping them to find creative and meaningful ideas, activities and solutions.


MakingAlive Inside opened our eyes to the power of Music and Human Connection, to awaken forgotten souls- including our own.  We discovered when a youth reaches out with music to an elder with cognitive challenges, there can be an ‘awakening’ for both. Today, many youth are losing the basic human connection skills that sustained us for millennia, and many elders are forgotten. We can change this! There are 46 million elders living with Alzheimer’s, 100 million lost kids, 100 million caregivers – all of them need to feel more alive and connected!  Music is not a “cure,” but it is a teacher.  We can learn from music, story and human connection-


To learn more about the Alive Inside Empathy Revolution, click here.



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



All State High School Art Exhibition

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

All State High School Art Exhibition

On Display in the Canyon Community Center Gallery

Throughout the Month of April


This juried art competition is open to all 11th and 12th grade students from public and private schools throughout Utah. Artwork is submitted by the school’s art department and each student may submit up to two pieces of artwork into the competition. All of the following formats are accepted: drawing, opaque painting, transparent watercolor, sculpture, fiber, printmaking, photography, ceramics, commercial, mixed, or jewelry.


For many students, this contest provides a first taste of artistic competition and prepares them for the future competitions they may choose to enter. The exhibition provides exposure for graduating students within the state. Past senior class artists have received scholarships awarded by the art schools of Utah colleges and universities following their participation in this program. In addition to student awards, the Springville Museum of Art awards an outstanding arts educator from a Utah high school for their dedication to their students and the creation of art.


The works selected for the traveling exhibition illustrate the exceptional talent, diversity, originality, and creativity of Utah’s young visual artists. The exhibition is also a tribute to the art teachers in Utah’s high schools who inspire, direct and refine the work of these artists.



To learn more about the Springville Museum of Art’s sponsorship of the

All State High School Exhibition, click here to view a thoroughly informative video.


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


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



Metaphors Everywhere

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Past Literary Events | 0 comments

Metaphors Everywhere

Colorado Western Slope Poet Laureate, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, will present a poetry lecture for the Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council.


Inner Donkeys and Houses on Fire:

An intimate and intelligent literary evening 


 Join Colorado poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer for an evening of poetry performance and discussion about the writing life, failure, inspiration, vulnerability, uncertainty, metaphor, and the art of showing up. 



Thursday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm

Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion Blvd, Springdale


For over ten years, I’ve written a poem a day.
This practice is both my anchor and my kite.”




Slipping Into Something a Little Less Comfortable: The art of changing metaphors: That was the theme of my TEDx talk in Paonia, Colorado, in February. How might you change your life (and the world!) if you could identify and change just one of the metaphors framing your thoughts?

Watch the TEDx talk HERE—and share it with your friends!

Messy. Mysterious. Unruly. The world we live in is anything but easy to pin down. And that, in fact, is what poets have been writing about for centuries. What I love about poetry is that it doesn’t treat the world as if it’s a problem to be solved, rather it honors the fabric of reality: opposition and paradox and a multiplicity of meanings.

This is, perhaps, my favorite invitation in poetry—to keep opening to the world as it is. You feel the call, too? Let’s play.








Rosemerry will be presenting a seminar at Poetry in the Park on Friday, March 3rd.  Poetry in the Park is presented by the Zion Natural History Association and the Utah State Historical Society.  For more information and to register for that event, click here.


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


Thank you to Cable Mountain Lodge for providing accommodations.


Zion Canyon Native Flute School

Posted by on Jan 27, 2017 in Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

Zion Canyon Native Flute School

Beautiful Zion National Park in Southern Utah provides the backdrop for the 2017 Zion Canyon Native Flute School.


Classes will address jazz flute, composition, ensemble performance and the healing flute presented by great facilitators from across the nation. You will come away with the ability to play with confidence and an understanding of rhythms, tones and improvisation.


The native flute is simple to play … you don’t even have to read music!


To learn more, visit the Zion Canyon Native Flute School website.


Z-Arts is proud to sponsor the evening performances at the Canyon Community Center.


Sunday, March 5th at 7:00 pm – Drum Circle

Monday, March 6th at 6:00 pm – Teachers’ Performance

Wednesday, March 8th at 6:00 pm – Student Performance

Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion Blvd, Sprindale


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



Fabulous Fiber Follies

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Past Events, Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Fabulous Fiber Follies

The Red Rock Weavers Guild will be featuring their fiber creations at the Canyon Community Center.


The show contains:

  • handmade items by local folks
  • heirlooms made or acquired by or for ancestors
  • pieces made by the Red Rock Weavers
  • unusual fiber things purchased on world travels
  • woven and/or quilted items created by Southern Utah artisans







This show will be on display at the Canyon Community Center

February 14th to March 29th

with a reception on

February 18th from 5 to 7 pm


The Canyon Community Center is located at 126 Lion Blvd. in Springdale.


The Gallery Hours Are:

Monday – Thursday 10am to 7pm

Friday 10am to 5pm

Saturday 12 noon to 5pm

Closed Sunday

Building Clouds, by Sarah Hamingson

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

Building Clouds, by Sarah Hamingson

“Building Clouds:  A Journey from Canyons to Mountains”


Moab pastel artist Sarah Hamingson will be displaying a collection of her paintings in the Canyon Community Center Gallery throughout the month of January 2017.  Her reception will be the evening of January 14th.


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Sarah Hamingson

January 14th Artist Reception

Canyon Community Center

126 Lion Blvd, Springdale





Sarah Hamingson

I love rocks, especially red rocks.  I love clouds, and the play of light and shadow on those rocks and clouds.  The best way I’ve managed to share that love is through my art, by showing people what it is that moves me.  It gets me out of bed in the morning, it gets me out exploring every chance I have.  I strive to create my interpretation of that beauty so that others will also be moved by it and want to be a part of it.

I have made art in some form or other throughout my life, from creating and performing with puppets as a teenager to drawing, watercolors and ceramics as an adult.  In 2008, I took a pastel class and knew that I had found my medium.  In 2009, I began competing in shows and earning ribbons and cash prizes and making sales.

My focus as an artist is primarily in interpreting the landscape around us.  I never tire of being out exploring (well, except for the day I climbed two “14ers”!) and noticing the ways the light and shadows change the landscape, at different times of day, at different seasons of the year.  Through my paintings I hope to both share my vision of it, and challenge viewers to look more deeply themselves.  I look at my art as a way to build an understanding of and connection to the land around us.


The Canyon Community Center Gallery is located at 126 Lion Blvd. in Springdale.

Gallery Hours:

Monday through Thursday 10am to 7pm

Friday 10am to 5pm

Saturday 12 noon to 5pm


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

The Champions Documentary Screening

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Past Film Events | 0 comments

The Champions Documentary Screening

Z-Arts is pleased to offer the Zion Canyon Community

this extraordinary story of hope, encouragement and second chances. 

Should we not strive to provide every living creature a shot at happiness?


Sunday, January 22nd at 2:00 pm

Canyon Community Center

126 Lion Blvd, Springdale

~~~  Free Admission  ~~~

Panel discussion featuring local dog experts will follow


When the news broke that former Atlanta Falcons’ star quarterback Michael Vick was implicated in a long running illegal dog-fighting ring, the case shone a public light into the world of dog fighting.  It showed the human spirit at its most degraded, a world where men gather in secret to gamble and celebrate as dogs are forced to fight to their deaths.  Dogs that refused to fight were tortured, drowned, hanged, and electrocuted.

champions_movie_poster_smallerVick was sentenced to 23 months in prison, (none for animal cruelty), and later returned to lucrative high-profile career in the NFL.  Left behind in the aftermath were over 50 pit bulls who associated humans with brutality, fear, and fighting.  The judicial system had saved them from the ring, but what next?  The Humane Society of the United States considered them to be the most aggressively trained pit bulls in the country.  PETA described them as a “ticking time bomb.”  But, as one of the attorneys involved in the case explains, the general public and animal welfare advocates started asking the prosecutors “why do you have to kill these dogs?”  The prosecutor said he received more calls and emails about the fate of the dogs than when a terrorist was arrested.  The judge who decided their fate said he received over 3,000 emails and his assistant was taking 200 calls per day about the case at the time.

A handful of organizations stepped up to this challenge, curly2981recognizing the dogs as the victims and willing to give them a second chance. BADRAP, a pit bull focused advocacy and rescue organization based in Oakland CA, welcomed ten dogs with a variety of personalities and challenges into their foster network. Best Friends Animal Society agreed to take 22 dogs that no one else could, the dogs many considered the most challenging.  Even though the unique no-kill animal sanctuary, based in Southern Utah, had an extremely qualified and dedicated full-time staff of veterinarians, trainers, and caregivers, they were unsure whether or not they would succeed.  They hoped that with time, patience, and dedication, they could rehabilitate some, if not all of the dogs, and eventually find many of them loving adoptive homes.  Best Friends had taken on difficult dogs before in their almost 30 year history, but this would be their biggest challenge yet, and they were putting their reputation—and more importantly, that of the entire breed—on the line.

denzel4596_original-ddThe documentary The Champions, follows five of the dogs, from the time they are first rescued through their adoption.  It is not just about the dogs themselves, but how they change and inspire the people who come into their lives.  It also follows-up with six dogs who remain at Best Friends to this day, some of them for life.  Thanks to the work of Best Friends and BADRAP, dozens of the dogs who would have summarily been killed were given a second chance to prove that even fighting dogs rescued from the most extreme circumstances can be successfully rehabilitated with love, time, and patience.  That in fact, what many of these dogs need to thrive isn’t rehabilitation at all, but time to recover.

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Today, a majority of the dogs have successfully been placed into loving, adoptive homes.  Their story proves that even creatures who have suffered the most unimaginable abuse have amazing strength, spirit, and resilience. It is a story of the bonds of trust and love we have with animals and their importance in our lives, a relationship that has the potential to bring out the best in the human and animal spirit.

dogs-willieThe film also highlights breed discrimination towards pit-bull type dogs and what that looks and feels like with a segment about professional baseball player Mark Buehrle and his family. Breed discrimination happens across the country and can take a number of different forms, but the Buehrle’s story is interesting because in an unusual twist of fate, and because of Mark’s career as a professional baseball pitcher, they experienced it both in Miami-Dade county and in Toronto. Their story is especially touching because while they have faced criticism for choosing that the family live apart from Mark during the season, it exemplifies the significance of people’s pets in their lives— one doesn’t simply walk away when there’s trouble once you’ve invited a pet to be part of the family.

sally-ddAnd there is no better time for this topic.  There is much recent press surrounding the lack of accountability of the NFL and its players.  But more importantly, animal welfare issues are on the rise in our society today, from the conditions of animals in factory farms, fur farms, medical research, the exploitation of animals in the name of entertainment, and the unfair banning of pit-bull type dogs from various cities across the country, just because of their breed.  But if Mahatma Gandhi was right that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” this story offers up reasons for hope and signs of progress, and provides an inspirational message for our time.


Click Here to Watch The Trailer



To learn more about the

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab,

plan a visit, or give a donation, click here.



Our Panel of Local Experts shall include:


Filomena Diaz Johnson

Filomena “Filly” Diaz Johnson is the owner/operator of the 10 acre DOGGY DUDE RANCH (an innovation leader in less stress pet care) for over 25 years.  Filly has over 45+ years experience in pet care, as a vet tech, trainer and behaviorist consultant.  She has worked with many local resources including Best Friends fostering, rehabbing and re-homing countless dogs as well as other species.  For over 20 years Filly worked as Animal Liason (animal control) between the towns of Springdale, Rockville, and Virgin.  She continues her education with classes, workshops and webinars in training and nutrition.  By the end of this summer, she plans to complete her certification in Canine conditioning.  Filly and her husband, Stephen, have six dogs, plus one foster, two cats, one horse and twenty chickens.


Linda Peterson

Linda Peterson has recently purchased a home in Rockville.  As a 6th grader, she found an Animal Health Technician career pamphlet and by age 16, she was employed in a veterinary hospital.  After obtaining her veterinary degree and state license, she worked for several more years as a vet tech until the opportunity to work in an Animal Shelter arose.  Her five years at the county shelter as an Animal Control Officer (ACO) opened her eyes to the true need for animal rescue and protection.  The following ten years Linda managed the veterinary division of two City Animal Shelters and worked in the field as an ACO.  She was fortunate to work in cities with very large budgets, enabling a 95-98% adoption rate, far higher than the poorly funded county shelter.  When her daughter was born in 1999, she retired from working with animals to run the family business, but she has continued to work with local rescue groups to assist in adoptions, fund raising, etc.  She lives with her husband and 17 year old daughter as well as three cats and three dogs, all of whom are rescues.  Her dog Radar was adopted from Filly at Doggy Dude Ranch seven years ago.



Crissy Crismon has had a relationship with dogs all her life.  She trained the family pets and got her first Irish Setters in 1972.  From those wonderful companions, Crissy gained great understanding of training and the differences in dog personalities, both breed related and individually.  In 1987 Crissy got one of the loves of her life, a German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) named Kuki.  For almost 17 years the two were inseparable.  During those 17 years, other dogs, cats, horses and goats would come in and out of her family, each bringing training insights.  When Crissy retired from her career in 2005, she got two more GSP’s followed by two Belgian Tervurens.  With time now to train and show full time, these dogs excelled in companion events such as agility, obedience and rally obedience.  Together these dog teams won ribbons, got titles and made for some great experiences.  Whether demonstrating or teaching, Crissy is active in many dog sporting events.  She is currently helping friends train their own dogs in her neighborhood.


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

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!