Past Z-Arts! Events

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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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!


Rockville Bridge Art Exhibition

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Rockville Bridge Art Exhibition

Art works featuring the Historic Rockville Bridge and other local reflections will be on display at the Canyon Community Center through July 9th.  Approximately 80 people attended the artists’ reception on June 2nd.

Participating artists have generously donated portions of these works to benefit the Rockville Bridge Capital Improvement Fund.  In April, the Joint Highway Committee voted to approve a change of scope to the bridge project, from replacement for $3.2 million to rehabilitation for $2.5 million.  The Town must now raise 6.77% of the funding to match the grant.

Image by Kate Starling

Image by Kate Starling

Please support this iconic symbol of our local heritage.  Built in 1924 as part of the Park to Park Highway System, the Rockville Bridge cut 33 miles off the journey of early visitors to the National Parks of Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyon.  The first director of the National Park Service, Stephen Mather, personally contributed $5,000 to the bridge’s construction, a sum worth approximately $68,000 in 2016.

Known by earlier generations as the Green Bridge, it is the last surviving Parker through truss bridge in the state of Utah.  It serves as the only public crossing of the Virgin River between Zion National Park and the Town of Virgin, approximately 14 miles away.  Connecting the primary corridor to Zion, SR9, to the recreational areas of Gooseberry Mesa and Smithsonian Butte, as well as the historic ghost town where many movies have been filmed, Grafton, via a Scenic Byway.

Image by Jodi McGregor

Image by Jodi McGregor

Recent engineering studies have concluded the bridge’s structural steel has not been compromised significantly, but the bridge deck and the rusting metal need renovation.  Z-Arts supports the Town of Rockville in this endeavor, as the bridge serves as a frequent subject for local and traveling artists, photographers and videographers; it was the site The Piano Guys chose as backdrop for their music video Home.  And the historic landmark is steeped in a unique relationship with Zion National Park and the communities of Rockville, Springdale and Virgin.

Ancient Painters

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

Ancient Painters

Blessed with natural wonders and inspirational landscapes, Utah attracts millions of visitors each year to its dozen National Parks and Monuments.

Less well-known but of equal world-class significance is Utah’s prehistoric rock art. This exhibition, Ancient Painters Of The Colorado Plateau, is a sample of Utah’s longest running style—the Barrier Canyon style.

Utah’s first artists, Western Archaic hunters and gatherers (ca. 6,750 BCE–CE 400), created many of the most striking rock art panels. And while we do not know their name for themselves, we call their painting style the Barrier Canyon style.

Utah’s collection of rock art styles rank among the best in the United States–in numbers, in time-depth, and in aesthetic quality. From a dozen apparent styles of Utah rock art, the Barrier Canyon style is generally recognized as the state’s premier prehistoric form. The Barrier Canyon style is also one of the two major Archaic painted rock art styles in the United States (perhaps in the entire New World).

Even when considered on a global scale, the Barrier Canyon style is a remarkable body of visual images. Like the European animal painters of the caves, many Barrier Canyon image-makers were true painters and a few were exceptional artists. The range of their painting technique and their grasp of the visual ideas or issues attendant to painting are truly impressive, regardless of place or time.

Craig Law, Project Photographer, is well known and highly respected photographer who teaches at Utah State University. David Sucec, Project Director, is a visual artist, independent curator, scholar, and teacher.


Canyon Community Center

May 2nd – 31st


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

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


Retrospective: David Rothman, Poetry, and the Timeless Way

Posted by on Mar 19, 2016 in All Events, Canyon Voices, Past Events, Review, Reviews | 0 comments

Retrospective: David Rothman, Poetry, and the Timeless Way

By Niles Ritter, Z-Arts Literary Chair
The opinions expressed here are those of the author alone.

Plein-Air Poetry

“A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words.”
–William Carlos Williams

DavidRothmanBy the time the last attendees had left and we had closed and locked the Canyon Community Center, it was nine thirty and Dr. David J Rothman still hadn’t eaten. Even in peak tourist season, Springdale is a sleepy little town and the kitchens tend to close around nine, so hopes were slim. I first suggested that Sol Foods market would still be open and we could grab a ready-made sandwich, but then remembered that the Zion Brew Pub over by the park entrance had been doing a lot of business even during the off-season. We drove over there and — miracles! — the pub kitchen was open and we sat down to chat for a few minutes. Some time later, I got a worried call from my wife Gigi, who had given me up for dead and was out on the highway looking for the mangled wreckage of my Jeep. The proprietor of the restaurant finally had to kick us out, but not before taking a commemorative photo of the end of what turned out to be a highly enjoyable, informative and entertaining evening.

An evening which did not start out as well as I hoped however. Modern technology was failing. A YouTube video of the poet Dylan Thomas reading his poem “Fern Hill” remained tantalizingly mute, only the poet’s lips and the video cursor moving. A technical glitch (I had yet to fix) turned Thomas into the John Cage of poetry, a pianist sitting mute at the piano for four hundred and thirty-three seconds.

Unfazed, Dr. Rothman treated us instead to his live reading of the poem —  a reverie on Thomas’s days as a youth spent in the Fern Hill countryside of Wales, and a reflection on the all-to-quick passage of youth. The poem begins:

Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
The night above the dingle starry,
Time let me hail and climb
Golden in the heydays of his eyes […]

DavidRothman2While we would have liked to hear Thomas reading his own work, upon a later audition of the recording I have to say I much preferred Dr. Rothman’s own impassioned version to Thomas’s poetic vibrato. It is said that the ancient Homeric poets sang their poems, and old recordings of early Twentieth-Century poets seem to me to reflect an operatic affectation peculiar to that time. I tend to agree with former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky that the sound of the spoken words of a good poem can stand on their own when read naturally, or by Sir Richard Burton.

This is a digression of course. “Fern Hill” is indeed a great example of a “Plein Air” poem, and conveys a specific time, place and feeling through the details found in nature. But how ?

This is the point that Dr. Rothman wished to make in his lecture: in order to write poetry, whether Plein Air or otherwise, it is important to understand what a poem is, how it affects the reader, and what tools are available to effectively express yourself in a poem. The way that he did this was to ask simple questions: how many syllables are there in each line, where are the stresses, if there were any rhyming patterns or alliteration, and so on. Over the next hour he showed how what at first seemed like such a simple piece was very deep in structure, and the work of a great poetic master, every word in its place for important artistic reasons that comes out in the reading.

Such things seem so simple, counting syllables and finding rhymes. A child could do it. But the point of the matter, as David Rothman showed, is that in all art forms there is something being measured by the observer’s mind as it takes in the work, and by the artist as they are exercising their craft: The number of lines on the page, the amount of paint on a canvas, the length of a musical note or the beam in a building. Our minds do these measurements “at the speed of light” and we are not completely aware of the connections we are making. The essence of all art is in many ways Symmetry — the very word itself meaning, “same measure”.

But what is it that we are measuring, and what is the quality of the poem that brings these measurements into focus, and has this impact?

The Quality That Has No Name

When Gigi and I were trying to build a house in Springdale, I read a lot of writing about Architecture, from The_Timeless_Way_of_Building
Frank Lloyd Wright and others. One of the lesser-known architects was a fellow named Christopher Alexander, who wrote a book called “The Timeless Way of Building“. In this book he lays out his thesis:

There is one timeless way of building. It is thousands of years old, and the same today as it has always been. […] There is a central quality which is the root criterion of life and spirit in a man, a town, a building, or a wilderness. This quality is objective and precise, but it cannot be named.

The rest of Alexander’s book is spent describing the nature and patterns of this central Quality that cannot be named. In essence, however, it can be summarized by this;

The search which we make for this quality, in our own lives, is the central search of any person, and the crux of any individual person’s story. It is the search for those moments and situations when we are most alive.

Think of a time when a poem has affected you, or a piece of music, a scene in a movie or novel. When have those experiences been the most profound? When did they make you feel the most “alive”? Is there not something — ineffable — in the work that resonates with your own experience? It is said that music affects your sympathetic nervous system; the word “sympathy” itself meaning, “same pain”. Somehow there is a symmetry between the feelings in the music, and your inner feelings. Emotion is being measured, and compared.

In Alexander’s books, he has identified within architecture some simple patterns, or building blocks, which have been seen in every building having this Quality of living structure. He identifies these patterns with simple ALL CAPS names and describes them briefly. Here are a few examples:


Each of these patterns has a purpose, and an explanation for how the purpose is fulfilled. For example, INTIMACY GRADIENT is a design where as you go further into a house, you reach more and more private rooms. A house using INTIMACY GRADIENT is a comfortable house for its inhabitants, who feel safe living there as their private spaces are not immediately exposed to public entrances. Similarly, a house with a SHELTERING ROOF provides a place where one can be outside and enjoy nature, but without being exposed to rain, sun and the elements. There is nothing in these patterns which specify style or culture. They are simply dealing with how humans wish to live their lives on earth.

Listening to Dr. Rothman’s lectures has made me think that he is suggesting that there is also a pattern language for poetry. The word most often used is Form. For example, his assignment to the next day’s class in the Zion Lodge was to write four lines obeying the following patterns:


It was interesting to see how powerful the lines were that people wrote, even though there was no requirement that the lines made any sense at all. In particular, the Anglo-Saxon words tend to be simple mono-syllabic (cow, rock, hill), and have a primal sound to them which lend to the poetry. There are hundreds of other patterns such as SONNET, ODE, ANAPHORA which are well known. Dr. Rothman also mentioned other important patterns of which I had not heard, such as HYPERBATON (wonderful is that word, look it up you should).

The Timeless Way

David Rothman’s talk was followed by an open-mike poetry reading, in which those attending were invited to read a poem, either their own or a favorite poets. Most read their own work. While I was closing down the community center, Dr. Rothman was talking with a young man from Colorado City, who wished to become a poet. The young man seemed so earnest, but in need of such encouragement. I took my time closing up, taking pains not to interrupt their conversation. There are moments when just a few words could make a difference in a person’s life, and this felt to me like one of those times. Dr. David Rothman is passionate about poetry and its potential to bring joy to people’s lives, and if any of that passion could give a young fellow the spark to continue on his journey toward The Timeless Way, to “find those moments when they are most alive“, I’m sure Dr. Rothman was willing to risk missing a dinner or two.