Past Z-Arts! Events

Hal Ackerman, Author of Stein Stung, speaking at the CCC

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Past Events, Past Literary Events | 0 comments

Hal Ackerman, Author of Stein Stung, speaking at the CCC

On Friday, April 11 at 7:00pm, author, lecturer and screenwriter Hal Ackerman will be speaking at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale Utah about his work. His most recent novel STEIN STUNG is a soft-boiled detective story in which detective Harry Stein is pulled into a web of intrigue involving beekeepers, colony collapse, and mysterious events at the La Brea Tarpits.

hal_ackerman_snapHal Ackerman is co-area head of the UCLA screenwriting program. His book on screenwriting, Write Screenplays That Sell…The Ackerman Way, renders all other books on the subject irrelevant. His fiction has appeared in many literary journals. The Dancer Horse was nominated for a Pushcart prize in 2011. Belle and Melinda was Southeast Review’s WORLD’S BEST SHORT SHORT STORY. His script PRICK, (aka TESTOSTERONE: How Prostate Cancer Made A Man of Me,) was named BEST SCRIPT at the 2011 United Solo Festival. His debut novel, STEIN, STONED won the Lovey Award for best first novel; followed by STEIN, STUNG in May of 2012.

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts

“Blackfish” by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Posted by on Jan 11, 2014 in Film, Past Film Events | 0 comments

Film Presentation of “Blackfish” by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

orcaIntroduction by Former Ocean Institute Lecturer, Lucia Brantley

Recommended Reading Links – prepared by Film Presenter Lucia Brantley

Blackfish – What Can You Do?
Recommended Reading and Viewing List

Saturday February 15th at the Springdale Canyon Community Center at 6:00 pm (Note earlier than usual start time.)

Film Synopsis: Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, director-producer Gabriela Cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Attendance is free.

Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.

  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts

Support for this event was provided by the Washington County Library.

Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love”

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Past Events, Past Performing Arts | 0 comments

Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love”

An opera by Gaetano Donizetti “The Elixir of Love” will be presented by Z-Arts on Friday, February 7th at the Canyon Community Center at 7:00pm.  The opera will be performed by the Utah Opera Resident Artists under the direction of KathSanpete_Tour-061_webleen Clawson.

Sassy cowgirl Adina can’t seem to get shy ranch hand Nemorino to declare his love for her. When a rival, the soldier Belcore, appears on the scene, Nemorino makes use of a magic love potion that he purchases from Dr. Dulcamara. Though the elixir is phony, Nemorino believes in its power and grows bold enough to act on his emotions. When Adina sees how much he is willing to sacrifice for her, her heart warms to him, and they both learn how to say “I love you”.

The cast consists of Soprano Amy Owens, Mezzo-soprano Abigail Levis, Tenor Tyson Miller, Baritone Shea Owens and Pianist Sahar Nouri.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per person to attend. The doors will open at 6:30pm.

2013 All-State High School Art Show

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Past Events, Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

2013 All-State High School Art Show

The All-State Utah High School Art Exhibition will be shown at the Canyon Community Center, 126 Lion Boulevard, Springdale, from December 9, 2013 to January 21, 2014.

Sponsored each spring by the Springville Museum of Art, this statewide high school art competition provides a professional forum for students to display their best work and an opportunity to highlight a talented arts educator. 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 competition is open to 11th and 12th grade students from public and private schools throughout Utah. All 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 more information on the All-State High School Show, contact the Springville Museum of Art at 801.489.2727.


Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.


  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts


Take Our Online Survey Today

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Past Announcements | 0 comments

Take Our Online Survey Today

Our winter 2013/2014 survey is closed.

Got opinions, answers, questions? We want to hear from you.

Z-Arts members and non-members alike are encouraged to give us your input on guiding the future of our organization.

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A History of the Wine Industry in Southern Utah

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Past Events, Past Humanities Events | 0 comments

A History of the Wine Industry in Southern Utah
Naegle Winery in Toquerville

Naegle Winery in Toquerville

On Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Z-Arts Humanities presents a panel discussion on the history of the wine industry in Southern Utah.  This time and date were chosen to provide a nice tie-in for those who will be attending the Annual Beaujolais Wine-Tasting and Dinner taking place at Flanigan’s Inn at 6:00 p.m. that same evening immediately after this panel discussion has concluded.

Since the beginning of Mormon settlements in Southern Utah grapes were grown for the manufacture of wine.  Initially made in Toquerville and Santa Clara in 1861, wine was eventually made in all of Washington County’s settlements. Southern Utah’s wine industry began to be phased out around the time of World War I and the arrival of Prohibition provided its death knell.  Although people here and there in Washington County continued making wine for their own consumption, the wine industry here has been trying in recent years to make a come back.  Time will tell on that point.

Our panel consists of local historians Heber Jones, Kelton Hafen, and Loren Webb as speakers, with writer Brian Passey of the St. George Spectrum acting as panel moderator.  Discussion will focus on the wine industry from the beginning of the Mormon settlements to the enactment of Prohibition.  Topics will include the agricultural aspects of growing grapes and making wine, the recreational/social use of wine among the locals, the folklore that arose about this time period in Washington County, and the circumstances that brought an end to the wine industry in Southern Utah.

Come join us for an interesting evening and a telling of tales of times gone by.


Utah Humanities Council

Utah Humanities Council

24th Annual Zion Canyon Arts & Crafts Fair

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Past Announcements, Past Events | 0 comments

24th Annual Zion Canyon Arts & Crafts Fair

Zion Canyon Arts and Crafts Fair is an annual event that promotes hand made arts and crafts and fine art from regional artists. It is held the Friday and Saturday after the Thanksgiving Holiday. This fair kicks off the Christmas shopping season. There are many returning customers and exhibitors, as well as some exciting new exhibitors. Patrons can stay all day to shop, eat goodies made by Deep Creek Coffee. There’s something for everyone at this fun seasonal fair.

Wizard Stones, LLC                              Glass Orbs & Jewelry

Old Stone Cuts*                                     Stone Carver

DLC Gems                                               Artisan Jewelry

Orderville Vines                                     Hand-dyed Textiles

Kathy Chambers*                                  Knitted/Felted Textiles

Tom Wheeler*                                        Pendants & Wall Art

Maureen Urpani*                                  Knitted/Felted Textiles

Jackrabbit Ranch Inc.                          Artisan Cheese

Handful Designs                                   Jewelry & Cards

The Art of Carol Bold                           Art Prints & Cards

Gathered & Found                                Nature Inspired Décor

Marti “Jam Lady”                                 Jam & Jelly/Pictures

Shanda Ziegler*                                    Jewelry

Sicilian Secret                                       Skin/Nail Products

Don Rister*                                           Wood Products

Desert Gems Jewelry                          Gem Jewelry

Woodwork by Bair                              Wood Products

Valerie Orlemann                                Oil Paintings

Dogonfunny Creations, LLC*           Cards & Gift Baskets

Robert Lefkow                                     Photography

Jenny Wren Handmade Soaps        Handmade Soaps

West Tempe Forge*                           Blacksmith     (Saturday Only)

Utah Rocks & Fort Cedar Studio*   Rock & Glass Jewelry

Skylar Liu Chang*                              Watercolor Paintings & Photography

Deep Creek*                                         Food Vendor – Soups, Scones, etc.

House of Aromatics*                          Distillers of Essential Oils

Manalisa Camarena                            Navajo Jewelry

Tolkeyen Pottery*                                Stoneware Pottery

*New Vendors

Tickets will be available for two Opportunity Drawings — one to be drawn at the conclusion of the Arts and Craft Fair  and the second will be drawn at the Annual Gala.

Arts and Craft Fair – Drawing will be for “Fall in the Canyon” Painting by Artist Gail Alger

Annual Gala – Drawing will be for a Springdale Weekend Package (Two nights lodging, Dinner for Two for Two Nights and Two Spa Treatments at the Deep Canyon Spa); “Ancient Truck, Virgin UT” Painting by Artist J. Brad Holt; and “Yucca in Bloom” Painting by Artist Gail Alger.

Tickets will be available at the Arts and Crafts Fair and the Gala.
Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 tickets for $5.00.

We want to thank the following artists and vendors for generously donating items for our drawings:

Gail Alger

Bit and Spur Restaurant

Flanigan’s Inn

Hampton Inn & Suites

J. Brad Holt

Wildcat Willies Restaurant


Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.



  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts



Zion Through A Different Lens

Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Past Events, Past Visual Arts Events | 0 comments

Zion Through A Different Lens

photo by susan chapmanZ-Arts presents the first-of-its-kind, “Zion Through a Different Lens” photography exhibit in conjunction with Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational. The show runs October 29 to December 7 at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, UT and features five local photographers exhibiting their representations/interpretations of the theme, “Zion Through a Different Lens”.

Featured photographers: Michael Alltucker, Dale Catten, Susan Chapman, Michael L. Plyler, Cher-Ami Rose.

This Canyon Community Center show will be included on the Saturday November 9th Gallery Art Walk from 5-9 pm.


Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.


  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts


Plain but Wholesome: Foodways of the Mormon Pioneers

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Past Events, Past Humanities Events | 0 comments

Plain but Wholesome: Foodways of the Mormon Pioneers

Book by Brock CheneySaturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Canyon Community Center.

Plain But Wholesome: Foodways of the Mormon Pioneers marks the first book-length publication from Brock Cheney, and represents ten years of ongoing research in foodways and material culture. Cheney comes to the study from a career in historic sites and museums. He has served on the board of directors for the Association for Living History Farms and Museums.

Plain But Wholesome discusses the foods that the Mormon Pioneers ate during the first few years while waiting for crops to come to fruition.  He  then explores the fruits and vegetables that were grown by the Pioneers and how, despite the many attempts, no one can re-create the dishes that the Pioneers ate since the same fruits and vegetables are no longer grown.  Besides the fruits and vegetables grown and eaten, Cheney also examines the cookware, food storage techniques, method of cooking, etc. of the Pioneers.

Brock Cheney graduated with an M.A. in American Studies from Utah State University. His career postings include This Is The Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City, and Fort Buenaventura in Ogden. He also holds a degree in English literature and composition. He currently teaches English in Manila, Utah. His studies extend beyond the academic: drawing from his experience in historic preservation, he constructed a wood-fired brick oven which he uses to bake artisan bread based on historical recipes. Currently he is working on a collection of short fiction set in territorial Utah.

This presentation was funded in party by:


“Remembering the Ice Age” with Craig Childs

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 in Past Events, Past Literary Events | 0 comments

“Remembering the Ice Age” with Craig Childs

Craig Childs

On Monday, October 28, the Zion Canyon Field Institute (ZCFI) and Zion Canyon Arts and Humanities Council (Z-Arts), will present a lecture by celebrated author, adventurer and NPR radio commentator Craig Childs, who will speak at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale at 7:30 pm. Craig Childs, whose most recent book Apocalyptic Planet explores the Earth’s inherent instability and susceptibility toward violent natural disasters and climate extremes, will discuss patterns of ancient human migration across the Bering Strait, following his recent journeys through Alaska’s Harding Icefield and elsewhere.

Craig Childs writes about the relationship between humans, animals, landscape, and time. His stories come from visceral, personal experience, whether in the company of illicit artifact dealers or in deep wilderness. He has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, and is a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, Outside, and Orion. At High Country News, he’s a contributing editor, and he teaches writing for both University of Alaska in Anchorage and Southern New Hampshire University.




Support for this event was provided by the Utah Arts and Museums Program.


  : Support for this event provided by The National Endowment for the Arts