Current Exhibits January 16, 2021 through March 13, 2021
Main Gallery - "Celebrating 30 Years" continued
In 1980, the City of St. George purchased Navajo Boy, a pastel by Lois Brown, Desert Wagon, a watercolor by Roland Lee, and Apples III, an oil painting by Ron Rencher, from the artists at the St. George Art Festival. Thus, began the City’s Permanent Collection. The Museum was established in 1990 and housed in the basement of City Hall. By the end of 1994 the collection had grown to 121 pieces.
In 1995, the St. George Visual Arts Committee initiated a project to combine the art and history of Washington County as a way to celebrate the 1996 Statehood Centennial and the Legacy Project was born. For the project 12 Washington County artists were commissioned to paint major historical influences in the county.
Over the next decade 19 pieces were donated to the Museum, an additional 54 pieces were purchased at St. George Art Festivals and 2 photographic collections were commissioned for exhibit in the new Museum. By the end of 2005 the Permanent Collection stood at 312 pieces. The St. George Art Festival, always a rich source of artwork has been the foundation for more than 100 additional purchases and gifts since the beginning of 2006. The Museum has also benefited from the generosity of the community and beyond with gifts from area artists, their heirs and art collectors.
The Collection and the Museum have prospered in other ways due to the generosity of the community through donations and participation in Museum fundraisers. As the city and the population have flourished so has the collection which now consists of almost 900 pieces of artwork. As the celebration of the Museum’s anniversary year continues, we invite you to visit the Museum often to see some of your old favorites as well as pieces that have not previously been on exhibit in the Museum.
Mezzanine Gallery - "Square One" - 2nd Annual Regional High School Art Exhibit
Square One features selected artworks by high school artists spanning the southwest region of Utah and is on display from now through March 13.This annual regional exhibition provides a unique experience for young high school artists to showcase their art in a museum setting which allows the local, regional and visiting communities to experience the talents of emerging artists.
Legacy Gallery - "Faces on the Streets of San Diego" by Kyle Denning
As a young boy, I always enjoyed drawing and painting. In junior high and high school, I enrolled in art classes. Upon graduating from high school, I enrolled at Brigham Young University as an art major. I married my wife Christeen during my sophomore year and switched majors to business management. In 1972, I graduated with a degree in accounting.
During my business career as a CPA and as a commercial land broker, I put art aside, other than occasional visits to art museums and shows. In 2001, I received a set of oil paints as a gift and did a painting. Over the next several years I completed one or two paintings a year. In 2017 my wife and I moved from Fallbrook, California to St George, Utah. While I continue to do some business consulting, I am essentially able to pursue art full time.
My medium of choice is oil painting. My favorite subject is people; but I will paint anything that moves me. Recently, I completed a series of over 25 portraits entitled “Faces on the Streets of San Diego.” In this series, my desire is to capture the essence of individual humanity, irrespective of social status or living conditions. For me, painting people is most challenging and rewarding. I am blessed to be able to pursue the challenge.