A variety of small displays to large exhibits of art are available for viewing at the sixteen participating locations within the Art Walk program: from digitally-manipulated photography at Stitching it Up; to watercolor and acrylic painting at Main Street Books; to contemporary group exhibitions at Gallery Gala. During the Final Friday Gallery Strolls, participants will have the opportunity to engage with local businesses and the work of talented visual artists.
A selection of the sixteen locations will be offering special events during the first gallery stroll. Begin your Art Walk experience by viewing the Cedar City Art Collection on the second floor in Festival Hall, a unique exhibit featuring work by Jim Jones, Arlene Braithwaite, and other talented artists. In partnership with the Neil Simon Festival, see cast members sing selections from the upcoming season, along with other popular favorites, at the Heritage Center. The group will then sing a number of songs at the Iron Gate Winery and end at Artisans Art Gallery. At Artisans Art Gallery, actors Peter Sham, Richard Bugg, and Clarence Gilyard will be available for a “Meet-and-Greet” to kick off the 12th season of the Neil Simon Festival.
This summer for the Neil Simon Festival, Sham will portray Max Prince, a character based on legendary comedian Sid Caesar, in Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Sham will also direct Neil Simon’s The Star-Spangled Girl. Directing Sham in Laughter on the 23rd Floor will be Clarence Gilyard, longtime co-star opposite Chuck Norris on the TV show Walker, Texas Ranger. Gilyard will also play Schroeder in the Neil Simon Festival’s production of the musical, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, and he will reprise his role of Hoke for one night in the Festival’s acclaimed production of Driving Miss Daisy. Directing Clarence in Charlie Brown and Driving Miss Daisy is Richard Bugg, the Founder and Artistic Director of the Neil Simon Festival. Richard is also a film and television actor, a stage director, and a professor theatre at Southern Utah University. Richard is thrilled to have so many of his talented former students with the company this season. In addition to the “Meet-and-Greet,” a group of visual artists represented by Artisans will be available for discussion and demonstration of their respective art forms.
The Southern Utah Art Invitational opens at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery June 23, with the opening reception is scheduled during the gallery stroll. While you’re at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, don’t forget to stop by the Hunter Conference Center and South Hall to see additional exhibits featured in the Art Walk. Swing by the Burch Mann House (90 South 200 West) and meet the featured artist, Carole Foster, who will be demonstrating the art of rock carving in the front lawn.
We encourage participants to begin the Art Walk on the east side of town at the Heritage Center (105 North 100 East) and walk west on Center St./University Blvd. towards SUU Campus and the Utah Shakespeare Festival, ending at any of the locations on campus. The Final Friday Gallery Strolls are deliberately scheduled right before the Utah Shakespeare Festival performances, giving participants an opportunity for an exceptionally diverse arts and culture experience this summer. Please note that Groovacious will closed during this Final Friday for Groovefest and the Best Western El Rey Inn & Suites display of jewelry opens in July. The 2014 Cedar City Art Walk and the Final Friday Gallery Strolls are free and the public is encouraged to attend