SUMA Art Hike: Cedar Breaks

Date: January 26, 2013
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Iron County Visitors Center, 581 North Main Street
Category: Arts and Entertainment

In 2013, the southern Utah landscape will be explored throughout the seasons by regional artists on four different SUMA Art Hikes. On Saturday, January 26, 2013, hikers can join acclaimed artist Arlene Braithwaite for the Winter Art Hike at Cedar Breaks National Monument. Co-sponsored with Cedar Breaks National Monument as part of their 2013 Ranger-Led Snowshoe Hikes, the Art Hikes have been created by the Southern Utah Museum of Art’s (SUMA) Community Engagement Committee to build public awareness for the proposed museum. All Art Hikes are free.

On Saturday, January 26, 2013, Arlene Braithwaite and Anne Smith, SUU Instructor, Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT), Coordinator, Outdoor Education Series, and a Ranger from the National Parks Service will lead a hike at Cedar Breaks National Monument. On the hike, participants will have the opportunity to try out water soluble colored pencils, pens and waterbrushes. However, participants are encouraged to bring their own medium with them to the hike. The group will snowshoe (snowshoes provided free by Cedar Breaks National Monument) to the yurt, where Arlene will talk about painting in the winter.

The hike is free and open to the community. For this winter hike, participants must contact the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery to reserve a space in order for our staff to provide you and your party with snowshoes. Please call (435) 586-5462 (Tues-Sat, noon-7pm) or send an email to Provide the number of adults and children in your party, in order for us to provide the correct snow shoes as well as contact information (email address and cell phone) should we have to relocate due to weather and road conditions. If you already have snowshoes, please bring them but call to reserve a spot for the hike. Please be advised due to the winter elements of this hike, this event is not suitable for young children. In addition, for this hike, please dress warmly in layers based on the weather that day. Free hot chocolate will be provided at the yurt, Cedar Breaks Winter Ranger Station.      

Hikers will meet at Iron County Visitors Center, 581 North Main Street, Cedar City at 9:30am. If you do not want to come to Cedar City but want to participate, you may also check-in at 10:15am at the Brian Head Chamber of Commerce, 56 North Hwy 143, Brian Head, Utah, 84719. However you still must contact the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery to reserve a space.

Additional hikes will be scheduled for the spring, summer and fall. Participants are welcome to bring their own art supplies. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Hikers need to provide: Own transportation**, an adequate lunch, warm snowboots, knapsack, a minimum one quart of water per person, warm clothing, personal first aid kit, sun screen protection (even in winter), and layered, warm clothing (for any type of weather) and your own art supplies are optional. Ski or walking poles are recommended but not required.

SUMA Art Hikes have been created to provide an opportunity for the southern Utah community to discover the special places where local artists gain inspiration for their art. Participants will get to hike to these inspiring locations with the artist as well as a representative from the Public Lands such as the National Park Service, the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or Utah Division of Natural Resources who will educate and enlighten the hikers to learn more about these unique locales. In addition, all participants are encouraged to bring their own art supplies (sketch books, pencils, pastels, watercolors or whatever a hiker’s media) and cameras to capture the natural beauty of the region for themselves.

Pastel painter Arlene Braithwaite earned her Masters degree from the University of Utah. Her pastel paintings have been shown in solo exhibitions at the Springville Art Museum, the St. George Art Museum, the Utah Museum of Natural History and Zion National Park's Museum of Human History. Her work has been published in the magazines "Pastel Journal" and "International Artist" and Poulton and Swanson's book "Painters’ of Utah's Canyons and Deserts" and Olpin's "Artists of Utah." Additional recognition has come through first place and director's awards in statewide and regional exhibitions. Her pastels have twice been selected as Grand Prize winners at the Escalante Canyon Plein Air Art Festival. In 2011 she won the People’s Choice Award and a Purchase Award at the Zion National Park Plein Air Invitational. To build interest in painting on location Arlene taught workshops for the Utah Art Education Association, Southern Utah University and Snow Canyon State Park. She currently has 20 paintings of landscapes from the Dixie National Forest on display at the Sears Gallery in St. George. Before committing to full time painting, Braithwaite enjoyed a 32-year career as an art educator at Southern Utah University where she was awarded the University's "Distinguished Educator" Award. Arlene was also recognized as "Art Teacher of the Year for the State of Utah" by the National Art Education Association. Additional hikes will be scheduled for the spring, summer and fall. The hike is free and open to the entire community. Hikers will meet at Cedar City Main Street Park, east side (near main pavilion) at 9:30am.