SUMA Spring Art Hike With Kate Starling

Date: April 20, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: East Side of Main Street Park, Cedar City, UT or Kolob Terrace Road, Virgin, UT
Category: Arts and Entertainment

SUU’s SUMA Community Engagement Committee

Offers Spring Art Hike with Painter Kate Starling

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Kate Starling working outdoors in southern Utah.

 Photo credit: Kate Starling working outdoors in southern Utah. Courtesy of Kate Starling

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: The spectacular southern Utah landscape changes from season to season and inspires regional artists throughout the year. SUU’s SUMA Community Engagement Committee invites artists, students and enthusiasts to accompany painter on Kate Starling on a Spring Art Hike. On Saturday, April 20, 2013, Starling, Anne Smith, SUU Instructor, Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT), Coordinator, Outdoor Education Series, and a representative from the Bureau of Land Management will lead hikers on a trek to North Creek, Kolob Terrace Road in Virgin, Utah. The theme for the hike is entitled “Make Your Own Sketchbook.” 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 the hike, participants will have the opportunity to develop a sketchbook of their own to be used later at home or in the studio. Participants are encouraged to bring pencils, watercolors, cameras (optional), knapsack, water, snacks/lunch, poncho or plastic to sit on when sketching, hats, gloves, and jackets/rain gear for potential weather change. All children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult.

The hike is free and open to the community. For this hike, participants must contact the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery to reserve a place for you and your party. Please call (435) 586-5462 (Tue-Sat, noon-7pm) or send an email to

Cedar City hikers will meet at east side of Main Street Park at 9am. Hikers from St. George and areas south of Cedar City will be able to meet at the hike’s starting point on Kolob Terrace Road in Virgin at 10am, but please contact the Braithwaite Gallery to advise your intent to participate.  

Kate Starling is an oil painter who lives and works in the canyons of southern Utah. Educated in geology, she spent years working outside as a geologist and National Park ranger. After formal academic art training, she devoted her work to painting the landscape. Schooled in the importance of direct painting from life she has spent years painting outside, learning the way light plays on the land. Now she splits her time between the roadways and trails surrounding her home and the studio. Starling's paintings portray the natural world and focus on communicating a sense of place, atmosphere and light, retaining the immediacy of the painting experience. She knows the strength of emotion that the landscape seen in a particular light can trigger in her - she strives to paint in such a way that memory and emotion are triggered in the people who see her work.

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.

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

Detailed information can be obtained by calling (435) 586-5462 or visiting To make a contribution to SUMA, please contact Donna Law, Director of Development: CPVA, at 435-865-8182 or Contributions can be made online at

(435) 586-5462