SUU’s SUMA Community Engagement Committee
Offers Summer Art Hike with Painter Valerie Orlemann
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Vermillion Cliffs in Parowan Canyon. Credit: Courtesy of Cedar City Brian Head Tourism Bureau
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: An artist attempting to depict the wonders of the southern Utah landscape faces many challenges in capturing the stunning vistas. With that goal as a guide, painter Valerie Orlemann leads a SUMA Art Hike entitled The Challenges of a Red Rock Landscape: Painting the Grand Castle. SUU’s SUMA Community Engagement Committee invites artists, students and all members of the community to accompany Orlemann on Saturday, July 20, 2013, who along with Anne Smith, SUU Instructor, Outdoor Recreation in Parks and Tourism (ORPT), Coordinator, Outdoor Education Series, and a representative from the US Forest Service will lead hikers on a trek to the Vermillion Cliffs in Parowan Canyon, part of the Dixie National Forest. 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 art museum. All Art Hikes are free.
Valerie Orlemann is a realist landscape painter, who works with oil on canvas to capture a realistic sense of light, color and place, in a way that celebrates beauty in the landscapes of Southern Utah and the Four Corners. Orlemann began studying art at the University of Utah until parenthood and a move to Escalante set her loose in the midst of southern Utah’s most dramatic scenery. She continued to paint, and has exhibited work in galleries in Salt Lake City, St. George, Provo, Dallas and Flagstaff. Her work has been acquired by the St. George Art Museum, and is in numerous private collections. Orlemann has been the featured artist at the Cedar City Arts Festival and the Escalante Canyons Art Festival, and was selected to be Artist-in-Residence at Mesa Verde National Park. She lives with her husband and daughter in Parowan, Utah.
On the hike, participants will have the opportunity to interpret the Vermillion Cliffs through their own medium. Participants are encouraged to bring pencils, watercolors, sketchbook, cameras (optional), knapsack, water, snacks/lunch (if desired), poncho or plastic to sit on when sketching, hats, gloves, sunscreen and jackets/rain gear for potential weather change. Please wear study boots or shoes for hiking. All children must be accompanied by a responsible parent or adult.
Hikers will meet at east side of Main Street Park in Cedar City at 9am. 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) 586-5432 (Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm) or send an email to email@example.com.
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.
There is one additional hike scheduled for the fall led by artist J. Brad Holt.
Detailed art hike information can be obtained by calling (435) 586-5432 or visiting www.suu.edu/pva/suma. To make a contribution to SUMA, please contact Donna Law, Director of Development: CPVA, at 435-865-8182 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions can be made online at www.suu.edu/pva/suma.