Closer look at Jim Jones: The San Blas Years Exhibit

Date: October 08, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
Category: Arts and Entertainment

Celebration of Renowned Landscape Artist Jim Jones

Enhanced By Biographical Presentation
Dr. James M. Aton
Photo: Dr. James M. Aton. Photo courtesy of James Aton

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: The exploration and celebration of acclaimed landscape artist Jim Jones extends beyond Jim Jones: The San Blas Years exhibit (September 12–November 9).  Exhibit curator Dr. James M. Aton, a friend and contemporary of Jones, will offer a presentation on the exhibit and on his forthcoming biography of Jones. Dr. Aton’s stories and photographs will illuminate Jones’ personal and professional life in San Blas, Mexico between 1961 and 1975. The years Jones spent in San Blas were a pivotal in Jones development as a premier landscape artist of the southwest.

Aton’s exploration of these years, which includes his 2012 visit to San Blas to retrace Jones’ footsteps, present a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of Jones’ work and life. The public is encourage to attend this free event, which will take place at 7pm on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 in SUU’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery.

Dr. James M. Aton is Professor of English at Southern Utah University and the award-winning author of four books on Colorado River Plateau history. He is currently writing a book for Gibbs Smith Books on the art and life of Jim Jones.

About Jim Jones: The San Blas Years exhibit: In the early 1960s, a fledging artist from Utah traveled to the small Mexican village of San Blas. While living there, he decided to capture its people and community on canvas. The results can be viewed in this remarkable exhibit at SUU’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery which runs until November 9, 2013. The Gallery is open TuesdaySaturday, noon–7:00pm; admission is free.

Jim Jones: The San Blas Years Associated Events & Workshops: In association with the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery’s celebration and exhibit of renowned landscape artist Jim Jones, Jim Jones: The San Blas Years (September 12–November 9), SUU is hosting other unique events and workshops which center on Jones’ time in Mexico and honor the culture and people that inspired the artist during this pivotal period of his career. All of these events are free and open to the public, and many present a special opportunity to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15). To get involved in these exciting events, or for more information, please visit: