A Century of Sanctuary
The Art of Zion National Park-
Softbound and Hardcover
Zion’s Centennial year will be formally ushered in by a tremendous art exhibition opening at the St George Art Museum on August 25, 2008. In conjunction with the opening of the show, Zion Natural History Association will release its most ambitious and beautiful publishing project to date. This stunning coffee table book contains more than 150 of the most magnificent images of Zion National Park ever printed.
Historical paintings include works by Thomas Moran, Lewis A. Ramsey, Maynard Dixon, Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, Howard Russell Butler, Alfred W. Lambourne, John B. Fairbanks, Isaac Loren Covington and many other iconic Zion artists.
Contemporary paintings included in the book are the result of an international call for entries in a competition for the Centennial of Zion National Park. Sixty eight paintings were selected from more than 500 pieces submitted from 38 states and several foreign countries. What a variety of talent and interpretations were seen among the submissions.
Now all of this art will be hung in the St. George Art Museum from August 25, 2008 until January 24, 2009 for all to see and they can be viewed at any time in the pages of ZNHA’s wonderful new book.
The book includes several astounding essays on the art of Zion. From Leslie Courtright, Curator of the Zion National Park Museum Collection, learn about seven significant paintings by Howard Russell Butler which have recently come home to Zion from the Buffalo Museum of Science in Buffalo, New York. Painted in 1926, the Butler paintings played a key role in exciting interest in visitation to the park.
Another interesting essay by famed Zion Artist, Roland Lee, demonstrates his step by step process of capturing the beauty of Zion on canvas.
The exciting story about the connection between a local country boy, Frederick S. Dellenbaugh and the 1904 World’s Fair is artfully told in an essay by Lyman Hafen.
An essay titled, ‘Contemplating the Extraordinary in Nature: Artists and Aesthetic Conservation’ is written by Peter Hassrick. Peter, the Director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the Denver Art Museum, was selected to be the juror of the Contemporary Art Competition.
And for art enthusiasts, Deborah Reeder of the St. George Art Museum gives a detailed account of the different styles and artists who have been capturing Zion through their art for over a century.