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Kathy serves as curator for the Sears Museum Gallery at Dixie State University. She received an Associate degree from Dixie State College and a Bachelor degree from Southern Utah University. The St. George Art Museum commissioned her to produce three installations. She frequently presents at workshops as a creativity coach, presents art demonstrations, adjudicates art shows, mentors, and speaks to community organizations. In addition, her love of teaching has been expressed as an adjunct instructor for 2D design at DSC and since 2006 at Mohave Community College as the instructor for Art History, Drawing, Design, and Watercolor. Kathy helps artists on a daily basis, and as an artist herself, she is acutely aware of their needs. Currently, she is a founder, presenter, and director for annual conferences The Business of Art and Women Out West: Professional Artists of Utah. Both events educate and provide networking for artists.

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Kathy C. Cieslewicz

Paul and Susan began collecting fine American art more than 40 years ago specializing in acquiring works by deceased American artists of merit such as Maynard Dixon, Thomas Hill, Edgar Payne, E.I. Couse, and others. They opened their first gallery in Los Altos, California in 1974, with subsequent galleries in Campbell, and San Jose, California. In the fall of 1998 they purchased Maynard Dixon’s summer home and studio in Mt. Carmel, Utah. Committed to restoring this art-historic site, they formed a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, The Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts, which manages this important project. The foundation provides artist-inresidence programs, preserves the home and studio where Dixon’s memorial ashes remain, and hosts workshops for individuals with special needs. Plans are currently underway to build a Maynard Dixon Museum near the Mt. Carmel property.

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Paul and Susan Bingham

Katrina’s candy-colored oil paintings are recorded memories of favorite places or things with a good dose of pastel colors to keep life sweet. Using her whimsy stained-glass style, she beckons the “outside in” by portraying hummingbirds, sandhill cranes, cows, sheep, flowers & bees, as well as the surrounding mountains. These natural elements are woven throughout other pieces via wallpaper & textiles, as backgrounds of mixers, cake, and sewing machines.

Katrina & her husband live in a quirky but modern concrete home in Midway with their 4 sons (including twins), and daughter.

Have you heard the latest episode of Katrina’s candy colored studio podcast?! after all, life is sweeter in candy color...

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Katrina Berg

In the summer of 1993, Alex’s father pulled him out of a boy scout meeting and said “Get in the car. We’re going to see Jurassic Park.” With those words, the direction of Alex’s life changed. Always a dinosaur fanatic, he watched in awe as the illusion of reality stomped across the silver screen. Dreams of becoming a cartoonist faded as books about computer animation, cinematography, and animatronics began to fill his bedroom.

He sometimes describes himself as a divided artist, in all the ways, positive and negative, that such a description could be taken. His “muse” shifts through its own version of the seasons. At times, Alex is an insatiable photographer. Then, he might spend months or even years trying to create a robot or some other machine in his shop. He always welcomes the resurgence of the desire to craft an alternative reality in 3D on the computer, and even once wrote a novel just to see if he could.

Of course art requires focus, so he can’t give his wandering ways free rein. Nevertheless, Alex’s single greatest “artistic” achievement has been to strike a fulfilling balance in his artistic pursuits. Through all of these outlets, his concept of narrative and shape are the consistent elements; he desperately wants to tell the stories and show the visions in his head.

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Alex Chamberlain

Debbie Bice is a fine art photographer whose subjects include macro photography, architecture, landscapes, street photography and wild life. Her travels extend internationally capturing the magic of different physical locations and cultures.

Debbie graduated from Kent State University with a BS degree in Industrial Engineering. She lived in Warren, Ohio while working for a Fortune 500 electronics firm. Her artistic process began on a special engineering assignment in Alabama across the border from her hometown Pensacola, Florida. Her dream was to write a book about a unique childhood growing up in the Florida Panhandle during the 60’s and 70’s. While on assignment she covered much of the area and found great fodder for her book. Working long hours made it difficult to remember the exact details of scenes she wanted to recreate. She started using photography to help remember inspirations for book chapters. She found herself photographing more and writing less. The photography became more emotionally meaningful.

As her career progressed so did her love of photography. The desire to improve her skills led to attending college classes, workshops all over the country, internet classes and “one-on-one” training with established well known photographers. It was the love of photography, which led her to chose one of the most scenic and photographic places in the nation to retire in 2009. Moving to Washington, Utah provided her with beautiful resources for photographic art, but is also a great location to access other areas of the Western United States.

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Deborah Bice

Annette Whitaker Everett has been an artist from her childhood. She spent many years painting and teaching pastel and oil, creating portraits, landscapes, and still life. You will find her paintings in many private and public collections, including the St. George Tabernacle, and Dixie State College. But sculpture called her name and is her primary focus today. Annette sculpts in clay, creating figurative pieces in bronze and fired clay. She is very pleased to have a number of bronze monuments in her hometown of St. George, Utah. Annette is represented by Authentique Gallery and Mission Gallery in St. George, Utah, and Al Rounds Gallery in Salt Lake City’s City Creek Center. She welcomes visitors to her home studio, and would love to discuss art anytime with you

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Annette Everett

Carol E. Merrill-Flitton is the owner and educator for Merrill Academy of Fine Arts in Syracuse, Utah. She has the ability to inspire and motivate others to achieve their dreams. She is an award winning artist and was the cover story in “Wasatch Woman” magazine in an article titled “The Painting of a Masterpiece.” Carol has taught oil painting classes and workshops for the past 16 years and is a strong advocate for helping individuals find the creative style that brings out the best in them. She is an enthusiastic speaker, who has presented at conferences across the nation, and motivates others to reach their potential through positive attitudes and example. She recently spoke at the Utah Intermountain Society of Artists and demonstrated on the techniques of the Old Masters. She is currently serving on the BountifulDavis Arts Council and has been actively engaged in the art community throughout the years.

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Carol Merrill-Flitton

Born in Kentucky, Carmella studied Merchandising and Design at Western Kentucky University and received the Gold Key Excellence Award. She moved to Atlanta where she held positions in Merchandise Marketing & Sales at America’s Mart and finally settled in Los Angeles where she’s garnered recognition as a highly accomplished Licensing & Brand Management Executive in the Entertainment Industry. Carmella currently runs a Licensing & Brand Management Agency spearheading business development for manufacturers and licensees.

 

She is a member of several professional and philanthropic organizations including National Assoc. of Professional Women (NAPW), International Licensing Industry Merchandise Assoc. (LIMA) and is an Honorary Kentucky Colonel.

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Carmella Johns

After returning home in 2001 from his mission, McGarren met his wife at a Dixie State College dance while visiting St. George and they were married 8 months later. The new couple moved to Utah County to go to school. Flack went to Utah Valley University to earn his associates and to prepare to go to med school. He needed to take an art class to earn his associates so he took a drawing class. He did not like his teacher or some of the content taught in the class but he found that when he would draw time had no existence. Becoming an artist was his new found desire.

McGarren changed his major to art and then searched for the school in Utah that would best train him to draw and paint the figure. All the fine art schools focused on non-representational art so he went to Brigham Young University and was accepted into the Illustration program. He also studied with Ryan Brown. Flack’s father died just before he earned his BFA in 2005 at BYU and so his family moved to SLC to help his newly widowed mother. Flack had been selling his art in local galleries and art shows before being accepted into the University of Utah’s MFA program in painting in 2006 and also studied with Kamille Corry on the side. In 2008 McGarren earned his MFA and started teaching at the local universities due to the economy tanking.

Currently McGarren teaches full time as an Assistant Professor at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah and sells his artwork nation wide to various collectors.

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McGarren Flack

Steve grew up in Newport Beach, California. As far back as he can remember, he has loved to draw. He says, “Drawing makes me happy. The perfect day for me during my youth, was to sit at my desk, play my favorite record and draw. And to be honest, that is still my perfect day!” Steve is a graphic design professional with over 25 years of experience specializing in creative direction, brand management, and marketing. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at BYU for 8 years, and is currently in his 5th year as an adjunct faculty member at UVU in the Graphic Design department. When Steve’s not designing or teaching, chances are good you’ll catch him playing the piano, listening to music or playing with his three grandsons.

Tonya grew up all over the world, including years in Taiwan, New York, California, Texas, Arizona, and Utah. Her time spent in different cities has given her an appreciation and love for all kinds of art and creative endeavors. Tonya taught Art at Westridge Elementary in Provo, Utah for three years and continues to be involved in community art programs. She loves to spend her time as a painter, seamstress, colorist, and overall doer of all things creative. She loves to read, hates to cook, and really enjoys time with her three grandsons!

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Steve and Tonya Vistaunet

Bobbi Wan-kier is an energetic, creative entrepreneur and art advocate, and owner of Art ESCAPES-3D, which employs local artists to build 3D exhibits for So. Utah museums. She is also manager of the Silver Reef Museum in Leeds, UT and the executive director of Arts to Zion/Southern Utah. Seven short years ago, she moved here from Chicago, bringing her talent and knowledge of interior design, real estate and community planning/economic development to Washington County. She is certified as Utah Change Leader, through the Utah Dept. of Arts and Museums, and is founder/coordinator of the annual Washington County “Arts to Zion” Art and Studio TOUR and also created Facebook training opportunities for the Business of Art.

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Bobbi Wan-kier

Fae Ellsworth was born in Berkeley, California into a life of play. She explored the nooks and crannies of her hometown with her best friend by bicycle in the 50’s, and considers her explorations, especially in nature, as very informative. She received her BA in English from Brigham Young University, and after raising a family, went back for an MFA in ceramics to her alma mater. She and her sculptor husband Brent Gehring, maintained an art gallery in Salt Lake, and both taught in colleges and universities. She has been creating her “Little Stories” for 20 years and among other honors, her work was selected to represent Utah in the Out of the Land exhibit in Washington DC. She has lived in foreign countries and on both coasts, and now lives in a home that resembles a sculpture that she and her husband built with their hands on two acres in Virgin, Utah. After her husband’s passing a decade ago, she came to know first hand that the sentence “art saves lives” is indeed true.

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Fae Ellsworth

Gary graduated from Dixie College (now Dixie State University) with an Associates Degree and from Southern Utah State College (now Southern Utah University) with a Bachelors Degree, and then completed his higher education graduating from University of Utah with a Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Administration. He has worked with art festivals for 26 years. First at the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah where he worked with the Park City Art Festival (now Kimball Park City Art Festival) for 16 sixteen years beginning as an intern and ending as the Director of the Kimball Art Center and the festival. Next, Gary directed and produced both the Tempe Fall and Spring Festival of the Arts for 4 years. Mr. Sanders is now employed as the Community Arts and Exhibits Administrator for the City of St. George where he oversees the Community Arts Division, its museums and facilities, the city’s public art program and is involved in the production of the St. George Art Festival, First Night St. George, the St. George Marathon and other city special events. He has served as the President of the Rocky Mountain Festival and Events Association and is a member of the Utah Museum Association and Americans for the Arts.

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Gary Sanders

Glen Blakley enjoys teaching, traveling, and creating art. He exhibits his work throughout the United States and overseas. Glen has artwork in private collections around the world. As a writer, Glen has published over seventy articles in the NCECA Journal, NCECA News, Clay Times, Crafts Report, Ceramic Monthly, and other scholarly magazines. He was Director at Large for the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts (NCECA) and has been their official photographer for fifteen years. His photography has been published in major magazines and journals in the United States and abroad. Since coming to St. George in 1976, Glen has worked to bring art experiences to DSU, the community and the state of Utah. Glen helped establish the St. George Art Museum and worked as its first director for over six years. He has served on the Dixie Task Force, the St. George Arts Commission, the Southwest Utah Arts Council as president, the St. George Film Commission, and the Utah Arts Council Advisory Board. He was the first director of the annual St. George Art Festival and still serves as a juror.

Glen has directed travel-study programs to art museums in the Western United States for thirty years and recently returned from his thirteenth annual travel-study trip to Europe. He organizes and directs one or two trips each summer to Europe. Glen received an MFA degree from Brigham Young University. He then taught art at Oregon City High School, (Oregon City, Oregon) and later at Brigham Young University. Since 1976 he has been a professor of art at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah.

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Glen Blakley

Carol Bold is a painter and printmaker based out of St George, UT. Born in Pacifica, CA, she spent her childhood on the Pacific Coast surrounded by the scenic coastal beaches and rolling hills of the San Francisco Peninsula. From here, she developed an early love for the landscape and deep admiration for the natural world, which still greatly influences her art today.

Carol attended the SF School of the Arts High School, and received her BFA in 2007 from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. She has exhibited her work in numerous shows and galleries throughout Southern Utah, Northern California, Nevada and Maryland. She has received continued recognition and awards for her work throughout the Southwest.

Having traveled to Southern Utah all of her life, Carol always had a great love for the Southwest, and the picturesque landscape of the area. In 2010, after a number of years spent both on the East and West coasts, she decided to escape city life and relocate to St George. When not in her studio, Carol spends her time hiking, exploring, spending time with her children and drawing inspiration from the vast and beautiful landscape that surrounds her.

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Carol Bold

J. Kirk Richards is a favorite among admirers of contemporary spiritual artwork. His love of the textural, the poetic, and the mysterious has translated into a unique take on traditional Judeo-Christian themes. Richards attributes much of his love for the arts to an early emphasis on musical training in his parents’ home. Turning then from music to visual arts, Kirk studied with painters Clayton Williams, Bruce Hixson Smith, Patrick Devonas, Hagen Haltern, Gary and Jennifer Barton, James Christensen, Wulf Barsch, Joe Ostraff, and others. Kirk is best known for his contributions to the BYU Museum of Art exhibit Beholding Salvation: The Life of Christ in Word and Image; for his contributions to Helen Whitney’s PBS Frontline Documentary entitled The Mormons: An American Experience; for the cover image of Jeffrey R. Holland’s book, Broken Things to Mend; and for his imagery on the cover of BYU Studies Magazine and in the Ensign, Liahona and Upper Room publications. Kirk and his wife, Amy Tolk Richards, have four creative children. They split their time between their home in Woodland Hills and their country studio in the small town of Redmond, Utah. Richards’ work is found in private collections throughout the country.

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J. Kirk Richards

Dilleen Marsh was born in Texas in 1952, grew up in Idaho, and attended Utah State University in Logan, Utah, majoring in illustration. She worked as an illustrator/designer in Studio City, California for four years and then returned to Utah in 1979. For the next fourteen years she worked as a designer and senior designer for The New Era Magazine, an LDS Church publication for teens. In 1993 she began working full-time out of her home studio in Salt Lake City as an illustrator and painter. Her experience with Southern Utah began when she and her family moved to Hurricane in 2006. Dilleen has illustrated for magazines and children’s books. Her paintings have exhibited several times at Springville’s Spring Salon, and Sears Dixie Invitational and hung in various galleries and venues. Over the years she has developed and worked with community art programs for children.

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Dilleen Marsh

Miriam Tribe is a multi-media artist, currently working in charcoal, ink and acrylics. She works toward the subtleties of expression, movement and form, and believes human beings are, in their essence, barely separate from each other--we all look like tiny specs of line and color from a long ways off. By searching for the shared human experience written simply in the lines of the face, she reduces a mass of complicated details into a visual melody so simple it can be plucked out with a single finger. Stand back and squint and it’s easier to see the elegant lines we share.

She and her husband have four children (the youngest two with special needs) which have taught her to be flexible, scrappy, and to see the beauty of what is. She treasures her power tools almost as much as her art supplies, and enjoys renovating her home in the Salt Lake Valley.

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Miriam Tribe

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