SUU’s SUMA Community Engagement Committee
Offers Autumn Art Hike with Painter J. Brad Holt
Saturday, September 14, 2013
A view along Bristlecone Pine Trail. Courtesy of Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: J. Brad Holt is that rare craftsman whose unique brushstroke technique has established him as one of southern Utah’s master landscape painters. SUU’s SUMA Community Engagement Committee invites artists, students and all members of the community to accompany Holt on Saturday, September 14, 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 an Art Hike to the Bristlecone Pine Trail, east of Cedar City and part of 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.
J. Brad Holt grew up in Cedar City, Utah. As a youngster, he accompanied family friend, painter Jim Jones, into the southern Utah landscape and painted alongside the man he considers his mentor. Holt is a graduate of Cedar City High School, and Southern Utah University. His paintings are featured in several prominent galleries in southern Utah. He spent childhood summers working on his Grandfather’s ranch in Orderville Utah, hauling hay and punching cows. At age seventeen he joined the Utah Army National Guard, and served for the next twenty years as a member of HHB 2/22 FA BN. Holt is a musician specializing in early woodwinds. He spent several seasons as a musician and performer with the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah. For the SUMA Community Engagement Committee, Holt has created poster art for several past events.
There is no art experience required. On the hike, participants will have the opportunity to interpret the Bristlecone Pine Trail 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.
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.