Art Home Tour to Benefit Future Southern Utah Museum

Published: June 27, 2011 | Category: Arts

Great art and great food come together as part of a unique fundraiser to benefit the future Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA). Five world-class art collections and a gourmet luncheon, catered by Chef Imi of Orchids Restaurant in St. George, make up the mouth-watering ingredients of one spectacular day. Sponsored by the SUMA Community Engagement Committee (SCEC), the SUMA Art Home Tour is a fundraising event for SUMA that art lovers will savor for years to come.

The Art Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday, August 6, 2011, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a break for luncheon at SUU President Michael and Debi Benson's home at Noon, then continuing 2 p.m. through 4 p.m.

Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance. The $50 ticket price includes the tour and luncheon. Tickets may be purchased online at or in person at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery at SUU, Artisans Gallery (94 West Center Street, Cedar City), or Groovacious Records (173 North 100 West, Cedar City).

The SUMA Art Home Tour provides an opportunity to experience five stunning art collections which include the works of renowned international and regional artists – not seen by the general public. Painting, ceramics, sculpture and much more are among the mediums included in these priceless collections.

An artist himself, Chef Imi has built an outstanding reputation for himself in southern Utah, first at Cosmopolitan Restaurant in Silver Reef and now at Orchids Restaurant at the Lexington Hotel in St. George. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his signature cuisine.

A highlight of the gourmet luncheon will be an “Opportunity to Win” the original artwork created by southern Utah favorite J. Brad Holt for the Art Home Tour and recent SUMA Art Hike posters. The donation for the “Opportunity to Win” is $10.00 per entry and may be purchased online, at check-in or at the luncheon.

Attendees must be 14 years of age and up. Each participant must have a ticket. Young children, including infants, are not permitted on the tour. No smoking, photography or pets in any of the homes will be allowed. For women, flat shoes are suggested due to the amount of walking on the tour. Note: two homes will require all participants to wear protective booties prior to entering home (booties will be provided by the tour). Participants must provide their own transportation. The tour is not ADA compliant.

Check-in for the tour will be held at Artisans Gallery, 94 West Center Street, on Friday, August 5, from 2-4 p.m. and on Saturday, August 6, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. All participants must check in for the tour in person to receive the map and info packet for the tour. This information will not be mailed out.

The SUMA Community Engagement Committee (SCEC) has been formed to build public awareness for the Southern Utah Museum of Art. The multi-gallery museum will feature increased exhibition space including one gallery devoted to the works of renowned Utah artist Jim Jones, while additional galleries feature rotating exhibits. A benefit to all students from the local and SUU communities will be increased classroom and studio space for hands-on educational activities for K-12 school groups as well as art classes for university students. This remarkable venue will be located on the campus of Southern Utah University. Recent activities created by SCEC include Future SUMA Artists: the 3-Inch Art Show and the SUMA Art Hikes.

Spend a day enjoying stunning art and savoring delicious food while benefiting the future of art in southern Utah. Make your plans now to attend the SUMA Art Home Tour. For more information, visit or call (435) 586-5462.

To make a contribution to Southern Utah University's future Southern Utah Museum of Art, please contact Donna Law, director of development:

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