George Gets Artsy April 7

In honor of the new “outdoor sculpture garden” being installed the following morning in Historic Downtown St. George by the Art Around the Corner board of directors – in cooperation with the City of St. George – Georgefest attendees will have the chance to participate in a one-of-a-kind event:  Anyone so inclined is invited to take part in the “Georgefest Mannequin Challenge,” climbing aboard one of the designated pedestals and striking a pose for as long as possible. Friends and family members are encouraged to capture the poses and post them to social media #georgefest, creating a one-time-only, digital sculpture garden during the monthly community celebration.

“We are delighted to partner with Georgefest in such a unique and fun way,” said Susan Jarvis, Art Around the Corner board chair. “With our new collection of 26 outstanding sculptures being installed on April 8, Georgefest offers a perfect opportunity to create awareness about the show. We hope everyone will get excited about returning to downtown after the pieces are in place, and enjoy the talents of these amazing artisans who add so much to our visual landscape in St. George.”

More interactions with fine art will be possible during Georgefest April 7, when Gallery 35 hosts a reception celebrating the work of Dixie Watercolor Society member Karen March, who will create new works of art in real time during the reception offering a drawing to win a giclée of her work.

Gallery 35 is located at Historic Downtown St. George and is a venue for promoting the work of southern Utah artists. In residence at Gallery 35 are the Dixie Watercolor Society – offering the only gallery solely dedicated to transparent watercolor in Utah – and the Arts to Zion Showcase featuring mixed-media exhibits.

Georgefest, a nightlife event designed to celebrate the best of southern Utah, is held on the first Friday of every month from 6-10 p.m., with the Jazz Garden at Green Gate Village open until midnight April–October. The George Jazz Garden is presented by The Desert Pulse. Georgefest sponsors include St. George City, St. George Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Canyon Media, St. George News, Etched Magazine, The Independent, The Desert Pulse, Iron Gate Winery and Wasatch Brewery.

For more information, or to become a vendor, visit georgestreetfest.com, or email info@georgestreetfest.com. Georgefest organizers are now accepting applications for street market vendors, buskers, and food vendors.