DSC Sears Gallery to hold special art panel, dance performance

ST. GEORGE -The Dixie State College Sears Art Museum Gallery is hosting an art panel discussion and performance special event on Friday, January 7, at 7 p.m. The Sears Art Museum Gallery is located in the Eccles Fine Arts building on the DSC Campus on Friday, and admission to the event is free and open to the public.
Local artists Alisha Tolman, Aimee Bonham, Cathie McCormick, and LuAnn Williams will comment on questions posed to them about their experiences and the content behind their art. As they share insight and knowledge they will inform the audience on a high level of expertise. They are all from Southern Utah, working professional artists, and art educators.
According to DSC Sears Art Museum Gallery curator Kathy Cieslewicz, the non-representative art exhibit, A Panel of Women, has been well received. The free exhibit is currently on display in the Sears Gallery through January 21, 2011.

“The collaboration between the DSC Sears Gallery and the St. George Art Museum to educate our community has been exciting,” says Kathy Cieslewicz. “The Sears Gallery continues to bring the best of art into our area and has gained a high reputation in our state. In addition, having performance art in the gallery for this event is sure to raise awareness and consideration.”
The St. George Contemporary Dancers are coming together again under the direction and organization of Summer Robertson, and will be performing at the Sears Art Gallery on the Dixie State College’s campus.  Summer returned to her hometown of St. George after dancing and choreographing for ten years on the east coast primarily in New York City.  She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a Masters degree from Columbia University in dance education.  

The St. George Contemporary Dancers are made up of faculty from nearly every dance school in the community including Dixie State College, Westside Studio and Southwest Dance Theater among others.  Three of the dancers received dance degrees from BYU and one from the University of Utah. The dancers each bring a distinctive performance approach and their own composition to the programs.  

Dancers participating at the Sears Art Gallery and performing their own choreography are Michelle Brown, Chauntelle Lewis, Melissa Sevy, Miranda Slatter, Summer Robertson, Rebekah Wainright and Jennie Wood.
“As contemporary choreographers and dancers, we’re looking forward to collaborating with the contemporary, visual artists at the Sears Gallery,” says Robertson. “We’ve been well received in past performances and interpretations of other local artists, and we think the community will find enjoyment in the marriage of these two art forms.”

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