Adds Silent Auction of Original Sculptures

ST. GEORGE, UT – The 2019 Art Around the Corner (AAC) Foundation gala is moving to a new venue, and will add new opportunities for the community to acquire original, one-of-a-kind sculptures, announced today by Susan Jarvis, chair of the Art Around the Corner Foundation Board of Directors. In celebration of the nonprofit’s 15years of bringing world-class public art to downtown St. George, this year’s annual “Evening with the Stars” gala –on Friday evening, April 5 – will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, enabling AAC to support the increasing demand for attendance, and to honor the expanding number of nationally renowned artists whose work will be featured in the 2019 outdoor sculpture gallery.

Since 2004, the all-volunteer AAC organization has solicited submissions of 3D artwork from established sculptors, primarily from the Southwest, and then selects and installs approximately two dozen pieces each spring. Thanks to a City of St. George RAP Tax grant, Art Around the Corner was able to offer stipends to all participating artists for the first time this year, resulting in participation by artists from across the U.S. Due to the record number of submissions, Art Around the Corner is expanding the footprint of its outdoor gallery – scheduled to be installed on Saturday morning, April 6. Sculptures will be placed in historic Downtown; Uptown, outside and inside of St. George City Hall; and at Dixie Regional Medical Center.

“We’re excited and delighted that our 15th anniversary is seeing so much growth for Art Around the Corner,” Jarvis noted. “This year’s show will literally be bigger and better than ever, with nearly 40 works of outstanding artwork installed for the community to enjoy. As always, we truly appreciate the support that Art Around the Corner receives from the City of St. George, and our wonderful sponsors. We also look forward to a long-lasting partnership with the Intermountain Healthcare team, who provided new opportunities for growth at the hospital.”

At this year’s gala, for the first time, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a silent auction of “maquettes”, small, preliminary models of sculptures created by the participating artists. With prices ranging from $80 to $2,400, Jarvis said the auction makes the acquisition of sculptures very affordable for art lovers. “The large pieces that we install in our outdoor sculpture gallery can be as much as $20,000 or $30,000 or more. Now, fans of the work by the very same artists whose larger pieces will be installed in our show can bring home an original, beautiful work of art.”

The 2019 Art Around the Corner Evening with the Stars gala begins at 6 p.m. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. For information and ticket sales, visit www.artaroundthecorner.org, or email aacstgeorge@gmail.com.

About Art Around the Corner

The Art Around the Corner Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the arts, enriching the community, and bringing fine arts to the heart of historic St. George. The Foundation’s flagship project is the Art Around the corner Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, a collection of sculptures from nationally renowned artists.

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