St. George’s Art Museum reopens with ‘Facing Fire’, one of its biggest exhibits in history – St George News


St. George’s Art Museum reopened Saturday with “Facing Fire,” the largest exhibit to be housed at the museum, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of St. George Art Museum, St. George News

ST. GEORGE- The St. George Museum of Art reopened to the public in an emphatic fashion on Saturday, dazzling art lovers in one of the largest exhibits in the museum’s history.

In this 2020 file photo, embers cross a roadway as a wildfire rages in California, September 9, 2020 | Associated Press photo by Noah Berger, St. George News

The exhibit “Coping with Fire: Art, Wildlife, and the End of Nature in the New West” features incendiary work from active lines of fire and burning areas, giving viewers a harrowing glimpse of the omens, elemental force and metaphor of this searing personal experience. , according to a press release released Friday by the city.

“Facing Fire” features photographs, videos, and artifacts found during California wildfires over the past decade.

“Facing Fire will occupy our entire museum,” Natalie Gula, museum director, said in the press release. “It will give our audience an in-depth look at the destructive force of wildfires in the West. It can be a deeply personal and immersive experience.

The opening of this exhibit will be marked by an open-house style reception from 6-8 p.m. on June 15. Light refreshments will be served. The reception will replace the regular monthly conversation on art.

“Fire is a powerful natural force that we harness for the greatest good,” said Kevin Cooley, featured artist of the “Facing Fire” exhibit. “It’s the only classic item we can create on demand, but when it gets out of hand it can be seriously destructive.”

The St. George Art Museum was closed in May to accommodate some renovations, including new grant-funded laminate flooring.

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Mildred D. Field