Sears Invitational is Art at its Best

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Now in its 31st year, the Annual Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale is a springtime tradition and has become one of the biggest art events in the state of Utah.  Open this year from February 17 through April 1, the show held in the Sears Art Museum Gallery on Dixie State University’s campus and named for founders Robert N. and Peggy Sears, will feature hundreds of works-of-art produced by many amazing artists.  In addition to the show itself, this popular event also includes a symposium and a dazzling opening gala with delicious food and an opportunity to mingle with artists as well as other art lovers.

The works of artists on display from all over Utah and the United States will include bronze, ceramic, watercolor, mixed media, oil and pastels – most available for sale.

This year’s symposium – FREE to art lovers and the general public – will kick off the Sears Invitational event at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, in the Dolores Dorè Eccles Fine Arts Center Concert Hall featuring Alexander Selytin, who began painting as a child in his small Russian village outside Moscow. Now a resident of Provo, UT, Selytin’s work is most recently representative of Native American culture and images.

The opening gala begins at 4 p.m. with an art preview for those who wish to view and select those pieces they are interested in purchasing. Tickets for this semiformal event are $75 per person and are now available by contacting Jan Maxfield, Administrative Specialist to DSU’s College of Arts at 435-652-7790.

Also, this year will be the dedication of the Memory Garden adjacent to the Sears Art Gallery featuring 6 one-of-a-kind bronze works by acclaimed sculptress L’Deane Trueblood.  The ceremony is free-of-charge and open to the public at 1 p.m. also on Friday, February 16.

The Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale was conceived as a way to fund DSU’s permanent collection of art and is the only fundraiser held each year in support of the Sears Art Museum Gallery.

For this exhibit, the gallery will be open Monday through Saturday through the end of the show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m. every Sunday. Sears Art Museum Gallery is located in the Dolores Dorè Eccles Fine Arts Center on the DSU campus at 155 S. University Ave.

For more information, contact Maxfield or visit the museum website at www.searsart.com.

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