Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show Purchase Prize winner to present at Dixie Forum

By Jyl Hall

Dixie State University’s weekly lecture series Dixie Forum: A Window on the World will host a presentation on artistic technique from the Purchase Prize winner of the 31st Annual Robert N. & Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show and Sale.

Rett Ashby, whose painting “Nature’s Cathedral” won this year’s Purchase Prize and is currently on exhibit at Dixie State’s Sears Art Museum Gallery, will give his Dixie Forum presentation at noon on April 3. The lecture will be held in the Dunford Auditorium, located in the Browning Resource Center on the Dixie State campus. Admission is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

In his presentation, Ashby will demonstrate his technique and explain how he approaches the concept, design and color pallet of a painting. As a custom framer in Provo, Ashby works with multiple professional artists and also will speak on how their works influence him.

Ashby’s earliest artistic influence came from his mother, Sandra Ashby, a professional watercolorist from whom he learned the basics of fine art. Ashby continues to experiment and hone his own style and is influenced by textures, his surroundings and the hard and soft lines found in landscapes. He studied art at Weber State University and Utah State University as well as under the tutelage of artists such as Harrison Groutage, Glen Edwards and LeConte Stewart. He currently has galleries in Scottsdale, Arizona; Alexandria, Virginia; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Fredricksburg, Texas; and St. George.

Dixie Forum is a weekly lecture series designed to introduce the St. George and Dixie State communities to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation. The next installment of Dixie Forum will host Ace Pilkington at noon on April 10 in the Dunford Auditorium.

For more information about Dixie State University’s Dixie Forum series, visit humanities.dixie.edu/the-dixie-forum.