The Kanab Arts Board will hold its second Library Art Show reception on July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Kanab City Library. The exhibition will feature acclaimed artists Julie Rogers and Loretta Clayson. The event is free and open to the public.

Julie Rogers grew up in the small town of Goshen, Utah, working on a ranch. The country lifestyle became a part of her as she learned to love animals, work hard, and enjoy the beauty of simplicity. She started to develop her talents in art at a very young age, she began drawing in kindergarten and painting in sixth grade.

After high school, Rogers studied fine art at Brigham Young University. It was there that her talent really began to blossom. At age 21, she served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Boise, Idaho. Serving a mission really helped her to have the desire to continue serving and reaching out to those who need the gospel. To this day she has continued that great work through her art.

What sets her apart from any other artists is Roger’s unique ability to capture the light of the soul. She has always been especially drawn to paint the stories of the pioneers. As she got married and became a young mother she would dress her children in pioneer clothing and in the soft glow of the evening she would paint.

Loretta Clayson was born in Mesa, Arizona. At age two, her family moved to Boulder, Utah, where her earliest memories are of riding her horse, “Old Blue.” Raised in Kanab, and on ranches in southern Utah, she also recalls the tangible excitement of the air while moving hay-field sprinkler lines as lightning shredded the skies. Clayson was always drawing as a child – mostly horses.

Her artistic abilities received recognition and awards through her youth, but because her family didn’t regard being an artist as a “real” career, she attended Utah Technical College and obtained a degree in Drafting and Design Technology. She then landed a job with an architectural firm.

Loretta married Dirk Clayson and four years later started a family. She opted for freelance architectural drafting jobs and illustrating children’s books. Her illustrations include award-winning activity books commissioned by The StoryTeller company. During this time, she studied with watercolor artist LaRee Bell, and wildlife artist Julie Jeppsen. Missing the red dirt, Clayson returned to her hometown of Kanab, Utah. Study with watercolor master, Roland Lee, helped refine her skills and vision.

Her artwork was selected for the United States Postal Service 1999 Collectors’ Edition commemorative “Celebrate the Century” cachet. 

In addition to the featured artists, the event will include live music from Kort Stirland. The Kanab Arts Board will present the 2017 Artist of the Year, and Art Supporter of the Year awards, much belated, with plans to present the 2018 awards at the next Library Art Show opening in October, and 2019 awards in January of 2020.

Kanab Arts Board is a board of Kanab City. In 2019, and under the chairmanship of Josh Warburton, the Kanab Arts Board has produced the Kanab Film Festival, the first Kanab Library Art Shows, received and re-imagined the Kanab Outdoor Market, with plans for the Canyons Folk Dance Festival, Summer/Fall Concerts, Canyon 2 Canyon Art Walk and much more to come. You can contact Kanab Arts Board at kanabarts@gmail.com.