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Plein air artists unite to save a state treasure

At the southern edge of Zion National Park, a picturesque metal bridge in Rockville, Utah spans the Virgin River. Some have called her “Utah’s Iron Maiden” or “The Virgin’s Bow.” Others remember her as “The Green Bridge.” Most know her as the Historic Rockville Bridge and after 90 years of service, this iconic structure is overdue for restoration.

Sixteen plein air artists are joining forces with the Town of Rockville to raise funds for the bridge. Such notable names include Doug Braithwaite, Eileen Guernsey Brown, Royden ­Card, Bruce Gomez, Ken Harris, Brad Holt, Lisa Huber, Mary Jabens, Rick Kinateder, Roland Lee, Nancy Lewis, Bonnie McGee, Valerie Orlemann, Rachel Pettit, Stephen Stauffer, and Gregory Stocks.

From April 27 to 29 these accomplished artists will take out pencils and paints to capture Rockville’s beautiful red rocks and grassy green meadows and the historic bridge. The public is encouraged to observe, learn from these artists, and even dabble with their own creations during this three-day event.

On April 28, the Historic Rockville Church will host an art history discussion by Susan Bingham, founder of the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts in Mount Carmel, created to preserve Maynard Dixon’s legacy. But the most important culminating event of this three-day extravaganza comes on Saturday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. the Rockville Community Center, with the unveiling and sale of the Rockville-inspired art.

“Even if your walls are full, you’ll want to make room for a piece of history,” says fundraiser Jodi McGregor. “This may be your last opportunity to obtain a rendering of the bridge before restoration. Plus, you’re helping preserve an architectural wonder and historic treasure.”

A portion of all sales will benefit the Bridge Fund. There will be a $20 entry fee to the event. BridgePleinAir.eventbrite.com.

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