Lunch and Learn Series with Deseret Book Artists and Authors
Every Friday, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Downtown Deseret Book Store, SLC, Utah
April 1 & 2
After earning his MFA from BYU, Parson became a gallery and portrait artist. In 1978, a tragedy changed his life when his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. He felt the Spirit of God helping him through the tough times and began to paint religious subjects to give others the sense of hope that he found and to share with them his love of life. Parson now lives in Utah with his wife and six children.
April 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Blake has created unique, skillfully hand-crafted, leather-bound replicas of the original 1830 Book of Mormon. The pages have been photo-mechanically reproduced at actual size from press sheets printed in the original run at E. B. Grandin printing press in Palmyra, New York, preserving the appearance of the type and content of the book exactly. Care has been taken to reproduce the book as faithfully as possible. These books are signed by Utah Artist Steve Blake who will be our guest in the Flagship store.
April 2, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cassandra Barney & Emily McPhie
Cassandra Barney, her father, James C. Christensen, and her sister Emily McPhie delight in working together. “Painting together in his studio, the three of us have developed a wonderful synergy, critiquing and encouraging each other to experiment with colors, surfaces and textures,”
Barney says. Their art explores motherhood and avenues for gathering strength, beauty and wisdom from life.
Teare built a successful career illustrating for publishers such as The New York Times and Random House. In 1994 his aspiration of portraying the landscape in woodcut and oils reasserted itself and he moved to Providence, Utah where he shares a studio with his wife, trompe l’oeil painter Debra Teare. The woodcut Allegory of the Olive Trees was purchased by the Church Museum of Art during the 7th International Church Art competition. This limited edition print is currently available for purchase at the Deseret Book Fine Art Gallery in SLC. Teare will be demonstrating his technique in woodcut.
Robert T. Barrett
In addition to being an accomplished painter, muralist, and illustrator, Robert Barrett is also a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at BYU. He has exhibited his work in many art shows including those at the Society of Illustrators in New York. He studied painting in Europe and has illustrated “The Story of the Walnut Tree,” “The Nauvoo Temple Stone,” and “Silent Night, Holy Night.” His “Portraits of the Prophets” series are on permanent display on the BYU campus and various other paintings hang in LDS Temples and Visitors Centers throughout the world.
Robert A. Boyd
Award-winning photographic artist Boyd opened his photography studio in 1995. Instantly a success, demand for his photography grew and he soon found himself photographing clients all around the world. In 2004 he received from the Professional Photographers of America the Gold Level Photographer of the Year Award, having already won numerous other awards. Currently, Robert is focused on expanding his portfolio and spending time with his wife Eleah and their five children. While on site for Lunch and Learn, Bob will share his stunning Temple images.
Ladies’ Night at Deseret Book
April 1 & 2: Deseret Book flagship store, SLC, UT
This is the place to be conference weekend, with artists, author signings and free giveaways.
On April 2, Ladies’ Night starts at 6 p.m., with author signings and product giveaways (a door prize will be awarded to the first 100 people). An annual tradition of Deseret Book for nearly 30 years, Ladies Night is a time where women gather together to socialize during the Saturday priesthood session of LDS General Conference.
For a calendar of artists and appearance times, click here.
Church History Library: Treasures of the Collection
April 1 from 5-9 p.m. & April 2 from 12-2 p.m., 4-9 p.m.: 15 East North Temple, SLC, UT
Come enjoy a rare and unique display of historical items from the archives of the Church History Library. View seldom seen historic books, photographs, manuscripts, journals, and minutes relating to the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Quilting: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow event
April 7 from 6:30—8:30 p.m.: Church History Museum, SLC, UT
Several expert quilters will set up demonstration tables and informally interact with museum guests as they share information they have gleaned from years of creating beautiful quilts. Museum guests can ask questions, learn new techniques, and receive advice from quilters. Author Carol Nielson and quilt researcher Suzanne Hudson will also be sharing information about two important historical quilts. Light refreshments will be served.
“Lamb of God” by Spire Chorus and Orchestra
April 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Tabernacle, Temple Square, UT
“Lamb of God” is a sacred work composed and conducted by Rob Gardner for choir, orchestra, and soloists. Beginning with the story of the raising of Lazarus, the choir, narrators, and soloists representing those who knew and loved Jesus – Martha, Mary, Peter, John, Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and others – bring to life the events of those sacred days and hours. Tickets are required and can be obtained over the Internet or by calling 801-570-0080 (locally) or toll-free 1-866-537-8457 (1-866-LDS-TIKS). There is a limit of four (4) tickets per person.
Lecture: Emmeline B. Wells
April 14 at 7 p.m.: Main Floor Auditorium, Church Office Building, SLC, UT
Sponsored by the Church History Library, this lecture features Emmeline B. Wells, an advocate for women’s rights, who focused her energy on helping women improve their lives. She represented Utah women for many years in several national women’s associations and worked in the Relief Society organization for over three decades.
The Temple Square Chorale's Easter Concert
April 22 & 23: Tabernacle, SLC, UT
Featured on the program is the "Faure Requiem," a late nineteenth-century composition that is an ideal contemplation for Easter as we celebrate Christ's love for us and the triumph of life over death. Also featured will be works of Beethoven, Walton, Gounod and Leinback. For tickets, visit www.lds.org/events or call 801-570-0080.
A Heritage Choir Easter Commemoration
April 22 at 7 p.m.: St. George Tabernacle, UT
The Southern Utah Heritage Choir presents their traditional sacred Easter musical tribute I am the Way the Truth and the Life. The public is invited to attend free of charge, Conductor Floyd Rigby reflects on this annual Easter musical offering, “This concert is an opportunity to pause and reflect on all the blessings we enjoy due to the sacrifice of our Savior. This entire concert embodies the Savior’s life and teachings, which also serve as the sacred mission of this choir.” For more info, call 435-656-3992, or email email@example.com.
Seek My Face: Recent Artwork on Scriptural Themes exhibit
Now – June 2011: The LDS Church History Museum, SLC, UT
The exhibit will feature twenty-nine American professional artists, all from various backgrounds, but sharing a common religious orientation. The painters and sculptors have expressed stories from the Bible and The Book of Mormon in new, original pictures. These contemporary works share insight into subjects that depict the life and teachings of the Savior.
The Gospel Blesses My Life Exhibit
Now – July 4: Church History Museum, SLC, UT
Through art, children from forty-two countries share how knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed their lives. This artwork will also be featured in the “Our Creative Friends” section of the March 2011 issue of the Friend. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.churchhistorymuseum.org.
Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center
Sunday, 12 April, 7:30 PM
Spanish Night of Music & Inspiration
The missionaries of the Washington D.C. North Mission will share their
talents and testimonies through musical numbers and inspirational
thoughts. This evening's theme, "Walk with Me", under the direction of
Sister Van Tassell, will strengthen members as well as investigators.
Saturday, 16 April, 7:00 PM
Mormon choir of Washington DC
The Mormon Choir of Washington DC will present an Easter concert with a
masterful blend of sacred and spiritual music featuring outstanding
choir soloists. The Choir is one of the DC area’s best known choral
groups, having performed to standing room only audiences throughout
Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Under the direction
of Principal Music Director Gary Clawson and Associate Director David
Hardin, this concert is sure to enhance the spirit of the Easter season.
Sunday, 17 April, 7:00 PM
Why I Believe
This is a unique fireside devotional where those who were recently
baptized are introduced and welcomed as some of the newest members of
the church. Two keynote speakers address us and share why they believe
in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The evening is one filled with
testimonies which strengthen us all; no matter how long we’ve been a
Saturday, 23 April, 7:00 PM
Northern Virginia/Washington DC Institute Choir
“For He is Might to Save” will be a wonderful highlight to the Easter
season. This presentation of music and the spoken word will celebrate
the Savior and His redeeming love and atoning sacrifice. The Northern
Virginia/Washington DC Institute Choir, under the direction of Devin
Toma and Michael Turnblom, consists of approximate 50 talented young
adult vocalists and instrumentalists who have performed throughout the
Washington metro area.