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Where & When You Can Meet Your Favorite LDS Artists This August

Meet and chat with all these artists at the City Creek Deseret Book store every Friday or Saturday from 1:00-3:00 pm!

August 7--Sandy Freckleton Gagon

A preeminent realist painter, Sandy – as do all great masters – carries on the traditions and canons of classical art ideology practiced from the Renaissance down through 19th century. Her paintings and drawings demonstrate her virtuosity, a manifestation of unparalleled technical excellence, which result in great works of lasting beauty. Sandy’s unsurpassed knowledge of anatomy, color theory and design, facilitate her portrayal of the human condition – in all its complexities – with breathtaking elegance. Adept at all genres, her still life paintings excel at depicting her deep love of objects and how they are affected by light and shadow; they are metaphoric landscapes of symmetry and solemnity. Sandy’s husband is writer, Dave Gagon. They have three children.

August 14--Taylor Yardley

Taylor Yardley first developed a love of the temples at thirteen years old. He felt drawn to photograph the House of the Lord and has spent the last five years traveling the world capturing the temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Taylor’s unique blend of stunning photography and fine art imaging produces timeless images that remind and inspire saints around the world. Taylor’s images are featured in LDS publications and retail stores and held in numerous personal and private collections across the world.

August 22--Rose Datoc Dall

Filipina-American artist, Rose Datoc Dall will be visiting from her home in Washington, DC. Her artwork is predominately a contemporary figurative exploration in painting and printmaking. Her work is distinctive for her unique graphic style and use of vivid color. Mrs. Dall’s artwork is featured on www.mormon.org. Mrs. Dall has received several awards and honors for her work including the Purchase Award 2009 for her painting entitled “Flight” at the 8th International Art Competition of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in which the acquisition was added to the permanent collection at the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City. Framed giclee prints of this image are available at the Flagship Fine Art Gallery. Rose is married to a supportive and loving husband with whom she has raised four children ranging from college age to elementary age in the past twenty years of marriage.

August 28--Kendra Burton

Kendra says the creative process of art and music has been part of her life since her childhood days in Idaho. She was an architectural draftsman for seven years and attended college at BYU and ISU. Seeing original works of the Masters in Europe, New York and Washington D.C. has given influence and insight to her work. She studied with noted artists from around the world and taught a series of television art instruction programs filmed at KUTV. Kendra also continues to teach classes, seminars and private lessons. Her work hangs on the walls of The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Little Sisters of the Poor Convent in St. Louis, The Blessed Sacrament School, St. Joseph’s Convent in India and in private collections. Kendra’s art was shown during the Tabernacle Choir Christmas Broadcast and was included in several shows at the Springville Museum of Fine Art. Her paintings have also been published in magazines and on book covers and have sold through galleries and book stores.

She served on the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council directing an art show of 150 pieces. Her original musical composition of “The Homeland” was performed by the Wasatch Symphony Orchestra, and recently, Kendra was voted winner of the “People’s Choice Award” at the Inspirational Art Association Show for her painting entitled “Compassionate Christ”. Also, ABC 4 Utah News showed the unveiling of her 6 foot tall painting, “Jesus Heals.” A highlight of her life is working with Greg and Linda Curley Christensen on temple murals. Kendra and her husband, Dave, have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.