LDS Events Calendar

by | Feb. 15, 2012

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BYU Winterfest
February 17, 18

BYU Winterfest - an exciting performing festival of singing and dancing - will be taking place over the next four weekends in the Conference Center Theater. Acts include Vocal Point, Young Ambassadors, BYU's Concert Choir, BYU Singers, BYU's modern dance company, and BYU's ballet company performing The Snow Queen. Click here for more info.

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

February 17 
Liz Lemon Swindle
Liz began her painting career in first grade. Her first exhibitions were on the refrigerator, encouraged by her father. In the early 1980s she tutored under renowned wildlife artist, Nancy Glazier. In 1992, Liz began painting a subject matter she had long desired to approach: her faith. Her paintings are now held in corporate and private collections around the world and have been published in countless magazines and books. She is extremely prolific, and has created numerous paintings around a central theme, one group being of the life and experiences of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, and another group centered on the life of Christ.

February 24
Mark Stahmann
Mark’s work focuses on realism. Whether it is his portrayal of Christ's sufferings for us, or a simple portrait of a child, Mark seeks to communicate realistic and tangible emotions. His work has been shown in Los Angeles, New York City, London, and Florence as well as throughout Utah. His most recent work, The Worth of a Soul, was shown at the Springville Museum of Art's annual religious show, earning an Award of Merit. 

March 2
Steve McGinty
Steve’s education in art ranges from studies at the University of Utah to travels in Russia, Paris, and England. He continues his education through painting and studying with other artists, visiting museums and art shows, and reading art books. Steve admires the spontaneity and light of the Impressionists and the rich values of the old masters. He saw many of these works first hand in Russia and Paris, and has combined the strengths of these two schools to create his own style. He feels that the sounds, smells and atmosphere play an integral role in the true emotion of each painting. He is President of Plein Air Painters of Utah. 

Washington DC Temple Visitors Center Events

January through March (Daily--10:00 AM to 9:00 PM)
Art Exhibit Black History Month 
Paintings by Horace Day (1909-1984) capture the look and feel of 1970's life in Alexandria, Virginia, with his distinctive streetscapes and portraits.

Saturday, 18 February, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
African American Family History Seminar-Journeys to Our Ancestors
Beginning African-American Genealogy with keynote speaker Margo Williams: “My Research Journey to Home and Finding Miles Lassiter – An Early African American Quaker." Free, but Registration Required.  Call 301-587-0042.

Sunday, 19 February, 7:00 PM
“Why I Believe”—Brother Chris and Sister Eme Martin
Brother Chris Martin is a third year law student at Howard University School of Law; he graduated in Sociology and African American Studies at Saint Louis University. He joined the Church in Modesto, California, in 1999, served a mission in St. Louis, Missouri, and has held a number of callings.

Sister Emeobong “Eme” Martin is a native of the Washington, DC area and is a public health specialist. Sister Martin is one of four children to Nigerian immigrants.  Since joining the Church, Sister Martin has held several callings in various auxiliaries, but admittedly one of her favorite callings was serving as a full-time missionary in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Free Garden Tours of Temple Square and Church Headquarters

Monday – Friday at 10 a.m.: Door 15 of the Conference Center, SLC, UT
Monday – Friday at noon: Church Office Building Plaza, SLC, UT
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.: Church Office Building Plaza, SLC, UT
Sundays at 10:30 a.m.: East gate of Temple Square, SLC, UT

First Annual Church International Art Competition for Youth
Now-June 1

For several years The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has held a general International Art Competition. This year, the Church invites youth in particular to submit their work to the first-ever competition for youth. The winning pieces will be on display between November 16, 2012, until June 17, 2013. The first round of entries should be submitted electronically and adhere to the rules and requirements. Click here for more info.

9th Church International Art Competition
Church History Museum; 45 West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84150
March 16-October 14, 2012
weekdays 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Church History Museum sponsors a worldwide art competition for Latter-day Saint artists every three years. This year’s exhibition features over 200 works selected from 1,155 entries, representing a worldwide range of media, styles, and cultural traditions. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 1-801-240-3310.

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