LDS Events Calendar

by | Nov. 14, 2012

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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  

November 16
Mary Fielding Summerhays

"Although my watercolors are lighthearted impulse paintings, . . . their spectrum is broad enough to include the Lord's generosity with us in providing temples to strengthen our ties to Him – the ultimate relationship." Mary studied privately for years with Loran Folland, later studied art at BYU and apprenticed with J. Kirk Richards. She has received awards from Museums and competitions, and illustrated for documentaries on BYUTV, but says, "nowhere is my art more meaningful than hanging in our home as a constant testimony for my five kids – my truest work of art."

November 23
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. Steve can often be found in a rural area or in someone's garden painting "en plein aire" with his fellow artists. 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.

November 30
Justin Kunz

Justin is an American representational artist, teacher, and designer of United States coinage. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Laguna College of Art and Design, 2011, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Brigham Young University, 1999. Kunz’s paintings have been included in exhibitions throughout the United States and received recognitions including an Award of Merit in the Portrait Society of America‘s International Portrait Competition, a Visitor’s Choice Award in the LDS Church History Museum‘s International Art Competition, and a Director’s Award at the Springville Museum of Art Spring Salon. An inaugural Master Designer in the United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program, his designs include the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar obverse and the 2008 Andrew Jackson’s Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin reverse. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brigham Young University. His work is represented by Waterhouse Gallery in Santa Barbara, California, and Deseret Book in Salt Lake City, Utah. Justin lives with his wife, Heidi, and their four children in Utah, in the foothills of Mt. Timpanogos.

Same-Gender Attraction: Reconciling Faith and Feelings Conference
Saturday, November 17, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Provo, Utah (Utah Valley Convention Center Grand Ballroom)

This fi­rst-ever public presentation brings together a number of people who have experienced same-sex attraction, including several persons who now have successful opposite-sex marriages. They will offer insights into how they have reconciled their challenges and their traditional moral values, including the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Other therapists and scholars will provide additional perspectives. Admission is free (although a $5 donation is gratefully accepted). Open to the General Public.

Los Angeles Temple Visitors' Center Events

Sunday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. 
Zion's Voice Musical Performance
"Zion's Voice" will present a special musical program at the Los Angeles Temple Visitors' Center Sunday November 18 at 7:00 pm. Don't miss this excellent singing group and their wonderful program.

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center Events  

Sunday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. 
"Why I Believe": Congressman Wally Herger
Congressman Herger has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for twenty-five years representing California’s 2nd district. He is a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Pamela are the parents of nine children.

Saturday, November 24, 7:00 p.m. 
"Before Tonight: A Musical Nativity
The Visitors’ Center ushers in the Christmas season with a performance of “Before Tonight: A Musical Nativity.” This performance is a theatrical concert that weaves all-original music, ranging from gospel/pop to musical theater, with narration paraphrasing the Christmas story as found in the New Testament.

Inspirational Art Association Christmas Showcase
Wednesday, November 28-Friday, November 30 
Salt Lake City, Utah (Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Bonneville Room)

On Wed., 11/28 through Fri., 11/30, the Inspirational Art Association (IAA) is hosting its third annual Christmas Art Showcase and Art Sale. A great way to get into the Christmas spirit, the family-friendly exhibit will feature original works of art by notable, religious and inspirational artists including Liz Lemon Swindle, Del Parson, Joseph Brickey, Sandra Rast, Linda Curley Christensen, Julie Rogers and Annie Henrie, and is FREE and open to the public. Artwork featured will include oils, watercolor, acrylic, photography, mixed media, sculpture, and stained glass. In addition to viewing and purchasing artwork, guests can also enjoy the Christmas atmosphere, music, and Dickens-era carolers.

Wednesday, November 28: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 29, 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Friday, November 30, 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

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

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