LDS Events Calendar

by | Nov. 28, 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 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.

December 7
James Christensen

Combining keen observation with an endless supply of imagination has become the hallmark of James C. Christensen, one of the world’s most beloved artists. For more than thirty years, he has been translating the world around him into masterful and inventive art. Today, he will be at the Flagship Art Gallery signing his new book: Passage by Faith. Published by Deseret Book, this collection explores the spiritual elements of his work and unveils the visual metaphors, symbols, and “meaning behind the meanings” of some of his most popular fantasy pieces, as well as a few gems that have never been printed before. Beautifully designed with more than 60 images and comments from the artist this is a book that art-lovers of all ages will treasure. The artwork of James C. Christensen is prized in collections worldwide. He has won multiple awards from the World Science Fiction Convention and the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, as well as the UT Governor’s Medal for Fine Arts. 

December 14
Sandra Freckleton Gagon

A preeminent realist painter, Sandy's 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.

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.

Savior of the World
Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah
Now – December 29, 2012

The musical production Savior of the World, based on scriptural accounts of the birth and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, will return to the Conference Center Theater for the Christmas season. The show features a cast of talented actors, singers, and musicians sharing testimony through drama and song of the divine mission of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world. Get tickets.

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center Events  

Friday, November 30, 7:00 & 8:00 p.m. 
Sandra Turley
Sandra Turley performed the role of Cosette in Les Miserables on Broadway in New York City and was part of the original closing cast. She also performed the role in the Shanghai, China premiere of Les Miserables alongside Broadway star Colm Wilkinson. She also has performed as Ariel in Disney World’s stage production of the Little Mermaid. Sandra released her debut solo album in March 2012.

Friday, November 30-Tuesday, January 1, 2013 
Festival of Lights
Come see the 35th Annual Festival of Lights at the Washington DC Temple, from dusk to 10 p.m. every night. The festival will feature nearly 600,000 LED lights, a life-size nativity scene with narration, an international creche exhibit (daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), and concerts each night at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. See concert schedule below. Tickets for concerts are both free and required; they will be distributed beginning 90 minutes before each performance.

30 Fri.     Sandra Turley-A Broadway Christmas – (Vocalist)

1     Sat.   Jenny Oaks Baker – (Violinist)
2     Sun. 7:00 p.m. - Janelle Parker – (Vocalist)
8:00 P.M. - LDS Christmas Devotional Broadcast from Salt Lake City
3 Mon. Jenny Oaks Baker – (Violinist)
4 Tues. Brass of the Potomac – (Brass Ensemble)
5 Wed. Rockville Swing Band
6 Thurs. “Madrigal Lords and Ladies” – (McDonough High School Choir)
7 Fri Capital Carillon – (Bell Choir)
8 Sat. Suzuki Assoc. of the Greater Washington Area – (Flute Ensemble)
9 Sun. Gene Summers and Rebecca Takemoto– (Vocalists)
10 Mon. Olney Big Band
11 Tues. Young Columbians Glee Club
12 Wed. Encore Singers of Montgomery Co. Maryland – (Mixed Chorus)
13 Thurs. Winter Song: a Women’s Double Trio
14 Fri. Singing Sensations Youth Choir
15 Sat. Mormon Choir of Washington DC
16 Sun. Mormon Orchestra of Washington DC
17 Mon. Voices of Triumph Choir of Alfred Street Baptist Church
18 Tues. Paul Cardall – (Pianist)
19 Wed. Shenandoah Junior Strings – (Children’s String Ensemble)
20 Thurs. Antoniak Sisters – a Musical Nativity – (Vocalists and Instrumentalists)
21 Fri. Jessica & Katelyn Lyons – (Violinists)
22 Sat. Todd Thatcher – (Vocalist)
23 Sun. Pacheco Family – (Vocalists and Instrumentalists)
24 Mon. Sister Missionaries – (Vocalists and Instrumentalists)
25 Tues. Voices 4 Contemporary Vocal Quartet
26 Wed. Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus
27 Thurs. Pickwick Players – (Vocal Ensemble)
28 Fri. Feliz Navidad – (Spanish Musical Variety)
29 Sat. Trifecta – (Holiday Jazz Trio)
30 Sun. Follow Your Dream Singers – (“Scrooge, the Musical”) – (Vocalists)
31 Mon. Washington Guzheng Society – (Chinese Instrumentalists)

1 Tues. Olney Concert Band

9103First Presidency Christmas Devotional
Sunday, December 2, 2012

The First Presidency Christmas Devotional will feature the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square. Members of the First Presidency will be the speakers. Find out from your stake or area if and when there will be a broadcast of the devotional in your area; click here to log in to your stake calendar. 

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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