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LDS Church History Museum Hosts Artists at Work

Press Release

SALT LAKE CITY– Seven well-known Latter-day Saint artists will be featured at this year’s Artists at Work event at the LDS Church History Museum on Friday evening, March 23, 2012. Artists at Work is part of the museum’s “Evenings at the Museum” series which presents programs throughout the year about Latter-day Saint history, art, music, and culture. 

Artists at Work is a popular event and draws over five hundred guests annually. “This is the fourth year we’ve hosted this program, and we’re very excited about the artists who will be sharing their talents with us this year,” said Peggy Rinehart, the “Evenings at the Museum” coordinator.

The artists include three painters, a sculptor, a photographer, a ceramicist, and a printmaker who represent a unique range of styles and mediums.  Cassandra Barney, Eric Dowdle, and Kent Wallis will set up easels and demonstrate their painting techniques. Angela Johnson will share insights about her work as a sculptor, and Janis Mars Wunderlich will talk about her fired clay pieces. Photographer Don Busath will show framed examples of his photographs, and Blanche Wilson will demonstrate her skills at making woodcut prints.

The artists bring unfinished pieces and actively work on them while museum guests watch and ask questions. “People love to talk to artists and watch them while they work, and I think that’s why this program has been so popular,” Rinehart said.

Cassandra Barney paints in a colorful and almost whimsical style. Eric Dowdle, a folk artist, captures the story of famous places in bird’s-eye views. Kent Wallis, from Logan, Utah, paints places and landscapes in an impressionistic style full of color and light. Angela Johnson focuses on religious themes in her dramatic and emotional sculptures. Don Busath is a Salt Lake City photographer who has mastered the art of portrait photography. Blanche Wilson is an expert printmaker who has created woodcut prints for over 25 years, and Janis Mars Wunderlich creates fanciful ceramic sculptures.

Artists at Work is free and open to the public, and guests can attend any time between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. The Church History Museum is located at 45 North West Temple Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. Free parking for this event will be available at 119 West North Temple Street (the lot just west of the museum).  For more information go to history.lds.org/event/artists-at-work.