‘Go West!’ exhibits, lectures ongoing through March 11

On loan at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah are more than 80 original artworks by Euro-American and Plains Indian artists that examine the development and disruption of the American West. This special ticketed exhibition, “Go West! Art of the American Frontier,” is on view until March 11.

In conjunction with the exhibit in Salt Lake City, seven other groups have been invited to plan exhibits and activities. These participating groups in “On the Trail of the West: Salt Lake City, Utah,” include the following: Utah Symphony and Opera, LDS Church History Museum, O.C. Tanner Jewelry, University of Utah Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Utah State Historical Society, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and Classical Art and Architecture.

The list of happenings includes music, film, lectures, family activities and learning opportunities.

The ISDUP Pioneer Memorial Museum is presenting a series of historical and fun-filled events at the Pioneer Memorial Museum that will also run until March 11. 

The DUP opened its “Go West!” activities on Dec. 1, 2017, in conjunction with its Christmas program. Mary Ella Kennedy of Camp Courage and Kay Ann Saxton of Camp Heritage attended.  Both reported an interesting program of song and stories.  

The second activity occurred on Jan. 9, with a lecture by Nadine Eastwood, granddaughter of artist Minerva Teichert. The lecture was entitled “The Western Art of Minerva Teichert.” Mary Ella Kennedy of Camp Courage, her husband and her daughter attended. She reported it was inspiring and very educational.

Eastwood, an art major herself, pointed out different features and symbolism used in the paintings such as color, muscle shapes, etc. She also told of the obstacles Teichert had to overcome to pursue her skill and to improve her paintings.

The DUP Pioneer Museum has two of Teichert’s paintings which attendees were invited to see following the lecture. It also has a swatch of fabric from a dress featured in a painting.

Other activities at the Pioneer Memorial Museum include scavenger hunts and highlighted artifacts. Another lecture is planned for 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, by Kay Threlkeld, entitled “Women on the Overland Trails.”

“Walk and Talk with the Museum Curator, Kari Main,” will be featured from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Feb. 22, and again on March 8.  

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