Winning artists depict feelings of losing loved ones

Visitors to the Museum of Church History and Art have selected two paintings from the musesum's exhibition on the pioneer sesquicentennial to receive the Visitor's Choice Award.

Sanctify to Thee Thy Deepest Distress by Judy Law of Springville, Utah, and Tiny Hands by Liz Lemon of Orem, Utah, earned top distinction. Each artist will receive a $500 cash award.Both paintings focus on the loss of loved ones. Sister Law's work captures the feelings of pioneers who lost loved ones on the trail, while Sister Lemon's work features the anguish of Joseph and Emma Smith as they hold their deceased baby.

Since March when the exhibit opened, more than 1,200 visitors cast ballots after viewing the 150 pieces of artwork created by Latter-day Saint artists for the museum's Fourth International Art Competition and Exhibition. Nearly all works received votes and were named as a favorite by one or more visitors. The exhibit will remain on display until Labor Day.

Other works receiving votes were: Pioneer Patterns by Eric Dowdle, Sandy, Utah; The Initial Act by David Linn, Provo; Returning Thanks by Gregory Sievers, Lewisville, Idaho; and I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go by Carolyn Stromberg, Ogden, Utah.

Other popular works include: Contemplating Moroni's Promise by John Andelin, Williston, N.D.; The Pioneer by Robert Barrett, Provo, Utah; How Beautiful Upon the Mountains by Roger Bernard, Anaheim, Calif.; Nauvoo Rememered by Janice Dawson, Layton, Utah; Sabbath Study by Sheri Lynn Boyer Doty, Salt Lake City; This Is the Place, the Crossroads by Laurie Whitehead, Friendswood, Texas; and Carry On by Eileen N. Whitaker, Orem, Utah.

In July, more than 51,000 viewed the exhibit or participated in the two children's pioneer activities. The July attendance figure has only been exceeded twice since the museum opened in 1984.

When the exhibit closes, the museum will install another pioneer sesquicentennial exhibition, From New York to Salt Lake. The exhibit was created jointly by the New York Historical Society and the Church museum and is currently on display at the Historical Society until Sept. 14. (See related story on this page.)

The museum is located west of Temple Square at 45 N. West Temple. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and most holidays.

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