Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Wings Across the West

August 10, 2014


This last Thursday HawkWatch International held their annual event, Wings Across the West. I was hoping to get more photos of the beautiful birds but, because I arrived a little later than I’d planned, and because there were a lot of people around each bird, I was only able to get a few. I did see many more birds around the room though, including a very large Golden Eagle, a Red-tail Hawk, a Swainson Hawk, an American Kestrel, a Screech Owl, and a Great Horned Owl. I love to see birds! I walk up the surrounding canyons for a couple of hours each day and I see all kinds of birds. It always makes my day. But there is something special about standing just a few feet away from these feathered pals.




June 7, 2014
Pride Batman

Pride Batman

I say this every year, but I can’t believe how fast time goes on by. Its already June, and it is PRIDE weekend here in SLC.

Much love to our friends on this rainbow weekend!

Artwork for HawkWatch International

May 18, 2014


Last year HawkWatch International used some of my artwork to promote their annual event, “Wings Across the West“. I also made a poster for HawkWatch using my artwork. Well, this year they asked me if I could make another piece, and you can see that new piece above. Any opportunity to draw a beautiful bird is a good opportunity, especially if it helps promote raptor preservation.

Lee Bennion & Brian Kershisnik

March 23, 2014
by Lee Bennion

by Lee Bennion

By Brian Kershisnik

By Brian Kershisnik

I had the pleasure of seeing some very nice painting this week here in downtown SLC. Specifically the beautiful work of Lee Bennion and Brian Kershisnik on display at the Mormon Church History Museum.

I’ll be honest, I don’t really like church-y stuff. I respect other peoples beliefs completely, but I don’t find any kind of organized religion to be a good fit for me personally so I tend to avoid. Yep, even the Salt Lake religious art museum. I know I live in Utah (and I love it here) so I’m going to come across church-y stuff sort-a regularly, and that’s okie dokie. Whatever floats your boat… plus, there is obviously a long history and so much fantastic religious art. But anyway, I know both Bennion and Kershinik to be very fine painters, and because I love to look at beautiful things I found myself in the official Church Museum®.

I’m very glad I stopped in and saw the pieces I’ve posted here, and many more (again, I apologize that my photos don’t do the work justice).

I’d recommend this show to anyone, so check it out!

By Lee Bennion

By Lee Bennion

By Brian Kershisnik

By Brian Kershisnik

By Lee Bennion

By Lee Bennion

By Brian Kershisnik

By Brian Kershisnik

By Lee Bennion

By Lee Bennion

The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Nag Hammadi Library, and Gnostic Gospels.

January 26, 2014


A little over a week ago I went to the Leonardo in downtown Salt Lake to see their exhibit, the Dead Sea Scrolls. I was excited for the show but put it off until January because I wanted to avoid what I thought might be a Holiday rush. I’ve always liked learning about the history of the Scrolls and probably read my first book on them when I was still in high-school. Seems like I’ve also always been a geek about archaeology, anthropology, and art history. My interest in the Scrolls has never really faded, and since those younger days I’ve gone on and read a number of different books about the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Nag Hammadi Library, and other Gnostic Gospels. I guess I probably started with reading the work of Elaine Pagels, but then went on to read a lot more, including individual books like the Book of Enoch, the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Judas, The Thunder Perfect Mind,  and more. I’ve probably mentioned here on ArtDuh before that I am not religious, but there is something about this history and Gnostic teachings that really interests and speaks to me. As a general rule, these books interest me a whole lot more than scripture that was approved by the Council of Nicaea.

The show itself was put together very well and I am glad I went. I guess it’ll probably sound like a slight criticism, but there was a whole lot more pottery than there were parchments. Still, I know that the pottery itself plays a huge role in the Dead Sea Scroll’s history, because the pottery was filled with these documents and then hidden in caves. And I guess if it weren’t for that pottery the Scrolls would never have been discovered, because it was the sound of a breaking pot that attracted a shepherd’s interest after he threw a rock into one of those caves.

Maybe a little off topic, although somewhat related (at least in my own mind), but if you’re interested in this subject I would strongly recommend learning about the Nag Hammadi find as well. Both the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi were discovered around the same time, but the Nag Hammadi writings were discovered inside a sealed jar in Upper Egypt in 1945. It is just so interesting to see what made it into the “official” Bible, and what what suppressed (often violently) by the Holy Roman Church. It makes me wonder why some of these beautiful apocryphal books were excluded… although I can make a good guess.

Also off topic, but I would definitely recommend that everybody become familiar with the myth of Sophia because it central to a lot of Gnostic thought. It is also one of my favorite myths. Something about the story speaks to me and is so beautiful. There are probably quite a few books written about it, but two of my favorite would be “Not In His Image” by John Lamb Lash, and also the “Corpus Gnostica” by Brent Paris. Corpus Gnostica is a modern and fictional retelling of the story, but I really liked it!

Also, if you have any interest in Gnosticism, you might like the Aeon Byte podcast.


Under Pressure

January 5, 2014
Bull1 Bull2
Bull3 Bull4
Bull5 Bull6
Roy Lichtenstein’s Bulls
Ellen Gallagher

I saw “Under Pressure” up at the UMFA this last week, and you can see it too if you hurry. This show features prints from some pretty damn good artists like Chuck Close, Kiki Smith, and Jasper Johns. My favorites were probably Roy Lichtenstein‘s reproductions of Picasso’s Bull series… but maybe that’s because I love Picasso’s artwork best always, even if it is Lichtenstein re-imagining his work. There were also some other prints where the artist Ellen Gallagher made these cool collages and then put some sort of clay or something and paint on top of the print to add texture. A very cool effect! Oh, and Robert Indiana‘s recreation of Demuth‘s painting “I Saw The Figure 5 In Gold“. I don’t know why, but I’ve always really liked that Figure 5 painting! Something about it…

Unfortunately, I can’t say it was all good, but the good was great to see :) There were a few pieces that I really didn’t like all that much, but all in all, the good outweighed the bad for sure. Even though that is probably a shitty sales pitch, I’d still recommend the show, and you’ve still got time to see it if you head up there now!

Chuck Kiki
 Chuck Close Kiki Smith
Fig5 Johns
Robert Indiana Jasper Johns

Clap Sing Stomp and Scream Belly Dance Hafla

October 19, 2013

Please join The Rubber Room School of Dance as we celebrate the close of  the first decade of my marriage to danse du ventre, and say opa to all of the songs that lie ahead as I begin the second decade of life as a tribal girl.

I have so much gratitude for the beautiful women and men who have joined my classes, allowing their hips to swing as the drums beat.

RSVP for the hafla at


Artwork at the Rio Grande

October 13, 2013

“Winter” by Todd Powelson

Last Sunday I hung some of my artwork at the Rio Grande Cafe in downtown Salt Lake. A bunch of my artwork really… Stop in and give your eyeballs a treat! Eat some delicious food while you’re at it. I usually get the same thing when I eat there, but it is yumyum, so I have no problem recommending the #10 Combo (Veggie Enchilada plate).

It’s always good to see my artwork hanging in a new location, and every time I’ve been to the Rio Grande I’ve thought my artwork needed to spend some time on their walls. Now my pictures are hanging there until November 2nd.

Rio Grande Cafe
270 South Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 364-3302 (Google map)

Birds, Birds, and More Birds!

September 15, 2013

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Here is another Bird (in the Face!) drawing that I just finished. I’m enjoying making these so much.

I went to HawkWatch International’s event “Wings Across the West” up at Red Butte Garden this week, and I thought I’d also post pictures of a couple of the beautiful birds I saw up there.

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Although I didn’t see him the other night, I heard my friend Calarus the red tail hawk was supposed to be up at Red Butte. He did come to my Angels, Demons, and Animal opening earlier this summer, so I am posting his picture too!



Marvel NOW?

September 1, 2013


With the 1st (Annual?) Salt Lake Comic Con coming up next week and all, I feel like I need to write about my new comic book obsession with Marvel. Its true, I’ve been reading a whole lot of Marvel comics. Nobody is more surprised than me, but I’ve loved it.

In general, for me, these last 20+ or so years Marvel has seemed to have too many big events, too many cross-overs, too much hype, too much time travel, and I just wasn’t interested too many super-heroes or their mis-adventures. Don’t get me wrong, I was never against picking up a Marvel book at all.  If I found a book that looked interesting, I’d pick it up. And there have been many Marvel books that I’ve enjoyed over the years. But in general, yeah… been interested in other comics and stories.

It was Jonathan Hickman who brought me back. Funny enough, I first became aware of Hickman through his work on Marvel titles like the Fantastic Four and S.H.I.E.L.D. about four or five years ago. These are both very good books and I’d buy them sort-a regularly. But it was Hickman’s creator-owned work that really stood out for me. Titles like the Pax Romana, Manhattan Projects and East of West helped convince me he is one of the best writers in the business.

When I heard Hickman was going to be writing more books with Marvel, I had to give his new stories a try. Marvel has kinda been branding there newest books as Marvel Now! So… ya know.. whatever. Anyway, the first issues I read was the New Avengers and, holy Toledo, that got me hooked! Then I started reading the main Avengers series, and that was also very good. So good that over the last few months I went on to read more new NOW! titles like Thor: God of Thunder, Nova, Guardians of the Galaxy, Indestructible Hulk, and others. I’ve enjoyed them all and can’t think of a bad one yet (well, I tried that Age of Ultron and it was kinda blah, but I’m not going to dwell on it). And now there is the new Infinity series. Woohoo! Usually I steer clear of the big comic book event type series, but Infinity is off to a good start, and Jonathon Hickman is involved with that too so I think it’ll be pretty sweet.

Geek Out!



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