Love Louder Art Sale
Saturday Jan 28th 2-7PM
Encircle LGBTQ+ Family and Youth Resource Center plans to open on February 11! Encircle will be a safety-net of support and a refuge for families seeking to practice unconditional love. We are thrilled with the progress on our new home and we want to share it with you!
Bring your friends and family to get a first look at the Love Louder Art Sale, benefitting Encircle. The gallery will showcase local and national artists, reflecting the talents and generosity of our community.
OPEN HOUSE JAN 30 - FEB 4
MON & FRI 5-8PM | TUES, WED, THURS, SAT 11-3PM
Come to view or purchase the diverse art collection, tour our home, and learn how we will serve LGBTQ youth and empower their families to sustain their circle of love.
J Kirk Richards
J. Kirk Richards is a favorite among admirers of contemporary spiritual artwork. His love of the textural, the poetic, and the mysterious has translated into a unique take on traditional Judeo-Christian themes.
Kirk is best known for his contributions to the BYU Museum of Art exhibit Beholding Salvation: The Life of Christ in Word and Image; for his contributions to Helen Whitney's PBS Frontline Documentary entitled The Mormons: An American Experience; for the cover image of Jeffrey R. Holland’s book, Broken Things to Mend; and for his imagery on the cover of BYU Studies Magazine and in the Ensign, Liahona and Upper Room publications.
Lynn Farrar & Sophie Soprano
Lynn Farrar and Sophie Soprano, two artists in one person. Lynn always drew as a child, as most artists do, and started painting when she was in her twenties, mother of 2 toddlers, wife, living in San Diego, California. She had always thought "I could do that if I tried - but what if I try and find out I can't?" She finally got the nerve to take a summer adult education class and found out she could paint after all.
Award winning artist Julia Blake has an impressive ability to work across many styles from abstract to figure. Her art is in private collections in 20+ states from Hawaii to Massachusetts.
Leslie O. Peterson
Leslie O. Peterson came to art, not by design but by serendipity. In 2011, she enrolled in a community art class with a son-in-law who had recently suffered a stroke. Though she meant the course as a form of therapy for him, she was captured in an instant and has been a painter of prolific output ever since. Peterson is best known for her charming, whimsical series of portraits titled “The Forgotten Wives of Joseph Smith.” These 34 portraits have garnered a great deal of attention locally and nationally. In 2015, Provo’s Writ & Vision bookstore featured the collection for several weeks, the University of Utah and Dixie State University both staged exhibits, and a video about the series won two awards in the annual Radio West Film Competition. Most notably, The New York Times published an article about Peterson and all the wives in its August 18, 2015 edition. Peterson decided to paint Smith's wives after reading an essay about them on LDS.org. She says that working on the portraits was her way of celebrating their reappearance in Mormon awareness and bringing them to life in Church history after a long absence.
Laura Erekson Atkinson
Laura creates art that invites others to engage--mentally, emotionally, and even, at times, physically. Her work examines broad themes (including time, nature, identity, and faith) while also being intensely personal, allowing viewers to feel intimately connected to the artist. Each piece is grounded firmly in the medium, and she often explores the boundaries of the materials she is working with.
Laura was born in Oakland, California and currently lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Brigham Young University in drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. She has traveled in Alaska, Germany, France, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, and Spain, painting plein air land and cityscapes. Her latest adventure has been painting with a toddler by her side. Laura's work has been exhibited in Maryland, Virginia, Utah, New York City, and in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.