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SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns know President Henry B. Eyring as a pacesetter in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They most likely don’t notice he’s additionally a prolific artist.

A set of his watercolors is now on show and the focal point is on remembering in what’s being known as A Visual Journal: The Artwork of Henry B. Eyring. The show off opens Friday and can run thru Jan. 21 at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City

President Eyring took KSL on a non-public tour of the exhibition previous within the week. We walked through the portraits to a portray of baseball gamers.

“This is childhood for me,” he said. “I was a little boy in New Jersey and actually went once to the ballpark. One time, and Joe DiMaggio hit one out into centerfield. The one time I was there!”

The art work are deeply private moments in his existence, he stated, and they are incessantly moments of reports he is captured with his spouse.

“Always instances the place I used to be someplace with Kathy, no longer that I did it on scene, however I attempted to do it from images later to seize time,” he stated.

Despite the gallery that now showcases his paintings, President Eyring does no longer believe himself an artist. It’s one thing he picked up later in existence whilst visiting Hawaii on holiday with his circle of relatives.

“I hurt my back surfing, and so I had no way I could keep surfing. I had to do something, so what I did is I went into town and got some watercolors,” he said. “I did my first watercolors sitting in the van while they were at the sandy beach.”

The exhibition of his art additionally contains his sketchbooks — some are journals with drawings and a few are watercolors that he did as thanks notes all through his church assignments.

“When I used to be going to stake meetings, I might at all times take onto the aircraft my watercolor set. And then at the long ago, I might attempt to do a scene for the folk that I had stayed with of their house. And then I despatched it as a ‘thank you’ card.

“But there are a complete bunch of them that we had requested, ‘can we borrow it back?’ (for the display) — thanks notes that I despatched,” he added. “And in order that’s the one time that I truly carried a suite with me.”

President Henry B. Eyring gives preview tour of his art exhibition at Church History Museum
Photo: Stuart Johnson, KSL TV

The Church History Museum curator Laura Hurtado appeared thru one thousand watercolors to create the exhibition and located a routine theme.

“The seven themes in the show were themes that we saw, so we tried to make sense of the thousand or so by creating categories within,” she said. “I talked to him, because I felt like in the process of remembering, what you gain from that is a gratitude for those moments. And I posed that question to him, I said, ‘It feels so grateful, that gratitude is the theme and he said, ‘Oh, no, no, it’s much deeper than that. It’s love.’”

We walked as much as some other space within the gallery and President Eyring become emotional as he noticed one of his works of his circle of relatives. He shared soft moments of nostalgia with us, particularly about his spouse.

“And there’s sweet Kathy,” he said, pointing. “It’s not a great painting, but boy it gets me, you know, because it’s the way they really looked.”

President Eyring stated he loves the transparency of watercolors and the sunshine that comes in the course of the brush strokes and the picture.

“Light is a big part of why; it’s the feelings you get almost always about light and watercolor. What you do is transparent, and therefore, if you put some dark near it, it brings in white light and pops out,” he said. “And you can do something with watercolor. These paintings are not a message so much as a memory. They are a way to take me or the people I love back to a time that was a sweet time.”

A time like one of a crusing vessel, wearing his great-grandfather and his sister to America and a brand new religion.

“I went to the difficulty of getting from historical past the precise rigging of a ship that my great-grandfather and his sister, as orphans, sailed out of Bremerhaven to the United States — no longer understanding why they felt the wish to come to America,” he said. “Of route, it was once as a result of they discovered the church, however I painted this for a circle of relatives house night time one night time.

“I painted it so there’s a little ruin within the clouds and the 2 of the ones little orphans are at the deck. And the lesson I taught is the Lord is looking at over you regardless of how lonely you might really feel.”

President Eyring believes within the significance of taking a look again and holding the ones reminiscences. He stated with reminiscences, the enjoyment returns.

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President Henry B. Eyring gives preview tour of his art exhibition at Church History Museum Carole Mikita, KSL TV

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