nspiration can come in many different forms.
At the upcoming Inspirational Art Association Christmas showcase, which will be held in the Bonneville Room at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building on Nov. 28-30, artists from all across the state share the paintings and sculpture that they hope will touch others.
“People have a lot of different spiritual experiences, and there are a lot of different ways to express it,” said Annie Henrie, a Bountiful artist whose paintings will be displayed. “In my own work, I wanted to kind of illustrate the gaps that weren’t being represented.”
Her painting featured at the exhibit, “King of Kings,” shows a young Jesus on Mary’s arms while Joseph and a pair of angels look on.
Many of Henrie’s pieces have a religious tone, a direction she said she chose consciously when first starting her art career.
“When I was first deciding what to do, I thought a lot about how it would impact people,” Henrie said. “People aren’t as impacted by the art in museums as they are art they hang on their walls, and people hang a lot of religious art.
“I wanted to have that kind of impact.”
The show is open to the public from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Thursday and from 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Friday. Sandra Rast, another well-known Bountiful artist, also has a painting on display at the exhibit. Her work, “Greater Love,” depicts the rescue of the Martin Handcart Company in the winter of 1856.
Both artists are members of the International Art Association, which sponsored the exhibit.
“I think it’s (the association) is an awesome opportunity,” said Henrie. “Artists don’t have the same work connection opportunities that other people do, but in the association we get inspiration and strength from each other. It’s awesome.”