Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Works of Art

David kock, seraph young votes   

  One of the many artists that have touched the Capitol with their artwork is David Koch. Two of his many murals can be found in the House of Representatives; Seraph Young Votes and Engen Brothers. Each mural represents ground breaking moments in Utah history.

       In this painting we can see 23 year old Seraph Young in 1870, grand niece of Brigham Young, casting her ballot as the first Woman to vote in the Utah Territories.  Much to the dislike  of most of the men in the piece, women were allowed the right to vote until 1887. In 1887 the women’s suffrage movement was set back as Congress passed the Edmunds-Tucker Anti-polygamy Act, which among other things, revoked women’s right to vote.

 Engen Muralbg

   Koch’s second painting is related to the economy of Utah.  There are many pioneers who helped make skiing more than a spectator sport.  Three main contributors are the Engen brothers, Alf, Sverre and Corey. The Engen brothers first came to Utah in 1930 to compete in a contest sponsored by the Utah Ski Club.

   The vision of these men enabled them to literally use materials from the declining mining industry, which had been the staple of Utah's economy for so many years, to build ski jumps and other ski equipment that would help launch Utah's future economy.

  These are such beautiful works of art that perfectly show moments that are important to Utah history. These Murals can be found in the House of Representatives.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Heart of a Lion


On the East and West entrances to the Utah State Capitol, all who visit the Capitol are welcomed by the  lions, though  the majestic gate keepers who rest on these entrances were not always the originals. In 1915, Gavin Jack sculpted the first lions out of cement. Then in 1977, local artist Ralphael Plescia  repaired the statues.  During 31 years following the repairs, Utah weather had taken its toll on the beautiful lions. In 2008,  new lions were constructed and placed on the East and West entrances. 

The new lions were sculpted out of white Italian  marble by master stone carver Nick Fairplay. The  Italian marble, due to its durability, was chosen in order to  extend the lives of the lions. The original lions were sculpted out of  cement, which is much more likely to become corrosive over time.


imageswork pleaseThe lions were constructed to depict not only the symbolism in their names but also to represent different stages in life as well.

              Integrity                         Fortitude                                               Honor                                       Patience                                    

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The lions rest on the East and West entrances of the Capitol. Bring your friends and family for a FREE tour to visit the lions, as well as the rest of the Capitol.  Tours are given every hour on the hour from 9:00AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Secrets of the Capitol

Recently KUTV aired a segment featuring  the Utah State Capitol on their Fresh Living program. If you missed it, follow the link below to see places in the Capitol that you may never have seen before.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tangled in the end of 2011

Friday night was a HUGE success. Thank you to all of our sponsors who have helped make Movie Under the Stars possible. Our volunteers were so helpful and all of our bands were amazing this season, we couldn't have done it with you all. Thank you all for attending this season. Planning for the 2012 season is already underway. Thank you all for helping make a great season even better!!

Such a beautiful day for Movie Under the Stars


Emme Packer getting ready to go on stage

































Mike, Patrick, and Doug enjoying the evening



                                      What a great seat





















                                                                                                                                                              All animals are welcome at Movie Under the Stars

   Family picture                                                                                                    












Daddy Daughter Date



























The Highway Patrol is always helping out with Movie Under the Stars, thanks guys.











Thank you all for attending the 2011 season of Movie Under the Stars. We cannot wait until next season!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tangled in Emme Packer



Join us this Friday for our last movie of the season.  Movie Under the Stars will be showing Tangled, with a live musical performance by Emme Packer.

Friday will be the last movie for this season and as such we have saved one of the best for last. Disney’s Tangled is a fun, family friendly movie that puts a twist on the classic Rapunzel story. In Disney's version of this classic tale, the audience is able to truly get to know the familiar characters, along with quite a few new ones. Rapunzel who is not allowed to leave her tower due to the fact that he Mother has told her that there are ruffians  in the world who want her hair. Yet, all she wants to do is visit the floating lights that illuminate the sky every night on her birthday. Then one day she meets a stranger, who changes her out look on the world. emme packer

Born and raised in a small farming community in rural Utah, Emme's vocal talent had been known to only a few until at age 18 she self released her first record, the aptly named "Dirty Street." Her brilliant self taught guitar style, honed through thousands of hours of practice in her parents basement, anchored her for her next releases "Better Luck Next Time." in 2005 and "Joy. The Machine." in 2007. The albums found her pitch perfect vocals shining through the paintings of her poetic "dream-scape" lyrics. Her audience suddenly became world wide and she began to tour across the U.S, Canada, and Japan. Artists such as; Sea Wolf, Lydia, Alive in Wild Paint, Kate Voegele, and Denison Witmer began to take notice and added Emme on as their opener. Her shows have given audiences a glimpse of her soothing, yet soaring vocals and her "not of this world" guitar skills. While her earnest words have tugged at heart strings world wide.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone this Friday. See you there!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What a Night

Thank you to everyone who came out to the movie last Friday night. As well as our sponsors, volunteers, and Six Short Words.

Another beautiful day for a Movie Under the Stars










Six Short Words



Playing a card game to pass the time.



Thank you to all of the

Highway patrol men who

have come out to the movies

and helped out.


















Soccer anyone?






The Utah Highway Patrol has set up this station at all of our movies to simulate a car accident at seven miles per hour to help people to understand why it is so important to buckle up.




Best seat in the house










On August 26th, Movie Under the Stars will be showing Tangled. See you all on August 26th!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Six Short Words and Better off Dead

better off dead

This Friday Movie Under the Stars is proud to feature the film, Better Off Dead as well as a live musical performance by the band, Six Short Words.

Better Off Dead has become a movie that, for many, brings back memories of their high school years. Throughout this movie we follow the life of  teenager Lane Meyer. He has lost his girlfriend, broken his skis, and is constantly being challenged to drag race.  Then, Lane meets the foreign exchange student living with his neighbors across the street. This movie puts a funny twist on the daily activities of a teenagers life while making the audience laugh.

Six Short Words is a Band that is relatively new. They have been playing at small gigs for years and finally this fall they are excited to release their first CD. Six Short Words have been greatly influenced by many great bands; James Taylor, Ben Folds, Dave Mathews Band, and Death Cap for Cutie. We are excited for them to play at Movie Under the Stars this Friday.

Don’t forget to arrive a bit earlier than 7:30 in order to secure that perfect patch of lawn! See you all at Movie Under the Stars!!!

six short words

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dispicable Me and The Lovecapades

Thank you to all those who make Movie Under the Stars Possible.

A beautiful day for Movie Under the Stars


                                                                          The LOVECAPADES

Lead singer for The Lovecapades


                                                                                                                         Good music makes for good Dancing

One of the best seats in the house


                                                                                                                   Dusk is approaching



                                                               A beautiful night for Movie Under the Stars



A beautiful sunset as Despicable Me begins.

This Friday Movie Under the Stars will be showing Better Off Dead.  Be sure to arrive early  for a good seat and to listen to our live musical performance by Six Short Words.