Character Sketches 2020

COVID-19 update: "Character Sketches" is being held as scheduled. 

Click here for a short video of a typical "Character Sketches" session.

"Character Sketches," our flagship adult art participation program entered its third year in 2020! Thanks to our many participants, it has been amazingly successful.

For 2020 we expanded the program. The expansion includes extending the characters to include those from books, movies, television, and games and to try to choose more diverse characters and adding a different theme for each month.

Use these links to see:
2020 concept slides. Subject to change. Slides represent concepts only.
2019 "Character Sketches" series.
2018 "Character Sketches" series
NEW - 2021 concept slides. Subject to change. 2021 will honor award winners.






1.8.2020 - Persons of the Cloth
Sean Lambright as G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown
The character was based on a priest whom Chesterton had met who had acquired a deep understanding of human evil by listening to confessions. Father Brown appears clumsy and naive, with a face “as round and dull as a Norfolk dumpling.” His appearance, however, disguises a clever mind, penetrating insight, a gift for careful observation, and a deep understanding of human evil.











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1.15.2020 - Persons of the Cloth
Caitlin Hanson as Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc, nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans," was born in 1412 in Domrémy, Bar, France. A national heroine of France, at age 18 she led the French army to victory over the English at Orléans. Captured a year later, Joan was burned at the stake as a heretic by the English and their French collaborators. She was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint more than 500 years later, on May 16, 1920.











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1.22.2020 - Persons of the Cloth
Randy Seely as Cardinal Ralph De Bricassart
Young, capable, and ambitious priest. For insulting a bishop, he has been relegated to a remote Australian parish. Ralph is "a beautiful man.” The wealthy Mary goes to great, though unsuccessful lengths, to induce to break his celibacy vows. He does, however, have love child, Dane, with the much younger Meggie. Dane becomes a priest and dies saving two women from drowning. Ralph learns that Dane was his child and dies in Meggie’s arms.












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1.29.2020 - Persons of the Cloth
Greta Adams as Miriam
The daughter of Amram and Jochebed, and the sister of Moses and Aaron. She was a prophetess and first appears in the Book of Exodus. The Torah refers to her as "Miriam the Prophetess“ and the Talmud names her as one of the seven major female prophets of Israel. Scripture describes her alongside of Moses and Aaron as delivering the Jews from exile in Egypt: "For I brought you up out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam". According to the Midrash,  just as Moses led the men out of Egypt and taught them Torah, so too Miriam led the women and taught them Torah.

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2.5.2020 - Black History Month
Mekhi Sobel as Kunta Kinte
A man who's kidnapped from his homeland by evil slavers, bears witness to horrible human suffering, keeps running away from various horrible slave-owners until they chop his foot off, and still manages to have his name and story remembered and praised.

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2.15.2020 - Black History Month
Coral O'Riley as Uhura
Uhura is a translator and communications officer who specializes in linguistics, cryptography, and philology. She was an important part of the original series' multicultural crew and one of the first black characters to be portrayed in a non-menial role on an American television series.

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2.19.2020 - Black History Month
Chinedu Ahanonu as John Henry
An African American folk hero. He is said to have worked as a "steel-driving man"—a man tasked with hammering a steel drill into rock to make holes for explosives to blast the rock in constructing a railroad tunnel. According to legend, John Henry's prowess as a steel-driver was measured in a race against a steam-powered rock drilling machine, a race that he won only to die in victory with hammer in hand as his heart gave out from stress.

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1.26.2020 - Pajama Time (origially scheduled for 3.4.2020)
Charles Carter as Arthur Dent
He is an ordinary human being living a quiet life in a house on the outskirts of an English village. He enjoys an ordered life and a fresh cup of tea. None of this prepares him for being plucked from Earth and launched into a series of bewildering adventures while being shuttled around the galaxy.

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3.4.2020 - Black History Month (originally scheduled for 1.26.2020)
Koryn Sobel as Minny Jackson
A wise-cracking mother of five who refuses to curb her outspoken personality even though it gets her into trouble with her white employers. Quick-tempered and fiery, Minny always has a sharp word or a joke on the tip of her tongue, but her tough, sarcastic exterior hides her vulnerability. Minny’s husband Leroy mercilessly beats her, and Miss Hilly tries to ruin her life by spreading racist rumors about her. Despite all this, Minny remains fiercely determined to provide for children and give them a better life.

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3.11.2020 - Pajama Time
Reese Burton as Wendy Darling
Wendy is the most developed character in the story of Peter Pan and is considered a main protagonist. She is proud of her own childhood and enjoys telling stories and fantasizing. She has a distaste for adulthood, acquired partly by the example of it set by her father, whom she loves but fears due to his somewhat violent fits of anger. Her ambition early in the story is to somehow avoid growing up. She is granted this opportunity by Peter Pan, who takes her and her brothers to Neverland, where they can remain young forever.

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3.18.2020 - Pajama Time     Scrooge - Cancelled: COVID-19 closure

3.25.2020 - Pajama Time     Samantha Stevens - Cancelled: COVID-19 closure.

4.1.2020 - High Seas            Horatio Hornblower - Cancelled: COVID-19 closure.

4.8.2020 - High Seas            Grace O'Malley - Cancelled: COVID 19 closure.

4.15.2020 - High Seas          Blackbeard - Cancelled: COVID-19 closure.

4.22.2020 - High Seas          Nellie Forbush - Cancelled: COVID-19 closure.

4.29.2020 - High Seas          Marco Ramius - Cancelled:COVID-19 closure.

5.6.2020 - Utah Archaeology Month           Lara Croft - Postponed: COVID-19 closure.

5.13.2020 - Utah Archaeology Month         Indiana Jones - Cancelled: COVID-19 closure.

5.20.20 - Utah Archaeology Month
Onjulee Pittser as Temperance "Bones" Brennan
A risk-taking anthropologist at the Jeffersonian Institute. That means she can larn about crime from the remains of the victim and use her martial arts skills on anyone who gets in her way: serial killer, homeland security agent, federal judge, whomever.

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5.27.2020 - Archaeology Month
Brittany Buehler as Lara Croft

Creators: Core Design (British developer).

She is presented as a highly intelligent & athletic English archaeologist who ventures into ancient tombs and hazardous ruins around the world.

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6.3.2020 - Sirens and Seducers
Alyssa Ulrich as Helen of Troy
Said to have been the most beautiful woman in the world. She was married to King Menelaus of Sparta but was abducted by Prince Paris of Troy after the goddess Aphrodite promised her to him in the Judgement of Paris. This resulted in the Trojan War when the Achaeans set out to reclaim her. She was believed to have been the daughter of Zeus and Ledadra.

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6.10.2020 - Sirens and Seducers
Kent Barney as Don Juan
Don Juan, the ``Seducer of Seville,'' originated as a hero-villain of Spanish folk legend, and his fame spread through the rest of Europe in the 17th century. The many versions of his story include a play by Moliere, a long poem by Byron, and an opera by Mozart. In the legend, Don Juan is a famous lover and scoundrel who has made more than a thousand sexual conquests. While preparing to seduce the young noble lady Donna Ana, he is discovered by her father, the Commander, who challenges him to a duel. Don Juan kills the Commander and escapes. Donna Ana and her fiancé Don Ottavio attempt to hunt down Don Juan, but he is too wily to be caught.

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6.18.2020 - Succubus
Brittany Buehler as a Succubus
A succubus is a demon in female form, or supernatural entity in folklore (traced back to medieval legend), that appears in dreams and takes the form of a woman in order to seduce men, usually through sexual activity. The male counterpart to the succubus is the incubus. Religious traditions hold that repeated sexual activity with a succubus may result in the deterioration of health or mental state, or even death. In modern representations, a succubus may or may not appear in dreams and is often depicted as a highly attractive seductress or enchantress; whereas, in the past, succubi were generally depicted as frightening or demonic.

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6.24.2020 - Sirens and Seducers
Phillip Jensen as Christian Grey
Christian was born in the city of Detroit. His biological mother, Ella, was addicted to drugs and worked as a prostitute. Her pimp was extremely abusive to both her and Christian, often beating Cristian with a belt, hitting and kicking him, or putting out his cigarettes on his skin, leaving terrible scars and burn marks. When he was four years old, his mother overdosed and died; he was alone with her corpse for four days before they were discovered by police.

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7.1.2020 - Olympics & Utah Summer Games
Vicki Christian as Cyclist
July's "Character Sketches" is a tribute to the Utah Summer Games and the Olympics - both of which have been postponed because of Covid-19.

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1.8.2020 - Olympics & Utah Summer Games
Bryton Sudweeks as Wrestler
July's "Character Sketches" is a tribute to the Utah Summer Games and the Olympics - both of which have been postponed because of Covid-19.

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7.15.2020 Olympics & Utah Summer Games
Stephanie Trevort, Junior, SUU Gymnastics as Gymnast
July's "Character Sketches" is a tribute to the Utah Summer Games and the Olympics - both of which have been postponed because of Covid-19.

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7.22.2020 - Olympics & Utah Summer Games
Wyatt Gatlin as Water Sports Participant
July's "Character Sketches" is a tribute to the Utah Summer Games and the Olympics - both of which have been postponed because of Covid-19.

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7.29.2020 - Olympics & Utah Summer Games
Madison Mathews as Soccer Player
 July's "Character Sketches" is a tribute to the Utah Summer Games and the Olympics - both of which have been postponed because of Covid-19.

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8.5.2020 - Back to School
Greg Townsend as John Keating (Dead Poets Soceity)
John Keating is the charismatic, energetic English teacher who inspires the students of Welton Academy to rebel against their families and other teachers. A former student of Welton, as well as a brilliant Rhodes scholar, Keating urges his students to “seize the day.”

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8.12.2020 - Back to School
Kariane Coleman as Sue Sylvester (Glee)
Scheming, conniving, mean, rude, and essentially evil. Though she has her moments of kindness, these are inevitably followed by often-successful attempts to ruin others’ lives.

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8.19.2020 - Back to School
Michael Bahr as Mr Feeny (Boy Meets World)
Mr. Feeny was highly intelligent, caring, and overly charismatic. He invested himself in his students’ lives and did everything he can to help them succeed.


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8.26.2020 - Back to School
Heather Shurtleff as Sybill Trelawney
Sybill Patricia Trelawney is the Divination professor at Hogwarts. She is the great-great-granddaughter of Cassandra Trelawney, a very gifted, very famous Seer.  Trelawney, has made exactly two accurate predictions since coming to Hogwarts. 

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9.2.2020 - Gods and Heroes
Bryton Sudweeks at Orpheus
Orpheus, ancient Greek legendary hero endowed with superhuman musical skills. He became the patron of a religious movement based on sacred writings said to be his own.

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9.9.2020 - Gods and Heroes
Phil Jensen ad Thor
Nordic legend tells the tale of the son of Odin, the heir to the throne of Asgard - he is THOR, renowned as the mightiest hero of mythology! Thor's strength, endurance, and quest for battle are far greater than his Asgardian brethren. Thor wields an enchanted Uru hammer, Mjolnir, and is master of thunder and lightning.

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9.16.2020 - Gods and Heroes
Megan Anderson as Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman's origin story relates that she was sculpted from clay by her mother Queen Hippolyta and was given a life to live as an Amazon, along with superhuman powers as gifts by the Greek gods. In recent years, DC changed her background to say that she is the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta.

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9.23.2020 - Gods and Heroes
L. J. Davis as Anubis
The god of embalming and the dead. Since jackals were often seen in cemeteries, the ancient Egyptians believed that Anubis watched over the dead. Anubis was the god who helped embalm Osiris after he was killed by Seth. He was the god who watched over the process of mummifying people when they died. Priests often wore a mask of Anubis during mummification ceremonies.

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9.30.2020 - Gods and Heroes
Caitlin Hanson as The Morrigan
The Morrigan is the term given to Goddess Morrigan, one of the triple Goddesses in Celtic mythology. She represented the circle of life and was associated with both birth and death. Her name translates to “great queen” or “phantom queen”. She was a shape-shifter and looked over the rivers, fresh water and lakes. She is also described as being the patroness of revenge, magic, priestesses, night, prophecy and witches.

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10.7.2020 - High Seas
Caitlin Hanson as Grace O'Malley
Currently no reference photo. Upon her father's death she took over active leadership of the lordship by land and sea, despite having a brother. Marriage to Dónal an Chogaidh brought her greater wealth and influence, reportedly owning as much as 1,000 head of cattle and horses. In 1593, when her sons and her half-brother were taken captive by the English governor, O'Malley sailed to England to petition for their release.

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10.7.2020 - The High Seas
Bradley Abrams as Horatio Hormblower
Hornblower is courageous, intelligent, and a skilled seaman, but he is also burdened by his intense reserve, introspection, and self-doubt, and is described as "unhappy and lonely". Despite numerous personal feats of extraordinary skill and cunning, he belittles his achievements by numerous rationalizations, remembering only his fears. 

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A spirited, young nurse from Little Rock, Arkansas, Nellie is optimistic and tomboyish and falls in love with Emile, but she fights against her own prejudices as their relationship develops.

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