Character Sketches
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Character Sketches outreach programs.

Parowan. Sponsored by Parowan Chamber of Commerce. Held at  YourStoryUtah, 41 N. Main Street. 7:00 p.m., 2nd Thursday of each month.

Photos from January 13, 2022. Model, Polly Johnson, representing "Aunt Paulina Lyman," pioneer doctor and midwife. Program opened on Parowan's 171st birthday.

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Minersville. Sponsored by the Minersville Public Library. Photos from January 20, 2022. Minersville's program was a children's program and could serve as a prototype for other children's art programs.

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Delta. Sponsored by Delta Public Library. Held at Delta Cityh Library. Photos from January 18, 2022. Model prepresenting Tom Joad from "The Grapes of Wrath."

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Cedar City Library's flagship art program, "Character Sketches," is now in its fifth year. This year "Character Sketches" is inspired by iconic art pieces as well as familiar historical and contemporary images of art, culture, and events. Programs will not follow historical order. One week we may try to bring Gilgamesh to life. The next week we could celebrate Woodstock or the iconic Farrah Fawcett poster from 1976. We'll span time. From the Bust of Nefertiti, 1345 BC, to the modern entertainment industry. 

Costumes for models will be character appropraite but models are always draped.

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5.18.2022 - Inspired by The Shepherdess, 1889,
by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1805-1925.
Model: Brooke Twitchell
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The Shepherdess (French: Pastourelle), also known as The Little Shepherdess, is a painting by William-Adolphe Bouguereau completed in 1889. The title is taken from the Southern French dialect. The painting depicts an idyllic, pastoral scene of a lone young woman in peasant attire posed for the artist, balancing a stick (likely her crook) across her shoulders, standing barefooted in the foreground. In the background are oxen grazing in a field.


5.11.2022 - Inspired by American Gothic
Models: Jeff and Julia Corry
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Grant Wood, 1891-1942.

Wood was inspired to paint what is now known as the American Gothic House in Eldon, Iowa, along with "the kind of people [he] fancied should live in that house". It depicts a farmer standing beside his daughter – often mistakenly assumed to be his wife. The figures were modeled by Wood's sister Nan Wood Graham and their dentist Dr. Byron McKeeby.


5.4.2022 - Inspired by The Lady of Shalott
Model: Abby Jacobsen
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John William Waterhouse, 1849-1917.
The Lady of Shalott an 1888 oil-on-canvas painting, is one of John William Waterhouse's most famous works. It depicts a scene from Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem in which the poet describes the plight and the predicament of a young woman, loosely based on the figure of Elaine of Astolat from medieval Arthurian legend, who yearned with an unrequited love for the knight Sir Lancelot, isolated under an undisclosed curse in a tower near King Arthur's Camelot. Waterhouse painted three versions of this character, in 1888, 1894 and 1915.

4.27.2022 - Celebrating the art of tattoo
Model: Brian Torkelson
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Did you know...

There are 21,000 tattoo parlors in US in 2018.
40% of 18-34-year-olds have at least one tattoo. 36% of those between 35-54. 16% of 55 and over.
By 2024, the worldwide tattoo market will reach $110 million.


4.20.2022 - Nefertiti Model:
Natalie Townsend
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Attributed to Thutmose, 14th Century BC.
This has been a symbol of feminine beauty since it was first unearthed in 1912 within the ruins of Amarna, the capital city built by the most controversial Pharaoh of Ancient Egyptian history: Akhenaten. Ascending the throne as Amenhotep IV, Akhenaten changed his name as part of his decision to overturn the established pantheon of Egyptian gods to start his own a religion: Some Egyptologists believe she was Tut’s mother.


4.13.2022 - Song of the Lark by Winslow Homer
Model: Kent Barney
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Winslow Homer, 1836-1910.
This is an oil on canvas painting. A young farmer, holding a scythe, leaves his fields at sunset and is transfixed momentarily by the call of an unseen bird.


4.6.2022 - Girl with the Pearl Earring by Joannes Vermeer.
Model: Sophie Poast.
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Going by various names over the centuries, it became known by its present title towards the end of the 20th century after the earring worn by the girl portrayed there. The work has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis in The Hague since 1902 and has been the subject of various literary treatments. In 2006, the Dutch public selected it as the most beautiful painting in the Netherlands.

It depicts a European girl wearing an exotic dress, an oriental turban, and what was thought to be a very large pearl as an earring. In 2014, Dutch astrophysicist Vincent Icke raised doubts about the material of the earring and argued that it looks more like polished tin than pearl on the grounds of the specular reflection, the pear shape and the large size of the earring.


3.30.2022 - Frontiersman
Model: Jim McConnell
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Manifest Destiny was a popular belief in the mid-to-late 19th century. Its proponents claimed that the United States had the divine right to expand westward—meaning that U.S. expansion was the will of God. Popular in the decades before the American Civil War, Manifest Destiny was used as a pretext for the United States to acquire land in the Oregon Country, Texas, Mexico, and California, even if the U.S. had to pay large amounts for new land, start a war with neighboring countries, or battle Native Americans who had lived on the land for generations.


3.23.2022 - Emma Mathews (herself). 
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Last minute costuming issues prompted the abandonment of the scheduled character:
​"The Girl," Marilyn Monroe, "The Seven Year Itch."
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3.16.2022 - Pocahontas
Model: Denise Orton
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Special thanks to Denise for stepping in at the last moment because the originally scheduled model had to cancel. Denise is a direct descendant of Pocahontas. Her family genealogy is displayed in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute. The deerskin dress was made by her late mother. The necklace was made by her husband.


3.9.2022 - Rosie the Riviter
Model: JoAnn Brunson
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Poster Photo by J. Howard Miller, 2018-2004.

In 1942, Pittsburgh artist J. Howard Miller was hired by the Westinghouse Company's War Production Coordinating Committee to create a series of posters for the war effort. One of these posters became the famous "We Can Do It!" image, an image that in later years would also be called "Rosie the Riveter" although it had never been given that title during the war.


3.2.2022 - Inspired by Mardi Gras
Model: Bryton Sudweeks
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Mark Twain: “An American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans.”
*Mardi Gras origins can be traced to 17th and 18th medieval Europe.
*Celebrated in the New Orleans / Mobile area from 1699 through the early 1700s.
*New Orleans was established in 1718 and by the early 1730s, Mardi gras was openly celebrated in New Orleans with elegant society balls.
*The earliest reference to a Mardi Gras carnival was in 1781.


2.23.2023 - Inspired by Farrah Fawcett poster, 1976, by Bruce McBroom
Model: Andy Townsend.
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For Farrah Fawcett, 1976 was a big year. Besides achieving breakout success on the small screen as one of Charlie's Angels, that was the year her iconic swimsuit poster was released. This pinup poster, which showcased Fawcett's wholesome beauty and sex appeal, would be prominently placed on millions of bedroom and dorm room walls across the United States and around the world. It is considered to be the best-selling poster of all time (a record that's unlikely to be broken now that the internet's around). Twelve million copies of the poster sold.


2.16.2023 - Inspired by the epic poem, Gilgamesh
Model: Jason Gurr
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An unstable compound of two parts god and one part man, Gilgamesh suffers most from immoderation. He is the greatest of all men, and both his virtues and his flaws are outsized. He is the fiercest of warriors and the most ambitious of builders. Yet until Enkidu, his near equal, arrives to serve as a counterweight to Gilgamesh’s restless energies, he exhausts his subjects with ceaseless battle, forced labor, and arbitrary exercises of power.


2.9.2022 - Inspired by John Singer Sargent's "Madam X."
Model: Caitlin Hanson
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Hoping for fame and a kick-start to his painting career, John Singer Sargent got what he wanted, but not in the way in which he’d imagined. The model, high-society beauty Virginie Gautreau, was chosen and posed carefully to get the image for which he was looking. Her forward-facing posture showed assertiveness with a hint of retreat, shown by her head turned in a profile. Her low-cut, revealing dress was not looked too kindly upon by the public when the painting was released at an exhibition. Ms. Gautreau retired from society, while Sargent repainted portions of the dress, and then left Paris to continue his career.


2.2.2022 - Inspired by Caspar David Friedrich's
"Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog."
Model: Phil Jensen
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The worship of nature, or more precisely, the feeling of awe it inspired, was a signature of the Romantic style in art, and there is no better example on that score than this image of a hiker in the mountains, pausing on a rocky outcrop to take in his surroundings. His back is turned towards the viewer as if he were too enthralled with the landscape to turn around, but his pose offers a kind of over-the-shoulder view that draws us into vista as if we were seeing it through his eyes.


1.26.2022 - Inspired by Frida Kahlo, 1907-1954.
Model: Debbie Grimm
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Frida Kahlo, 1907-1954.

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón: This week’s theme could include anything from a character dressed like Kahlo to a character dressed like one of her models.


1.19.2022 - "The Sergeant" (1904) by Frederic Remington, 1861-1909.
Model: Bill Grimm.
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Frederic Remington, 1861-1909.

"The Sergeant" is Remington’s smallest sculpture and one of his most commercially successful. The bust of a weathered, mustachioed Rough Rider commends the cowboys who volunteered for service in the First United States Volunteer Cavalry during the Spanish-American War of 1898.


1.12.2022 - Woodstock. Model: Coty Brush.
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Woodstock was a music festival held August 15–18, 1969, on Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, New York. Billed as "an Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music" and alternatively referred to as the Woodstock Rock Festival, it attracted an audience of more than 400,000. Thirty-two acts performed outdoors despite sporadic rain.
The festival has become widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history as well as a defining event for the counterculture generation.


1.5.2022 - Pieta.
Models Sharrisa Turnbaugh and Gavin Barlow.
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The Pietà (“the Pity,” 1498–1499) is a work of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. It is the first of several works of the same theme by the artist. The statue was commissioned for the French Cardinal Jean de Bilhères.
This famous work of art depicts the body of Jesus on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. It is an important work as it balances the Renaissance ideals of classical beauty with naturalism.