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11th international art competition: "meditations on belief" at the church history museum (temple square)

11th international art competition: "meditations on belief" at the church history museum (temple square)

 

Every 3 years, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints invites artists to submit artwork for a competition. It's a beautiful show and it was a treat to go with my parents, brother, and our lil' family to visit the exhibit and see my painting that was juried into the show. "Welcome Children to the Garden" is 30x30" oil on wood, and has a beautiful custom frame created by craftsman and artist Dave Brown (Springville & Orem...let me know if you'd like his number). The exhibit is open and free to the public until October 7th.

After his father Lehi’s vision of the Tree of Life, Nephi felt a great desire to better understand the symbolism for himself. The angel showed Nephi the Virgin Mother Mary, “the mother of the Son of God”, and his understanding of the Tree of Life and it’s representation became clear. Throughout time, his musings & yearnings have inspired many to search and receive personal revelation.

As I ponder the culmination of the Garden of Eden...before Adam and Eve were placed there to learn, grow, and tend to it’s creations...I wonder what may have occurred in that sacred space. Before each of our sacred temples are dedicated, Open Houses welcome all to visit within. There they receive a glimpse into our Heavenly Parents’ plan for us, our potential, and the great love they have for each of their children. Cultural Celebrations are organized over months of planning, testimonies are planted & cultivated, and a night of festivities & worship culminates the event.  

Similarly, I imagine the possibility of the animals joining our Parents in welcoming each of their children to the Garden. I can see our Mother with Her arms outstretched like the many golden branches of the tree. There, might we have partaken and witnessed the great love of God: our parents & our Savior Jesus Christ, as we celebrated, sang hosannas, made covenants, and wished our earthly parents, Adam and Eve, all of our confidence, gratitude, and love. What a joyous and epic beginning to this great early journey we may have enjoyed.

midway art association's wasatch plein air paradise 2019 (katrina's latest landscape paintings)

midway art association's wasatch plein air paradise 2019 (katrina's latest landscape paintings)

each summer our lil' mountain town of midway, utah hosts a plein air event. it draws over 100 local utah artists (and neighboring states) to paint all over our valley for 2 weeks. 

painting en plein air or in the open air, has its own challenges: the wind, the sun & light changing rapidly, the bugs...oh the bugs! i love shadows...i have to commit quickly, or i get distracted & confused. honestly, all the shadows & colors changing with the light are so fun to paint! sometimes the wind gets super strong and your painting goes right with it! mostly though, the seeds and pieces of nature that tend to fly into the paint at the most inoportune times lol. this year we even had some sleet/hail/snow the first day...so you have to be prepared. you'll find me positioning my car so i can hide from the wind and sun. sunstroke can hit too quickly as i was reminded last month lol.

it's fun to live so close and be able to run home and take breaks, but i do need to make sure i have enough energy to jump back into family life as soon as i return. 

so many of the same artists return year after year and that is also so fun. i make new artist friends each year & discover new favorite paintings. it is a huge event with 2 weeks of painting & 7 ways to participate. 

a big shoutout to the midway art association team. they are simply a dream team with president jerry, his secretary norma, larry, cindy, bill, and so many more delightful supporters of the arts. special thanks to everyone who helped make this year and years past such a sucess! click on any of the photos to see more details and the framing for each piece.

hoping your 4th was fantastic. i'm excited to get back to the normal workings in the studio lol. text or email me if you'd like to come for a studio visit and see these in person. xo, katrina (435.709.2780 || k@katrinaberg.com)

candy colored studio podcast episode #24: feeling successful in your creative business at 85% (less stress and more joy)

candy colored studio podcast episode #24: feeling successful in your creative business at 85% (less stress and more joy)
what are some items on your business to-do list that are causing you stress? if you "gave some up" and switched to an 85% approach, could you accomplish more while finding peace and joy? would this change allow you to go after business goals that now seem unattainable? katrina shares examples of how choosing 85% over 100% allows her more peace in her business. try it on for yourself!

candy colored studio podcast episode #22 - our secondary infertility journey, also: 15 years learning, serving & sacrificing together

candy colored studio podcast episode #22 - our secondary infertility journey, also: 15 years learning, serving & sacrificing together

episode #22, the 22nd of may: our 15th anniversary...details of how we met and a peek into our journey with secondary infertility: the darkness, how we survived, and later learned to thrive while experiencing hard things...together.

marriage/relationships/partnership, it's never easy. it entails so much hard work and sacrifice. soo much unselfishness, trust, and a great deal of listening...we're still figuring it out, lol!

house show at amy ashworth of perfect paisley design - may 2nd 10:30 in her spanish fork home

house show at amy ashworth of perfect paisley design - may 2nd 10:30 in her spanish fork home

a couple years ago, one of my favorite collectors and designers, amy ashworth of perfect paisley design, suggested we do an art show in her home. amy has quite the eye for design and is always finding divine solutions for her clients and ways to bring original art into their homes. 

what a fun day! we are doing a repeat of that wonderful event this next thursday, may 2nd at 10:30 in amy's spanish fork home. come meet amy, get plenty of flawless advice and ideas for your home, and enjoy with all of us! to rsvp for this event and receive the address, email me k@katrinaberg.com

an april peek into katrina's art studio; france plein air paintings all framed

an april peek into katrina's art studio; france plein air paintings all framed
come take a walk through oil painter katrina berg's midway, utah studio. pieces recently painted in france are framed on the shelves, and watch her latest 48" floral coming along. email k@katrinaberg.com to setup a studio visit or go to katrinaberg.com to join her email list & get the sweetest of candy color delivered to your inbox.

95th spring salon at springville museum of fine art, katrina's piece "le premier bonheur du temps" participating

95th spring salon at springville museum of fine art, katrina's piece "le premier bonheur du temps" participating
my husband, 5 kiddos, & i just returned from a month together in france. the charming farmhouse we rented sat amidst the rolling hills & farms of the garonne region. as we spent time with the locals: playing at the parks, attending the tiny branch at church, getting to know our hosts, and having new friends over for dinner...our family began to taste the “bonheur” or happiness the french describe: not a fleeting moment of pleasure, but the sustained state of being that connects these moments intensifying the overall experience. truly, it's something that is cultivated, curated, and savored.

candy colored studio podcast episode #18: nanette amis - 25 years cultivating relationships as the owner of the utah art market

candy colored studio podcast episode #18: nanette amis - 25 years cultivating relationships as the owner of the utah art market

meet nanette, owner of the utah art market in the sugarhouse garden center in salt Lake. listen as she shares how she's run a seasonal market for 25 years! the ups, downs, reasons to persevere, changes in technology & marketing. also, what she wish she’d have known, advice for artists and so much more. i just know you will love her. visit the spring market april 19th and 20th.

candy colored studio podcast episode 13: our family's first week in france

candy colored studio podcast episode 13: our family's first week in france
candy colored studio podcast episode 13. katrina, carl & their kiddos have been saving over the past year to take an adventure together in france. they start in paris and experience all the highs & lows of traveling abroad with 5 kiddos.

swiss days 2018

katrina berg art
  We took a little jaunt last night to enjoy the Fall leaves & brought some home with us...the twins were so happy! Now that we've rested from ...

terzian galleries show opens the 20th!

katrina berg art , mormon artist
       Here's a peek at the 7 pieces I dropped off at Terzian Galleries yesterday! Three will be featured at the "Our Favorite Things" show opening...

juror's choice award!

katrina berg fine art juror's choice award at Utah Women Artists Exhibition 2018
Katrina Berg receives the Juror's Choice Award at the 2018 Utah Women Artist Show, part of UAAW at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.  The exhibition is open to the public till June 27th.