Growing Divine- Muslim, Mormon, and Hindu Textile Art
Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

Growing Divine- Muslim, Mormon, and Hindu Textile Art

Please join us Friday, June 1st, at 6 pm for the opening of Growing Divine, a collaborative exhibition of contemporary textile art featuring the work of three artists:

Kusum Pandey, a Hindu textile artist and leader of a village women's co-op

Azhair Hussain Khan, a Muslim embroidery master

Jethro Gillespie, a Mormon textile artist and painter

The show is co-curated by McArthur Krishna, a Mormon author and activist whose vision and tireless work have made this incredible and unique collaboration possible.

The opening reception is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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Adam Miller - An Early Resurrection: Life in Christ Before You Die
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Adam Miller - An Early Resurrection: Life in Christ Before You Die

Join us Wednesday, May 23rd, at 7 pm for a reading and discussion with Adam Miller, author of An Early Resurrection: Life in Christ Before you Die.

We often hope for an abundant life with Christ in the next life, but how can we let ourselves and our own desires die so we can be born again to a new life, a full life in Christ, here and now in this mortal life? Adam addresses these questions and others with literary heft and philosophical rigor in this newly released Deseret Book publication.

This event will entertain and edify, is open to the general public, and will include light refreshments.

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Mormon Women For Ethical Government – Little Purple Book
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Mormon Women For Ethical Government – Little Purple Book

Please join us Thursday, May 17th, at 7 pm for an evening of readings and discussion to celebrate the release of The Little Purple Book, a new publication from Mormon Women For Ethical Government in collaboration with BCC Press.

The Little Purple Book includes MWEG’s genesis story, explains the purpose and focus of MWEG, offers and expands on its Six Principles of Peacemaking, and shares some of its weekly “Sabbath Devotionals.” Grateful for the chutzpah of their pioneer Mormon foremothers a century before them, MWEG is proud to share its institutional history, inspiration, and a look at the phenomenon of strong women standing up and speaking out for ethics and justice.

Come to meet some amazing women, participate in lively discussion, and stick around for the delicious refreshments!

This event is free and open to the public.

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Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry
May
10
6:30 PM18:30

Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry

Join us Thursday evening at 6:30 for readings and discussion with editors and contributors to this newly published collection, Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry.

Poets who will read at this event include: Elizabeth Pinborough, Bonnie Shiffler-Olsen, Marilène Phipps, Alex Caldiero, Marden Clark, Janice Allred, David Allred, Melody Newey Johnson, Terresa Wellborn, Thalia Pope, Tina Ann Lindsay, Blaire Ostler, Trish Hopkinson, MJ Munger,Dayna Patterson, Tyler Chadwick, and Steven Peck. 

The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
 

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Maximilian Werner – The Bone Pile
May
8
7:00 PM19:00

Maximilian Werner – The Bone Pile

Join us Tuesday, May 8th, at 7 pm for a reading and panel discussion with Maximilian Werner, author of The Bone Pile: Essays on Nature & Culture.

Max teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of Utah. In The Bone Pile, he uses the vehicles of fly fishing, everyday experience, and some of our most sacred rituals to explore the origins and limitations of our behavior and ideas. These essays range from the quasi-mystical to the polemical and from the polemical to the ecological. However different each of these essays may be, together they represent an incisive study of human and nonhuman life and of the environment that unites us.

Max will be joined for a panel discussion by Doug Christensen, an essayist and carpenter who teaches LDS seminary in Salt Lake.

This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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Jackie Leishman - If We Ever Wake At All
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Jackie Leishman - If We Ever Wake At All

Please join us Friday, May 4th, at 6 pm for the opening of If We Ever Wake At All, an exhibition of new works by Jackie Leishman.

Jackie Leishman is a Los Angeles based artist, trained in San Francisco and Paris. Her work is primarily paper- and collage-based, often pushing the boundaries of the two-dimensional surface. She shows her work nationally and has won numerous awards. 

In this show, using both traditional and non-traditional materials, including fragments of old projects, Leishman explores the dichotomies she witnesses to engage the Creation narratives. It is the push and pull between two ideas that intrigues her most, the animating tensions between destruction and creation, expansion and contraction, explosion and implosion — and religion and science. 

For more information about the artist please visit her website,www.jackieleishman.com
or follow her on Instagram, @jleishmanart.

If We Ever Wake At All, will run through the end of May. Friday's reception is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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Newell Bringhurst – A Panel On The Temple Ban, 40 Years Later
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Newell Bringhurst – A Panel On The Temple Ban, 40 Years Later

Join us Thursday, April 26th, at 7 pm for a panel discussion with Newell Bringhurst, author of Saints, Slaves, and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People within Mormonism

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1978 revelation, ending the prohibition on black Latter-day Saints participating in temple ordinances and on black men and boys receiving priesthood ordination. Bringhurst will be joined for a panel discussion by LDS convert and philosophy scholar Tarik D. Lacour. They will discuss a wide range of subjects, from the origin and development of the ban to shifting Mormon views on slavery to the present-day legacy of rescinding the ban and the persistence of racism and racial tensions within Mormonism.

This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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Joseph Paul Vorst Lithographs
Apr
6
6:00 PM18:00

Joseph Paul Vorst Lithographs

Please join us Friday, April 6th, at 6 pm for the opening of Joseph Paul Vorst Lithographs. This exhibition is guest curated by Glen Nelson, co-executive director of the Mormon Arts Center and author of the monograph _Joseph Paul Vorst_, published by the Mormon Artists Group.

After Vorst's immigration to America, he produce more than three dozen lithographic prints, all dating from the 1930s and 40s. The show will bring together his complete extant American lithographs for the first time in a gallery exhibition. Two years after his death, the LDS Church in St. Louis exhibited many of these works as part of a memorial show. This is the first time since then that these beautiful images have been gathered and exhibited.

Glen has written a 92-page digital catalog for the show, including a new essay of scholarship, an interview between Nelson and gallery owner Brad Kramer, and full-page reproductions and observations on each of the 37 works. 

The April 6th opening reception is free and open to the public, and will coincide with downtown Provo's Art Stroll.

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Lawless Women – Poetry Reading
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Lawless Women – Poetry Reading

Please join us Thursday, March 22nd, at 7 pm as author Heather Harris Bergevin reads poetry selections from her new book Lawless Women

Bergevin is an independent writer and activist and Lawless Women is the latest in a series of wonderful Mormon themed books from BCC Press

Thursday's event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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Emulations – Masterwork Copies And Original Works By Master Artists
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Emulations – Masterwork Copies And Original Works By Master Artists

Join is Friday, March 2nd, at 6 pm for the opening of Emulations, an exhibition of masterwork copies and original works by some of Utah's most celebrated artists:

Brian Kershisnik
J. Kirk Richards
Susan Krueger-Barber
Kent Christensen
Faith Kershisnik
Lee Bennion
Fidalis Buehler

This unusual and compelling show pays homage to and celebrates the enduring influence of history's great masters—from Kahlo to Klimt—while showcasing the technical virtuosity of the local artists who honor them.

The show will run through the end of March, and Friday's opening reception is free and open to the public.

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Mehrsa Baradaran – Author Discussion
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Mehrsa Baradaran – Author Discussion

Please join us Wednesday, February 21st, at 7 pm for a special event and discussion with Mehrsa Baradaran, author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap.

Professor Baradaran is an attorney and legal scholar specializing in bank law and financial regulation. Her previous book, How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy, has had a significant effect on policy making discussions on banking regulation and wealth inequality.

Baradaran will be joined by Black Lives Matter activist first-among-equals and all-around Black Identity Extremist Lex Scott. This important event promises a spirited and informative discussion on the economic history of American white supremacy, wealth and capital in the black community, and strategies for advancing racial and economic justice. 

This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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Jonathan Stapley – Author Roundtable
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Jonathan Stapley – Author Roundtable

Join us Tuesday, February 20th, at 7 pm for a panel discussion with Jonathan Stapley, author of The Power of Godliness: Mormon Liturgy and Cosmology.  This detailed historical analysis of Mormon priesthood, authority, and gender explores the rituals of ordination, temple "sealings," baby blessings, healing, and cunning-folk traditions. The Power of Godliness reveals a complete religious world, incorporating women, men, and children all participating in the construction of the Mormon universe.

Jonathan will be joined by Maxine Hanks and Janiece Johnson for a discussion of the historical, theological, and pastoral issues addressed in this groundbreaking new book.

The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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Author Roundtable – Whom Say Ye That I Am?
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

Author Roundtable – Whom Say Ye That I Am?

Join us Tuesday, January 30th, at 7 pm for a panel discussion with Jim and Judi McConkie, authors of Whom Say Ye That I Am?: Lessons From the Jesus of Nazareth, the latest release from Greg Kofford Books. The authors will be joined in a round table conversation by Eric Huntsman, Rachel Whipple, and David Bokovoy.

This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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Adam Miller – Letters To A Young Mormon
Jan
11
5:30 PM17:30

Adam Miller – Letters To A Young Mormon

Join us Thursday, January 11th, at 7 pm for a discussion with Adam Miller, author of  Letters to a Young Mormon

Re-released this month in an expanded, second edition, Letters addresses timely and timeless issues from a refreshing and compelling perspective. Adam will be joined in this discussion by young Mormons (high school and college aged) who will respond to the book. The second edition includes to new letters, on the topics of the Sabbath and Stewardship.

This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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Holiday Show: Small Paintings
Nov
24
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Show: Small Paintings

Join us Friday, November 24th, at 6 p.m. for the opening of our annual Holiday Art Show

This year's show will feature small paintings, all 4" by 5" in elegant handcrafted black hardwood frames, from eight exceptional local artists, including:

J. Kirk Richards
Faith Kershisnik
Susan Krueger-Barber
Fidalis Buehler
Matt Page
Elizabeth Lindsay
Laura Erekson Atkinson
Jeffrey Hale

These beautiful paintings in handcrafted frames are affordably priced and would make wonderful gifts for the art collector on your Christmas list.

Friday evening's reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run through December 16th.

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Aug
4
6:00 PM18:00

After Our Likeness - New Works By Kirk Richards

Join us Friday, August 4th, at 6 p.m. for the opening reception of AFTER OUR LIKENESS, an exhibition of new paintings, drawings, and sculptures by J. Kirk Richards.

The show will consist of two groups of work. One group depicts a heavenly mother and father creating Eve and Adam after their own likeness. The second group is a continuation of the CRISTO series—abstracted depictions of Jesus Christ. 

The exhibition will run through September.

The opening reception is free and open to the general public.

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Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

LDS Apologetics Panel Discussion

Please join us Thursday, August 3rd, at 7 pm for a special roundtable panel discussion on the topic of the utility of LDS apologetics (or a defense of faith using rational argumentation), particularly within an academic environment. 

Round table participants: 

-Blair Van Dyke (Utah Valley University)

-Loyd Ericson (Utah Valley University and Greg Kofford Books)

-Joseph Spencer (Brigham Young Universty)

-Amanda Brown (Hebrew University)

-Stephen Smoot (Universiity of Toronto and Book of Mormon Central)

This event is free to the public and light refreshments will be served

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Jul
29
7:00 PM19:00

Akhmatova Lecture Series - Michael Austin on Tolstoy and Rowling

Join us Saturday, July 29th, at 7 pm for the next installment in the Anna Akhmatova Lecture Series as we welcome Michael Austin for a presentation, "Rostovs, Weasleys, and Mormons -- Oh My!: Big Families in Evolution and Literature."

Michael is a widely published literary scholar and the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Evansville, in Indiana. His lecture will examine both the literary and evolutionary function of large families, with particular emphasis on Tolstoy's _War and Peace_ and Rowling's _Harry Potter_ series.

The event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Thanks again to the Utah Humanities Council for their generous support of the Akhmatova Lecture Series!

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Jul
25
7:00 PM19:00

New Books by Mormon Women - Mega Event

Please join us Tuesday, July 25th, at 7 pm for a huge book release event with the authors of three exciting new titles from BCC Press:

—Rachel Hunt Steenblik, co-editor of 'Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings' and author of MOTHER'S MILK: POEMS IN SEARCH OF HEAVENLY MOTHER

—Mette Ivie Harrison, author of the Linda Wallheim Mystery Series and of THE BOOK OF LAMAN

—Melissa Leilani Larson, award winning playwright and author of THIRD WHEEL: PECULIAR STORIES OF MORMON WOMEN IN LOVE

—Ashmae Hoiland, author of 'One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly' and illustrator for MOTHER'S MILK

These brilliant and talented women—among the very brightest and most creative lights in contemporary Mormonism—will read from their writings and respond to each other's work. 

These books are compelling, diverse, and excavate under-explored territories in the Mormon experience.

The books are affordable and Writ & Vision will be offering a specially priced package for patrons who want to purchase signed copies of all three.

This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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Jul
18
7:00 PM19:00

Monuments and Wilderness, Readings from Red Rock Stories

When politicians threaten public lands, America’s writers respond. Red Rock Stories lies squarely in this 60-year tradition—a lineage of fiery and eloquent “battle books” to rally support for conservation causes.

Originally created as a limited edition presented to Congress and the Obama administration, RED ROCK STORIES testifies to the international significance of Utah’s redrock wildlands. These 35 writers span three generations, and many of them belong to the Southwest’s Native nations. Their call for healing helped inspire a national movement that led to the creation of Bears Ears National Monument in 2016. 

In essays, poems, and vignettes filled with passion, wisdom, tenderness, and outrage, these writers bring to life the canyon country of southern Utah. Their words move, soothe, and heal, building to a call to action on behalf of one of the most astonishing places on our planet. This collection of stories surely will become a landmark in the history of art as advocacy.

Join five of the contributors to this stunning new book for a reading and book signing. Editor Stephen Trimble will tell the story of this book, and four other contributors will read their powerful pieces of writing. 

This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Under Pressure - An Evening With Brian Kershisnik And Robert De Groff

Join us this Thursday, July 13th, at 7 p.m. for special evening of fun and education with printmakers Robert De Groff and Brian Kershisnik. Their collaborative exhibition, "No Prints Without Pressure," will show in the gallery through the end of the month. On Thursday Robert and Brian will discuss the history and significance of printmaking in Western Art. They will also demonstrate the process by hand-pulling a few prints live on an actual press in the gallery.

This event promises to be both informative and entertaining. It is free and open to the public.

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Jul
7
6:00 PM18:00

Analog - Art Prints by Brian Kershisnik and Robert De Groff

Please join us Friday, July 7th, at 6 pm for the opening reception of ANALOG, an exhibition of hand-pulled art prints by Brian Kershisnik and Robert De Groff.

Brian and Robert studied printmaking together in graduate school in Texas. Robert is a master mezzotintist, producing immaculate and stunningly complex images in open print editions. Brian, though known primarily as a painter, produces images in highly variable print editions, reminiscent of much of his painted work.

Art prints are original works, not reproductions. But they are also often comparatively affordable, and can be a wonderful point of entry into collection original fine art.

Come and see these unique and compelling works, meet the artists, and learn more about these fascinating, if under-appreciated, artistic traditions and methods.

The reception is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served

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Jul
5
7:00 PM19:00

Author Signing and Discussion with Tracy McKay

Please join us Wednesday, July 5th, at 7 pm to celebrate the release of THE BURNING POINT with author Tracy McKay. She will be joined for a discussion responding to the book by Steven Peck and Courtney Clark Kendrick.

THE BURNING POINT is a searing memoir of addiction, love, destruction, parenting, survival, and hope. It is also the newest title from BCC Press, a new Mormon publishing venture. In raw but elegant prose, the book describes a life (and lives) in which:

"Everything didn’t always work out. Sometimes things were just hard. Sometimes life hurt too much, and people did break. Sometimes, you had to wait for a long time for the sun to rise. While it’s true the sun always rose, not everyone lived through the night, and the stars didn’t give a damn."

Tracy McKay, and her husband Jonathan Lamb, are raising their combined family near Washington D.C. They have a very large dog to match their very large family, and life goes on in its messy, beautiful way.

This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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May
5
6:00 PM18:00

Metamorphosis | Works by Laura Erekson-Atkinson

Please join us Friday, May 5th, for the opening reception for 'Metamorphosis', an exhibition of new paintings and prints by Laura Erekson-Atkinson.

Laura is an award-winning artist whose work has exhibited throughout Utah as well as in NYC and in the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. The works in 'Metamorphosis' are intimate and personal and explore the limits of the the materials and mediums in which she works. In particular the paintings and various art-prints in this show reflect upon the changes and transformations undergone by bodies in the context of maternity and childbirth.

The show will run through the end of May, and the opening reception is free and open to the public.

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Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

Stephen Peck - Author Signing Panel

Please join us Thursday, April 13th, at 7 pm as we welcome acclaimed novelist, scientist, and poet Steven Peck to discuss is new book Science the Key to Theology. 

Professor Peck will be joined by Zina Petersen and Steve Evans for a panel discussion on the book, as well as on science and religion and other boring subjects.

Science the Key to Theology is the inaugural title from the newly announced BCC Press, a non-profit Mormon publisher.

Read more about BCC Press here:

https://bycommonconsent.com/2017/04/06/announcing-bcc-press/

Come join us for this exciting discussion and to get signed copies of this groundbreaking new book.

The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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Apr
7
6:00 PM18:00

Fields | Works by Adam Bateman

Please join us Friday, April 7th, at 6 pm for the opening of FIELDS, an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Adam Bateman.

Adam is an award winning and nationally renowned artist whose work has shown in galleries and museums from Salt Lake and Denver to New York City and Reykjavek. He received his MFA from Pratt in 2003 and for more than a decade has been the director of CUAC.

FIELDS is a series of very large paintings as well as small works on paper: "The marks on the paintings are limited to the types of marks a farmer makes when irrigating, plowing, planting, harvesting, etc. Like much of my earlier work, they combine visual rhetoric from landscape and from Modernist form."

This impressive exhibition will run through April 29th.

Friday's opening reception is free and open to the publlc.

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Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

"At the Pulpit" - Panel Discussion with Kate Holbrook

Join us Tuesday, March 28th, at 7 pm for a panel discussion with Kate Holbrook, co-editor (with Jenny Reeder) of AT THE PULPIT: 185 YEARS OF DISCOURSES BY LATTER-DAY SAINT WOMEN. 

"At the Pulpit" is the culmination of years of editorial work by Holbrook and Reeder at the LDS Church History Library, and the roundtable discussion of the book will include:

-Camille Fronk Olson
-Neylan McBaine
-George Handley

Come and participate in this important discussion. The event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served.

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Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich - Lecture and Signing

Join us Monday, March 13th, at 7 pm for a special guest lecture and book signing by Pulitzer Prize winning LDS historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, author of A HOUSE FULL OF FEMALES: PLURAL MARRIAGE AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN EARLY MORMONISM, 1835-1870.

Dr. Ulrich, whose acclaimed book A MIDWIFE'S TALE earned her both a Bancroft Prize and a Pulitzer Prize, is also notable for coining the aphorism "Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History." Monday she will present a short lecture on her research followed by an audience Q&A.

Come and participate in the discussion, meet the author, and get a signed copy of this amazing new book.

This event is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

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Mar
10
6:00 PM18:00

David and Sara Lindsay - Art Opening

Join us Friday, March 10th, at 6 pm for the opening of "The Wind Might as Well Be a Part of the Landscape," a exhibition of new work by David Chapman Lindsay and Sara Lindsay. 

David and Sara are married and reside in Lubbock, Texas. Both have exhibited their work in galleries in the US as well as Italy. David's work involves painting on unusually stretched canvases inspired by architectural forms. Sara's conceptual sculptures and and images utilize natural elements -- dirt, seeds, gravity, clay -- as well as domestic textiles. Both artists produce work that considers the relationship between human experience -- domestic, agricultural, exploratory -- and the landscape in and around Lubbock in all its raw beauty.

This exhibition will run through the end of March, and Friday's reception is free and open to the public.

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Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

What a Feminist Looks Like - International Women's Day Panel

Join us on International Women's Day (Wednesday, March 8th) at 7 pm for a panel discussion on the histories of feminism, the importance of diversity in feminist action, and the power of women's stories. 

The panel will be moderated by Heather Belnap Jensen, professor of feminist art history at BYU. The panelists will be Tinesha Zandemala, Laura Harmon, Annie Kershisnik Blake, and Becca Ogden.

This event will be a part of the Provo Women's Day celebrations, is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served

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