Friday, August 05, 2011

LDS Museum of History and Art: The LeConte Stewart Exhibit... Part 1

If you grew up in Kaysville, then you have no choice, you must see this exhibit. Many of these paintings are pictures of my memories.. places that no longer exist today or no longer exist like they were. LeConte Stewart is our painter, biographer of the land, farms and barns that have passed away and been replaced . "Barnes are going" he said, "they tear them down or they fall down." We aren't an agrarian society anymore, but farms are our foundation, they are what we came from.
My ten year old home stands on the site of some one's old farm. It makes the land sacred to me. Someone carved an existence out of the wilderness and survived on this land. It gave them the very bread they ate. LeConte Stewart had the talent to paint anywhere. I am so grateful that he recorded this place that is so dear to my heart and did it with such care. His life was glorious and he new success in his own time, which is something for any artist. But, he was troubled by great tragedy in his life losing all his siblings and his mother within a few short years. I wish I knew how and why they all died, but I can't find it anywhere.
In any case, LeConte turned to nature and art for comfort.
Painting is more than expressing the appearance of things; it is expressing the spirit of things. When you know and love a tree, you can paint its spirit, the quality God gave it.  ~LeConte Stewart
He was a fan of this little bit of Whitman...

AFOOT and light-hearted, I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose.
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune;
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,
Strong and content, I travel the open road.
I also loved this declaration of faith:

I would like to tell you what kind of Latter-day-Saint I am. I couldn't be anything else, and that's why this church- the things that it proposes have got me enraptured. The Lord started it, and all I can do is fall in line. I tell you, it's over powered me. When I go out now and paint a tree, I just feel His spirit. I tell you it's marvelous... ~LeConte Stewart

Go! See the exhibit and those pictures will sing you a song that you'll remember from when you were very young.

LDS Museum of History and Art: Part 2...

 The LDS Museum of History & Art is a summer tradition, but we should go even more often. It is really excellent. And, if you have questions, the missionaries there are really knowledgeable. In addition to the really great LeConte Stewart exhibit (REALLY excellent).. there is a quilt show and a very fun children's activity center. .. In fact, don't take your kids unless you've planned to stay because they can learn some Mexican dances wearing the big skirts.. collect eggs from chickens and play farm etc... They won't want to leave.
I'm sorry about the terrible photos. I have never been able to take a decent photo w/out natural light. But, anyway I wanted to show you a few of the beautiful quilts they have on display. This one above was my favorite. I love crazy quilts. It's fun to read about them too. They all have an amazing story.

I don't know how to make quilts, but I know enough to know that this one was hard..

They have a fun magnet board for children to design their own. L likes crazy quilts too.

Z'Tejas Achiote Marinated Chicken Salad: The Real Recipe...

  • 2 oz. Achiote
  • ½ c. Orange juice
  • ½ c. White vinegar
  • 1 t. Black pepper, ground
  • 1 t. All spice, ground
  • 2 oz. Garlic clove
  • 1 T. Paprika
  • 1 T. Kosher Salt
  • ½ T. Oregano, ground
  • 4-6 Chicken breast with skin

1. Add all 9 ingredients to a blender and blend well.
2. Place all chicken in a large dish. Using gloves, make sure chicken gets thoroughly coated.
3. Marinade 4-6 chicken breast

Cooking chicken breast: Salt and pepper chicken breast and place melted butter down on Teflon skillet top. Place marinated chicken skin side down and place a weight on top. Sear for approx 4 minutes till crispy then turn over. Cook till done then turn on skin side down for approx one minute before slicing.

  • 1 oz. Lettuce shredded 1/8"
  • 1 oz. Red Cabbage shredded
  • ¼ Avocado sliced
  • 1 Roma tomato-small
  • ¼ c. Sweet corn
  • 2 T. Cotija cheese
  • ¼ c. Black beans
  • 2 T. Pumpkin seeds
  • 3 oz. Ranch Vinaigrette
  • 5 oz. Achiote chicken breast sliced
Mix all ingredients in large salad bowl. Pour ranch vinaigrette over salad and mix well so all ingredients are covered.
Dressing recipe:
  • 2 c. Favorite ranch dressing
  • ¼ c. Balsamic vinegar
Mix two ingredients until consistent throughout.

Or, you could go eat it at the restaurant like I did... It's really yummy.