ALL the News about
Mormons, Mormonism
and the LDS Church
Mormon News: All the News about Mormons, Mormonism and the LDS Church
Posted 24 Feb 2001   For week ended May 07, 2000
Most Recent Week
Front Page
Local News
Arts & Entertainment
·New Products
·New Websites
·Mormon Stock Index
Letters to Editor
Continuing Coverage of:
Boston Temple
School Prayer
Julie on MTV
Robert Elmer Kleasen
About Mormon News
News by E-Mail
Weekly Summary
Submitting News
Submitting Press Releases
Volunteer Positions
Bad Link?

News about Mormons, Mormonism,
and the LDS Church
Sent on Mormon-News: 16May00

Summarized by Jennifer Livingston

LDS artist known for western subjects expresses religious beliefs on canvas
Orem UT Daily Journal 4May00 A2
By Laurie Williams Sowby: Journal Publications

PROVO, UTAH -- Artist Gary L. Kapp was recently honored by the Provo Arts Council for his local artistic contributions to the community. The annual award was presented in a reception May 7 held on the lower level of the Utah County Courthouse.

Kapp first gained public attention for his paintings of the American West. "Cowboys and Indians have kept food on the table," says Kapp, but his real passion is painting scenes and events from the Book of Mormon. Kapp says his first inspirations came from Arnold Frieberg's Book of Mormon paintings he saw reproduced "The Children's Friend" in his youth.

"Those paintings just blew me away. I looked at them for hours," says Kapp.

Many of Kapp's religious paintings have been featured in the LDS magazine Ensign over the past few years. Kapp's painting entitled "The First Vision" can be found on the cover of the May issue of the Ensign. This painting was commissioned by Kapp's sister, composer Janice Kapp Perry.

In fact, much of Kapp's success has been made possible with the help of interested patrons of the arts who have helped fund his endeavors. One such client, David Larsen, commented, "The arts don't exist without philanthropists. We can't underestimate the value of religious art to bring to life a story that many of us can't visualize otherwise."

While Kapp continues to paint Western scenes and landscapes, he admits that he prefers painting religious art. Kapp is encouraged by these words from former LDS President Ezra Taft Benson: "I have seen a vision of artists putting into film, drama, literature, music and paintings great themes from the book of Mormon."

Kapp is thankful his dreams to paint important moments in Book of Mormon history are finally being realized.

"All I've ever wanted to do is paint the Book of Mormon," says Kapp.


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Copyright 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 Kent Larsen · Privacy Information