Conservation at Red Butte Garden

Conservation at Red Butte Garden

No matter where I go, one item is always on the travel itinerary: gardens.  Museums and hiking may find their way on my list of things to see, but gardens are always on the top of the list.  However, I’ve come to find that my affinity for gardens is more than my desire to get to the outdoors.  Gardens are more than being with nature and pretty flowers, they’re also about promoting conservation through knowledge and inspiration.  Luckily for me, a recent visit to the Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah with my friend Trisha provides me with all of these things.  Having recently toured the gardens, Trisha provides me with a few interesting tidbits from her tour. Continue Reading ›

The Artistic Escape

The Artistic Escape

In a day and age when technology reigns as king, there’s hardly any need to experience the world through other mediums.  Why head outside, view landscape or nature paintings at a museum or create anything of your own?  The internet provides us with everything, so why look for more?  You might think you’re being incredibly sociable on social media, but that’s not exactly true.  Rather than taking the time to hold an actual conversation, your neck is craned downwards to see the latest Facebook post or Twitter tweet.  What you probably don’t realize is the power that putting down your phone can have.  Since joining the Southern Utah Museum of Art staff in Cedar City, Utah, my involvement in social media marketing for the museum requires me to find the best angle to get an interior shot or style the most effective arrangement of retail shop products for Instagram.  However, the best shot, I’m discovering, is when I put my iPad down and take a look around.  Wandering through the museum around the sections for the National Parks, the creations featured in the First Peek exhibit, Kevin Kehoe’s poetically painted southwest landscapes and the permanent Jimmie Jones collection, I experience the power of nature and art.  To celebrate the Beverley Center for the Arts’ Opening starting Thursday, July 7th through Saturday, July 9th, I’m sharing a few reasons on how nature and art can have a significant impact on our lives. Continue Reading ›

William Shakespeare: Fashionista

William Shakespeare Fashionista

If I were to ask you whom you would consider a fashion expert, you’d probably respond with top name designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Coco Chanel or Edith Head.  The last person you’d think of is famous classical English playwright William Shakespeare.  Most of the time, Shakespeare is associated with memories of English homework you didn’t want to do or yet another assignment about Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet.  It may surprise you to find that Shakespeare was actually quite fashion savvy.  As a current staff member for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, I’ve found Shakespeare has numerous clothing and fashion references and what better time to share them than for the Beverley Center for the Arts opening July 7-9 in Cedar City, Utah?  In honor of this festive occasion, here are some of Shakespeare’s fashion observations from Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V and Julius Caesar, the three Shakespeare productions at the Festival this season. Continue Reading ›

Seasons at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Seasons at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

A few years ago living in Denver and needing a change of scenery, my friend Caitlin and I decided to head to Littleton to see the Christmas Trail of Lights display at the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms.  Since we already lived in the neighborhood of the York Street location and seen their garden lights, we decided it was time to head to a different destination.  Running through the walkways and trying to stay warm in the chilly air, I continually wondered what the gardens looked like in the daylight.  So, upon returning to Denver for my sister’s wedding a few years later, I know the one place I want to journey to.  Luckily for me another friend, Reagan, who’s also visiting Denver, is eager to join me as I take a closer look at how these two different seasons and friendships evolve within the world of the Denver Botanic Gardens in Chatfield. Continue Reading ›

Father’s Day Around the World

Father's Day Around the World

When you think of Dad, a few things probably come to mind: sports, outdoors and maybe a science fiction or action flick.  In terms of my dad, I always think of baseball, fishing and watching old classic Hitchcock films, western movies or Twilight Zone episodes.  Everyone has a different take on the iconic man in their life who taught them to never throw in the towel, get up again when you are hurt and gave them great advice (even when they didn’t want to hear it).  As it turns out, Fathers are celebrated throughout the world in many different ways.  To see how others recognize their Dads, take a look at a few events from around the world. Continue Reading ›