Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Bela Gallery will host “Graven Upon my Palms,” a new painting by Emily Dykes Pugmire. A reception honoring Pugmire will be held at the gallery (272 W. 200 N. Lindon) Friday, May 27, 2010 from 6 to 9 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

The owner and director of the Bela Gallery, Carolyn Mosier said she is “delighted and privileged to be able to unveil the newest painting of artist Emily Dykes Pugmire. The canvas is a touching painting of the Savior Jesus Christ.”

The 30 x 40 oil on canvas painting will be on display through June 30, 2010. Many of Pugmire’s other paintings are also on display at the Bella Gallery.

Pugmire said the painting was inspired by the scripture, Isaiah 49:16 “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”

“This painting is a representation of the truth that our Savior will always remember us,” Pugmire said. “The root of the word ‘graven’ is grave—how appropriate that we are graven upon his hands as we are also literally lifted out of the graves of spiritual and physical death.”

Pugmire, a native of St. Louis, MO, earned a bachelor’s of fine arts in illustration from Brigham Young University. She studied drawing and Plein Air painting at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy. She has assisted Joseph Brickey with six multi-figural, landscape murals at the Copenhagen, Denmark, Latter-day Saint Temple. She is currently working on a piece for the Art of the Restoration that will be exhibited later this year. See more at

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