on a literal odyssey
With every passing day, it becomes more and more clear to me that my decision to live in Nauvoo (during the summer of 2009) has been one of the greatest blessings in my life.
For example, if I had not gone to Nauvoo, I would not have come in contact with Angela Johnson, whose sculptures were on display in the Nauvoo Visitors’ Center. I eventually emailed her and asked her if I could film her sculptures and create a video out it. She answered with an emphatic “Yes!” and we are still working on projects together.
If I had not gone to Nauvoo I would not have met Kim and Bryan Smith, direct descendants of Joseph Smith. We worked together at Zion’s Mercantile and later worked together on a video project about the Willow Tree of Emma Smith.
If I had not gone to Nauvoo, I wouldn’t have met Michael Bedard, a painter who is currently finishing up an epic painting of the Eminent Men and Women appearing to Wilford Woodruff in the St. George Temple.
If I had not gone to Nauvoo, I would not have met Sherry, the manager of Zion’s Mercantile. Not only is Sherry a gifted cook and an incredibly humorous woman, but she’s one of the sweetest people I know.
If I had not gone to Nauvoo, I would not have met Linda Howard, the manager of the local art store; an overwhelmingly friendly and helpful woman who helped me appreciate art. Linda and Sherry introduced me to the excellent photography of Robert Boyd. Quite honestly, Linda, Sherry, Michael Bedard and Angela Johnson are directly responsible for my love of art and indirectly responsible for many of the videos I’ve created (videos that use a piece of art as the basis to tell a story).
I recently stopped by the Deseret Book store in Salt Lake City across the street from the Temple. And who should I meet as soon as I walked through the doors? “Linda Howard!” “How are you?” “What are you doing here, Seth?” “Well, I came here to film Angela Johnson’s sculpture of the First Vision.” “Oh, do you need us to help you?”Linda then helped me hold up a black backdrop so that I could film Angela’s sculpture of the First Vision. Who does that??Linda then introduced me to Robert Boyd, who was at the store (I actually met him at a photo shoot with Liz Lemon Swindle, but we weren’t formally introduced). Robert was kind enough to show me some of his work and tell me some of the details behind his work. It was pretty cool.All the while, I couldn’t help but think about how going to Nauvoo during the summer of 2009 was one of the greatest blessings of my life.
Incidentally, Robert’s photograph of the Mansion House is one of my favorites…