Early on in our relationship, Tom Alder had to convince me on an important point: a lack of evidence should not get in the way of a good story. Evidence should be sought, Tom conceded, arguments for plausibility laid out, but ultimately, if nothing disproved a story or […]
“Jackson Lake at Twilight” by George Beard, Courtesy of L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University. The LDS culture places a strong emphasis on family history, encouraging its members to research genealogical data as well as preserve the stories of family members. In this cultural endeavor, a […]
A group of vegans, among them artists, teachers and musicians, heads to the hills for communal living where they develop a unique practice of partner sharing. Northern California in the 1960s? No, Juab County, Utah in 1918.
A review of Donna Poulton’s biography of pioneer artist Reuben Kirkham, recently published by Cedar Fort press.
A profile of Hilma Mole Payne, on the occasion of her retrospective at the Springville Museum of Art.
In our November 2011 edition of 15 Bytes Tom Alder took a look at the mystery of Florence Truelson, an eccentric Utah artist of the first half of the twentieth century. As Tom reported, the builder of a unique house on the west side of town – known […]
On the occasion of our ten-year anniversary, Tom Alder reexamines some of his old columns and shares a few new stories he has picked up along the way.
A local family looks for the portrait of their mother painted in 1936 by Lee Greene Richards.
Painting mocking modern artists, by David Howell Rosenbaum, courtesy Clayton R. Williams The course my art history research takes often leaves me emotional. I cannot comprehend the sacrifice that artists must make in order to put their talent and message out there. Maybe I’m too much of a […]
Marxism. Fanciful naïve art. Vernal. I doubt any of us would be able to connect these three terms were they to appear on one of those comprehensive college entrance exams requiring you to conclude how they are all related. But I like that they are all connected, probably […]
Alder’s Accounts Torlief Knaphus by Tom Alder . . . Seeking assistance from the Almighty once again, the artist climbed to the top of Ensign Peak, accompanied by the many sketches, and made a prayerful inquiry. “He knew in his mind which image he liked, but wanted to […]