For a limited time at The Gateway, the largest single-artist exhibit in the state of Utah will showcase the works of Arnold Friberg. He is the world-known artist of beloved painting such as The Prayer at Valley Forge, Moses and The Burning Bush, Trouble For Butterfield, Following The Star and many others. He is also known for his work on the major motion picture “The Ten Commandments” by Cecil B. Demille, starring Charlton Heston, where he was the costume designer.
The exhibit can be found at The Gateway Mall in downtown Salt Lake City, at 110 So. Rio Grande. It is located on the lower level, just West of the Clark Planetarium. Admission prices can be found on the website, and discount tickets can be picked up at participating KFC restaurants.
“All you leave the world is what you’ve done. No one will ever know the conditions, the comments, the pressures. Only the work remains.” – Arnold Friberg
The Man Behind The Paintbrush
ABC4 recently aired an inspiring documentary about the life and paintings of Arnold Friberg called “The Inspired Brush”. It can be watched in its entirety on the ABC4 website. You can also read about Friberg on the Friberg Fine Art website.
Friberg’s granddaughter, Arianne, shares her favorite and earliest memories of her grandpa:
“I was 3 years old at the time and he was going to draw a portrait of me. I was sitting on a chair in his studio and as most 3 year olds are I was distracted and wiggly. I remember my grandpa leaving the room and coming down his TALL stairs in his studio and he looked different. As he got closer and closer I noticed he had paint ALL over his nose. I was so distracted by the paint on his nose I sat still until he was finished painting my picture.
Another memory I have is when we were younger we used to always ask my grandpa when we would go over and visit him to draw us a picture of a horse. I always loved how fast he would sketch them and they were always SO perfect. I wish I still had some of these today.” – Arianne Friberg Newton, granddaughter of Arnold Friberg
Daughter-in-law, Jayna friberg Cleamons, recalls a royal event with Arnold Friberg:
In 1990 Arnold Friberg, my father in law, went to London to work on a commissioned portrait of Queen Elizabeth. I had the great honor to meet him there the last two weeks he and Heidi were there. We went to the Queen’s Jubilee Celebration, the Chelsea Art Club, and of course both Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. If you look carefully at the background on the Queen’s portrait and the background of me, it’s the exact same place behind Buckingham Palace in the palace gardens.
I met Arnold when I was 12 years old and later married his son. We had three beautiful daughters, Amy, April, and Arianne. Our marriage lasted 17 years, and though I divorced his son, I stayed very close to Arnold his entire life to the very end of his life. He chose me to be his story-teller. During our 50 plus year friendship, I have countless memories, and hundreds of stories about his life. Our time together at the palace was one of my favorites.
The art exhibit is divided into 12 different sections: The Early Years, The Military, The Illustration Years, The Utah Years, The Hollywood Years, Bible In Art, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, The Royal Portraits, The Great American West, Patriotic Works, The Prayers at Valley Forge, and The Inspired Brush.
You can download an app for your smartphone that guides you through each section of the exhibit. Throughout the exhibit are QR codes for you to scan about that specific section of art.
More educational fun for families:
- Painting With A Twist
- Social Hall Heritage Museum
- Utah State Capitol: A Centennial Celebration of The Capitol Construction