I feel like I go through life collecting people, from different times and places. Squam was a major collection, but bigger than that was school. I got my degree from BYU-Idaho. Me, the girl who no one can keep track of, because she's in another city. I was in southeast Idaho for 4+ years, and while I was there I found so many amazing people to add to my collection of people I am grateful to know.
It's a good size list. I was effected by some professors, a few good roommates and classmates, and one or two really amazing church leaders. But near the top of the list is Gerald Griffin. I took a class from him the first semester I changed my major to art. It was a lecture class, so there were at least 100 people in the room, and still somehow I managed to be a loud enough smart-mouth, that by the end he knew my name. He eventually taught a class for me that he wasn't going to teach anymore, because I told him that I had been waiting to take it from him. I was harassed every day for that, but it was worth it. I guess I've always been searching for father figures in my life. Someone whose opinion I really respected and could knock me down to size every once in a while, all the time respecting and trying to appreciate me. I felt that for Jerry. It also doesn't hurt that I love his wife, and his son is one of my bffs.
Aside from being a good person, Jerry is an incredible artist. He is a great painter, and a widely skilled seriographer. While I was still in Idaho at the beginning of the year, he was working on a show, and he taught Ben and I how to screen print. We were able to help print the show. It was so cool, and those are skills I am so grateful to have! But the exhibit he was working on was really amazing, and for me inspirational.
The show is called Eternities View, and deals with "early Mormon, and 19th Century Symbols". Please take a look, you don't have to be Mormon to appreciate all of these images, and aside from being really cool pieces, they are beautifully printed. I am grateful to have been able to learn, and help, and I'm just glad to know him and his dear family.