Rebecca Hartvigsen

Except for a two-year sojourn in Georgia, Rebecca Hartvigsen has lived in Salt Lake City, Utah all of her life. Her love for historical buildings reflects her connection to a pioneer heritage that began in 1847 when her great-great-grandfather entered the Salt Lake Valley as one of the first pioneers. Rebecca feels that it is important to value her heritage and allow it to positively affect her art.

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Majoring in History as a freshman at Brigham Young University, it soon became apparent that Art was a greater love; Rebecca graduated with a B.A. in Art in 1971. She taught Art at Kaysville Junior High School, and traveled throughout Europe and the Mediterranean during her summer vacations. Great museums and works of art provided an education in themselves.

In 1974, Rebecca married Dr. James L. Hartvigsen and ended her teaching career in order to raise a family. She continued her education through graduate classes at the University of Utah.

Rebecca's first "one woman show" was in 1986. Her painting career has kept her very busy; her artwork can be found in collections from Alaska to Florida and as far away as Australia and Japan. Rebecca enjoys having her work accepted into shows, as well as the ribbons and awards that follow. She is happiest, however, when clients express their enjoyment and love for her paintings by taking them into their lives and hearts.

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Brigham Street: 1909

My love of history comes from my Grandmother Wride. I would sit by at her knee for hours listening to stories about our family crossing the plains and their early years in Utah. This painting is a study of South Temple or "Brigham" Street. I chose the year 1909 because that was the year the Union Pacific Depot was finished and the old Deseret News building was torn down to begin construction on the Hotel Utah.
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Brigham Young Academy

As a BYU graduate, I learned to love this old building. My daughter now lives just down the street, and I think she is learning to love it too.
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Holliday Glow

Some of my favorite memories from childhood are of Christmas shopping in Salt Lake City. We would always go over to the little cafe in the Hotel Utah and have hot soup before we headed home on the bus.
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