Nancy Israelsen’s lifetime of work on display

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<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>More than 300 different pieces, representing a lifetime of work as an artist, will be <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/calendar/event_725328ee-f511-11e3-8f2b-001a4bcf6878.html” target=”_blank”>featured Friday, June 27</a> during a show at the original North Logan LDS Church.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Nancy Israelsen, 89, is being honored by her children and the art show will include most of the art she has created in several different mediums.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“I have gathered all of this stuff and I have two front rooms of my house that are almost impassable right now.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“It’s been a great life and I have enjoyed art since I was a little two-year old.”</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>She said she had no formal training until she attended Utah State University. </span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“I studied there under Jesse Larsen, Ev Thorpe and Professor Fletcher, but mostly Ev. Illustration was my forte and I learned a lot from Ev.”</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>She said she did some custom work illustrating books.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>“That was when I accumulated some dollars on those illustrations and it allowed me to travel to the British Isles.”</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Nancy’s 90th birthday is in August but the North Logan Mayor and city council have declared June 27 “Nancy Israelsen Day” to honor her many contributions to the community.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Pieces on display at next week’s show will include etched glass doors and windows, paintings, pencil drawings, woodcarvings, art from the city’s Pumpkin Walk (where she serves as co-founder and art director), illustrations from several books, brass buckles and medallions, and illustrations from her 25 years as a primary chorister.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>She provided illustrations for “Knight of the Kingdom, the Story of Richard Ballantyne” which was published by the LDS Church. Ballantyne is credited with starting the church’s Sunday School.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>Nancy is a native of North Logan. She and her late husband Lyle E. Israelsen are parents of 12 children.</span></p>

<p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>The show runs 5-9 p.m. at 1105 E. 2100 N. in North Logan and it is free of charge.</span></p>

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