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Greg Stroud
The Christmas Season Showcase Dec. 1-3 will feature works of art by members of the Inspirational Art Association.

SALT LAKE CITY — Christmas time has officially spilled into downtown Salt Lake City with lights at Temple Square, shopping and holiday shows and plays.

Another new Christmas tradition is the Christmas Season Showcase held by the Inspirational Art Association from Thursday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Joseph Smith Memorial building located near Temple Square. The event is free to the public and includes more than 100 pieces of art by 30 inspirational artists.

It’s the second annual showcase the association is hosting.

"We had a phenomenal art show last year and we expect the same this year," said Scott Sumner, president of the association. "There will be exceptional original paintings by great artists, coming together along with the Christmas season."

The public not only has the chance to see original and new artwork, but meet famous inspirational and religious artists such as Liz Lemon Swindle, Greg Olsen, Gary Kapp and Simon Dewey. These and the other 26 artists will display three pieces of art each and will be in attendance.

According to associate and advisory board member Greg Stroud, an estimated 10,000 people attended the two-day showcase last year, and he is hoping to get the same support this year.

"At times, there was standing room only because of the large crowd," Stroud said. "The paintings really bring out what Christmas is all about which is love and caring for the things that matter the most."

The Inspirational Art Association was founded in 2010, and its members are a collection of well-known inspirational artists promoting their type of artwork. As Stroud explains, the goal of the organization is to foster the creation and promotion of inspirational art and use it to influence families, homes and communities throughout the world.

"The association is dedicated to helping families to inspire and promote values that means the most to them through art," Stroud said.

This Christmas season, Stroud and the rest of the board members hope that the artwork and showcase will bring the Christmas spirit to the home.

The showcase and art sale will be held in the Bonneville Room of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, 15 E. South Temple. Hours are 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 1 and 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 3.