December 31, 2017
Lee Greene Richards (1878-1950), New Years Eve 1862 – Old Salt Lake Theater, 1926, oil on canvas, 52 x 100 1/4 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1938.
This simple image of nineteenth-century Utahans attending a New Year’s Eve performance at the Salt Lake Theater conveys a feeling of community and celebration even in the dark days of winter. These theater-goers will bask in the glow of entertainment and comradery, to keep their hearts warm in spite of the icy winds blowing outside.