Artist of the Month - February
Caroline Maude Durham
Caroline Maude Durham, 16, began studying the violin at age 4 with Doralee Madsen and has also studied with Asheley Watabe. She currently studies with Eugene Watanabe. Caroline enjoys performing and has been featured twice as a soloist on the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute Honors Recital. For the past four years, Caroline has earned an honorable mention in the Utah Symphony Youth Guild recital auditions. Caroline has been principal second violin in the Young Artists Chamber Players and is a full scholarship student at the Gifted Music School. As a member of the Ringtone Quartet, Caroline has studied chamber music with the Fry Street Quartet and has performed at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute. Caroline and her quartet were recently awarded an honorable mention at the Paderewski Festival. In October 2017, Caroline took second place in the senior division of the National Music Teachers Association competition (for Utah). Caroline has participated in several performing groups, including Sotto Voce and Rocky Mountain Strings. She has also performed in master classes with Jerry Elias, Linda Fiore, Baiba Skride, Noah Bendix-Balgley (Berlin Philharmonic), Wei He (San Francisco Conservatory) and Laurie Smukler (Julliard). Caroline was recently selected to to play in the American Protoge Summer Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City this coming June.
She loves to experiment with music and has been known to play the violin while rollerblading and hula-hooping, or trying her hand at the musical saw. Caroline is currently in the IB (International Baccalaureate) program at Skyline High School where she also enjoys playing tennis and writing. Caroline actively shares her music with others in the community and regularly plays at funerals, church services, nursing homes and care facilities. For information on violin tutoring/lessons or booking the Ringtone Quartet for an event, please contact Caroline at email@example.com
DeAnne Chapman Ethington
I grew up in Utah, attended Olympus High, and except for a few years in Germany and Ecuador, have lived the majority of my life in Holladay. I love our mountains. Especially Mt. Olympus. And I’m constantly inspired by our amazing scenery in this state. I love light, shadows, seasons, smells, sunsets, and especially color. My appreciation for these things began with my mother who continually pointed out to me the miracles of our world. Now I have children and grandchildren, and I hope to pass this same love of the earth on to them. I find inspiration in nature and in its ever changing mood.
Jessica Goodrich leaping in the air in a beautiful pose, photographed by Sarah Rodriguez and Amy Rau. (Courtesy of Jessica Goodrich
Apr 09, 2018 11:04AM ● Published by Holly Vasi, Cottonwood Jouranl
Art comes in an array of mediums and so do the artists themselves. Art can stand still in a painting or photograph but it can also move like film or dance, yet it all seems to come to life. Jessica Goodrich has been dancing since she was 4, a pretty common story for most dancers, but her new job has taken her out of the spotlight and given her an opportunity to advocate for the arts like never before. Experiencing movement in a whole new way, she is bringing classroom subjects onto the dance floor for children to learn with their bodies.
Goodrich is Utah through and through, born in Salt Lake, her parents still living in Holladay. She always knew she would be a dancer. “When I was growing up I felt like it really helped me find my identity,” Goodrich said. The good feelings wrapped up around dance in her childhood memories led her to major in dance at the University of Utah.
“I never even thought twice about it when I went to the U,” Goodrich said about choosing her major. She didn’t expect to be a teacher, but when she was nearing graduation she asked herself, “How am I going to make a career out of this dance thing?” Goodrich was not necessarily interested in going to New York and auditioning, so she stayed an extra year at the U and received a teaching license in English, which she completed in 2016.
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I have loved art from my first box of crayons. As a little girl, I would never use the perfect points so I would color from the flat end. Things haven’t changed a lot since then as I can still be perfectionistic in art, and I want the best possible outcome for every painting. I make plenty of mistakes, but I don’t tend to give up on a painting until I have solved the problems that annoy me most. Signing a picture is a big event. I never rush into signing my name as I know it’s likely I’ll still find something…
I love to paint from life. I love the challenge. Chemotherapy kept me weak and inside this past year, so flowers, fruits, plants, pumpkins, squash and anything else living became my models. They just needed to hold still for days and be patient.
I have painted in watercolor and oil, but now I’m exclusively oil. There’s something about the texture and vivid, rich colors that I can’t resist or ignore. It’s hard not to be happy when you pick up a brush with that first color and lay it down on a white canvas. So it begins!
I attended the University of Utah, and in the years since have taught art to many wonderful students. Of course my favorite students are those who share my DNA. I have many friends who are artists, or who love art, and they enrich my life continually. Artists experience life differently. They see differently. And they are forever changed by the talent they find within.