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Nancy Israelsen’s lifetime of work on display

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More than 300 different pieces, representing a lifetime of work as an artist, will be featured Friday, June 27 during a show at the original North Logan LDS Church.

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.

“I have gathered all of this stuff and I have two front rooms of my house that are almost impassable right now.

“It’s been a great life and I have enjoyed art since I was a little two-year old.”

She said she had no formal training until she attended Utah State University. 

“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.”

She said she did some custom work illustrating books.

“That was when I accumulated some dollars on those illustrations and it allowed me to travel to the British Isles.”

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.

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.

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.

Nancy is a native of North Logan. She and her late husband Lyle E. Israelsen are parents of 12 children.

The show runs 5-9 p.m. at 1105 E. 2100 N. in North Logan and it is free of charge.