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Preparatory Division String Camp, June 20-24, Ages 6-9 and 9-12. Registration deadline is May 20th. Preparatory Division, Tanner Dance and Youth Theatre Arts Passport, June 27 - July 1, Create an original performance work to be presented at the Tanner Dance Building. Preparatory Division International Piano Festival, July 26 - July 29, Musicianship, ukulele, and choir classes. University of Utah, School of Music.

Home in Their Eyes: Images and Stories of Home by Residents in Rural China, Friday, March 25 – Thursday, June 2, 2016, J. Willard Marriott Library 3rd Floor

Salt Dance Fest 2016 brings together internationally renowned dance artists and dance makers Jeanine Durning, Alex Ketley and Jennifer Nugent, along with esteemed SLC dance artists Daniel Charon, Molly Heller and Stephen Koester for two weeks of moving, collaborating, dance making and the lively exchange of ideas, June 6-17, 2016.

Summer Chamber Music Workshop, Matt Zalkind, June 26 - 30, 2016, Hasse Borup, Director, Open for serious string and piano players, age 12 - 26,  School of Music, University of Utah

University of Utah Department of Ballet Summer Intensive, June 20 - July 15, 2016. Join us for an exciting four-week ballet intensive with internationally recognized faculty and guest artists.

Performance Calendar of 2015 - 2016 Season, Department of Ballet, University of Utah

Performance Calendar of 2015 - 2016 Season, Department of Modern Dance, University of Utah

Natural History Museum of Utah 2015 Lecture Series

College of Fine Arts, University of Utah

The Bookmarks Made out of REAL LEAVES!

My project started with a journey from Sydney CBD to Hunter Valley(north of Sydney). I traveled there with my friends at weekend. Because the trip took a few hours, I had a book with me to kill the time during the traveling. As soon as we were on the way, I realized that I forgot to put a bookmark in my novel. Later on we stopped at a service station for a break. I saw very beautiful Magnolias at backyard, leaves fallen on the road. Then I picked one up and used it as ‘bookmark’. 

I used that ‘bookmark’ till I finished the whole book. At the end, the Magnolia leaf was a bit crispy and easy to damage. I was wondering if there is a way I can keep it longer. At beginning I tried to laminate the leaf, but after a few days the leaf was getting rot inside. Therefore, I had to find another way to make it better.

The leaf gets rot usually because the skin and mesophyll tissue cannot last very long, which means if I can remove the skin and mesophyll tissue from the leaf, only keep the leaf vein, it can last longer even forever. Therefore, I cleaned and boiled the leaf in water till the green color gone and the leaf vein can be seen. Also a small brush was needed to brush off the left over mesophyll tissue. After that, I dried it under the sun, flatten, cut, design the picture, etc. The procedure takes about 10 steps and then comes to the final part--print the picture on it and laminate. Well done!

For more information about this project, please visit Kickstarter.

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