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We offer our art in the following ways:

  • Unframed Canvas – it comes rolled in a tube so that is can be stretched or dry mounted with your local framer.

  • Unframed Mounted Canvas – It is mounted on a foam board, shipped flat and ready to be framed. Mounted canvas is only available in the following sizes:

    5”x 7”, 8”x 10”, 12”x 16”, and 16”x 20”

  • Framed Canvas – It is mounted and framed with your choice of frame from our selection. Framed art is only available in the following sizes :

    12”x 16”, and 16”x 20”

Miracle of the Gulls – by Minerva Teichert

This inspiring work by Minerva Teichert depicts an amazing scene of faith and hard work by the early Latter-day Saints. The early saints relied on miracles like this one to sustain them through the hardships of life in the newly settled Salt Lake Valley.

After Brigham Young led the first group of Latter-day Saints into Salt Lake City, the pioneers had the good fortune of a relatively mild winter. Although late frosts in April and May destroyed some of the crops, the pioneers seemed to be well on their way to self-sufficiency. Unfortunately, swarms of insects appeared in late May.

These insects, now called “Mormon crickets” because of this incident, are not true crickets, but instead belong to the katydid family. Having ornamental wings, they are unable to fly, but instead can travel in huge swarms. The crickets eat all plant material in their path, but they also eat any insects that die on the way, including their own species. They are known to cyclically swarm in some areas of the Mountain West, especially in Utah and Nevada. These insects threatened the livelihood of the early Saints; stomping on the pests did not dissuade them from entering farms as others would advance. This is a reproductive strategy similar to mast reproduction in oaks, overwhelming predators with sheer numbers allowing a percentage of the population to survive to reproduce. Latter-day Saints often cast this disaster in Biblical terms like the 8th plague of locusts.

According to traditional accounts, legions of gulls appeared by June 1848 following fervent prayers by the pioneer farmers. It is said that these birds, native to the Great Salt Lake, ate mass quantities of crickets, drank some water, regurgitated, and continued eating more crickets over a two-week period. The pioneers saw the gulls’ arrival as a miracle, and the story was recounted from the pulpit by church leaders such as Orson Pratt and George A. Smith. The traditional story is that the seagulls annihilated the insects, ensuring the survival of some 4,000 pioneers who had traveled to Utah. For this reason, Seagull Monument was erected and the California gull is the state bird of Utah.

Beautifully produced on Museum Grade Giclee Canvas. – also available as a set of note cards.. please see our note card section-

FRAMING IS EASY – This art is offered unframed.  Most of our art is made for standard sized frames so you won’t need to get an expensive custom frame. Simply take this artwork to any Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or your local frame shop.  They always have great sales on frames and a lot of great choices.

The Artist

Minerva Teichert

Minerva Teichert was an accomplished painter. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later at the Art Students League of New York. She once exclaimed “I must paint”, when asked about how she continued to paint without a dedicated studio or much free time to create. Her beloved images of the Savior, along with her collection of over 400 murals, have touched the hearts of thousands. Minerva’s life was firmly rooted in ideas and people, not in things. “You don’t want too many things,” she once wrote. “They become a burden. In fact, we shouldn’t have too many things in this life, just enough for our needs. …Do good with all the rest.” Please see our other works of Minerva Teichert art.

We are proud to offer Minerva Teichert art and prints.

OUR COMMITMENT TO BE IN HARMONY WITH THE REVEALED NAME OF THE CHURCH:

On August 16th, 2018 President Russell M. Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement regarding the name of the Church.

“The Lord has impressed upon my mind the importance of the name He has revealed for His Church, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have work before us to bring ourselves in harmony with His will.”

The Church has since released guidelines stating the use of Mormon or LDS as a substitute for the name of the church should be avoided, but such use in proper names such as – The Book of Mormon or when used as an adjective in historical expressions such as – The Mormon Trail – Mormon Battalion, should be considered as the correct use.

The Minerva Teichert Art Gallery has been working to put our website in harmony with this important revelation. It’s been customary for websites like ours to use terms like LDS Art, LDS Temple Art, LDS pictures or Mormon Art when describing our products for Google and other search engines. Our intention has been to help people find what has been termed as LDS products & LDS Gifts. It took many many months to build and add products to this Minerva Teichert art website using those relevant and popular search terms – please bear with us as we find each instance where we can better be in harmony with President Nelson’s message. Thank you for your patience and your kindness during this process – Minerva Teichert Art Gallery