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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

It’s been the business of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts to bring culture to Utah. Actually, the museum is just one of many cultural outlets in the state. But what a great one it is indeed.

And the museum has something wonderful for everyone to see. It’s a brand new building named for Marcia and John Price who donated $7 million for its construction. By the way, their donation was the largest single gift ever made to a cultural organization in Utah.

Located on the south end of the University of Utah campus, the new facility, at 74,000 square feet, is more than double the size of its predecessor. The building features a five-story central great hall, 270-seat auditorium, a new cafe, a bookstore, a study center and research library, a sculpture terrace, conference rooms and approximately 26,000 square feet of changing and permanent exhibition space. As part of the opening, the museum features a special exhibition of more than 60 pieces of art by Auguste Rodin. One of Rodin’s most famous pieces was The Thinker, which will be on display.

And there’s another reason to visit the amazing new museum. It’s called Art of the Gardener, and it will be held on Saturday, June 16. The fund-raiser event, which benefits the museum’s educational programs, includes a tour of seven private gardens in Salt Lake City that are located along the east foothills and up around Capitol Hill.

In addition, Art of the Gardener welcomes Rob Proctor, the director of horticulture for the Denver Botanic Gardens. Proctor is a well-known author, illustrator and photographer of both outdoor and indoor plants with expertise in a variety of gardening techniques. Proctor will present two lectures on the subject of western garden artistry. The lectures will be held in the Dumke Auditorium located inside the new museum building. Art of the Gardener will begin at 8 a.m. with registration and book signings and will end at 5 p.m. If you would like to attend, call 801-581-3123.

For Zions Bank, I’m Fred Ball. I’m speaking on business.

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