Nosh with posh: Spice up lunchtime nibbles with artistic outing

2013-03-15T09:30:00Z 2014-12-23T04:22:14Z Nosh with posh: Spice up lunchtime nibbles with artistic outingJennifer Durrant - Daily Herald
March 15, 2013 9:30 am  • 

Are you like me -- tired of the same old lunch options? Do you bounce around between Subway, a trip through Wendy's drive-thru for a salad, or a quick steak taco from Taco Bell?

I have decided that it's time to shake up my lunchtime routine. Time to infuse a little bit more enjoyment, a little bit more entertainment, and a lot more culture into my typically boring noon meal.

Admittedly, I do occasionally splurge on lunch at hip downtown Provo restaurants like Black Sheep and Spark, where the food and ambiance are truly delectable. In fact, those spots are two of my new favorites.

I guess what I really want to do is take better advantage of my mid-day, hour-long outing from work.

My idea? An artistic feast!

Instead of staring at my Kindle, reading my latest literary choice in the stale environment of a fast food joint, why not feed my culture-loving soul? I could discover a little bit more about Provo. Learn about the history of Orem. Dig in to the varied artistic styles found in local galleries. Even explore the river-lined walking trails that wrap around the city.

This week my co-worker Tiffany and I decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and dine al fresco. Grabbing sandwiches we ventured up to the BYU campus for some great people watching while munching our lunch.

As an alternative to dessert we ventured inside the Museum of Art to check out one of the current exhibits. Our choice of the day was "We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art."

Such a delightful, thought-provoking, whimsical, passionate and touching exhibit. I was intrigued by the power of the images -- whether on canvas, in sculpture, looped on television screens, captured in photographs or pieced together in collage -- and how the idea of heroes and their monstrous counterparts affected each individual artist.

"High Rollers" (oil on canvas) by Jason Yarmosky, was a delightful play on how our superhero influences, even our desire to dress as our favorites, last throughout our lifetime.

The comic collage of "Heroes IV" by Ben Turnbull, was a masterpiece of detail in its tribute to the Fantastic FDNY. The artist continued his patriotic tribute in the life-sized sculpture of Captain America triumphantly holding out the severed head of Saddam Hussein in his mixed media piece, "Bring Me the Head of Saddam Hussein."

From Spider-Man to Anakin Skywalker, from Bigfoot to pink robots, from Bernie Madoff to American soldiers serving in Afghanistan, the images of "We Could Be Heroes" proved artistically intriguing -- and for a lunchtime viewing, culturally satisfying.

As you think about lunch plans for the day, why not infuse a bit of culture into your hour break. With dozens of museums and galleries located throughout the valley, there is likely an artistic adventure nearby.

If the office is a bit remote, grab your sack lunch, a pair of walking shoes and head to the nearest hiking or walking trail to bask in the sunlight and blooming springtime beauty.

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