Enthusiasts of the art of Minerva Teichert will welcome the book Minerva! Elaine Cannon’s collaboration with Minerva’s daughter-in-law Shirley Teichert brings an abundance of personal detail to the story of one of Mormonism’s truly gifted artists.
Cannon’s narrative, written as if Minerva herself were telling the story, paints Minerva’s life in vivid detail and takes us beyond the art and into the heart and mind of the woman and the artist. As readers we come to see that everything about Minerva is unusual—her tastes, her passions, and her vision. We see her spirited youth and her early fascination with art. While we are not surprised by her preoccupation with the color red, we are nevertheless enamored by it. We observe her talent developing as she matures into adulthood and watch as others begin to realize what she has known all along—that God has endowed her with an unusual gift of vision and expression.