Abraham Lincoln was born in Aquarius, bringer of water, sign of Universal Love. At the conclusion of the American Civil War, he urged peace and reconciliation in his Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865, five weeks before his death. He stated his intention in these words: “With malice toward none; with charity for all…” This week, on Sunday February 12, we celebrate his 208th birthday. To honor the occasion, I will exhibit the Lincoln portrait “So Costly A Sacrifice” – the original collage that was displayed in the West Wing of the White House for a few years.
Created in commemoration of the Lincoln Bicentennial (2009) and subsequently put on display in The White House, this unique collage mosaic incorporates photos of Civil War generals, maps, letters by Lincoln, and other artifacts of the war. I wanted to create a portrait of a leader who fully understood the sacrifices and costs of ordinary people in wartime, and I found inspiration in Lincoln’s letter to Lydia Bixby, who lost five sons to war, and the last photographic portrait by Alexander Gardner.
While in the Lincoln Museum, in Springfield, Illinois, I looked into Lincoln’s eyes in Gardner’s photo and saw his compassion and his stalwart dedication to his belief in Union and Freedom. Lincoln’s letter of condolence to Mrs. Bixby prompted the title of the portrait; he speaks of her solemn pride in having “…laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.” The entire letter, in Lincoln’s hand, is incorporated into the background of the collage.
The portrait will be displayed in my booth at the Railyard Artisans Market, this Sunday, February 12. I have prints of the Lincoln portrait in various sizes available for sale as well.
We are also celebrating Love in its many splendid forms – and yes, I have candy hearts. Stop by and enjoy!
I took a short break last week and visited friends and family in San Antonio. The city is booming, expanding beyond the Alamo and little Mission churches. It has a thriving Arts community. I was pleasantly surprised to see the vitality of the First Friday gallery hop. People of all ages were strolling in the streets till nearly midnight, restaurants were open and buzzing, and the art was worthwhile. A performance piece “Pillow Talk” invited the audience to participate by texting the performers who wore identical jammies and sprawled in identical beds. It was cool.
Outside of the galleries, people were friendly and willing to converse beyond the trivial, talking Big Ideas. The city offers museums with credible collections – too much to see in one visit. The River Walk has been extended beyond hotels and downtown shopping; bicyclists and kayakers can enjoy the windy path of the river. I did some hiking as well, and found the famous dino tracks, amidst the acres of live oak and Spanish moss. So yes, my jaunt away from the Land of Enchantment provided with a renewed energy and reinvigorated vision.
See you soon! If you are in town give a call!
Love and Peace,
What Goes On:
Fire & Hops Gastropub,
222 N. Guadalupe,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
This show features some of my largest and rarely seen collages, including "Bloomsday at Molly Malone's" , "Cast Out", "Night Vision and "Limitless Undying Love"
On display for the rest of the summer
Deco will be at the
Railyard Artisans Market
Sundays 10 am to 4 pm
July 1, 8, 15, and 22
Demonstrations of collage technique and fun things for sale
The Fest for Beatles Fans, Chicago, August 10-12; art show, performances and poetry
Art of Santa Fe
Online Community Marketplace
Offering collage items of my designs
DECO//fine art collage
Just added to the store: full-size prints of my collage "Regard", matted and ready for framing - Here and nowhere else!
Collage items in the online store include these:
"Our Lady of Peace in Love"
small (12” x 16”) $50 medium (16” x 20”) $75 full size (18” x 24” )$100
Includes certificate of authenticity;
shipping via carrier of your choice
5" x 7" featuring an original collage design on the front, blank inside, available for purchase, on line or at the market.
Greeting Card Sets,
5 blank cards + envelopes, bundled into gift-ready packages
includes Scenes of New Mexico, Fine Ladies Dancing, Rising, and Perfectly Pear
Loosen Your Soul and Harvest:Fruition
each is 18" x 24", add comes rolled , ready for framing.
Prints, posters and cards make beautiful gifts
accepts payment through PayPal and Stripe!
When you are in Santa Fe:
Listen to ArtFusion,
Thursdays at noon on KVSF, the Voice of Santa Fe, 101.5 FM
Enjoy amazing and creative desserts at The Compound Restaurant on picturesque Canyon Road
Relax and nibble at Fire and Hops Gastropub, 222 N. Guadelupe
Shop at the Railyard Artisans Market
Farmers Market Pavilion
Paseo de Peralta & Guadalupe, Santa Fe
And Around the Corner:
Exquisite Corpse Show in Santa Fe in the Community Gallery in Santa Fe in October
Stars, Planets and Galaxies - Solo Show in Los Alamos, January 2019
Studio Visits in Santa Fe:
by appointment and with a smile!
And, as always:
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