Thursday, November 12, 2009
"Greater Than One", SAGE Gallery's annual Veteran's
exhibit opened Nov. 9th with a display of photographs by
California artists Betty and Larry Depee. The exhibit pays
respect to the sacrifices others have made that allow us to
enjoy the lives we live daily.
The public is invited to a reception in
honor of our Veterans and artists on Saturday, November 14th
from 1-5 pm at SAGE Gallery, 390 First St SW, upstairs in
the Historic Coast Guard Building. The Gallery also
welcomes visitors to honor our Veterans throughout the day
on the traditional, Nov. 11th holiday.
The "Greater Than One" theme reflects the concept that
we are all intricately interwoven through our experiences,
our network of associates and the images/ items we value and
produce. Our veterans have been deeply affected by both the
circumstances and choices of their lives and those choices
in turn touch each and every one of us.
The Depees were invited to exhibt their series of
images, "Tribute" which captures both the emotion and
sense of duty depicted in the "Living Memorial Sculpture
Garden" found 13 miles North of Weed, CA. The layers of
emotion represented in the works by both Betty and Larry, as they
studied the sculptural monuments created by artist and fellow
Marine, Dennis Smith, are what caught my eye and
spurred the Gallery's invitation, said owner Anne Sobbota.
According to the Depees, the 136 acre sculpture garden
was created to honor Veterans from Vietnam, Korea, and WWII.
The sculptures, by Smith, have become a tool for healing after his own experiences in the Vietnam War. The memorial grounds have 58,000 pines that were
planted in honor of those who lost their lives in that conflict; all
were planted by volunteers.
Like Smith, Larry Depee considers his work to be a healing endeavor and is grateful
for the oppor tunity to share and inspire others.
The Gallery will be donating a portion of its proceeds
from the show to the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden.
Interested individuals may view the memorial at
Also on exhibit are photos and memorabilia brought in
by community members and paintings by local artists: Jan
LeValle, Kathleen Morey Bailey, and Francis Toon.
The public is encouraged to continue bringing items for display throughout the month.
This year the exhibit will run through Dec. 8th to honor
the memory of those who were lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor. For
information, contact SAGE Gallery (541) 329-0103.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The number 11 sticks out to me, being my lucky number, and so I was amazed when I heard the detailed history on Veteran's Day, always on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month.
The Vice President of the Weed Chamber of Commerce, John Diem, came in to the office to hand me the program for the Veteran's Day ceremony here in Weed, which will be hosted at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden.
While John was here I asked him the signifigance of the ceremony always being on November 11th at 11am, he responded with big eyes and told me the brief history.
At the end of WWI an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.” What an amazing day - the end of wars, or so was thought......
Of course wars have popped up again and again, and so the day changed to recognize all veterans that fight proudly for the nation they love. Most soldiers are out in the field fighting for the dream of a safe and happy home. It is unfortuanate that so many lives are lost for the dreams of the masses, but this is the reality we have, and this is the reality we must honor, for if it wasn't for our veteran's what would become of America?
So let's all remember what our soldiers have and are fighting for, and know in our hearts that these men and women who have given their lives for the dreams of our country, has not gone in vein, but has gone in the loving honor of all those who call America home!
I want to thank (with a tear in my eye) all the veterans who have fought for a home that I love, Thank you.
Veteran's Ceremony to be held here in Weed, Ca at the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden out hwy 97 about 12 miles out.... contact # 530-938-2218
This is a beautiful location full of sculpted metal figures commemorating soldiers passed. The Sculpture Garden also features a healing Labrynth and a wall of names, please show your support and don't be afraid to shed a tear, it is an overwhelming experience that all Americans should be aware of and embrace the veterans that do come home, and the famalies who stand to represent those that didn't come home.