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"Tomorrow...We Must Attack Him" by Dale Gallon

By Miriam Grinberg, Visual Arts Intern

Continuing our look at historical art, and the stories behind the artwork:

An oil painting by local artist Dale Gallon of Gallon Historical Art , titled “Tomorrow…We Must Attack Him,” shows a tense moment–a conversation between Confederate General Robert E. Lee and Liet. James Longstreet on July 1, 1863. According to Gallon, in this scene on the grounds of the Lutheran Theological Seminary west of Gettysburg, Lee listens to Longstreet’s arguments to move away from Gettysburg.  Lee’s mind, however, was already made up.  Gesturing emphatically, he stated, “If the enemy is there tomorrow, we must attack him.” Gallon’s prolific 31 year career has produced many masterworks such as this piece, which, like Lindenberger’s, shows a quiet but nonetheless seething moment of tension before the battle of Gettysburg was to take place. The antipating expressions on the faces of the soldiers in the background amplifies these feeling of uncertainty, and even fear, of what is next.

"Lincoln 142: Last Best Hope" by Wendy Allen

From Lee to Lincoln, our next preview focuses on a painting by another Gettysburg resident artist, Wendy Allen of Lincoln into Art Gallery. The gallery features many of Allen’s unique portraits of the 16th president, whose face represents to Allen “humanity, wisdom, and moral courage.” After a wonderful showing at last year’s Festival, Allen returns with new pieces like this one, “Lincoln 142: Last Best Hope,” remaining true to her style of experimentation with brushes, fingerpainting, and colors in her works. The painting’s subtitle comes from the last paragraph of Lincoln’s Annual Message to Congress, delivered on December 1, 1862, in which he emphasized his commitment to freeing the slaves in the South.  “In giving freedom to the slave,” he wrote, “we assure freedom to the free – honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.” Through her piece, Allen hopes that we may “remind ourselves that freedom is elusive and a work-in-progress.”

"Dreams of Home" by John Weiss

Last but not least, artist John Weiss from Lord Nelson’s Gallery, known for his paintings of man’s best friend, displays a side of battle rarely seen. In his work “Dreams of Home,” Weiss creates a moving portrait of a confederate soldier connecting to “memories and places he holds dear to his heart” through the comfort of holding this dog. This painting is truly a testament to the power that common images have to connect us to the past; we can easily see ourselves in his place, our pets acting as steadfast friends in times of distress. It also brings home the heartbreak and homesickness of war, as we see the soldier escape from the battlefield in his mind and return to his friends and loved ones far removed from him.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see these fabulous pieces in person, along with the artists who created them, and much more, at this year’s History Meets the Arts.

History Meets the Arts kicks off Thursday, June 16 with the ticketed Edible Art Tour from 5-8 pm. All History Meets the Arts events continue on Friday and Saturday, June 17-18, with free admission to participating galleries.

By Carol McLain, Festival Volunteer

When I think of this year’s Festival, the words “fantasy, food and fun” come to mind. It was a tea party with Alice in Wonderland, a story with the Mad Hatter, but it was Elmo that brought out the cheers. I can still hear the kids exclaiming, “Elmo is here!” There is something about that large mass of red fluff that makes everyone smile, from ages 3 to 93.

Chefs Rodier and Scheib

In addition to being a part of the Children’s Arts Fair, I was happy to volunteer with the Edible Art Tour. Many people requested that it be repeated next year. I was at the Brafferton Inn with Chef Claude Rodier from the Wyndham Gettysburg. He fielded questions regarding his food all evening, many of them requests for recipes and high praise.  He said,“the greatest compliment I can receive is to have someone ask for the recipe.” Since the Edible Art Tour put the spotlight on our local top-tier chefs, I think it will encourage people to now visit the various eateries and wineries. I was thrilled to discover two new wines that are sooooo good.

A rose is a rose is a radish. “The Veggy Art was incredible” was a comment I heard repeated over and over.

Artist Heide Presse and her son

 

I took my camera along, every step of the way, during the ten days of the Festival. I always ask permission before taking someone’s picture or their art exhibit. I was surprised time and time again during the Festival when people not only said “yes,” but they wanted more pictures taken. Heide Presse, an artist exhibiting with Lord Nelson’s Gallery exhibit at the Gettysburg Fire Hall, wanted a picture with her and her son in front of a picture she painted of him as a young boy. It was my honor.

I was also honored to meet the very talented Joseph Cashore of the Cashore Marionettes. He explained that the horse was his favorite marionette. In the intimate setting of the Kline Theatre, we were transported to another time and place as we experienced the feelings we tend to overlook in our busy routines, through his magical marionettes.

But my favorite photos, personally, were taken at the Hanover Shoe Farm. I think people attended this event, the Country Brunch, because of the incredible combination of delicious food, a picturesque setting and the beautiful horses. People were able to experience truly special moments such as the newborn foals who never let their mothers out of sight. The owners take great care in housing their horses and you feel this. People attend certain culinary events because of location. Every moment at the 2010 Gettysburg Festival was one to be treasured, and I am thankful to look back and remember them all through photos.