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Iron Eyes Obituary with work by the artist

Mary Iron Eyes's Wake

at Linnea Glatt's studio
Sunday July 13, 2003

Photographs by JR Compton

 

green view out the big window, candles lit on the sill

 

new friends, young friends and old friends

 

A wake is a delicate thing.

Some friends have only just found out and others have not yet processed the death of a dear departed. People need a connection and an outlet, food, drink and the company of others who all loved Mary.

This wake was gently promoted as a memorial. Which, of course, it was. But not one of those ceremonial events with official toasts or orated stories, though some of us had practiced our favorite Mary tales.

This quiet gathering was informal, human scaled.

Many there were happy, some somber. One or two seemed isolated and alone, even in the crowd. I knew of others who couldn't attend, knowing it would be too depressing for them.

This was an excellent wake — good company, lots of talk about art, old and new friends, lots of Mary stories, other discoveries and rediscoveries.

Special thanks to Linnea Glatt and Jim Cinquemani for hosting Mary's wake.

 

watching Mary's Blessing Ceremony at her show in Wichita last year

 

No names here, except to honor the hosts, two metal artists whose office space was scattered with ...

 

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good friends ...

 

and great food

 

Two fine art photographers and teachers, whose work shares symbols and allusions to feminism. Nice to meet and greet fellow artists with much in common.

 

 

John F Kennedy said: "ART IS TRUTH"

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two dark figures in the bright room

 

Guys in black and white under Linnea's glowing clock and amid Jim's elegant metal shapes all around

 

artist and photographer share views

 

a book for people to sign and remember Mary

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Iron Eyes Obituary with work by the artist

Anyone at the wake may have original, high resolution (12-meg) digital files of any of these images.

All Rights Reserved. No reproduction in any analog or digital medium without specific written permission from JR Compton.

 

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