Statues and Art

Webbers Falls

Webbers Falls also has an interesting history.  

Webbers Falls on the Arkansas River-2093

On May 26, 2002 a tragedy happened in Oklahoma, the bridge over the Arkansas River collapsed. I remember it being on the news. I took the time to find the memorial to the victims. 

Webbers Falls on the Arkansas River-2097

After our visit to Fort Smith and Lake Tenkiller this was our last stop on that day. 

Webbers Falls on the Arkansas River-2102

I can't imagine driving over a bridge and it collapsing.  

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Here is a clip from a news story. Youtube of the Webbers Falls Collapse

Webbers Falls on the Arkansas River-2130

I didn't realize there were so many victims of this tragedy until I read all of the names. 

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_Misty Johnson-2105

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.  ~George Elliot

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_Shae Johnson-2106

Angels have no philosophy but love. ~Terri Guillemet

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The media numbs us to tragedy, but when you stop at memorials you find that tragedy always has a name.  

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_Susan Martin-2108

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.  ~Luciano de Crescenzo

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_David Mueggenborg-2109

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth 
Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.
~John Milton, Paradise Lost

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_Jean Mueggenborg-2110

Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth 
Unseen, both when we wake and when we sleep.
~John Milton, Paradise Lost

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_ Gail Shanahan-2111

Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for, without being seen, they are present with you. ~St Francis of Sales

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_ Rodney Tidwell-2112

Sorrow makes us all children again — destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_ Richard Cawley-2113

Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.  ~From the television show The Wonder Years

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_ James Bilyeu-2114

Time is a physician that heals every grief.  ~Diphilus

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_ Max Alley-2115

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.  ~From a headstone in Ireland

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Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.  ~From a headstone in Ireland

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_ Jeanine Cawley-2117

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil.  ~John Taylor

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Come, ye disconsolate, where'er you languish,
Come at the shrine of God fervently kneel;
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish—
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.
~Thomas Moore, c.1813, published in Sacred Songs, 1816

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_ Jerry Gillion-2119

As long as I can I will look at this world for both of us.  As long as I can I will laugh with the birds, I will sing with the flowers, I will pray to the stars, for both of us.  ~Sascha, as posted on

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_ Patricia Gillion-2120

This has taken longer than I thought, to edit these photos and post them. I knew this when I shot the memorial. 

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_ Margaret Green-2121

So that horrible day that these people lost their lives. 

Webbers Falls Bridge Collapse Victim_ James Johnson-2122

It makes you think, when you stop at places like these. 

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My Great-Great Grandfather Harrington is buried in a small cemetery outside of Oolagah Oklahoma.  Oolagah is located north of Tulsa and is also the hometown of Will Rogers, if he were alive today I bet there wouldn't be a website he wouldn't like (well, perhaps not).   

Bank of Oolagah (1 of 1)
Bank of Oolagah, a quaint little building.  I feel obligated to post Will Rogers quotes now.  

Will Rogers Statue oolagah (1 of 1)
"Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like." ~Will Rogers 

Will Rogers banner in Oolagah (1 of 1)
"I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."  ~Will Rogers   

Town of Oolagah (1 of 1)
"Everybody is ignorant-- only on different subjects." ~Will Rogers --- I like this quote, so very true!

Will Rogers Statue  (1 of 1)
"If you want to be successful, it's just this simple. Know what you are doing. Love what you are doing. And believe in what you are doing."  ~Will Rogers   

View of Will Rogers Statue (1 of 1)
"When you're through learning, you're through."  ~Will Rogers, and with that quote I will transition into a couple of cemetery photos from Wann Cemetery where my Harrington Ancestors are buried.   I never knew any of my Harrington ancestors, so I did get to see where they are resting. 

Wann Cemetery Oolagah (1 of 1)
So, this little cemetery sits right next door to a gun range!  It is a little bit disturbing walking through the peaceful graves and hearing gunfire.   

L.D Harrington (1 of 1)
My Maternal Great-Great Grandfather  

Wann Cemetery Oolagah 2 (1 of 1)


Oklahoma City Museum of Art

A few weeks ago I went to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art with my family to see the Passages Exhibit.   A temporary exhibit of Biblical History on display at the museum until October.  It is one of the most impressive historic display that I've ever had the pleasure to witness.  From the Dead Sea Scrolls, to Gutenburg Bibles.  From Ethiopia to the Reformation and King Henry the VIII.  If you are a biblical scholar it would definitely be worth driving to Oklahoma to see this display.  No photography is allowed in the exhibit, but I did get some photos of the museum itself.  

Oklahoma Museum of Art Passages-001
This exhibit is brought to you by the family who began the Hobby Lobby company.   It is good to see companies bringing something back to the community. 

Oklahoma City Museum of Art (1 of 1)
A nice way to spend a hot summer day was to go to the museum. 

Sculpture OKC MOA (1 of 1)
This Giant glass sculpture graces the foyer of the Museum.   

Dale Chihuly Blown glass sculpture OKCMOA-052
sculpture by Dale Chihuly 

OKC MOA Sculpture (1 of 1) 

Beautiful and impressive. 

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2nd floor exhibit hall where you can see artists such as Georgia O'Keefe 

Georgia O'Keefe Calla Lily at OKCMOA-031

Georgia O'Keefe Calla Lily OKCMOA-030
The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.  ~William Faulkner

Painting OKC MOA  (1 of 1)

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.  ~Stella Adler

Ippolito Caffi View of the Basin of San Marco-021
No great artist ever sees things as they really are.  If he did, he would cease to be an artist.  ~Oscar Wilde

Renoir Girl in the Woods-004
We all know that Art is not truth.  Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.  The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.  ~Pablo Picasso

Renoir -Girl in the Woods- OKCMOA-003

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Portrait of John Locke OKCMOA detail-016
a detail from the Portrait of Johne Locke 

Portrait of John Locke OKCMOA-018

Great art is as irrational as great music.  It is mad with its own loveliness.  ~George Jean Nathan, House of Satan

Crawley Petroleum Sponsor OKMOA-060
Oklahoma is an oil rich state. I've been to numerous museums and workshops for teachers in which our oil and natural gas corporations have been extremely generous in educating the public and teachers in the Arts, so when I hear political rhetoric speaking of the profits made by oil companies I think of all of the things they sponsor in Oklahoma.   Just because a corporation is needed and successful doesn't make it inherently evil.   While we need petroleum, Apple and Google are praised as successes and it seems that petroleum is consistently termed evil by the vitriolic political rhetoric thrown around by the certain political factions and leaders, who also patronize such establishments as the fine arts. 

-Evil Oil- Sponsors ART Devon and OGE-061
It is funny that it seems to be the assumption that those who support the arts, must lean to the far left of the spectrum.  Corporations provide plenty to the arts and the public, and the wonderful thing about corporations donating money to the arts is, no one is donating who does not want to.  I owe some of my passion for photography to corporations such as Chesapeake who sponsored me as a teacher in 2009 to attend the Oklahoma Fine Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain.  Where I had the opportunity to study fine art photography with Amy Stein and Ben Long, were it not for sponsors such as these I could have never attended such a workshop and for that I appreciative.  

While the political left cries for more taxation (which will cut into corporate donations for places like this). The Government supports the arts through organizations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, another organization who has influenced my greatly.   The NEH has given me  more tools as a teacher than any district or State Department of Education ever has, their programs for Educators mean the world to those who have participated in them.  While we suffer through dry, pedagogic, downright boring trainings, as teachers in my former district the NEH brings educational, enlightening and enriching life experiences to the teachers who participate in them, they are not just the "Cowboy Poetry" that the right spews in their anti-arts rhetoric.   But, I don't believe the right is "anti-art" so much as using common sense logic in being able to see that some programs are more important than others.   

There is an area of grey in politics, on both sides if you can see that both sides can contribute for society, the "big oil" and "Government agencies" both can do wonderful things for "The People," Regardless of what the political outcomes people will continue to make and create art for others to appreciate.  If you are truly and artist, and are doing something you enjoy with a passion you will find a way to make it happen and it will be a part of your daily life.  

Either way, if both sides have their way, the budget cuts will hit the arts, while if higher taxation comes into play arts will take a cut from corporate sponsorships.  I personally prefer the idea of individuals supporting the arts.  Because an individual has choice, while a beauracracy is a machine making decisions for the people. 

Droverstock 2011

Today we drove up to Chickasha to "Droverstock 2o11" at The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.   USAO is on the historic district that was formerly the Oklahoma College for Women.  Every year they have a interscholastic meet, and their own version of Montmatre.  Where students from all around gather and show their talents on the pavement.   This is where I am an Alumna, I graduated from this University and then returned to obtain my teaching credentials.   So a few years were spent on this campus and they are filled with good memories of classes and learning.   

Droverstock 2011
Droverstock... hey I was a student there when it turned into "Droverstock" officially and live music was added to the day's fun.  

Montmartre at USAO
 crowded with high school students working on their art.  

Saturated Parrot
The upside down parrot...I amped the color on this photo...  because it is cool. 

The Artist Chickasha Chalk Art Festival
This is a talented young artist! Beautiful

The Artist
Look at the drawing...

Montmartre USAO 2011
The magic that makes it all happen... the chalk 

USAO chalk art
Its a dirty job but someone has gotta do it! 

Girl Drawing Chalk Art
This young lady is working very hard on her painting on the pavement. 

Colorful Woman Chalk Art
Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.  ~Pablo Picasso

Beautiful Art
Painting is silent poetry.  ~Plutarch, Moralia: How to Study Poetry

Beautiful Detail Montmartre Chalk Chickasha 2011
God and other artists are always a little obscure.  ~Oscar Wilde

Puss In Boots
Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sidewalk Artist at USAO
As far as I am concerned, a painting speaks for itself.  What is the use of giving explanations, when all is said and done?  A painter has only one language.  ~Pablo Picasso

Poop Art
As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.  ~John Lubbock

Dirty Face Girl Montmartre 2011
The artist is a receptacle for the emotions that come from all over the place:  from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web.  ~Pablo Picasso

Vibrant Sidewalk Art
While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality... true art lies in a reality that is felt.  ~Odilon Redon


Some shots from the car wash.... the results are in watercolor.   The photographer remained in the car. 

Car Wash
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.  ~Edgar Allan Poe, "Eleonora"

Washing the Car
You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.  ~Mark Twain

Through the window
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.  ~Henry David Thoreau


To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted.  ~George Kneller

The Back Seat
We all know that Art is not truth.  Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.  The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies.  ~Pablo Picasso

Monument Hill near Addington

The west has been immortalized by the likes of John Wayne in movies such as Red River.  Wayne and company herds the cattle north to Kansas to find wealth and success.   Times of economic hardship drove these hardy cowboys who we have romanticized in film and lore.  The reality of the post Civil War south and the demand for beef in the north drove men to leave their families to run with the cattle on the Chisholm trail and other trails established to drive cattle through.   I live near Duncan which is home to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum.  The romantic love of the cowboy is on display in their amazing collection of western Art.   

Chisholm Trail Monument Addington
This monument in honor of the Chisholm Trail  can be found east of Addington Oklahoma.

Monument Hills Sign Chisholm Trail Addington
I love the fact that there is a grave on top of this hill. One of the trail drivers wanted to be buried on this hill. I think if I were a cowboy, I'd want to be buried out in the west too. 

Tom Lattimore Grave Addington
Those twenty years of the time of the cowboys and the cattle trails were brought to an end as the rail-heads made their way south, while the farmers enclosed the land with their miraculous barbed wire fences.  In his honor of Mr. Lattimore's grave here  is a picture of the Cowboys and Longhorns at Duncan's celebration this fall. 

Cowboys and Cattle
The monument on this hill provided a look out point for the drovers herding their precious cattle to market. 

Monument Hill BW
When you are driving out east of Addington  looking for the historical marker you see this obelisk jutting out on the horizon.  

Southern View From Monument Hill
The view to the south of monument hill.  You can see for miles.   Now you can see why this was an important look out point on the trail.  Visualize thousands of cattle being driven towards you. 

Northern View Monument Hill Addington
View to the North.

Barbed Wire at Monument HIll
Barbed wire is fencing in this Chisholm Trail monument.  Barbed wire helped cause the decline of the great cattle drives that crossed the west.  


Inside the Oklahoma Capitol Building

I'll begin with the Oklahoma Governors Office.  Tomorrow night we will know whether it is Jari Askins or Mary Fallin.  We will have a woman governor.  

Governers Office
Governor Statues
Interior Oklahoma Capitol
Inside state capitol

Oklahoma State Capitol

With tomorrow being election day I thought that I would edit and put up a few photos of the Oklahoma State Capitol.   The official website for the government of Oklahoma is

Oklahoma Capitol 2

State Capitol
It was a beautiful morning a couple of weeks ago that we ended up at the Capitol.  As many years as I've lived in Oklahoma, I have never been inside the Capitol. The dome is a recent addition to our Capitol in Oklahoma.  It even has its own website.  

Oklahoma Capitol
Oklahoma is the only state whose capitol is surrounded by oil wells.  The statue above is named: "As Long as The Waters Flow" by Allan Houser.  A Chiricahua Apache.  Statue was dedicated in 1989.  

Derrick at the Capitol
Derrick at the Capitol. 

Oklahoma Capitol Building

Statue of Jesus

This is a statue of Jesus at the Holy City in the Wichita Mountains.  It was such a beautiful October day. 

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.  ~Martin Luther

Jesus Statue at the Holy City 2 This statue of Jesus is made of White Marble and found its home in the Holy City in 1975.

Jesus Statue Holy City Lawton

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."
(Matthew 5.3-12 ESV)

Jesus Statue Closeup
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"
(Matthew 5.43-45 ESV)

Pioneer Woman Statue at Ponca City

If you go to Ponca City one of the many stops that you must see is the Pioneer Woman Statue and Museum 

Pioneer Woman Ponca City
E.W. Marland had so much respect for the Pioneer Woman he held a competition for the best pioneer woman statue.   The sculptor Bryant Baker was the winner of the competition. Pioneer Women FInalists Marland Mansion

The hallway of the Marland Mansion (also in Ponca City) has the copies of all of the finalists in this competition (the originals are housed with the Phillips collection in Bartlesville). The Statue was unveiled in 1930 according to the Pioneer Woman museum's website. 

PIoneer Woman Statue Ponca City
I remember stopping at this park when I was a teenager and we drove through Ponca City on the way to somewhere else.  I remember the Statue, I didn't realize what else Ponca City had to offer.  The neighboring Marland Mansion is amazing and a must see for anyone passing through.  

Pioneer woman back side