"Wonders Never Cease"
St. James by-the-Sea Gallery
743 Prospect St
La Jolla, California, 92037
April 13, 2019 - May 19, 2019
"Wonder of Wonders"
by Lenore T. Hughes
THE REASON FOR THE SEASONS
according to Greek Mythology
By Lenore Tolegian Hughes
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden Art Exhibit, 12-6-2018 through 3-31-19
As the Greek goddess of the bountiful harvest and fertility, Demeter presided over the cycle of life and death. She was also a mother—the epitome of a devoted and adoring mother to her daughter, Persephone. They loved one another with the warm-hearted affection reserved for mother and child.
Demeter was a joyful goddess, and because of her joy the earth yielded great riches. That is until the fateful day when her daughter Persephone was kidnapped by Hades, the king of the underworld, to be his bride.
What made matters worse was that Persephone’s abduction had the secret approval of Zeus, king of the gods, who was the father of Persephone and the brother of Hades.
The loss of her daughter left Demeter grief stricken. Demeter’s desolation turned to anger, and then to fury, when she discovered that Zeus was complicit in the abduction.
She unleashed her fury by using her powers to remove the sun’s warmth, leading to the destruction of every living thing on earth.
When Zeus saw the devastation that the tremendous capacity of Demeter’s maternal love caused, he backed down and offered a compromise, allowing Persephone to be with her mother on earth for six months of every year.
And that is the reason for the seasons.
The story of Demeter’s pain and torment is palpable and shared by countless parents all over the world who suffer the loss of their children for whatever reasons. And each time this happens the earth is broken.
I celebrate Demeter as a woman who used her powers to stand firm for what was good and right in the face of adversity. When powerful forces were aligned against her, she sprang into action. She demonstrates to us that the seasons of all our lives are inextricably intertwined with deep sorrow and wondrous joy and that it is our challenge and our privilege to embrace them .
"Beyond the Windmills"
Selected Works from The Barry Berkus and Family Art Collections and New Works
Elverhoj Museum of History and Art
August 26 - November 12, 2017
"The Mission Santa Inés is the spiritual heart of Solvang, and Santa Inés, Saint Agnes of Rome, is the heart of the Mission.
In the year 304 AD, at the age of 13, she was sought in marriage by a Roman Prince. When she rejected him, professing to be the bride of Jesus, he became so enraged that he shamed her by throwing her into a brothel and ordered her stripped of all her clothes.
A divine miracle caused her hair to grow overnight to cover her nakedness and protect her innocence.
St. Agnes is the patron saint of many groups but especially of gardeners, virgins, children, and victims of sexual assault."