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Detail Close-up at base of heart by janellemckain Detail Close-up at base of heart :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 7 0 Detail of Spirits of the Heartland sculpture by janellemckain Detail of Spirits of the Heartland sculpture :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 5 0 Spirits of the Heartland 6' sculpture completed by janellemckain Spirits of the Heartland 6' sculpture completed :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 10 7 Gretna Breeze Newspaper photo by janellemckain Gretna Breeze Newspaper photo :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 13 8 Divinity by janellemckain Divinity :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 36 10 Honored to be Included - July 19th, 2015 by janellemckain Honored to be Included - July 19th, 2015 :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 2 7 Self Portrait with Leaves by janellemckain Self Portrait with Leaves :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 11 5 Black Lace Self Portrait by janellemckain Black Lace Self Portrait :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 13 4 Nature's Soul by janellemckain Nature's Soul :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 88 23 Neurotic Dispensation by janellemckain
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Merry Christmas without You by janellemckain Merry Christmas without You :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 23 6 Spirits of the Wind by janellemckain Spirits of the Wind :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 48 14 Spirits of the Wind (Detail) by janellemckain Spirits of the Wind (Detail) :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 26 4 Spirits of the Wind (Detail) by janellemckain Spirits of the Wind (Detail) :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 31 7 Spirits of the Wind (Detail) by janellemckain Spirits of the Wind (Detail) :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 18 5 La Verve by janellemckain La Verve :iconjanellemckain:janellemckain 58 12

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Detail Close-up at base of heart
“ In a state of grace, the soul is like a well of transparent water, from which flow only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing both to God and man, rising from the River of Life, beside which it is rooted like a tree”. Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa’s quote was inspiration for “Spirits of the Heartland”. The application of human faces (souls) to the sculpture inscribes the River of Life and reminds us of the pioneers and Native Americans who lived, farmed and settled in Nebraska. Though physical no longer with us, their souls remain in a state of grace and their heritage lends a spiritual connection to the heart shape. The overall design and flow of organic lines (winding tree limbs, river streams) creates a visual of human souls connected and rooted like a tree to this great state of Nebraska.
I am rooted as well, born and raised in Nebraska, I will never leave and I too, will be buried among the Spirits of the Heartland.  Janelle McKain 2017
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Detail of Spirits of the Heartland sculpture
I worked 3 months on this project.... 83 artists from across the state were selected in a community art project celebrating the state's 150th celebration.  
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Spirits of the Heartland 6' sculpture completed
NEBRASKA BY HEART is a Public Art Project sponsored by Lead Up (formerly Boys Hope Girls Hope) and the Sadie Dog Fund, and is endorsed by the State of NEBRASKA's 150 Celebration. It is a not-to-be-missed component of the Nebraska Sesquicentennial and a destination for millions of appreciative (Nebraska, national and international) visitors!

MY INSPIRATION:  
“ In a state of grace, the soul is like a well of transparent water, from which flow only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing both to God and man, rising from the River of Life, beside which it is rooted like a tree”. Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa’s quote was inspiration for “Spirits of the Heartland”. The application of human faces (souls) to the sculpture inscribes the River of Life and reminds us of the pioneers and Native Americans who lived, farmed and settled in Nebraska. Though physical no longer with us, their souls remain in a state of grace and their heritage lends a spiritual connection to the heart shape. The overall design and flow of organic lines (winding tree limbs, river streams) creates a visual of human souls connected and rooted like a tree to this great state of Nebraska.
I am rooted as well, born and raised in Nebraska, I will never leave and I too, will be buried among the Spirits of the Heartland.  Janelle McKain 2017
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Oct 12, 2016 
Gretna Breeze newspaper article


www.omaha.com/sarpy/gretna/hea…

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:iconmarcgosselin:
marcgosselin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy birthday Janelle.
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Ensomniac Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday Janelle :)
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meregoddess Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you still here?  I sure do miss seeing your work!
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oldmandave Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for your comment
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy birthday.
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