Maker: Abraham Greenhouse
Date Made: 1961
Medium: Egg shell, thread on masonite
Framed: 18 3/4 x 14 1/2 inches
A Mosaic portrait of President John F. Kennedy made from crushed eggshells dyed various colors. Brown, gray, and black thread is used to outline the image of JFK's face and indicate his hair. The artist spent more than 100 hours creating the portrait.
Maker: Joseph Dias
Dimensions: 34 x 48 1/4 inches
A large American flag made of 2,037 individual pieces of wood inlaid to form the stars and stripes design. The artist selected different kinds of wood, because of their natural colors, from five countries: Brazil, Portuguese Africa, British Guiana, Guatemala, and Canada. All of the wood was hand cut by the artist.
Maker: Ignacio Fitzgerald
Date Made: ca. 1960
Medium: Wood, pigment, glass, paper
A Wood and glass shadowbox case with an American flag as the backdrop. Inside the box are relief carved busts of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy made of painted wood with a cardboard cut outs of painted photographs of their faces for the heads. President Kennedy wears a grey suit with blue tie and Jacqueline Kennedy wears a navy blouse.
Maker: Agustin Delgado de la Vega
Medium: Straw, wood, pigment
Dimensions: Sight: 11 3/4 x 10 inches ; Framed: 17 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches
Mosaic portrait of John F. Kennedy made from cut pieces of painted straw which are inlaid and pieced together like a puzzle. President Kennedy is portrayed wearing a brown suit and striped tie set against a purple background.
Maker: Eugene Walsh
Date Made: 1962
Medium: Oil on wood
Dimensions: 1 x 1 inch
A miniature portrait of John F. Kennedy in the foreground with the U.S. Capitol building in the background set in a surrealist landscape. The scene portrays farm fields with a red barn and silo, a harbor with boats to the left, industrial smoke stacks in the far distance, with the sun rising behind the Capitol and the moon fading in the upper right corner. The artist describes the subject matter as "segmented references to the different major sections of our country, such as, the farms, the forests, the seaports etc."
The artist was prompted to paint this portrait "due to President Kennedy's efforts on behalf of the artists of our country. Your recent appointment of a cultural adviser, along with your acknowledgement of the need for the government to take a more active and encouraging role in the arts in this, the greatest country in the world, has indeed given much hope to many of us trying to make their way in these fields."
Maker: Cub Scout Joe Hnath
Date Made: February 1962
Medium: Wood, fiber
Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 7 in.
Hand carved wooden chair with fiber back and seat cushion
Maker: R. J. McErlean
Dimensions: 1 1/2 inches
The pit of a peach is carved with a portrait of John F. Kennedy wearing a veterans hat. Above his head is inscribed "President John F. Kennedy of United States." To the left is carved an eagle sitting on a shield, and below that is a figure of St. Christopher. The veins of the peach pit have been delicately carved in a foliate pattern.
Maker: James A. Rikos
Medium: Wood, varnish, paint, nails
Dimensions: 6 x 7 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches
Wood carving of President John F. Kennedy seated at a desk. On the desk is a phone, book and a microphone. The front of the desk is painted in black lettering: The President Meets the Press.
Maker: Dora Blackburn
Date Made: 1960
Medium: Stamps, ribbon
A portrait of President John F. Kennedy handmade from colored pearlized ribbon cut into circular disks and set on the surface overlapping each other like a mosaic. A border around the image of President Kennedy is made with cancelled postage stamps of Presidents Lincoln and Washington.
Maker: Wilfred Lesperance
Date Made: November 29, 1960 - January 26, 1961
Dimensions: 77 inches
A rosary hand carved from one piece of pinewood. The links are carved to look like beads which meet at a carved heart and culminate at a carved cross. This rosary was made over a period of 3 months and took 110 hours to carve.
Maker: Paul Czapor (American, b. Poland)
Date Made: 1961
Medium: Mahogany, maple, poplar, birch and ebony
Dimensions: 23 1/2 x 8 x 4 inches
Handmade violin with an inlaid American flag on the back plate. This violin was made from 271 individual pieces of wood.
Maker: Dobieslaw Walknowski
Place Made: Krakow, Poland
Medium: Wood, pigment
Dimensions: 24 1/2 x 38 1/4 x 19 inches
This wedding chest was handcrafted in Poland in the traditional Polish folk style. It's exterior is painted various vibrant colors with designs and patterns carved on interior. The interior is inscribed "JFK 1961 R". The "R" stands for "Rok" meaning year in Polish.
When a bride and groom are married in Polish tradition, during the wedding ceremony their hands are bound with a piece of embroidered cloth and held over a loaf of bread. The embroidered cloth along with other treasured items were traditionally saved in a dowry chest like this one which became a popular piece of furniture in the married couple's house throughout their lifetime.
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