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Leo Monahan is a pioneer of paper sculpture. His works are truly original with each piece being carefully designed and skillfully cut by hand. You could say that as a paper sculptor, Leo draws with his knife and as a paper artist he designs with the talent of an accomplished graphic artist and illustrator. Leo's works are for the most part inspired by his memories of life as young boy at the foot of Mount Rushmore. It was a life peopled with miners, loggers, cowboys, farmers, and the Sioux. One sees in his paper sculpture symbols of elements that surrounded him at that time, especially exotic plants, animals, masks, fishing flies, and wild bird feathers. Leo is unique in portraying these images and evoking feelings with the paper sculpture collage medium. His creations are a blend of Impressionism and Surrealism, and they come together to tell stories.

Monahan Puts Down Paper & Picks up Hammer

This isn’t even the new work, some of which will be picked up from the framer on Friday. Talk about “hot off the press!”

The studio is looking like a world-class exhibition.


Will try to find time this week to post some photos of new work.

Preserving Memories

Photos on phones, in scrapbooks and photo albums, movies, television, art on walls and in galleries and museums are all ways we preserve our memories.

Growing up in the depression and World War II, some of the best memories we have were of canning and preserving — the Mason Jars full of every beautiful example of the harvest and the hunt. The steaming kitchens, wood stoves, perspiring women, and the formica tables laden with row after row of glass jars filled with vegetables and fruit held the promise of plenty on the table during the long, cold, Black Hills winters.

I revisit those times by showing you other precious memories, such as, “Preserve October” and “Preserve Ladybugs” and other things that we need to remember.

Preserve October

Preserve October

Preserve Ladybugs

Preserve Ladybugs

Several other preserved memories, such as “Preserve Spring Flowers” will show up in the ever-growing Mason Jar series which you can see during the Weaverville Art Safari on Sat. & Sun., Oct. 24th and 25th. Check out our Facebook page and the official Weaverville Art Safari website. I am #4 on the map. Stop by, and enjoy something from a Mason Jar (no, not THAT!). I think you’ll like what you see and hear.

Thanks for visiting me …