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St. Cecilia: Patron of Musicians and Music Lovers, Handmade Statue

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I design, carve, and cast the pieces myself. I cast them in modified gypsum (a very strong building material) with bronze powder. The pieces come boxed, can stand or hang (there's a hook on the back), and can go outside. Each piece comes with a history card stating: "Cecilia was a fourth-century martyr. Her association with music and musicians stems from a story about her wedding feast. The story tells that Cecilia did not want to get married but was forced to by her parents and others who had power over her. At the celebration, as wedding music was playing, Cecilia tuned in to a higher level of art: she heard "celestial music," and thus became the patron of people with a sense of true music as an art that transcends the secular and mundane. Many performers-ranging from Luciano Pavarotti to Aaron Neville of New Orleans-have been known to ask St. Cecilia for guidance before they begin a performance. This plaque/niche was carved by Hank Schlau and was handpainted by Karen Schlau. The plaque, like many depictions of Cecilia over the last five hundred years, shows her playing a lute." Dimensions: 6 high x 3 wide x 1 deep (inches)

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