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Apr 22, 2011
Johnathan Kendall: Woodcarvings
Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet, Massachusetts June 30 - September 5, 2011 By Mark Gabriele

Even at a monastery so progressive that it was nicknamed “the holy hoboes,” Johnathan Kendall’s art provoked quite a stir.  Founded by some very forward-thinking priests, the Holy Trinity Monastery in St. David Arizona is a place where the monks wear boots and cowboy hats, and the vow of monastic hospitality extends to the homeless and mentally ill.  When American itinerant woodcarver Johnathan Kendall arrived there in the late 1970s, they took him in as they would any traveler.  They even let Kendall establish a workshop to teach the monks to make icons, which he did for a couple of years.  However, when it came to Kendall’s spectacular carving of the Holy Trinity, the prior drew the line.  He wanted it removed from the chapel because it also included a very prominent devil.

In Wellfleet, Massachusetts, a vigorous controversy...



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