Guardian of Sheldon Church

© Atala Dorothy Toy

Guardian of Sheldon Church

This art piece received Honorable Mention at the large Chester County Art Association mixed media show.

This gentle contemplative monk-like nature spirit is the Guardian of Place for Old Sheldon Church, Beaufort County, South Carolina. He watches over the grounds and seeks to establish a contemplative energy at a religious site twice burned to the ground in wars that passed through the area.

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This photographic art collage received Honorable Mention at the fall Chester County Art Association mixed media show. There were over 200 pieces in the show, ranging from encaustic and pastels to oil, sculpture and digital imagery.

This art photograph has been released in the following sizes and editions. Please contact me if you have needs of a different size print:

Photo: 7.5  x 10 inches | Paper: 8.5 x 11 inches | mat: 11×14 inches | edition: 50
Photo: 12.75 x 18.75 inches | Paper: 13 x 19 inches | mat: 18 x 24 inches | edition: 50 + 2AP
Cards: 7 x 10 inches folded with envelope | open edition

About the Guardian

Guardians of Place have the responsibility to keep matters energetically aligned in an area and to protect a site to the best of their ability. They can be of the spirit world or a human who has died but remains on the earth plane to care for a special site.

Sheldon Church

The exquisitely constructed Sheldon Church with its massive columns stands in elegant ruins now, having been burned down first by the British in the Revolutionary War and then by the Union Army in the Civil War. As in many areas that have experienced conflict, this nature spirit is working deep inside the earth grid to re-establish healthy, peaceful energy on this piece of land. A sense of holiness pervades the ruins, so it seems humans and nature have done their redemptive work very well.

The Live Oak stands at the entry path to the church, overlooking and protecting it. The Guardian’s face inclines down, at this angle, from one of the Live Oak’s massive branches.

In my photograph of the Guardian, I have applied a background image of the ruins along with a textural wash based on my photograph of the white plaster still visible on the ruin’s interior walls.

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Print Details

This is a limited edition art photograph and is available only until its designated run length is reached.

I handprint each photograph myself, using archival-quality ink on 60 lb 10 mil thick acid free archival-quality matte paper. The image is signed and numbered on the back and arrives with its own uniquely numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The digital watermark visible on the internet view of this piece is not present on the print itself.

The photographs are set in thick quality buffered–pH Neutral matting. The 5×7 cards with envelopes are open editions, also printed with archival-quality inks on archival-quality paper.

I offer free shipping within the United States. The photos are shipped taped to their mat, between two mat board backings, inside a custom-size heavy cardboard envelope/sleeve.

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