RECENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS
Towering above its surroundings on Bolton Hill is one of the most magnificent parish structures ever created by the the celebrated Irish American Architect, Patrick Charles Keely. By the early 1880's, Keely had designed numerous churches and cathedrals in the United States. It was not unusual, then, that the Jenkins children, following the request of their dear mother, Louisa Carrell Jenkins, would call upon Keely to design this splendid edifice whose spire soars prominently today over the Baltimore skyline.
Patrick Keely's Hidden Treasure on Bolton Hill
A Special Anniversary Presentation
Patrick Keely had already completed two ecclesiastical structures in Baltimore: St. Mary, Star of the Sea, in the 1860's, and the Romanesque Chapel for St. Joseph's Passionist Monastery, by 1880. It would be Patrick Keely's Jenkins memorial design, and the incorporation of the finest ecclesiastical treasures from the John Hardman Studios of England, that would raise the status of this noble structure to one of the finest Catholic churches to be found along the East Coast.
There will be a table display of Patrick C. Keely's various plans,
along with photos of some of his noble church structures,
which attendees may view at their leisure.
The main presentation will consist of a PowerPoint
following Keely's early accomplishments, and through his career
Parker Lecture Series
St. Patrick's Church, 2 P.M
A presentation exploring the varied styles, and history of the 5
churches designed by Keely. His first was St. Patrick's, which was destroyed by fire , but rebuilt by the firm of Keely and Houghton. Another Gothic gem is, " The Immaculate." St. Michael's and the shuttered Sacred Heart were from the Keely firm. Keely's last design in Lowell, and his last, "Cathedral size, Church," was St. Peter's, on Gorham St. It was one of the outstanding churches in the Boston Archdiocese, and parish of Cardinal O'Connell. Unfortunately, Cardinal Law had the treasure, demolished, despite great protests, both locally, and in national preservation.
Cathedral Christmas Carol Sing
March 22, 2013, Friday, Starts 9:00 AM
Located at 1400 Washington Street, Boston's South End, Ted Furey, President of the Keely Society will guide the Tour guests from the basement crypt to the towers, via the organ gallery. Focus will turn to the significance of the rare, enamel portraiture painting on stained glass, and three Chapels of the Cathedral.
Original architectural drawings of the architect, Patrick C. Keely, will be on display, as well as historic photos from the 1890's. Mr. Leo Abbott, Music Director for the Cathedral will play the Historic, 5,292 pipe, Hook & Hastings Organ.
Guests may enter the main portals on Washington Street, or enter via the air conditioned, Chapel of the Blessed sacrament Chapel on Union Park Street
Limited parking is available at the Cathedral parking Lot, corner of Harrison Ave. & Malden St., with entrance on Malden St. with parking to the left.
Note: A Handicap ramp is situated on the Union Park St. side, with elevator to the main level.
March 17, 2012
However, its remaining, Keely designed, interior features, make this a very suitable structure for restoration and reuse by the citizens of Callowhill, and all Philadelphia to admire.
Assumption Church's twin spires, rise above the Callowhill neighborhood, adding stability, and a sense of peace to a revitalizing area.
One can read articles, and know of its history, but until one stands in its very presence, gazing at its dominating facade, and soaring spires on Spring Garden Street, only then, can one appreciate the powerful impact this structure has on the soul of a neighborhood.
This Historic Philadelphia Church's presence is a very important structure, that must be preserved for future generations.
Photos of this magnificent Keely Church to follow soon!
Available - $10 plus $3 Postage etc.
The Keely Society has been asked to supply various, high quality religious statuary to enhance religious settings. The finest figures available today are produced in Spain. They are hand finished and indivudually distinct. These are not the stock Spanish pieces, but ones whose form and execution reflect the highest quality of the late 19th century. A group of Spanish artisans started their work in 1880 and a select group carries on this rich tradition. The figures are finely created in "Pasta Madera", a wood paste. Here are only a few of their creations:
Where it all begins
A unique group of religious imagery artists, formed at the end of the 19th Century. Their aim was to produce the finest quality religious statues in a, "Pasta Madera," or wood paste. This would form intricatly detailed figures. This endeavor began in the Northeast region of Catalan, Spain. This breathtaking area is seen in this view.
Thunderstorm afternoon in Catalan, Spain
A view of the type of factory buildings used in the production of artistic imagery crafting in Catalan, Spain. Summer storms often interrupt the sunny Spanish afternoon, as happens here in this August photo. The open top floor is where the pasta madera figures cure, slowly, for two to three weeks in the open air. below, on the second floor, the artists work with oil paint, and their artistic flair, and crativity to complete figures for worldwide clients.
The sun breaks through on storage building #2
In this structure are stored the original wood models, created by artisits reaching back over 100 years. The molds are also stored here, and the process of making the,"pasta madera," takes place on the ground floor.
Carved wood angels await use
Two lifesize, "Angels of Adoration," rest in the upper floor of building #2.
Wings of angels are molded seperately, and added at a later time.
Molds for large scenes and Stations of the Cross
These molds usually are used to created pasta madera figures. Eight castings can be completed before new molds are created. This is to ensure exactness to the original wood carved ststue. Marguerite Pijon is our guide for this part of the workshop, or "taller."
Three Majestic Kings created in 100cms., Clase 1a
These realistically crafted figures are model 42-G. These standing figures measure 40 inches. They are also made for Nativity sets ranging in 20, 24, 28, and 40 inch figures. Other Magi can be supplied in 48", and 60" sizes. This similar Model 42-G, of Magi, will be illustrated below in "Museun Quality gold Leafed Policromatic Finish," soon.
All the illustrated figures in color, are not company photos, but actual, CLIENT ORDERED PIECES, from Spain.
Museum Quality Madonna and Child
This extrodiary creation, modeled in pasta madera, illustrates finely finished features, that are similar to the style of the, Great Italian painter, Sandro Botticelli. This piece is crafted in 120cms. approximately 4 feet, if standing.
The size is proper for any setting, and use in Church or Cathedral as life size. Life size is available in any finish.
All the areas of clothing are first covered in gold leaf. The figures are then painted in the desired shades. Next a wood stylus is used to skim away the oil paint to reveal the gold leaf below. An artist finishes the delicate features of the Madonna and Child, Lastly, the elaborate decorative overpainting is finished, and base is trimed with gold leaf. Indenting in patterned designs then, finishes the piece.
The Piece is packed and ready for shipment, to be used in a United States Cathedral. Bathed in candlelight at Christma, the sight is a wonder to behold, with the gold reflecting, the twinkling of the candle flame.
A Nativity piece, such as this, is a, Treasure for the Ages!"
The Madonna and Child
Mary looks at her Devine Son . It is a depiction of awe, and wonder. The colors used, and designs depicted, hand done by the Spanish artists are rendered and created to the desired wishes of the client.
Delicate Botticelli-like Features of the Virgin
A ethereal gentleness on the face of the Blessed Virgin, is seen in this extraordinary depiction of Mary, Devine Mother.
The Nativity of Jesus
This particular set is crafted in sizes 24", 32', 40", 48", and 60."
Angels, numerous Shepherds and Magi, can be added to enhance the scene. The colors and designs in this case were left up to the individual artist. Hand decorated these museum quality figures, first gets a coat of gold leaf. Color and designs are then completed. The same Nativity model can be seen below presented differently.
Different designs and color rendering on the Nativity of Jesus
It is easy to see the same models finished in two differnt styles to the complete satisfaction of the particular clients.
Ploicrmatic, Museum Quality, St. Joseph
This figure of St. Joseph is fabricated in 16", and 20", sizes for homes or chapels that wish a superb depiction of the Nativity. The clothing of the figure was completely covered in gold leaf, and overpainted in verde green. It was then incised with a wood stylus in lines, to reveal the gold. Finally, the artist paints the designs.
Angel of Eucharist Adoration
This Heavenly Angel, looks down, lovingly, at the resting place of the Eucharist in a Tabernacle. This angel is featured in many catalogues. This is the actual Angel, fabricated by the Spanish artists, for the Keely Society.
There are two different angels in this pair. A pair of angels finished in white and gold design robes were furnished to a client, and adorn the altar and tabernacle. This adoring angel, along with its partner have been used in New England Cathedrals.
Large Nativity Scene
Completed in natural colors,this beautiful Nativity scene, is available with numerous other shepherds, kings, and angels. The figures are fabricated in 24' 32" 40", 48" and lifesize 60".
Angels in flight can be fabricated in 40" and 48" sizes.
The Virgin of a Nativity Set
Finished in the traditional colors of European nativity sets, this class 2a, figure of Mary, kneeling in a resting position, is seen with a face of serenity and beauty. Mary admiringly looks down on the Holy baby.
Castellanos', SACRED HEART OF JESUS IN GLORY
This figure is avilable in 120cms.- 4 feet, which is the standard size for a large chapel or church. Thsi figure can also be produced in 32", 40", and 60". The tunic is off-white, with hand tooled gold leaf triangular design at the base. The mantle is a rich red, with hand tooled gold leaf borders, of interwaven thorns and Passion flower. The base is gold leaf, in a hand tooled design. An elaborate halo of brass is available. It is similar to that illustrated. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for photos.
Example of hand tooled god leaf by Catalan artists
A closeup of the hand tooled designs, highly embellished and over painted that was requested for this figure of the Sacred Heart, Model 387-S. This is an example of Clase 1a, hand work. Clase 2a, would be similar but in gold paint, not gold leaf.
OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION WITH CHERUBS
Crafted in a number of similar depictions, this Assumption can be created in 32", 40", 48", and 60" sizes. The image can be produced without the cherubs, on a cloud base as shown.