Archive of the Mendocino Heritage Artists

In the beginning
cats squalled and nasturtiums
climbed the old fence.
Lovers and cynics
walked the streets
the sea pounded the rocks
and you said I was beautiful.

Is it flesh or the spirit
that is renewed by love?
Can they be separated?

Now we have become monuments
as our lives move ever faster.
Now we have need of that beauty
which lies upon the earth and is silent.

Where is the profit and where the loss?
Not in the doing or the sharing
Not in the needing or the caring
Not in the moments of our loving
Not in the joy of our discovering.

We judge the value and we lose the need
to walk in beauty and forget our greed.
Cats squall. Nasturtiums climb the old fence.
– Antonia Lamb (1984)

Each of the Mendocino Heritage Artists has a growing archive of artwork, articles and stories. Please help expand the archives by sharing your photos and stories. Please contact us with any questions. Thank you!

Zacha’s Bay Window Gallery
Mendocino Art Center
The Legacy of William Zacha

Chester Anderson