Never Forget

Blog160909_Sept11.pngThe United States marks a sad anniversary every September 11. That’s the day in 2001 that terrorist attacks occurred in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

For a while, it seemed like the entire world was upside down and confusing. In the years that followed, attacks also happened in Spain, London, Bali, and Mumbai. For those who lost loved ones, life will never be exactly the same. Even for people not directly impacted by the attacks, finding a way to deal with the tragedy can be difficult.

Artist Deborah Patterson used painting as a form of catharsis that allowed her to honor the first responders on that day, and she found an inventive way to incorporate mixed media in the process.

TRIPTYCH is a collaboration between Patterson and composer, Robert Sirota. It consists of three oil on panel paintings (48″ x 96″ total dimensions) with accompanying music for string quartet.  The paintings/movements are entitled respectively, Desecration, Lamentation, and Prayer.

Learn more about the painting, Patterson’s process, and the meaning behind it all on a special episode of Oak Crest Now. The show will premiere Sunday, September 11th and will replay on Thursday, September 15th. Both days, the show will air at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM, and 12:00 AM. The show will also be available the following day on


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