#257 Inside Art Ornament

Acquired 2000

Katie, often remembering me just before Christmas and just before my Open House events, brought this elegant hanging ornament to me on the eve of my 2000 Open House. I was amazed at the elegance of the painting only to learn that this is Inside Art - reverse painting, a craft of the Chinese for over 1,000 years! Through a small opening in each piece, an artist uses delicate brush strokes to paint the inside of the glass. Each ornament is a signed original and may take several days to complete! The Chinese started this artistry, discovering their work was preserved more permanently with the art coming from the inside rather than on the outside! Katie found this elegant piece at a Craft Faire and she also saw it at a special gift store in Carmel. This piece, called Holy Manger, was released in 1999.