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Sunday Monday prompt : Tear=noun & Tear=verb May.1.2014.

Thank you Darlene Sperber for your prompt for fun day Monday prompt number six fun with words :

tear as a noun and tear as a verb.

This is an excerpt from one of my prints it’s a detail and it is of  painted ‘ tears’.

Callahan will you ‘tear ‘a detail from the print?  O.K., this detail is torn from the print.

They conspired to paint the air

They conspired to paint the air

knowing that art

is not only a way

of seeing

but a way

of being,

a passion for the light,

a tenderness at heart

just short

of being wounded by the air,

a toughness too,


They consipred to paint the air,

leaving their mark,

an obsessed life,

infinitely rich,

infinitely ripe,

tasting of peaches

and anemones,

red tile,

voile peignoirs

and air,

inhabited air.


poetry:    Erica Yong,   Becoming Light

painting:      Callahan McDonough, Patterns of Moonlight Shifted,  2013.     Wood panel, mixed media 3’x4′.


The Still Point of the Turning World……March 6.2014.


“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;

Neither  from nor toward; at the still point, there the dance is,

But neither  arrest nor movement.  And do not call it fixity,

Where past and future are gathered. Neither Movement

from nor towards,

Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,

There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.”


Burnt Norton


Who supports your daily life?

I am  so very  grateful for the support in my life, friends, family and community. All are profound gifts of Love and contribute to my ability to create.

What supports my daily life?

Something from deep inside that has always been there, a part of me, that quests, wonders, is amazed at times, scared at times, in awe at times,in delight.  As time goes on, I experience all of that fully; the feelings, the thoughts the sorting it all out.

Then, ultimately, there is the sublime still point of the turning world.


The is-ness of my studio

Day 5 artists blogathon ignited by : C4 Atlanta March.5.2014.

The prompt today is crafted by Gina Thompson

What gives you satisfaction in the studio?

Just being in the studio is always a bit like stepping out of time for me, time both stands still and is brilliantly focused/present when I am fully engaged in making an art work. It often means struggling with resolving a problem; it’sbvisual and conceptual at the same time, then it feels like a kind of delicous puzzle.

What are you currently exploring there?

Currently I have been doing a review of my past art works,  a process that seems to occur about once a year for me. It involves seeing what there is to learn from past work, to carry over, just ‘take stock’ of my visual markings.   Also I’ve been working on a collaborative piece with a writer in Seattle : Ronna Dettrick, I actually met her through the web and was attracted to her blog because the heading read, Renegade conversations, Feminism and Faith.  Being a feminist and also having a sense of my own Sprituality her words spoke to me. She put a call out for an artist to work with her. The project we are now collaborating on stems from Ronna’s  writing. The theme is to  depict 30 women from ancient texts/scripture whom are then re-envisioned  through a Feminists viewpont, the result,  empowering to women,  a contemporary version of Spiritual mythology for Women.  I have now done 5 of those paintings from which I create giclee prints (available : ). It has been an engaging and growthful experience for me, and I really love working with Ronna, she is one of kind, brilliant and geniune.

What is the wish list for your work?

I would eventually like to have a seperate building of about 1,000 sq ft at ground level with lots of windows.  I’d also like to find representation/gallery  for my paintings that supports exposure and also sustains me economically.  It is important to me that my work ‘get out’ and hopefully have meaning to others.

What studio goals would allow for ecstasy?

Having increasing time, un-interupted, to do my work and more community with other artists. Lastly to continue to experience my craft/talent maturing and growing.

Please join me May 3 Friday for my opening of current artworks: paintings & prints

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Sight and Sound Art Gallery

The title, “A Sword of Moonlight, and Imperishable Love”, embodies, for Callahan McDonough, the nature of her current body of art. That is, one of story and of allegory, that symbolizes her life experiences and are depicted in the images in her paintings. These images are intended by Ms. McDonough to be evocative as if we were cloud gazing at the beach; I see elephants, you see something else. She views art as a projection which invites viewers to delve into, and interpret the piece in their own way, to elicit their own story. The result has the potential to connect our personal experience to the collective whole, calling up a depth of meaning that already exists within each of us.

God cries out ! Panel # 1

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Not For Sale is a giclee triptych print. It is the result of a collaboration between artist Callahan McDonough and author Ronna Detrick. The proceeds from all prints are donated to They can be purchased as individual panels or a set of 3.

All prints Copyrighted: Callahan McDonough  2012.- All text: Ronna Detrick- All photos copy righted : Kay Chemush for U.S. State Department.


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16″x20″ = $60.00

11″ x 14″ = $40.00

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Eve goes to the big apple – SoHo20 Gallery NYC thru August.11.2012

Art in Chelsea: Hear Them Roar

on JULY 26, 2012 · LEAVE A COMMENT · in NEW YORK

The crowd outside SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery

Art lovers bask in the light of all things WOMEN

Twist by Jamie Martinez of

“I am woman, hear me roar. In numbers too big to ignore…” Helen Reddy released this anthem of the feminist movement in August of 1971. Now it’s 2012 –  July 19that SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery on 27th Street that it numbered to more than 200 artists that were featured at the BACKLASH show. Arte Fuse knew it was an exhibition too magnanimous to ignore.

This exhibition addressed the current political climate towards women in the United States. Forty years after the founding of feminist institutions like Ms. Magazine, Title IX, A.I.R. Gallery, and SOHO20 that the strides made in its heyday and the numerous rights won by second-wave generation of feminist seem to have slipped away. Statistical facts in 2012 have shown that women have been denied the legal right to equal pay for equal work, American nuns earned the moniker of “femi-Nazis”, stringent blockage of access to birth control or abortions have increased, and even the word “vagina” has become taboo to even utter on the Senate Floor. Women have paid the price and where are the things that have been gained? It’s a question explored by the artists with a variety of works displayed at the interior of SOHO20. Ranging from the figurative, abstract, mixed media, sculpture, and installations that the artists (not exclusively women) dare to present the feminine condition in all its rapturous, tortured, defiant and embattled glory. Live performances peppered the opening reception as well with readings and mock protests. Feminism is not dead as women and men in this country even beyond are countering back in ingenious and creative ways. BACKLASH brings all of these socially feminist conscious artists from all over the world in this show to express the discontent, traumas, fears, and despair but also a new breath of hope, resilience, and a stronger solidarity in the cause. As part of this renegade ideal to push feminism and spin the political axis, SOHO20 collaborates with Government Free VJJ in hosting the Snatch Project on Saturday, July 28th from 2 – 6 pm. It will be an afternoon of crafting vaginas and uteruses to send to the male representatives in congress – so in giving them a uterus, will they stay out of ours?

Note: Several women artists from Atlanta exhibited in ‘Backlash’

Reach for the Apple……….Eve’s leads us to what is the next fully alive, juicy step……….

“Artist Callahan McDonough is helping me create and curate a collection of 30 unique (and gorgeous) paintings inspired by my writings that re-imagine and redeem the stories of women in Scripture.”  

 Now available for  purchase ‘Inspired by Eve’  a series of  fine art prints 30.00 ea.

With Author: Ronna Detrick’s : interactive text with audio 22.00

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“Reach for the Apple’ 2012 prints from the series ‘Inspired by Eve’ Ronna Detrick

” A wrinkle in Time” 2012



“A wrinkle in Time”   2012

16″ x 20″

Arches Paper, mixed media


This piece was inspired by Madeline L’Engle’s book: A wrinkle in Time, and reminds me of the sense of I have of the universe being luminous vibrating light of every color. That in this universe our heart felt thought manifests in form and experiences. It comes and goes. And like a wrinkle in time we can collapse time, travel many light years, light folding the universe, as if it were a string, creating a wrinkle in time.

prints available:

under ‘portfolio’


Permissable delights of the Soul………..You are invited to my opening Apr. 1

Please join me for a brunch opening at:

the inde-pendent, April 1.Sunday, noon til 4 p.m.

1052 St. Charles Ave., Atlanta.Ga. 30306 404-313-0004

title: ” permissible delights of the soul”* 2012
34″x40″ wood panel, mixed media

prints are also available

“Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God and the permissible delights of the soul.”
Johannes Sebastian Bach
Bill & were listening to a piece from one of the Golberg Variations last night. Woke up hearing it. Like the notion of mirror images, going toward each other, one going up, the other down. Cannot really re-create a complex theory of this, but its what I hear in it.
Sometimes think I have a art split personality, or certainly many visual aspects, at any rate this is one of my new abstract pieces, that will show at my up coming exhibit. The other self/aspect paints images which tend to be somewhat ‘narrative’. Perhaps akin to the Goldberg variations. Maybe the title shoud be ‘homage to Bach’ 🙂