Sometime in the late 1930s/early-1940s, Colorado Springs artist Archie Musick (whose amazing hand-built home in Garden of the Gods we profiled HERE) created a mind-boggling 75-page hand-made Christmas card booklet for his friend Laura Bunnell filled not just with words or images, but with painstakingly rendered, hand-pulled stone lithographs. Local art collector Blake Wilson came into possession of this booklet through renowned local abstract artist Charles Bunnell’s estate and offers us this narrated look at “The Christmas card to end all Christmas cards.”

 

8 Responses to The Xmas Card to End All Xmas Cards

  1. Ellen Troyer says:

    What a beautiful gift. Thank you Blake for sharing this with the community. Merry Christmas!

  2. Jim Bailey says:

    Beyond cool…..

  3. Sherry Fairchild says:

    Very impressive… Thanks!

  4. limeboy says:

    Archie Musick was an incredible artist and a local treasure. So is his daughter Pat Musick. Thanks for sharing this. Shame we only treasure our artists locally after they are dead.

  5. Dottie Harman says:

    Thank you for connecting the present to the past through your perceptive visual and oral commentary. Excellent web site.

  6. Jean Gumpper says:

    This is beautiful and a great treat to see on Christmas Eve. Thank you.

  7. Jeanne Clark says:

    As I watch this video, one of Archie’s paintings of two skaters on a lake is on the wall above me. He was a very special person and artist and we have been enjoying several of his works in our various homes for many years. Would love to see this Christmas treasure of his.

  8. Lars K says:

    What a beautiful video. Stone litho is so far removed from the digital age that it’s really swell to see printmaking given some props :)

    Thanks for sharing an incredible Christmas gift with us all.

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