Artists tend to be spiritual. They reach for something deeper and express their discovery with images that move and inspire the viewer. The American patriot artist produces images which connect the spirit of the patriotic viewer to the beliefs and values of America's Founding Families: reinforcing America's foundations. Whether you are an artist or a connoisseur, there is a place for you in the PatriArt Program.
Americans have unknowingly been cut loose from the moorings our nation was founded upon and find themselves adrift in a sea of uncertainty. The PatriArtsTM program can be the beacon to guide them back to meaningful lives. The goal of the PatriArtsTM program is to use patriotic art in all forms and media to call Americans back to their roots and restore their passion for excellence in life. The goal is accomplished by familiarizing the artist and the viewer/connoisseur with the meaning of patriotic symbols commonly used in America during the 18th and 19th century. Three of the most common symbols (the shield, Eagle, and constellation) were taken from America’s Great Seal (a near image found on the back of the dollar bill). Go to our Patriot Bay Store to view the many categories of everyday items which can become inspirational conversation starters through your creativity.
Symbolically, the Great Seal reflects the beliefs and values the Founding Fathers attached to the new nation and wish to pass on to their descendants. US State Dept. 2003
The Eagle: The Eagle is an ancient biblical symbol of deliverance. The Founding Fathers national coat of arms is born upon the wings of an Eagle. The world famous Eagle of America’s Civil War, Old Abe, inspired many American corporations to integrate our national bird into their corporate logos. After the national flag, the Eagle is the most commonly employed patriotic icon of Americana art.
The Constellation: Arranging lesser stars about a central superstar forms a constellation commonly used on American flags up until the 39th state. It was also employed as a Navy ensign. It symbolizes a nation gathered around and trusting in God. Same artists arrayed 12 stars randomly about a superstar such as the Proctor and Gamble corporate logo of the 19th century. The historically incorrect Betsy Ross constellation has all but replaced the Columbian era super-star constellation in contemporary art.
Union Shield: A symbol for a Republican form of government that enabled the motto, E Pluribus Unum (Latin meaning, of many, one). The U.S. Army placed a superstar constellation upon its shield emblem for the Adjutant General Corps. The shield was very popular in post Civil War art.
Columbia: The classical personification of America is usually depicted with the red Phrygian cap of a freed slave and bearing, or wearing an American flag. The image of Columbia was incorporated into the name of major corporations such as Columbia Pictures, Columbia Records, etc. and her image was associated to a wide range of food, beverage, tobacco, household and industry products. Over time the image of Columbia began to be referred to as liberty; especially after receiving the gift the French named, The Statue of Liberty.
For the artist, WMI provides compensation and assistance in the production and promotion of their patriotic work. The potential for patriotic art of all media upon items about our person, home and workplace seems unlimited. An example of incorporating a superstar constellation is found in Paul R Hee’s painting of the USS Constitution shown on the left.
For the viewer/connoisseur searching antique shops, secondhand stores and gift boutiques for patriotic art, WMI offers a finder’s fee to those whose suggestion of patriotic items that are selected as offerings in WMI’s store, PatriotBayTM. To the right is a vintage flag key rack with a superstar constellation.
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