Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution - Bill of Rights

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Preservation and Proposition

Our mission is to document the pivotal Second Amendment events that occurred in Frontier Mercersburg, and its environs, and to heighten awareness of the importance of these events in the founding of our Nation.

We are dedicated to the preservation of the place where the Second Amendment was "born" and to the proposition that the Second Amendment (the "right to bear arms") is the keystone of our Liberty and the Republic.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Life, Liberty, and Property - Lost

"The Enoch Brown Massacre"  by Kevin Rice. 

"The Enoch Brown Massacre".  A well know and shocking story (even by today's standards) of the 1764 massacre of 10 school children during the "French and Indian War" is the 6th painting in a series of historical paintings by the artist Kevin Rice of the Conococheague.  Rice chooses (for our sake) not to graphically illustrate the grizzly mayhem described in the history books, but, the terrible reality of that day in frontier Pennsylvania, cannot be mistaken.  There is no doubt that this massacre was a defining event, confirming in Pennsylvanians' minds the need for the Colony and the Crown to finally take action to secure their Life, Liberty, and Property.
The artist draws us to the painting with a small child in terror, it is only when we look away that we see among the trees the object of her horror - an Indian warrior with a blood covered club. As if that weren't enough, a child's doll amidst the fallen leaves leads us to an even more grizzly discovery. Through the mastery of his brush Rice gives the viewer a profound insight into Pennsylvania life during the time of the French and Indian Wars.

Artists Bio 

Kevin Rice is one of the most important and complex young artists working in Pennsylvania today.

Although largely self-taught, Kevin Rice's work is imbued with an energy, spirit, and intellect beyond his years.  Raised on a farm in Pennsylvania, his work is rich in the lore and life from his surroundings.  In the spirit of pantheist, Charles Ephraim Burchfield (1893-1967), Rice relies heavily on his intimate knowledge of nature's landscape to create his dramatic and sometimes primitive worlds. His visceral bond with nature is

His depictions of nature often have a haunting visceral quality, where wind, trees, and light seem to take on a life of their own.  His colors sometimes rage across his canvases overwhelming the narrative as a volcano consumes its own mountainside.  Heroic figures struggle within his view with a nature that is relentless and unbowed.  Realizing that the world that he paints confounds his canvas, he attempts, sometimes successfully, to frame or border his vision with trees or vines.

The worlds he creates are those of the shaman... Where "nothing is as it seems."-- JWRoss

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