Contemplative art is art that is created with thought and purpose. It conveys a message, a sense of peace to the recipient.
ABODE is a place filled with contemplative art. Each room is decorated to support a sense of peace and well-being. Handmade items and special features of ABODE are meant to surround those who serve and those who wait and those who simply seek to be.
As you walk through ABODE, as you serve, notice these details and the peace they offer to go before you, after you and may that sense of peace become a part of all you do and are.
Special Features and Handmade Items in the ABODE Home
Mesquite Mantle: Made by Floresville craftsman Robert Sandowski of South Texas Mesquite Supply. The raw mesquite slab was hand picked at his ranch and it was formed into the mantle for ABODE taking 2 months to cure the beautiful mesquite wood.
Quilts: The hand made work of Garnett Szureck was a labor of love. Taking fabric that she had saved for years, she fashioned three beautiful quilts, one for each of the three color schemes in the guest rooms.
Prayer Shawls or Blankets: Hand knit by the women’s prayer shawl ministry at the Episcopal Church of Reconciliation. As the women knit, they pray for the person who will receive it.
Tiles: Ceramic tiles painted and glazed in the bisque form using a simple pattern created by artist Patsy Sasek especially for ABODE so that they would match each of the three color schemes in the guest rooms.
Fountain: This fountain sculpture was originally made by artist Rachman Ulmer for the VITAS Inpatient Unit at Morningside Manor. When that unit closed, it was given to ABODE. (Note, Rachman Ulmer died two years ago attended by hospice. Rachman’s artistry lives on)
Outdoor Benches: Designed and handcrafted by Steve Behr, these beautiful benches are made from Texas limestone. Their mosaic tops were inspired by a visit to Monet’s gardens in Giverney, France.
Outdoor Art Piece: “A Story of Creation and Imagination” by Norma Quijano. This striking and whimsical painted piece that covers all of the cosmos and creation on the front and back, began it’s life as a screen door on the 1800’s Lambermont Mansion in old San Antonio.
Marble Top Side Table: This table is another creation made from a door originally in the Lambermont Mansion. Artist James Hendricks cut the door to fashion into a table and added the side pieces he cut from metal placing a light inside for a truly inspirational and unique piece.
Artwork by Brother Cletus, Tina Karagulian, Clay McGaughy, Lee Ricks, E. Gordon West, Joan West, Edwin and Patsy Sasek and others.