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An open memorial letter to my brother and dear artist friend: GF Sam Wagner
I sat behind Shelley Wagner during a English class where we read plays at KU in 1993. At the time she and Sam were dating. She had a cornerstone t-shirt on, and I asked her if she had been before. She said that her boyfriend Sam was a huge music fan. I told her I would love to meet him sometime. Eventually we did, and Sam, Shelley, and my wife Shannon and I would hang out on numerous occasions. They came to Shannon and my wedding, and gave us some awesome artist made coffee mugs that we still have to this day (and is still one of our favorites to sip the black juice out of).
Sam and Shelley got married a few years after us, and when they moved to Kansas City we didn’t get together as often because life has a tendency to keep you busy. We both bought houses, had kids and settled into life. Sam always loved the music, and would quote lyrics and spout inside knowledge of what was going on in his particular genre of interest at the time. My brother Brian and he could dialog back and forth for hours, and I just enjoyed the conversation. The three of us threw some straight edge raves together to. But, Sam had another passion besides his love of architecture and music. Art. He loved to produce art. If he had a few moments to spare, especially at night, he would go downstairs and make art. He loved to discuss art and talk about techniques and ideas. Shelley and Sam were both involved with b.a.l.m. | beauty art and life movement gatherings from the beginning.
Over the last few years I was excited to be able to include GF Sam Wagner or GF Wagner (his art pseudonym, Galen Forrest [Sam] Wagner) into various art exhibitions that b.a.l.m. produced or curated. In 2009, he was in the b.a.l.m. WHITE SHOW, in Lawrence, Kansas and also the second version in San Antonio, Texas. He had produced a series of white or mostly white works for the exhibition. The series was “Little Things I Should Have Said and Done”. They are poignant, stark, melancholy works. Two works not in this series were included in the exhibition; “Geese”, and “Discover and Enjoy”. He sold both paintings! In 2010, he was in Anthropoi which he showed a 36″ x 36″ piece, “Mourning into Dancing” with three girl/women dancing which included digital pixel concept, at the 739 Mass Street Flash Space. At this space he was also in the Dry Bones exhibition. Shannon and I bought his painting Awakening (Melancholy Ghost), a memento mori work with a young boy holding a skull and he had another offer to have it purchased as well from a couple from Tulsa, Oklahoma. This couple was trying to have Sam make another version of this piece when he passed away. For Shannon and I the boy reminded us of our son Caden, and we loved the way he handled the cut paper as the medium.
We also bought another work of his, at an exhibition of works completed over a years time. In 2011 I jurored an exhibition in Des Moines, IA for the Hillyard Company, and he was included with a clever duo; “A Portrait of a Mop“, and “A Portrait of a Broom”.
In 2012 b.a.l.m. co-produced and curated an exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center called DANNON art project, where the artist worked in the space as a studio, performance and exhibition all at the same time. He came to the first reception when it opened and we all went out for an after party at Burger Stand as a large group. We had a great time hanging out and making art. He postponed his time slot a couple of times so that he could help Shelley with a project, or help coach soccer for his boys. That was the kind of man he was, giving, loving, caring and creative beyond belief.
We got together again for lunch at PepperJax Grill at one point during a lunch break, he ran over to Lawrence to drop off some artwork. This was the last time I saw Sam. I spoke to him on the phone a few weeks ago when he was in the hospital. He was short on breathe, but in great spirits. He was a positive man, always looking for the good things in life, despite his situation. This is the Sam I will remember. The high energy, smiling, laughing, talking, loving man, that would put a smile on your face and illicit excitement with his infectious creativity, ideas and thoughts. Sam passed away on July 5th, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma cancer only a couple of months before. I for one am so thankful for the time I knew him. I will miss you GF Sam Wagner. Yours was a life to be lived and remembered!
I was honored and humbled to receive a call from Shelley and asked to be a pall bearer for Sam’s Funeral. Here is his obituary: http://www.tributes.com/show/GF-Sam-Wagner-94077810
Tags: Angles, Beautiful, Caden White, Carving, Casket, Gift, God, Healing, Kansas, Lion, Loss, Love, Make a Wish, Neuroblastoma, Orca, Poetry, Sculpture, Thanks, Tree of Life, walnut wood
My son died one week from today, last Friday, January 9th, 2009. He was an amazing boy, and I am so thankful for the five years that I have had with him! God truly blessed us with a miraculous precious gift.
He is so missed, and we are grateful for his love of God, and that he is not uncomfortable or in pain and is enjoying his time for eternity. Caden loved to come down to my studio and ask for scraps to make sculptures of his own. I will post some of these at a later date. Make a Wish foundation sent us to Disney World after his second diagnosis of Neuroblastoma cancer. While we were there we went to Sea World. Noel and he loved Shamu and they both got a stuffed toy orca. I saw that they had carved orca tails for sale, but we didn’t purchase any. I carved these tails for the kids to remember their trip out of walnut wood for Christmas. We loved that the tails were to remind the kids to believe and follow their dreams. My brother, myself, Peter and Chad, my brother-in-laws carried his casket to the waiting grave. At the graveside memorial for Caden I took some pictures with a friends camera of the casket with the angels at the corner and of the calalilies on top of the casket and the tree behind lit up by the late day sun that came out after our friend Tom prayed in his rememberance. His body is resting in this beautiful spot nestled in the woods of the rolling hills of Kansas just a stones throw from my Great – Great Grandfathers Homestead foundation and well. Caden’s story is one of courage, bravery, faith, joy and love. Please read more here. My wife wrote a striking and poignant poem that truly speaks to our Mr. C and his five wonderful years of life, from the day he was born May 5, 2003 during the tornado to the point when he was free last Friday, January 9, 2009.
We love you, Caden, One of Joy, our Little Warrior.
Capture the heart of the King.
“Drink the wind”, Ride the baby lion!
Shine your light; Twinkle bright so we can See you at night.
Fish, Build, Play, Run fast. Fly into the sunrise.
Live your Dreams now and Forever.
We won’t forget the Treasure you are
Precious little guy who brought us such joy,
A gift we can never replace.
Go with God!
Be at piece with no more pain.
Be Free! Be one with the Savior.
Love forever in His open arms.
Eat from the Tree of Life
Fruit of Forgiveness.
Days without end…
by Shannon White Copyright 2009
Tags: acrylic, Bracelets, Caden White, Caden White Silicone Wrist Bands, Caden's Hope Necklace, Caden's Hope Sterling Necklace, Cancer, clocks, Darin White, Hope, Jewelry, Love, Necklace, Neuroblastoma, poplar wood, Sculpture, Swede At Heart, Tiny Mantel Clocks, walnut wood, Wood burning, Wood Carving, Woodworking
My son Cadenrelapsed with Neuroblastoma cancer on November 7th, 2008, and to help spread the word, support him and to let people know to be praying for him, I had some silicone wrist bands made that are made the same way as the Lance Armstrong blacelets. All proceeds will go to his fund “The Caden White Irrevocable Trust”. Purchase them here. Also, I am offering “Tiny Mantel Clocks by Darin” for sale with the proceeds after cost going to his fund. I will customize them as needed, with the price varying independent to what is required. I have solid walnut wood, poplar wood and frosted acrylic with varying face styles. Please contact me to discuss these further. I will try and set up a PayPal setup for this as well.
Also, I have posted this before, but as it is Christmas time and this also supports my son please check out
Swede at Heart for Caden’s Sterling Silver Hope Necklace. She gives a very large portion to support Caden.
Thank you Ann!
Tags: Art, Art and Healing, Caden White, Cancer, Carving, Casting, Healing, Lead Casting, Metal Casting, Metal Work, Nueroblastoma, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wood Carving, Woodworking
Series from Fall 2007- Present – HEALING:
My son Caden White age four was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer (a nervous system cancer in children with around 600 diagnoses per year) June 28th, 2007. He has been through six of the seven, three to four day chemo rounds, had a stem cell harvest, and had invasive surgery to remove the tumor. In addition to this the doctors would like him to have a bone marrow transplant and eventually have radiation treatments, additional treatments, and then possibly antibody therapy. He is currently showing no evidence of disease. I had never had to deal with any healing issues, but this stirred within me a desire to release these thoughts and feelings that I have surrounding Caden’s health issues. I feel like working through these ideas in my art has been very helpful to try and focus on the positive things rather on the negative. I don’t want to downplaying the pain or gloss over heartache, but rather show it in the burning cleansing trial by fire which brings impurities to the surface, so that they can be removed, the poison and pain of medical treatments, all of which is overcome with seared wings of faith, sincere hope, truth, beauty and above all love. I feel called as an artist to address ideas and truths through my artwork that calls from deep within me to deep within the viewer.
Title: Healing: “ Heart Injection – Faith, Hope & Love”
Media: Hand Carved Cedar Wood, Wood Burned, Cast Lead & Pin Inclusion (Which is known to cause cancer in the state of Kansas)
Size: 12”L x 2 ½”W x 6 ¼”D
Title: Healing: “Refining – Faith, Hope & Love”
Media: Hand Carved Cedar Wood
Size: 10”H x 1 3/4”W x 1 ¼ “D
Title: Healing: “Caden on Copper in Three”
Media: Photocopy transfer on copper
Size: 16 3/8”W x 6”H x 1/16” Thick
Title: Healing: “Wooden Form #1 – Organic Carving”
Media: Hand Carved Silver Maple Wood
Size: 12 ½” Diameter 4”H
Collection of Philip and Anh Sawyer
I entered a contest called The annual DWR Champagne Chair Contest™. I had a few hours to complete the piece because my son Caden, came down with a 104.8 fever that put us back in the hospital on Sunday. I had done my design over a year before, but never started making the chair. So instead of having some time on Sunday and Monday to work on the chair I was in the hospital. Thankfully my son is doing much better! I took a few tools with me to the hospital and got a very rough shape worked out there. Shannon came to switch places with me at the hospital, I came back to work on some items and then worked on finishing the chair. I was finishing gluing the chair (I am not a glue fan, I would have rather TIG welded it) I realized that I didn’t have a way to take a picture in time, so I emailed them what I had (not much). I sent them the final photo today and offer it to you for your viewing pleasure. Please note that as all of my images, designs, sculptures etc., are Copyrighted. Written permission is required for any duplication.
“Waverly” Champagne Cork, Gold Plated Metal Champagne Top Hallowared, Gold Plated Champagne Wires, Glue
Copyright 2008 Darin M. White
Tags: Art, Art and Healing, Caden White, Caden White Hope Sterling Necklace, Cancer, Christmas Gift, Fund, Healing, Jewelry, Necklace, Neuroblastoma, Pearl, Silver, Sterling, Swede At Heart
Since it is near Christmas time, and we have had multiple requests for Caden’s Hope Necklace information again, I am reposting this previous post.
We had an article written up in the Lawrence Journal World about Ann selling these at the recent Lawrence Art Center Holiday Art Fair.
Below is the original post:
Our friend Ann who produces a beautiful jewelery line, is offering a necklace especially for our son Caden as a way of helping out with his medical costs. This is an amazingly sweet gesture, and the jewelery is very well designed and made. I cannot thank Ann enough for her support in this way and the many other ways that she has helped us. Thank you Ann! Click on the above image or go to the page on her website for more information or click here.
For an update on Caden you can go to http://cadenwhite.com . He is scheduled for surgery this Friday, December 14th. We appreciate your prayers.
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