Cross of Loretto by McKeown 101909

Deanne McKeown
Deanne McKeown
"None of us perceive the world in exactly the same way. Our oneness lies in a yearning to touch and to understand. My work is an endeavor to share my thoughts and vision through form and color and relationships, hoping to charge my images with meaning which will reach across the spaces between us."
Byron McKeown
Byron McKeown
Over the years I’ve learned to appreciate excellence although I rarely achieve it. The closest I come is in the ephemeral areas of concept and integrity. But, since I believe that my next effort will be my best, I will continue to pursue excellence.
Silver Jewelry
1.75" x 175"




Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy was appointed by the Church to the New Mexico Territory in 1850. There, at the end of the Santa Fe Trail, he brought the Sisters of Our Lady of Light (Loretto) who opend an academy for girls in 1853. The architect, Antoine Mouly and his son were brought from Paris to design a chapel on the Achademy grounds. It was to fashioned after Lamy’s favorite place of worshipin Paris, Sainte Chapelle.

Inside the Gothic chapel is a staircase referred to as miraculous, sometimes called St. Joseph’s staircase. The nuns had prayed for someone to build stairs to the choir loft and legend has it that an itinerant carpender appeared, closed himself within the church for three months and built the spiraling staircase from extinct wood species, without nails or glue, and with no center support. He then quietly left the chapel and was never seen again.


*Natural Stone colors may slightly vary.