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Lift high the Cross(es)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Elaine Kult poses with her grouping of crosses - many of them carved by her late husband and other area artists. Photo by Dan Whitney
Elaine Kult of Cherokee says "I happen to like crosses," and she admits to collecting quite a few over the years. Her friends and her seven children are also well aware of her tastes, and have added to the collection, too.

At one time, says Elaine, she had a "whole wall of crosses," but she says they were rather "haphazardly" arranged, and she like her collections to be grouped neatly. So, when she painted a wall about five years ago, she decided the time was right to selct her favorite crosses and place them in an attractive grouping.

Many of the crosses in the grouping were carved by Elaine's husband, Bernie, who died five years ago. Bernie, former manager for Iowa Public Service and two-term mayor of Cherokee in the 1980s and 1990s, was also an avid wood carver, and belonged to a local group who shared the same passion.

Elaine has many of Bernie's creations, including the crosses in the grouping, some seasonal carvings, and her particular favorite, a carving of Christ's face.

This carving of the crucified Christ by the late Bernie Kult is one of his wife Elaine's favorites. Photo by Dan Whitney
She has also given many of these works of art to her children. All have their father's works proudly displayed in their homes, so Elaine says she feels right at home when she makes a rare visit.

Bernie used their garage for a workshop, and Elaine now uses this area as her workshop for the various craft projects she pursues. She and her family moved to Cherokee in 1980, and she keeps young by keeping busy. In addition to her crafting and collections, she is a long-time member of the Red Hat Society.

As the Lenten season begins, it seems appropriate to share this good woman's Christ-centered art with our readers.

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