Tag Archives: Ghost Ranch

River of Peace Tiles Available

River of Peace Tiles
River of Peace Tiles, $18, Ghost Ranch Gift Shop

The River of Peace Mural is a 35 foot ceramic tile mural on the East outside wall of the Lower Pavilion at Ghost Ranch, facing the Peace Garden. The mural shape echoes the Fibonacci curves contained in the layout of the Peace Garden. Clay slips in natural hues on the tiles relate to the colors of the rocks, sky and earth at Ghost Ranch. Permanently fired into the surface, a visual river of spiritual symbols from around the world is integrated into a mosaic of hand-written poems, prayers, intentions, quotes and original writings.

Because of widespread interest in the mural and the participation of the community, Barbara Campbell and Judy Nelson-Moore decided to create 6” tiles using the methods and imagery from the River of Peace Mural. This is a way for people to have a “piece of the Peace Mural” to take home. These tiles are all unique and made by hand. They provide a lovely remembrance of the mural and Ghost Ranch.

All profits benefit the ceramic studio in Pot Hollow at Ghost Ranch. This studio has been providing a place for clay exploration and learning for over 45 years. Your purchase of this tile supports the Ghost Ranch workshops as well as clay workshops and activities of the New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists in Pot Hollow.

Tiles are $18 and are available in the gift shop at the Ghost Ranch Welcome Center.

Barbara Campbell and Dean Schroeder installung the Mural

Rio Grande Sun Article about Peace Mural

The weekly newspaper, Rio Grande Sun, has published an article about the Peace Mural this week (April 24, 2014).  Written by arts editor, Bob Eckert, the article talks about how the mural came to be, some of the stories, and shows pictures.  Here is a pdf of the article.

River of Peace Mural Installed

Here are some pictures of the final installation of the River of Peace mural in the Peace Garden at Ghost Ranch.  Present for the installation were Barbara Campbell, Judy Nelson-Moore, Dean Schroeder and Tomas Wolff, all members of the NMPCA.  Also assisting were Tom Nichols, original designer of the Peace Garden, and his wife Edie.


River of Peace Words

I’ve just spent 4 days preparing the decals to apply to the River of Peace.  We received more than 130 submissions from all over the world…Peoples intentions, prayers, poems and quotes about Peace and the environment.  We are weaving these into a “River of Peace” on the ceramic mural to be installed at Ghost Ranch.  Here are pictures of one of the 6 symbol decal pages and one of the 24 word decal pages:

Symbol Composite Page for Decals Word Composite Page for Decals

Ghost Ranch Peace Mural Update

Submissions for the River of Peace are coming in from all over the world.  We have extended the deadline for these submissions to February 14, 2014.  We wanted to give people more time to get their submissions to us.  We have less than 30 writings received so far and would like to have closer to 100.  The date 02/14/2014 seems like an auspicious date, especially since it is Valentine’s Day, a day to celebrate love.

So far the nature of the submissions have varied from original thoughts to quotes from other sources, both of which are welcome.  The subjects include peace between nations, races, and cultures, cessation of violence in our workplaces, schools, and communities, caring for the earth and reduction of natural destruction, and  ideas conducive or leading to inner personal peace.

The imagMarionGaffene in this post is a submission from a Dutch woman living in Israel.  She wrote her writing, photographed it on her iphone, and emailed it to me.  So wonderful that we can share this from half-way around the world.  She  learned of the project from a friend in Israel who had heard of the project from Michael Lancaster, one of our NMPCA members.  Here is the text of the message she send accompanying the image for our project:

Last week Morris told me about the river of peace and asked me if I would be willing to write something about peace for your project in Dutch.
What a wonderful project !!
I hope that the little “wave” that I wrote from the heart may contribute to the river.
I  will give you a little bit of background as for you to understand how close your project  is to my heart.  I am an art-teacher in Beir Tuvia high school and retorno a rehab-center of N A, working with kids 15-18 yrs old.   I live in Israel was born and raised in Holland-lived in France a bit–volunteered in Israel- traveled “around” lived in NY city – Philly then moved to Montreal – Canada- moved with 2 little children to Israel !
Now 18 years later (exactly on new-years day ) The harsh reality of my son joining the army has arrived.
This week at the ” swearing in “ceremony for my son at the Western wall in Jerusalem – I got overwhelmed with mixed emotions – sadness and pride – my son being chosen for this special fighters-unit – Feeling sad to  see all those hundreds of boys standing there- holding a weapon, feeling that this is their duty as Israeli boys to protect their country.  Besides some strange patriotic pride also skeptical thoughts occupied me – this is absolutely absurd – what kind of mom am I – did I do something wrong – what can I do to  spread peace – besides here and there some art projects – talking peace  with my students and as a mom – living a peaceful life – being at peace with myself and others – ???
I pray that our eyes will open to this magical planet and still have not lost hope that one day there will be PEACE for all beings on this planet.
May your garden of peace bloom and spread all over. May your peace-river flow peace.  Thank you ! With love

Marion Gaffen Vermeulen
Sent from my iPhone

Ghost Ranch River of Peace

Ghost Ranch is building a Peace Garden.  The idea emerged as staff and faculty at the Ranch were discussing how to honor recently deceased staff members with something that would have a lasting impact.  Tom Nichols designed the garden.  The location is just outside the Lower Pavilion, down the hill from the Office and next door to the Museum.  The Garden has been started and can be visited now.  The mural described in this post will be installed in the Spring of 2014.

The elements that make up the Interfaith Peace Garden include a peace pole (and history), a fountain (with rain harvesting and solar power), stone sculpture, path with spirals, Reflexology path, a mural, and seating areas for reflection.

Ceramic Mural for the Peace Garden

Barbara Campbell, the Ghost Ranch coordination for the NMPCA and also a volunteer Ghost Ranch staff person in charge of the ceramic studio, Pot Hollow, was invited to create the mural to be made out of ceramic tiles.  Her design is 30 feet long and varies from two to 6 feet tall.  The Ranch asked that religious symbols from traditions all over the world be included in the mural.  Barbara’s concept was to incorporate these symbols through fired laser decal imagery.  As testing proceeding, a wonderful idea emerged.  We decided to make the background of the religious symbols hand-written text, soliciting entries from as many people as we could and getting as much variety:  poems, prayers, writings in different languages and from different cultural traditions.  We decided to call this the “River of Peace” as the writings would be arranged on the 30 foot long mural in a flowing design.

How to participate in the River of Peace

Send your hand-written poems, prayers or other writings written in black ink on 1/2 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ white paper to:  Judy Nelson-Moore, 23 Immanuel, Santa Fe, NM  87508
or scan and email to:  judy@nelsonmoore.com.  The deadline is December 25, 2013.

Here are a few pictures of the mural work so far:

Tom Nichols describes the elements of the Peace Garden

(Tom is the co-coordinator of the metal arts program at the ranch and was primarily involved in designing the Peace Garden)

An Ancient Tradition – PEACE GARDEN HISTORY

The concept of a Peace Garden is derived from the ancient tradition of the Greek, Viking and Gaelic peoples. Warring factions were encouraged to resolve their conflicts in a peace grove, known as “Bosco Sacro” or ‘a place of peace.’ Each peace grove had 12 trees, grown in an oval and was symbolic of the life and creativity that thrives in peace. Before entering, weapons were left outside and conflict resolution was aided by a neutral third party who would act as a go-between.


Peace Poles, located on all the continents in 180 countries around the world, each display the message and prayer above in many different languages. They symbolize the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth. They are dedicated as monuments to peace and serve as reminders for everyone to visualize and pray for peace.

Stone Cairn – INUKSHUK  (In-ook-shook)

Lifelike figures of stone erected by Inuit people throughout Millennia, INUKSHUK means ‘in the image of man’. Unique to the Canadian Arctic, these powerful stone cairns point the way back to the Arctic Ocean and are as equally worthy of the recognition and admiration bestowed upon England’s Stonehenge and the Stone Faces of Easter Island. Now in the Third Millennium, they stand as eternal symbols of leadership, encouraging the importance of friendship and reminding us of our dependence on one another.

Memorial Fountain – FALLING TEARS

The Memorial Fountain was made to honor the memory of the many Ghost Ranch leaders who have passed on to us the real possibility of peace. Designed and built in the metal sculpture classes at Ghost Ranch during the 2012 Arts Festival using antique, riveted steel irrigation pipe from the ranch and plow disks. The fountain symbolizes tears shed for departed loved ones and Peace flowing for all. It makes a pleasant and soothing musical sound.

How to participate in the River of Peace

Send your hand-written poems, prayers or other writings written in black ink on 1/2 sheet of 8.5 x 11″ white paper to:  Judy Nelson-Moore, 23 Immanuel, Santa Fe, NM  87508
or scan and email to:  judy@nelsonmoore.com


Here is a mention of some people who have been instrumental in getting the mural started:

Barbara Campbell, El Rito, New Mexico:  Created the superb design and has knowledge of how to do a big mural, and is providing the most woman-power for the project.
Judy Nelson-Moore, Santa Fe, New Mexico: Assisted with preparing the design, the tiles, testing the surface treatments, painting the terra sigillata, and will prepare the decals.
Dean Schroeder, Mountainair, New Mexico: Assisted in preparing the design, layout of the tiles, drying and loading tiles into kiln, and will be primary on the installation.