Mission Saints Now on Cards
Each holiday season, it is a tradition for the Holiday Mission Saints to adorn the main street lamp posts of San Juan Bautista. It's a beautiful way to decorate our historic town for the season.
The Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista is extending an opportunity for you to enjoy the holiday saints. You may purchase exquisite art pieces; cards painted in watercolor by the late artist and San Juan Bautista resident, Norman Scott.
Norm's inspiration for creating the cards came when he assisted local artist Gayle Sleznick to refurbish the deteriorating saints. Norm thought the saints were too beautiful to just be seen once a year, so he created cards as a way for others to appreciate them even more. All of the saints on his cards bear a likeness to the saints on San Juan's street posts with the exception of San Jose, who mysteriously resembles the artist!
Norm's first visit to a California Mission was during the time he was stationed at Fort Hunter Liggett. He walked into Mission San Antonio de Padua and it was love at first sight. When he moved to San Juan Bautista, he started learning more about the California missions and each saint. One thing he noticed, was that each mission had its own brand (for the mission's cattle). Norm included these unique brands on the cards along with the date each mission was founded. He also included information about each mission and saint on the back of each card.
There are twenty-one mission saint cards and the Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista is now selling the cards as a full set ($67.50 - includes handling/shipping charge) or in sets of seven cards ($27.50 - includes handling/shipping charge). Each card is blank on the inside and comes with an envelope. Norm's wife, Donna Holmes is a member of the Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista and she wanted the cards to be sold as Norm's legacy.
All proceeds from card sales are dedicated the Rotary Club's community projects.
To purchase, please scroll above to order.