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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Jan. 8th, 2010 01:59 pm
Stephen Huneck's art

For those of you who don't know this man's wonderful artwork, I've put some photos I took while at the dog chapel behind the cut. He was amazing. His art was whimsical. It was sweet. It made a lot of people smile and his loss is a huge one. I received more information and it saddens me even more.

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the death of my Husband , Stephen Huneck, Thursday January 8th. Tragically Stephen took his own life. Stephen had been despondent for some time now and was being treated for depression.

Like many Americans we had been adversely affected by the economic downturn. Stephen feared losing Dog Mountain and our home.

Then on Tuesday we had to lay off most of our employees. This hurt Stephen deeply. He cared about them and felt responsible for their welfare. I could see how devastated he felt and tried to reassure him that the most important thing to me was that we were together. I told him how much I loved him, that he had accomplished so much in his life he should feel proud not ashamed.

I said how, I was constantly being told by visitors to Dog Mountain how much they loved his artwork. They also told me how meaningful the Dog Chapel was to them and how grateful they are that Stephen had created it.

Stephen and I discussed his feelings of despair and he said he would be seeing his psychiatrist the next day and would talk it over with her. He seemed to be looking forward to his session. He got up early Thursday morning to go see her. Stephen drove to the doctor’s parking lot and while parked in his car, shot himself in the head.

I wished I could of reached him some how. Stephen gave so much love and joy to the world through his warmth and openness as a person and a great artist. I hope he will be remembered as that joyous soul.

One the last page of the “Dog Chapel” book Stephen wrote “you too can build a chapel, in a place that’s always open in your heart.”

Please remember Stephen in your hearts.

Yours truly,
Gwen Huneck


First, the chapel itself. It was modeled after an old New England chapel so that it fits right in with the Vermont countryside.
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Outside it is this sign, which always makes me smile.
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And this set of statues.
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The inside has these beautiful stained-glass windows.
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Here's a picture of the inside of the chapel.
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What's that all over the walls? Those are tributes to pets who have passed on. You could spend hours reading them and go through a lot of tissues. Some are simple pictures with dates. Some are stories of their pets. Some are even more elaborate. David and I both posted something dedicated to our dogs who have passed on (Pepper and Heidi).

Here's one of the chairs. You can see the tributes better in this picture.
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Dahlia was in heaven there. Here she is pretending she's one of the statues at the front of the chapel. Yes, dogs are allowed of course!
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There are also many many whimsical statues, like this dachshund one.
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Off to the right of the chapel is the art gallery.
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Dogs are also allowed in there.
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There are many lovely works of art in there.
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Ok so that last one is one of their dogs. A handsome older golden who Dahlia was happy to meet.

It really was a wonderful place. I can't describe how happy we were there.

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thd3
thd3
THD3
Fri, Jan. 8th, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)

What a beautiful chapel. How unbelievably sad.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Jan. 8th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)

It was an amazing place. I hope his wife will continue to keep it public but it sounds like things have been going poorly for some time.

So incredibly sad. :-(

(Sorry these are the first posts you see by me here!)


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magnoliafly
magnoliafly
*~*Katherine*~*
Fri, Jan. 8th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)

How sad. He built such a beautiful place.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Jan. 8th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)

He did. Just an amazing place. I'm glad that I was able to go. It felt almost like a pilgrimage.


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yesididit
yesididit
yesididit
Fri, Jan. 8th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)

what a wonderful place. i'm so sad he was swallowed up by his depression. its a terrible thing to wrestle with, and i cant imagine the loss his wife is feeling.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Fri, Jan. 8th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)

I can't imagine either. It must be awful.

And it is an amazing place, absolutely the most awesome place on earth for me.


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luxurias_slave
luxurias_slave
alarum
Sat, Jan. 9th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)

that's unbelievably sad :( Don't even have words, I just wish his heart hadn't lead him to that :( Even though I have never met of this person nor seen this place the photo's are truly beautiful and am sad an amazing person felt they had to leave


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ringwraith10
ringwraith10
The Phantom of the Library
Sat, Jan. 9th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)

Wow, this is so sad... And that chapel is so beautiful! I'd love to visit it myself sometime.


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gonzai55
gonzai55
gonzai55
Sat, Jan. 9th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)

:~( That's awful to hear.

The last pic, that dog looks exactly like our office dog, Sky.


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dippylou
dippylou
The Dip
Mon, Jan. 11th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)

It is so, so sad. I met his wife when I bought a framed print as a gift. She was coming to the area and delivered it to my door! I was so amazed. I LOVE the chapel and I hope there is some way it will be saved. I may go visit in a few weeks to pay my respects. I still can't read that wall without turning into a huge puddle on the floor.


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