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It is with much excitment that we are pleased to announce that a third Douglas Chandor original portrait has taken up residence at Chandor Gardens.

It was upon the passing of Olive Beaton Pelich, this past January, that Chandor Gardens Foundation Inc. learned that she had so thoughtfully bequeathed the portrait by Douglas Chandor of her late husband, Joseph Pelich Jr, to Chandor Gardens Foundation Inc. The Foundation is extremely honoured to have been entrusted with this exquisite example of Douglas Chandor’s artistic talent.

The portrait is of a then twelve year-old Joseph Pelich Jr of Fort Worth, Texas, which Douglas Chandor painted in 1936-37.

In the book Chandor’s Portraits the following was noted about this portrait:

The painting of children is a nerve-trying, raddle-daddle job, if for no other reason than that the children seldom keep still. The freckled little fellow in the present portrait, the artist says, was worse than most. He fidgeted throughout, until at the last sitting, he happened to drift into thoughts and dreams of his own. (Vaughan, 1942, p 60)             

 Douglas was able to palpably capture young Joseph’s momentary meditative mood.

This portrait has been said to parallel Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s refrain in his poem “My Lost Youth”:

 “A boy’s will is the wind’s will,
And the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts”

It only seems fitting that this portrait now resides in the artist’s home, a home which was designed by the subject’s architect father, Joseph Pelich.

This stunning portrait, can be viewed in the studio above the fireplace at Chandor Gardens.

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Many people brought their blankets and chairs and got comfortable for an entertaining evening at Chandor Gardens watching a live theater performance of Shakespeare's As You Like It , performed by Theater Off The Square theatre group.

Show times were:
Friday, April 9  at 6:00 pm
Saturday, April 10 at 7:00 pm

Directed by: Edwina Himes
Assistant Director: Christian Lopez

As You Like It is a comedy thought to have been written in 1599. It follows the story of Rosalind, a heroine fleeing persecution. The play contains some of Shakespeare's most famous and well-known lines, many spoken by a character she meets in the Forest of Arden, Jacque.

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Tickets were $5 at the garden entrance prior to each performance (Cash only)
Children under 12 were free

Doors opened one hour prior to show time for this casual, family-friendly event, and many of those who came to watch the performances brought in a picnic dinner. Water and light snack items were available for purchase. 

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The Friends of Chandor Gardens held a Zoom presentation on Febuary 2, 2021 about the new, soon to be open, Chandor Nature Trail at Chandor Gardens. See the link below to the recording of this presentation on our YouTube channel.

This presentation was presented by Christie Tull who is a member of the Friends of Chandor Gardens, as well as a Texas Master Naturalist Trainee. Christie has done a lot of the early championing of this wonderful new nature trail at Chandor Gardens. She shared the history and background into how this trail has come to be, and also shared many photos taken along the trail.   

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Christie walking the Chandor Nature Trail with her little dog Luke