Quaker Artists Book

Dear Friends,

Some Friends have approached me, inquiring about my “Quaker Artists” book. I have been writing a monthly column about Friendly artists since 1983, published the first edition of “Quaker Artists” in 1992 and the second edition of “Quaker Artists” in 2015. Below is some more information. You can also find a large excerpt of the second edition as well as the columns I’ve written since the second edition’s publication at my website at garysandmanartist.com.


*that Judi Dench, James Michener and Annie Oakley were Quakers?

*that Joan Baez, Ben Kingsley and F. Murray Abrahams have attended Friends Meeting?

*that Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt and James Dean were raised Quakers?

*that Popeye the Quaker Man, a Quaker Tapestry and Quaker stained glass exists?

*that Bolivian Friends, Rwandan Friends and Chinese Friends art exists?

*that Ben Franklin and Walt Whitman were influenced by Friends?

*that William Penn and Margaret Fell wrote poetry?

The second edition of the book Quaker Artists contains the stories of the above artists and more: 286 reviews in all, a history of Friends, a history of Quaker art, study questions, artist’s queries, 44 reproductions of the artists’ works, 51 illustrations, a bibliography, an alphabetical index and an artist’s index. The period covered is 1659 to 2015. Friends from 18 different countries are included. Poets, painters, dancers, musicians, films and 13 other categories are included. (It is three times the size of the first edition!) Quaker Artists is an entertaining and celebratory read in itself but it has other uses, too: as a resource for study groups, a reference for libraries and a curriculum for First Day Schools.

Gary Sandman, a member of Roanoke Meeting in Roanoke, Virginia, is the author of the second edition of Quaker Artists. To purchase, send check or money order to 214 Summit Way SW, Roanoke VA 24014, garysandman@cox.net. (Please note: I get more of the money from the book when you purchase it directly from me).

To purchase the book online, look at an excerpt or see updates on new QA writings, check his website at garysandmanartist.com.

Paperback, 287 pages: $21. Ebook: $6.

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