Our annual Christmas cover by Maine artist Virginia Souza is of the Racine Reef Lighthouse that once stood in Racine, Wisconsin and is named, "The Spirit of Lighthouses Past."
Souza said that when she began to research the Racine Reef Lighthouse to get some ideas for the painting she came across some images that inspired her for this painting. One such image was of the vessel assigned to the demolition of the lighthouse. She felt the vessel should have been doing something nice, rather than tearing down a lighthouse.
She imagined that a tugboat brought Santa and Rudolph to Racine Reef to help decorate the lighthouse as well as bring presents to the keepers. When they were done and as the tugboat pulled away, Santa, with Rudolph at his side, saluted the beautiful lighthouse.
The January issue of Lighthouse Digest will have a story about this lighthouse with a number of rare and dramatic photographs.
The Racine Reef Lighthouse print, "The Spirit of Lighthouses Past," is available from Lighthouse Depot as item #89348 by calling
1-800-758-1444 or on-line at www.LighthouseDepot.com.
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