The Lincoln Into Art gallery occupies the ground floor of a beautifully restored Civil War-era home in the heart of Gettysburg's historic district. The gallery showcases the dramatic portraits of Abraham Lincoln by internationally acclaimed artist Wendy Allen. Shakespeare's Attic is proud to offer Wendy's limited edition giclée prints.
Wendy Allen grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She studied political science at The University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. She had a professional career in children's educational publishing for more than twenty years, most recently as a Creative Director of Interactive Media for a major children's publisher. She left publishing to pursue her painting career full time.
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Wendy has painted Lincoln over 300 times in the past 30 years. She has spoken at schools and colleges about the President and taught an art workshop to high school seniors in Gettysburg, PA. Her works have been on display at various galleries, museums, universities, libraries, and events throughout the United States.
Wendy is continuously asked why she paints Lincoln:
"It's never easy to explain a passion. For me, his face is familiar and comforting. It symbolizes humanity, wisdom, and moral courage. And he remains one of the few historical figures we can all admire -- self-taught, self-made. He is as contemporary today as when he was President."
In 2009, CNN interviewed Wendy for the Lincoln Bicentennial celebration. That same year, Wendy and co-producer, Elaine Henderson, launched the national birthday card project Happy Birthday President Lincoln, from the People. They gathered nearly 20,000 signatures from 11 cities across the US. Endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the final leg of its journey was the National Mall in Washington, DC, courtesy of the National Park Service.