St. Nicholas and The Valley Beyond
In St. Nicholas and The Valley Beyond, creator Richard Burhans and award winning author Ellen Kushner tell the story of the real St. Nick and his life in the valley beyond the world's edge. Not a story of elves and Rudolph, but of real people in the valley beyond where gifts of love and caring were made throughout the year.
Richard Burhans was able to create and paint this story because he had lived it. Educated in fine arts at New York's Phoenix School of Design, he built a company specializing in and renown for architectural design through self-education and by learning from tradesmen on the job. So it is with St. Nick.
Of Burhans' paintings, publisher Michael Fragnito said, "There's a realistic quality that makes the paintings very powerful. They have a three-dimensional effect – you could almost step inside them". Woven into the narrative of St. Nicholas is the riddle, "No hands can make me, Two hands can shape me, All hands can take me". Read St. Nicholas and The Valley Beyond and find how the real meaning of Christmas exists in mans' heart today as told through the child in all of us. (Quote courtesy of Seattle Times September 1991)
Though Burhans' book is out of print, it is still available through many online used book sources.
In the years since its publication, St. Nicholas and The Valley Beyond
has proudly participated in institutional fundraising for these organizations:
Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle WA
Virginia Mason Hospital, Seattle WA
Boston Children's Hospital, Boston MA
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital, Tacoma WA
North Hawaii Community Hospital, Kamuela HI
Children's Services of Sno-Valley, North Bend WA