Many branches of the Arts have honored the Capital Gazette fallen and survivors and The Press.
Grieving and healing manifest themselves in different ways. For artists from Annapolis to Italy, grieving and healing have shaped their talents into tributes to the Capital Gazette victims.
Their works are inspired by and dedicated to the victims of the June 28 shooting at the newspapers’ office off Bestgate Road and the employees who are pressing on.
Some of the pieces portray the five employees who died — Rob Hiaasen, Wendi Winters, Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith. Some are tributes to the free press. Each of the artists said they wanted in their own way to help.
Cartoonists. of course, were among those who paid tribute.
Vancouver cartoonist Pia Guerra drew a Capital Gazette newspaper box full of bullet holes, displaying a headline about President Donald Trump calling the press the “enemy of the people.” She also drew a journalist who looked similar to Wendi Winters, who was killed in the shooting, sitting at her desk with a bulletproof vest and helmet.
“The pen is mightier than the madman,” Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Michael Ramirez wrote under his drawing of a Capital Gazette pen with the words “liberty” and “freedom of the press.”
One of the most powerful cartoons came from Marshall Ramsey of the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.
Ramsey drew the five victims as angels standing at the gates of heaven. A white-robed, white-bearded figure with a halo greets them, holding up the June 29 edition of The Capital. “Yes, they got the paper out,” the figure says.
Ramsey donated his original drawing and prints of the Capital Gazette angels to the newspaper staff.