of the twentieth-century,
America witnessed the unleashing of a new dawn, driven by, among
and passionate optimism for change. The cultural
Great Turbulent 60s was fueled by a number of salient energies, among them the
over Americas involvement in the war in Vietnam, the creative surge and
de facto referendum
social norms that proliferated out of the counter culture of the Height Ashbury
in San Francisco, and the deeply resonant voice
of dissent out of the Free Speech movement in Berkeley. Add to all that the
shock and disgrace of Nixons Watergate, the strong objections to J Edger
Hoovers obsessive, paranoid, and later, proven hypocritical prosecution
of social and political dissent, and the anger and violence that was released
at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968 and you have a highly
volatile mixture of psychological and emotional forces, matched only by the
transformative self-realizing energies that propelled the explosion of gay,
African American and womens rights movements. All were extremely powerful
social forces, evolving by the 1970s into movements for social change whose
influences are still with us today.
was at the end of this turbulent decade, in 1969, shortly after Mulleians
first meeting with Leonard Roy Frank (who, providentially, arranged Mulleians
first feature exhibit with Sculptor Beniamino Bufano), that Mulleian first met
Ann Watters. Ann was one of several friends who met for stimulating discussions,
songs, and the mulling of energized ideas over coffee during the early burgeoning
of the Hippy movement of the 1960s. Mulleian recalls spending time with
Ann, debating in the company of friends in what he describes as a spirited,
even joyful camaraderie, the enlivened remains of an earlier bohemian era, the
beatnik generation, in San Francisco's North Beach, with San Franciscos
Haight-Ashbury counter culture visionaries joining in.
1970 Mulleian was once again featured with Bufano at the Frank Gallery on Sutter
Streets gallery row, also at Union Square. Eventually at this time, Ann
Watters, in one of her frequent visits to the gallery, was introduced to Leonard
Frank and soon became a familiar face to gallery patrons, occasionally acting
as stand-in docent, covering for Leonard while he was away from the gallery.
on, one spring evening in 1977, on his way to his San Francisco south of Market
studio, an event Mulleian describes as both dark and terrifying occurred, one
that nearly cost the artist his life. Mulleian was struck by a car on Fifth
and Mission Streets leaving him with two broken legs, (one with splintered bones
that tore through his flesh, nearly causing amputation of his right leg), and
a broken left arm, all of which eventually landed him at the emergency department
of San Francisco General Hospital. Here, Mulleian spent six weeks in traction
under intensive care after undergoing three major surgeries. The doctors
initial prognosis anticipated that the artist would never walk again.
that prognosis proved wrong. After two months in hospital, it was Ann Watters
who drove Mulleian home to his studio, weakened as he was from a weight loss
of nearly forty pounds. Ann Waters was there for Mulleian all through this ordeal.
Throughout Mulleians recovery, he remained under her care, with her checking
in on him regularly, providing massage as therapy to restore sensation to his
feet and great comfort to his whole being in his recovery. Two weeks after his
release, once again with Ann beside him, Mulleian walked into San Francisco
General Hospital with both of his full-leg and single arm casts draped over
his shoulder, horrifying his nurses and doctors at his being on his feet (and
free of his casts!) so soon after release from hospital.
Ann, who has always had a great interest in holistic powers of healing, is currently
living in Salem, Oregon working as a Holistic Life Coach and Minister, with
her own private practice as a Massage Therapist, Polarity Practitioner and teacher,
using Mind-Body Self-Realization techniques in dealing with diseases of body
and mind for all ages.