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Fifth Joyful Mystery - Nativity
Fifth Joyful Mystery - Nativity of our Lord
www.Catholic-Artists.org is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CatholicArtistsOrg We have started a Facebook page for Catholic Artists. A bit of an experiment, this was set up as a Facebook page with many editors.  This way many Catholic Artists in the core group can post their works of art and projects in process.  We will also share events that others and each other are promoting. Please go to the link above and Like the page to receive updates. Also, if you have been following the Catholic Artists Conference (and subsequent cancellation), we are working on a new venue at a new time with better stability.  Stay tuned!  

IMG_5527-1200x850-brighter-1200x700 Architecture for Liturgy I 16-20 January 2017, Spiritual Life Center, Bel Aire (Wichita), Kansas 67226 The presenter, Fr. Daniel McCarthy, OSB, SLD, is a monk of St Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, Kansas. In 2008 he earned a Doctorate in Sacred Liturgy (SLD) studying church architecture at the Pontifical Institute of Liturgy at Sant’Anselmo, Rome, where he now teaches. Fr. Daniel Speaks as a liturgist about liturgy to architects and artists desiring to submit a commission to a Bishop for building or renovating a church or producing a commissioned work of art. http://architectureforliturgy.org/liturgy-week-1/ Other programs feature architects who speak about liturgy. Fr. Daniel is a trained liturgist who speaks about liturgy to architects and artists.

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Dear Artists, The cancellation of the Catholic Artists Conference haunts me.  This is something I feel is needed very strongly and I don't want to quit.  Many of you have emailed me directly and as a group to inquire about the possibilities of something in the future.  Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I do think there is a market for regional Catholic artists retreats and perhaps a national Catholic artists conference.  In attempting the Catholic Artists Conference I found out several important facts: (1) Catholic Artists are hard to find but come from all over the country, (2) Catholic artists are passionate about what they do (3) Catholic artists want to meet with other Catholic artists, (4) Price is important but not a deal breaker for the right event, (5) prayer is a central theme, (6) a workshop/retreat is a favorite format, (7) there are many amateur artists who want to learn from professional artists, and (8) artists can be their own anchor event. I've started a FB page for Catholic Artists.  I decided to use a page rather than a group to make it easier for new people to find the page.  With a page we can share our work for others to find when searching for Catholic Artists.  More than one editor is allowed.  I already had 595 likes from promotional posts under the old Fall 2016 Catholic Arts Conference page and I will try to recover what I can from that work.  When we do have a local, regional or national event planned, it will be easier to find through a page rather than a group. https://www.facebook.com/CatholicArtistsOrg/ I'm so sorry the Catholic Artists Conference was cancelled. It was my fault for connecting it to a large painting exhibit that I couldn't afford. Fund raising is hard to do. In hindsight, future events have to be independently self supportive.  That is not that hard to do, and by breaking them down into regional workshop/retreats the transportation expenses are easier for artists to manage.  The fee for the speaker(s) need to be shared by the artists attending.  There are upfront costs to establishing a workshop/retreat and even more for a conference.  Some financial backing is needed for those up front costs but should come back to the sponsor if done right (this is key to the organizer and introduces risk). Your suggestions are greatly welcome.  Blessed Fra Angelico pray for us. John

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St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska
St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska
It is with a heavy heart that I must announce the cancellation of the Catholic Artists Conference. I was not able to raise enough funds to bring a collection of paintings from Europe which was the anchor to the conference.  I should have realized that this anchor could have, and did in fact pull down the boat.  I am sorry to those who are disappointed about this.  All who have registered will receive their payments back in full. I think there is great need for a Catholic Artists Conference.  From my experience there is a hunger on the part of Catholic Artists to meet others and share in the cooperative work of developing art for a community of faithful people.  There are many forms of Catholic art from sacramental to liturgical.  Sacred art is part of the New Evangelization and is a vehicle, much like Lectio Divina, that calls people to Christ.  Dr. Jem Sullivan has written a booklet about Sacred Art and the New Evangelization through the Knights of Columbus.  I would like to share that booklet in PDF form as it was to be part of the materials shared at the conference. http://www.catholic-artists.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/New-Evangelization.pdf I will keep up this blog and the directory of Catholic artists.  I will continue to promote Catholic Art and in fact I will get back to my own art, painting the mysteries of the Holy Rosary.  

Visco   http://www.iiculture.org/details.asp?idOfEvent=526 Please join Anthony Visco on Saturday evening, January 30th, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the international Institute for Culture, Ivy Hall, Philadelphia where he will be lecturing on "Image and Likeness:The Body of Christ in Art and Architecture". As the inaugural presentation in this series Mr. Anthony Visco will discuss the sign and symbol of the human form, what is "image and likeness" in sacred art and architecture, and how they function within our liturgy to bring us closer to a Eucharistic center.

Our Lady, Morning Star by Suzanne Kent Debold
Our Lady, Morning Star by Suzanne Kent Debold
http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/mary-inspires-art-and-life/ The life size icon was commissioned by Dr. Clint Leonard and his wife Kathryn for Morning Star Obstetrics and Gynecology in Gilbert, Arizona. It was painted by Catholic Artist Suzanne Kent Debold. The icon was prayerfully painted for the clinic which is faithful to the magisterium. To me, this is a perfect example of Sacred Art which is good, true and beautiful; it calls the viewer to prayer. The Leonards have many artworks in their clinic and sets a beautiful example of prayer inspired by Catholic Art for clinicians and patrons. The theme of our Catholic Artists Conference on September 12-14, 2016 at St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, Nebraska is prayer. How does the conversation between the artist and God translate into a canvas and call the viewer to prayer. This is the goal of Sacred Art. Our conference features well known professional speakers in five areas of Catholic Art: fine art, sculpture, architecture, music and film. More at www.Catholic-Artists-Conference.com              

Invention and Exaltation, by Daniel Mitsui
Invention and Exaltation, by Daniel Mitsui
    This is a lecture given by artist Daniel Mitsui on 14 September 2015, to open an exhibit of his artwork at Franciscan University of Steubenville. http://www.danielmitsui.com/00_pages/steubenville.html

detail of Synagoga looking to Ecclesia, clay version by Joshua Koffman
detail of Synagoga looking to Ecclesia, clay version by Joshua Koffman
On his last day in the United States Pope Francis stopped at St Joseph's University to see a completed statue by Philadelphia artist Joshua Koffman. The statue depicts Jewish and Christian cultures sharing their scriptures. See this St. Joseph's website for history of Synagoga and Ecclesia and the development of the statue: http://www.sju.edu/int/academics/centers/ijcr/archives/Sculpture%20development.html http://www.jewishnews.co.uk/pope-francis-blesses-statue-celebrating-catholic-jewish-relations-on-us-tour/ http://www.timesofisrael.com/pope-francis-visits-catholic-jewish-statue-in-philadelphia/

Cedric Charleuf - Crucifixion
Cedric Charleuf - Crucifixion
Don't forget to browse the FINE ART gallery at www.Catholic-Artists.org. There are many fine works by Catholic Artists. If you find something you like and you want to contact the artist, then write down the name and image title and search the DIRECTORY. The artists each have a listing in the DIRECTORY page at www.Catholic-Artists.org. You can search for their last name using CTRL F at the top or the search box at the very bottom of the DIRECTORY page. Each artist has a telephone number or website address so you can contact them or see more of their work. The painting of the crucifixion above is by French artist from Britain who just joined the DIRECTORY. His name is Cedric Charleuf and here is his bio: I am a religious painter based in Lancashire, England. I am French and spent many years training in Paris. My interest in Religous Art was sparked when I began to look for meaning in what I was painting. Through developing my faith and biblical knowledge I have created many works, which have brought me closer to God and my understanding of the bible. I enjoy painting for the church and would love to bring more beauty back into our churches. I am available for commissions. Cedric can be contacted through his website, www.cedric-charleuf.com

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Sacred Architecture Journal
Maria Hubbard Stained Glass
I just received my copy of "Sacred Architecture" by Journal of the Instititue for Sacred Architecture. It is a quarterly periodical by editor, Duncan Stroik and others at www.SacredArchitecture.org The cover is a photo of Tramezso at the Basilica of Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice by Prof. Richard T. Mortel, Riyadh. The back cover is an ad by Rohn & Associates for whom Maria Hubbard works. Maria's work is shown above. I bring this up because both are in Catholic-Artists.org and Duncan Stroik is a scheduled speaker at the Catholic Artists Conference at St. Benedict Center in Schuyler, NE from Sept 12-14, 2016. If you are a professional Catholic artist then you will want to attend this conference. See www.Catholic-Artists-Conference.com The conference will debut the Faces of Christ Collection from Europe. See www.Faces-of-Christ.com. Our theme is prayer - how is our conversation with God as an artist manifested in our work for the sake of evangelization? Artists have much responsibility when it comes to the faithful. We would like to share ideas between fine artists, sculptors, architects, film producers, and musicians. The "Sacred Architecture" journal does this in print form. Come to the conference to experience the same in person! We are now taking donations to support the Faces of Christ Collection exhibit. You can donate at http://www.faces-of-christ.com/ God Bless.

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I received a box full of Soapstone carvings from Fred Anchao of Kisii, Kenya today.  The art is made by him and the villagers of Kisii.  Soapstone is hard but soft enough to carve into these wonderful creations.  Fred's family is Catholic.  The money raised from the sale of art goes to support the village and especially the education of their children.  Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing one of these unique pieces of art.  Other pieces can be custom made through commission and shipped directly to you.  God Bless. vase ornaments Jesus Holy Vase heart box Soapstone art from Kisii, Kenya by Fred Anchao Soapstone Art from Kenya by Fred  Anchao

White Soapstone art from Kenya
White Soapstone art from Kenya
I have purchased a beautiful white soapstone vase from Fred Anchao.  He is raising funds for his village of Kisii, Kenya who needs 8000 USD for a shade project.  The Spring is here and the Summer is coming; imagine the Summer in Kenya... The shade project will supply rooftops for people while they are working.  The village of Kisii, Kenya makes soapstone carvings to support themselves and children in the village. Friends of East Africa and Taback, help by selling the village art to raise money for schools fair treatment of children, especially girls.  Kisii Facts here: http://www.ventureimports.com/index.php/products/kisii-stone-all/kisii-carving-information.html Please help support Kisii villagers by purchasing Catholic art from Fred Anchao.  He can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fred.anchao  He can communicate directly with you by Messenger and take payment by PayPal or Western Union.  His work is shown in the sculpture gallery of this website http://www.catholic-artists.org/sculpture/ Fred and his village of Kisii, Kenya also have three sets of the Stations of the Cross.  These are a unique masterpiece that could be purchased for a Catholic Church.  See them in this website at http://www.catholic-artists.org/sculpture/ Blessings
Holy Vase by Fred Anchao of Kisumu, Kenya
Holy Vase by Fred Anchao of Kisumu, Kenya

Holy Ascension Orthodox Catholic Church in Charleston, SC
Holy Ascension Orthodox Catholic Church in Charleston, SC
Holy Ascension is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.
On Saturday, May 23, 2015, they will host Living Tradition: Painting Sacred Icons in the 21st Century.
Where: Holy Ascension Orthodox Church
265 North Shelmore Boulevard
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Information: Andrew Gould
tel.: 215.650.6982
Living Tradition

Mrs Ant Hony helps the baker by placing a cherry
Mrs Ant Hony helps the baker by placing a cherry
  Anna and Emma Morelli are two 18-yr old Catholic home school students in Nebraska. They began working on illustrating a children’s book for a friend from church, a wonderful lady named, Mrs Peggy Leehy. Instead of getting a job over the summer, the twins worked on drawing and coloring and redrawing and recoloring the many pictures. The book is called A Sugary Tale of Mrs Ant Hony. It centers around a cute little ant named Mrs Ant Hony (a play on the name, St. Anthony). The story takes place in a palace kitchen, where Mrs Ant Hony helps the Cook and the Baker make sweet treats for the little boy and girl who live at the palace. It involves showing children how to measure ingredients for cooking while having an underlying theme of kindness. Anna made all the characters very cute, and has received very high praise from different people regarding how adorable and well-done the illustrations are. It has been a long process, but all our hard work has paid off; the book has just recently been published! Needless to say, any money that they earn will be put directly towards college tuition. So, they need to sell quite a few books! If you know of anybody who might be interested in buying a cute children’s book, please let us know so we can send them the book, or they can google the book and it should show up on Amazon and Barnes and Noble http://www.amazon.com/Sugary-Tale-Mrs-Ant-Hony/dp/1490867295/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429184637&sr=1-1&keywords=mrs+ant+hony Here are a few more of their illustrations: Mrs Ant Hony 2 Mrs Ant Hony 3 Mrs Ant Hony 4 Mrs Ant Hony 5 Mrs Ant Hony 6  

Chipo Chung as Mary Magdalene
Chipo Chung as Mary Magdalene
"A.D. The Bible Continues" is set to air on Easter Sunday evening. Here is an interview with the producer, Roma Downey http://www.cruxnow.com/life/2015/04/01/how-catholic-is-a-d-the-bible-continues/  I found this quote from the above article particularly interesting: "Catholic artists have been able to incarnate the faith in works of art because Catholicism, with its emphasis on the sacraments, is deeply incarnational. In Catholicism, the Word is always being enfleshed in the world, and Catholic art is part of that process."

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The Wait and the Reward
The Wait and the Reward
Anna Rose Bain is a professional Christian artist who lives in Dallas, Texas.  By email Anna told me, when I painted "The Wait and the Reward", I never realized the impact it would have on the pro-life movement as well as the Catholic / Christian scene. I have been humbled and awed by its circulation, as well as the association some have made with it almost being a Madonna-esque portrait. Anna's painting caught the attention of Steen Heidemann, the curator of the Faces of Christ Collection. Steen commented "You are an excellent painter, you know your skill! I shall be honoured to have one of your paintings joining the collection."  The Faces of Christ will debut at St. Benedict Center, outside Omaha, NE on September 12-14, 2016.  From Omaha, the collection will travel to Dayton OH, Latrobe PA, St Louis MO, New Orleans LA, Phoenix AZ, San Diego CA, San Francisco CA, Salt Lake City UT, Washington DC, Philadelphia PA, Fairfield CT, and New York NY.  Our goals and more information can be found at www.Faces-of-Christ.com

St. Anastasia
St. Anastasia
Comment from the artist Eve Palguta: The lilies represent purity (as does the white robe), the blue geometric background represents snowflakes (her feast day is celebrated on December 25th) and the blood stains are from her tortures suffered before death (legend has it her breasts were torn off before she was martyred). The painting was done to commemorate such heroic women who bore extreme suffering and attacks upon their feminine dignity for the sake of their beliefs, specifically in the Catholic faith. Here is a listing of web links which belong to artists featured in the 5th Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Exhibition at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA http://gallery.stvincent.edu http://www.janetmckenzie.com/OriginalImages.html http://www.neilsoncarlin.com/portfolio.html http://gwynethholston.com/religious-paintings/ http://www.bernadettecarstensen.com/ http://www.zachbrownart.com/ http://www.christinefrechardgallery.com/#!pasquale-pristera/c1itj http://www.christopherruane.com/Set/Sacred-Art-Modern-World http://www.carrfineart.com/ http://matthewjamescollins.com/about/ http://www.religionnews.com/2014/11/04/exhibit-sacred-catholic-art-embraces-contemporary-vision/ (Fr Robert Keffer, Paul Jurgens nor Eileen Cunis do not have a web site that I can find) https://sites.google.com/site/carlsstudio/carl-g-fougerousse http://www.jordanhainsey.com/photography/ http://www.sljonsonstudios.com/ http://pixels.com/featured/madonna-of-children-beverly-klucher.html http://www.philaopenstudios.org/artist-profile/thomas-kohlmann http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/exhibit-of-sacred-catholic-art-embraces-a-contemporary-vision/2014/11/04/ba308af0-6445-11e4-ab86-46000e1d0035_story.html http://www.jamespatrickreid.com/scenes_from_history_and_lit/simon_of_cyrene_oil_on_canv.html http://www.kelly-schumacher.com/Portfolio_ManOfSorrows.html http://www.krooney.net/rsilasbr.html http://www.jdwelshfineart.com/