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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.  

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

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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Search for Catholic Artists
Search for Catholic Artists
Here's exactly what I hoped for: a search in Google for 'Catholic Artists' would produce a first page result including www.Catholic-Artists.org or www.Catholic-Artists-Conference.com. It's in the name but that's not enough. It happened with the conference, the Faces of Christ planned tour events, and their respective websites. See www.Faces-of-Christ.com Facebook had a lot to do with it too. All those websites referring back to www.Catholic-Artists.org has pushed this page to the number two position on page one - the only listing higher is Wikipedia. Try the search in Yahoo!? www.Catholic-Artists-Conference.com is there on page one! Try the search in Bing? Same result. So why is this important? If you are a Catholic Artist in fine art, sculpture, architecture, music or film, then you want a listing on www.Catholic-Artists.org in order to be easily found by a search among your peers in the DIRECTORY at www.Catholic-Artists.org. Incidentally, the DIRECTORY is where people go while on this site, in addition to the galleries. FINE ART is the most popular gallery because it is the most populated with images. So all you sculptors, architects, musicians, and film producers can ride in on the coat tails of fine artists - and get found at www.Catholic-Artists.org. UPDATE: The conference is getting the detail part of planning done but promotion is very important too, as are donations to make this all possible. I need your help. Artists, please sign up at the JOIN tab. If you have videos or images of your work then send those to me. I am happy to promote any Catholic Artist. We are looking for the best for the conference which is open now for professionals to register at www.Catholic-Artists-Conference.com. If you just want to browse and donate, you can find the DONATE button on any one of the links above. Thank you. God Bless, John

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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

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Holy Vase by Kenyan Catholic Artist
Holy Vase by Kenyan Catholic Artist
  Kisii, Kenya is a village in Kenya, Africa outside of Kisumu  on the shore of Lake Victoria https://www.google.com/maps/place/Kisii,+Kenya/@-0.3073256,34.7606392,10z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x182b3becb25f4161:0x44516a90c78b2db1 In this village is a group of people who carve from white and red soapstone, a rock harder than chalk but softer than granite. FEA USA is an organization http://feausa.org/our-strategy.html who helps people resolve the disparity of equal rights for girls and women in third world countries by developing "opportunities for innovative and effective changes in their lives and and by creating capacity and promoting economic development in their communities." Fred Anchao is a Christian Artist in Kisii, Kenya.  I found him on Facebook in my search for Catholic Artists https://www.facebook.com/fred.anchao.  He has done many carvings of soapstone in the images of Mary, our mother as well as crosses and other religious devotionals. I bought the above pictured fluted vase today from Fred Anchoa through www.feausa.org for only 275 USA by Paypal (and that includes the overseas shipping).  I look forward to receiving the vase but more importantly, I hope that my wife and I can support children in the village of Kisii.  The proceeds of the vase will go to support education and medication for our Christian brothers and sisters in Africa.  Please look for Fred Anchoa on Facebook. God Bless.

Bauche-Gisele_ Gisele Bauche sees art and spirituality as walking hand and hand. She sees the creative process primarily as a spiritual dialogue with God and the world around her. Using bold colours, simplicity of style, form and shape in acrylic, egg tempra and metallic, her works elicits and reflect movement, inspiration and beauty, Through her paintings Gisele seeks to reveal the richness of scripture and the Christian tradition and to nurture and enrich the way people look at the world. Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI write's in the forward of Gisele's book, Giving Glory to God: An Artist Reflection, "Some of us write our theology on paper Gisele writes hers on church walls, on large canvases and on icons. Gisele does not use a word processor or a pen, but a paint brush and a canvas. But her goal is the same: to imprint God's word into the human soul". This is exactly what our Catholic Artists Conference on September 12-14, 2016 at St Benedict Center hopes to examine. The conversation with God in prayer before and during the creative process is what yields Sacred Art. The manifestation of that conversation is documented on canvas for the viewer and draws the viewer to prayer. Thus, the artist and the art are part of a connecting thread between God and the viewer (or listener in the case of Sacred Music). Gisele has several works in this Fine Art Gallery at http://www.catholic-artists.org/fine-art/ and her bio and contact info is in this Catholic Artists Directory at http://www.catholic-artists.org/artist-directory/  You can see more of Gisele's work on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/gbauche/gisele-bauches-art/ or at her website http://spiritualityandart.ca/

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Judith Costello painting of Jesus
Judith Costello painting of Jesus
Today's featured artist is Judith Costello in Moriarty, New Mexico.  Judith is an artist and writer. She is the founder of Unwind Studio: Where Art Relieves Stress. She shows her artwork under the name "Lady in the Sky Studio." She has written over 65 Craft Columns for New Mexico Kids magazine complete with How To illustrations and photos. Judith has two books available on How to Pray Like the Saints and the second is on Mariology: To Mary, Our Morning Star.  You can find her artwork in the Fine Art gallery: http://Catholic-Artists.org/fine-art Praying with Sacred Art is what Catholic-Artists.org is working to portray, both through the featured art shown in the galleries and through our planned Fall 2016 Catholic Artists Conference.  The above image is compelling, time transcending, and inviting us to prayer on this Holy Saturday.  I can only imagine the prayerful experience Judith had in creating this multi-media image of our Lord. God Bless you for reading and Happy Easter.  He has risen indeed!

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Fr. Daniel McCarthy
Fr. Daniel McCarthy
Registration for Architecture for Liturgy is now open and limited to 30 participants. The course will be held at St. Benedict's Abbey and Mt. St. Scholastica Monastery, Atchison, Kansas on 26-29 May 2015. Information is available here: http://architectureforliturgy.com/liturgy-week-2015/ Register here: https://kansasmonks.wufoo.com/forms/architecture-for-liturgy/ The celebration of liturgy determines not only the functional aspects of church design and arrangement, but even more the dimensions inherent in liturgical celebration are expressed through art, architecture and the arrangement of churches. Much attention is given to architects who design transcendent buildings, but insufficient attention has been given to the ritual and liturgical theology inherent in the celebration of liturgy and how these are determinative of the dimensions of church buildings and their artistic narratives. Liturgy Week 2015 begins with a pictorial journey through the ancient basilicas of Rome and from these develops an understanding of the baptistery and font, the hall and ambo, the dais and altar-ciborium. The rich and classical chapels of Mount St Scholastica Monastery and St Benedict parish church give examples to illustrate the liturgical principles presented, or they present a canvas upon which to write a more developed artistic and architectural expression that allows for an ever more prolonged and synthetic celebration of liturgy.

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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

Jesus Carries the Cross
Jesus Carries the Cross
Jesus meets his Mother
Jesus meets his Mother
Fred Anchao is a Lutheran Christian artist in Kisii, Kenya who teaches his craft and supports his community through religious art.  I found Fred's artwork on Facebook which you can see here https://www.facebook.com/fred.anchao?fref=ts&ref=br_tf  Fred's family and his community work together to create artwork from hard but delicate soapstone. Soapstone occurs naturally in Kenya and is pulled from the earth by hand without big machines.  Kisii is a village sustaining themselves out of the earth, literally.  The soapstone, white and sometimes red, is rigid enough to withstand sawing and chopping with a sharp knife but soft enough to carve details.  See Youtube "Carving a fair trade soapstone piece in Kisii, Kenya"  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhccdpkqcvw "Mary, mother of God" is the title of the piece below, which has some of the red soapstone.  The sun on the left shines down upon Mary and Jesus to show the delight and beauty of their life together, Mary raising Jesus.  It is balanced on the right by red soapstone, representing the sorrows which pierce Mary.  This season of Lent is a reminder of the beauty of life with Jesus mingled with our sorrows on earth.  This earthly world is filled with many sorrows but people like Fred and his family find JOY in JESUS, making devotionals of our Christian Faith out of the rock of the earth.
Holy Mother of God
Holy Mother of God
 

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/

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If you search the Internet looking for Catholic and Christian art, you have undoubtedly run across the above painting.  People have found it greatly popular because its unusual and because people see themselves in that position - underwater looking for a hand - and glad that hand belongs to Jesus.  How much of our lives is bearing witness to our Faith vs keeping silent when the subject comes up?  If you've been silent then you're really glad that hand belongs to Jesus. "Lord, I need you." Yongsung Kim is a Korean painter working in oil on canvas and with computer.  Yongsung achieves some amazing effects which fit the piece.  For example, the background, almost the whole painting, looks like sand in the scene where Jesus writes on the ground while the woman is accused of adultery.  In the painting of Jesus as servant, the linen texture from their clothing comes forward.  In the painting of Jesus and the sheep, wool seems to come from Jesus' hair and beard.  Continuity is sometimes hard to capture but Yongsung has done this well. You can see more of his work in the fine art gallery here at Catholic-Artists.org.  Although Yongsung is not Catholic, I would like to show his work and provide a link to his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ysbiblicalart I do have his contact information if you would like to buy a giclee print of any of his works (see the fine art gallery).  Please contact me at johnm@holywatercolor.com for arrangements.    

thestoryfinal_cover-300x300 I’ve been looking for popular Catholic artists and music which testifies to our Christian Faith. Tonight I found a collection of music we can all appreciate. It is (music inspired by) The Story written in 2011 by Nichole Nordeman http://www.cbn.com/cbnmusic/interviews/nichole-nordeman-the-story-interview-goodwyn.aspx and Bernie Herms featuring artists: Nichole Nordeman , Amy Grant (RUTH), Bart Millard (MOSES), Francesca Battistelli (MARY), Natalie Grant (MARY MAGDALENE), Steven Curtis Chapman (THIEF), Mark Hall & Megan Garrett (ABRAHAM AND SARAH). A comprehensive collection of talents and styles, this 18 song group of violin, piano, full orchestra, and vocals represents the Bible story in voices from Genesis to Jesus' Resurrection. There are many but most beautiful song on the album, in my opinion, is the the song “Be Born in Me” - the voice of Mary sung by Francesca Battistelli.  An instrumental section begins "Be Born in Me" reflecting the instrumental "I AM (Creation)" that begins the album:  this sounds to me like the Annunciation.  Then incorporating the beautiful vocals of Francesca Battistelli, Mary tells how she feels about her experience, her love for God, and she declares acceptance of her role in Salvation. I remember when Jesus Christ Superstar (the album) came out in the 70's.  "The Story" is as good and as impactful; such an accomplished work is set to inspire our Faith in Jesus and help us participate in the family of God. I recommend visiting http://www.thestorycd.com/ or iTunes to search for The Story to give a listen. Their last tour was in 2013.  Maybe 2015 is time again.