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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!  

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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.  

Seed of a New World film
Seed of a New World film
I would like to share with you a Kickstarter campaign that a couple of the young men in the Schoenstatt Movement of Austin are running to fund their film project documenting the 100th anniversary of Schoenstatt's founding. This film that Alex Quintana and Mark Leatherman are working on has the potential to be a powerful tool for engaging the culture with a new vision and life that is founded in the Schoenstatt Marian spirituality through a professional and spiritual sensitivity to the visual and audio arts. The links to the trailer and the Kickstarter campaign video are at the bottom of this email. The link to the Kickstarter campaign also has detailed information about the project that elaborates on what the project is about. I invite you to prayerfully consider contributing to this creative project through your prayers and through your financial support. They are so very close to their goal of $37,000 with only four days left to raise these funds. In case you are not aware, Kickstarter is a way for people to fund their projects (virtually any project) via electronic donations. No funds will be given toward the project if the goal is not made (this is how Kickstarter works...), so whatever you can give through your prayers and financial support will be greatly helpful in making this film a reality! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/882830440/seed-of-a-new-world-film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq8FgWfJ97k

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

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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CAS Mass for Artists The Catholic Artists Society will host their annual Mass for Artists at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City at 3:30 pm on May 10, 2015.  Dino Marcantonio, president of Catholic Artists Society, has told me that the Mass is open to anyone.  Although I can't be there, I can pray with those praying for artists, their families and loved ones, passed and present. The Catholic Artists Society was initiated in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s Address to Artists at the Sistine Chapel in November, 2009. Following the Holy Father’s call for artists to be “custodians of Beauty” and “heralds and witnesses of Hope for humanity” the society seeks to encourage the ongoing artistic and spiritual development of artists and media professionals, so that their work may more perfectly reflect God’s glory, enriching and ennobling men and women, our society and our culture.   Their addresses: http://www.catholicartistssociety.org/ https://www.facebook.com/CatholicArtistsSociety https://twitter.com/CathArtSociety  

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  

Iconography Class in Lincoln, Nebraska
Iconography Class in Lincoln, Nebraska
Icon Painting Workshop Presented by the Office for Family Life and Evangelization June 25 - July 1, 2015 John XXIII Diocesan Center This six-day intensive course in traditional painting techniques of Byzantine iconography focuses on the art of egg tempera painting. Through the process of demonstrations, the stages as well the whole method of painting an icon will be presented. The students will then put into practice these skills under the guidance of the instructor, Theodore Papadopoulos, Byzantine iconographer with over 20 years of experience from Larissa, Greece. The course is of interest to adults of any level of artistic education. For enrollment or information, contact Mr. Terrence St.Hilaire tel: 402-817-8996 email: info@terrencesthilaire.com Flyer PDF

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/

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.

ad for John_light blue We’re working on a Catholic Artists Conference for October 2016 in Nebraska. The exact date or location aren’t set yet but we’re closing in on our second (more reasonable) prospect. I conducted a survey some time ago and costs for artists were among the chief factors; so we're keeping the costs down by choosing a less expensive venue. We may have an international collection debut to work into our conference which needs considerable hanging space. We want to include the five different areas of art because they depend upon each other to some degree but also work to bring people to the Catholic Faith. The new evangelization could be a part of what is discussed at the conference. Another important element will be prayer and that creative experience for the artist. Getting these artists together will create some interesting conversations. Having some committed patrons and clergy there will help reinforce the goal of creating sacred art – that which brings one to prayer. I would encourage you to “Enter your information” at http://Catholic-Artists.COM so we and others can find you. I will take the listing and post it in the directory http://Catholic-Artists.ORG which also contains a five galleries, one for each of the artist categories. I will ask for images / drawings / recordings of your works to show in the gallery once you register. God Bless, JohnM

Jill Rodts, founder of the Art of Faith Show is asking for Catholic artists to join her conference in Rock Island during the last weekend in February 2015.  I've participated in this show as an artist and had a wonderful time.  St. Pius X is a wonderful community and people come from all over the quad cities. Art of Faith Mission was founded in 2011 to support sacred art and faith. Capturing the beauty of the rich deposit of faith in sacred scriptures and in sacred tradition, artists are called to embrace Gospel values and proclaim them visually to the world promoting the culture of life.
Call for Artists
Art of Faith show announcement

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[Not a valid template]   Who is your favorite living Catholic artist?  This is a great big question because it includes the arts of fine art, sculpture, architecture, music, and film.  You don't need one for each category but just one or two artists you like very well. Prayer before and during painting is a major contributing factor in my choice of Ann Chapin.  Her style of iconography is not so stark and includes many figures and furnishings.  Although done in iconographic method, the faces, figures and clothing resemble reality; they have body and perspective. My second favorite Catholic artist is Audrey Assad.  Audrey is a very talented musician presently on tour in the U.S. http://www.audreyassad.com/  Her voice is beautiful and her very Catholic songs are remarkable for their lyrics and for their composition. Catholic art can take the range between traditional and contemporary.  Each calls us to prayer (sacred art).  Each stirs our feeling of faith and emotions we feel when close to God.  The Catholic Church is rich with beautiful imagery, both historically and contemporarily. It is a little hard to find living Catholic artists and that is why I need your help.  Please comment to this blog post with your favorite living Catholic artist and why.  God Bless you.

Marie Miller Silent NightFinding Catholic Artists is harder than I thought.  There are many Catholic Artists out there, especially if you include fine art, sculpture, architecture, music and film.  Here's a youtube by a Catholic artist that is just beautiful http://www.mariemillermusic.com/video/video-8-5/
9/30/2015 Guess who sang for Pope Francis?

Catholic Artists dot org - you are here
Catholic Artists dot org - you are here
Well, how did I get here?  There are three pages that make up Catholic-Artists websites.  You are at the dot org page.  At dot org there are blogs by me and others about Catholic Arts.  If you are listed in the .Directory then you signed up through www.Catholic-Artists.com as an artist in one of the five categories.  You may also be a patron of Catholic Arts.  Both are welcome.  In this WordPress blog space you can talk about Catholic arts and see the work of artists in fine art, sculpture, architecture, music and film.  Hold my humility, but I think it's a fantastic idea!  I am so excited about Catholic art because it can be part of the New Evangelization.  Art reaches people emotionally with music, film, architecture, sculpture or fine art.  Combine that Catholic artistic call with God's call to us and our rich Faith -- and you have a very powerful communication of Catholic New Evangelization.  Please visit our other pages.  CatholicArt.gallery sells handmade Catholic art.  Catholic-Artists.com signs up new artists and patrons every day (look for the "enter your info" tab).  lastly, Catholic-Artists.org shows and shares the images, songs, films and ideas of Catholic artists and patrons.  God Bless!

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Thank you for visiting Catholic-Artists.org.  The idea here is to create a directory of Catholic artists including fine art, sculpture, architecture, music and film.  In the same directory, will be space for patrons of Catholic Arts.  The WordPress and Gallery capabilities of this site will enable sharing of multi-media arts, discussions, events, collaboration and business networking.  This idea builds an audience of Catholic artists and patrons. In addition, we are planning a Catholic Arts Conference in Omaha, NE in Fall 2016.  Our conference will bring together artists with patrons who wish to buy or participate in Catholic arts (concerts, films, churches, liturgical arts, religious art and sacramental items).  Our conference is centered on prayer, as we feel that creating Catholic art involves an ongoing conversation with God. Our conference theme is "Arts from the heart of God" because Catholic artists participate in creating beauty from prayerful inspiration.  God is the ultimate artist creating beauty in people and our environment on earth. So please enter your contact information, events and blog addresses into our directory forms found at http://Catholic-Artists.com under the 'directory' tab.  That information will feed into the directory at http://Catholic-Artists.org where you can explore the artist's writing and see samples of their work that is good, true, and beautiful!