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.
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.
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
I went to the movies with my wife and we saw "Song of the Sea." It was a delightful story but what surprised me was the scenes with the definitely Catholic elements. This made more sense when I read about the writer / producer Tomm Moore. The story was based on his own family which included his mother's house. The children go to grandma's house and it contains pictures of Jesus and has a crucifix displayed prominently. The second occasion is a Holy Well the children find along their journey and experience a "quiet moment" where they are surrounded by lit candles and statues of The Virgin Mary. http://songoftheseamovie.blogspot.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomm_Moore http://www.ipnovels.com/blog/2015/03/great-films-for-kids-song-of-the-sea/
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.