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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.  

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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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  

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

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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.    

Picturing Mary
Picturing Mary
If you can't travel to Washington, DC to see the exhibit Picturing Mary, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has a digital collection of videos and images which cover a small part of the exhibit: http://nmwa.org/global-icon Here's the full site for the National Museum of Women in the Arts http://nmwa.org/exhibitions/picturing-mary-woman-mother-idea which also includes two other online previews.

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.