Iconography

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.  

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

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/

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

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