Pope Francis is asking for worldwide prayers for artists this month! “The arts and nature express the beauty of creation and bring joy to the soul. Let us join the Pope in praying for artists, so that with their creativity, they continue showing us the greatness of God.” August 2017.
via The Pope Video – August 2017 – For Artists – YouTube
“The Pope Video is a global initiative developed by the Pope World Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer) to assist in the dissemination of monthly intentions of the Holy Father related to the challenges facing humanity.”
Watch the artist and iconographer Vivian Imbruglia write (prayerfully create) the Heart of Mary icon for the Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship. The @heartofmarywf team takes part in adorning Mary’s crown with flowers and jewels! The video itself is beautiful.
In the Midst of Chaos, Peace
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…In response to Pope John Paul’s letter to artists to promote the Catholic faith through “artistic evangelization”, three well-known names in the field of sacred art collaborated to produce this beautiful art book filled with visual and spiritual meditations. Sister Wendy Beckett, famed BBC and PBS art critic, presents her always unique meditations for each of the 54 wonderful silhouettes by the two foremost Catholic paper-cutting artists, Dan Paulos and the late Sister Mary Jean Dorcy. The result is what Sister Wendy calls “an epiphany”, a book that reveals the God of mercy, love and peace through deeply inspired art and reflections. A perfect Christmas gift! Thus, this book and its title, In the Midst of Chaos, Peace, perfectly sum up the three collaborator’s intent: to offer people in our modern, fast-paced and hectic world, spiritual and artistic meditations that take only a minute to ponder but can produce profound and lasting peace of soul.
Hardback. 128 pp.
via The Rosary Center store: In the Midst of Chaos, Peace
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“Whether you have been reading Father Morris’ delightful interpretations since the earliest editions of Magnificat or are being introduced to them for the first time, Regina Cœli: Art and Essays on the Blessed Virgin Mary will increase your love simultaneously for the Mother of God and for a form of art that draws us closer to both Mary and her divine Son. To read an art essay by Father Michael Morris, o.p., is to uncover a richness of expression in both word and imagery. His love of sacred art is unmistakable in the enthusiastic turns of phrase he brings to his writing. His exhaustive knowledge is found in detailed insights. Father Morris shares what he sees, and we are the better for it. Sadly, Regina Cœli will be one of Father Morris’ last published works for Magnificat. Undoubtedly, his love for our Blessed Mother strengthened him to complete this manuscript literally days before he went to his final reward on July 15, 2016. We pray the devotion evident in Regina Cœli will draw you into a deeper relationship with our Lady as you contemplate her role in salvation history.”
Softcover with flaps. 100 pp.
via the Rosary Center bookstore listing Regina Coeli
For week three of GetMessyArtJournal.com “Season of Color,” I accepted the challenge to explore a color I don’t use often, don’t feel connected with, or just don’t like. I chose to try deep purple with a few different colors that I actually do prefer.
Happy surprise! I discovered I love the light bright, almost neon yellow-green with the deep purple shades:
Laura James | Ethiopian Iconography
“Laura James is a self-taught painter living and working in New York City. She is a visual storyteller who explores biblical subjects, cultural issues and secular themes through her unique contemporary use of the traditional art of Ethiopian iconography. Her goal is to have her art in churches and public places where black people can actively see themselves included within the stories of the Bible.
“Laura creatively re-contextualizes the Christian message to include all of God’s people. This is masterfully done in her 34 paintings for the Book of the Gospel lectionary published in 2000 by LTP. Her biblical paintings visually remind us that, “red or yellow, black and white, they are ALL precious in His sight . . . Jesus loves all the children of the world.”
via Eyekons Gallery | Laura James Biography – Ethiopian Iconography artist homepage at Eyekons – stock images
Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture
Responses to the Work of David Brown
Edited by Robert MacSwain and Taylor Worley
- A volume with broad interdisciplinary appeal, drawing on theology, philosophy, literary and cultural studies.
- Draws together essays from prominent scholars in these fields, creating the first sustained treatment of David Brown’s contribution to the discussion of theology, aesthetics, and culture.
- Includes in-depth discussion of popular culture.
Provides a response to the essays from David Brown.
via Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture – Robert MacSwain; Taylor Worley – Oxford University Press