From Volume 1, Issue 2, 2017
This is a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord on the day of Easter; to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s mercy (cf. Jn 20:21-23) – Pope Francis
The beautiful and thought-provoking art incorporating the Faces of Mercy exhibit is set before you in the pages that follow. May it stir your heart and mind with its meditative art. The exhibit curator is Michelle Arnold-Paine and is sponsored by Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). The Faces of Mercy traveling exhibit was inspired by Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on the Faces of Mercy. Michelle chose eight artists for the show to express mercy from their works, as depicted in Matthew 25:35-40. EOF has interviewed most of the artists and now you can experience both their art and their stories in the pages that follow. We hope their imaginative thoughtfulness will penetrate the deeper recesses of your mind, as they did ours.
Arnold-Paine received an M.S. in Art from the University of New Hampshire. After college she continued her study abroad in Italy, where she was called to the Catholic Church. While in Italy, she developed an extensive painting series of Church interiors, both Roman and Gothic, as well as a focus on architecture as a whole.
Arnold-Paine has taught at the college level and exhibited around the New England area. Another of her series is on the Virgin Mary and she also enjoys painting landscapes. Arnold-Paine’s piece in the exhibit, Mary and the Chalice, depicts a contemporary Mary gazing at a crucifix. It brings to mind both God’s infinite mercy by choosing an earthly mother and His forgiveness to those that crucified Him.
Melissa Weinmann – Tree of Life
Sergio Gomez – The Bleeding Border
Jean Wetta – Praying for Rain
Jason Leith – Dawn Robin
Edward Knipper – Lame Man Leaping
Bruce Herman – Second Adam
Read the artists articles and learn their story or mission. Wonderfully enlightened and inspiring articles with art .
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