Sacred Art events


By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — The 7th annual Art of Faith sacred art show and sale will be held Feb. 24-25 in Farrell Hall at St. Pius X Parish. Fifteen artists will be present with spots open for more.
Catholics from the Diocese of Davenport have been represented at the art show and are welcome to submit entries for possible display and to attend the event.
Triumph of the Cross is the theme of this year’s event which includes a guest speaker and music workshop. The art show and sale will be held Feb. 24 from 2-7 p.m. and Feb. 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Musicians will perform throughout the show.
Artists interested in submitting artwork should include visual expressions of the agony and the triumph of Jesus, drawing on divine mercy (spiritual or corporal works of mercy) or any the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, says event organizer Jill Rodts.
Images in the Catholic faith tradition should portray the beauty and holiness of the birth, public ministry, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ or any other aspects of his life. “We encourage illustrations of the beauty of our Blessed Mother, scenes of the rosary, saints or biblical scenes and characters.” Sacred art from aspiring artists ages 13–18 is also encouraged.
Artists should submit three to five photos of their artwork with a statement about why the artwork contemplates the triumph of the cross and faith in God’s love to or mail to Art of Faith, 2502 29th Ave. Rock Island, Ill., 61201, by Feb. 19.
The featured speaker, David Clayton, will speak at 3 p.m. on Feb. 24. He is author of “The Little Oratory” on family prayer in the home and domestic church, among other writings. He is also an artist, teacher and broadcaster. He is provost of Pontifex University, an online Catholic education platform where he has designed a Master of Sacred Arts program.
He will speak on the Transformation into Christ: How Sacred Art and Prayer Shine the Light of Christ, and will elaborate on sacred liturgy and the beauty of God, Rodts said.
Clayton will also lead a music workshop on Chanting the Psalms of The Liturgy of the Hours on Feb. 24 at 5:15 p.m. “We will then use what we learned and chant Evening Prayer led by David at 6:30 p.m.,” Rodts said.
For more information contact Rodts at

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