Art Show 2016: The Call for Mercy

Welcome to the 17th annual Women's History Month Art Show in the Chapter 57 Gallery at Mount St. Benedict Monastery. This year's show is called "The Call for Mercy" and was again organized and staged by Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski, manager of Chapter 57, the monastery gift shop. Artists are sisters, oblates and staff. Artwork photographed by Ann Muczynski, OSB.

The exhibit is on display at the monastery from March 6 until April 24. Click on the images below to enlarge them.

Mercy Blossoms by Margaret Ann Pilewski, OSB
Mercy Blossoms
Artist: Margaret Ann Pilewski, OSB
Digital photograph, acrylic marker

The quality of mercy is not strained
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath; It is twice blest.
— Shakespeare

Photography by Ann Muczynski, OSB
Untitled
Artist: Ann Muczynski, OSB
Digital photograph

God’s mercy is fresh and new every day.
—Joyce Meyer

Infinite Mercy by Stephanie Schmidt, OSB
Infinite Mercy
Artist: Stephanie Schmidt, OSB
Digital photograph

God’s mercy has no limits.
—Pope Francis

Sacred Moment by Lucia Surmik, OSB
Sacred Moment
Artist: Lucia Surmik, OSB
Digital photograph

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
—Abraham Lincoln

Life after Birth? by Lourdes Jasso
Life after Birth?
Artist: Lourdes Jasso, Neighborhood Art House
Image transfer on metal
Mercy for Creation Kind by Mary Beth Peterseim
Mercy for Creation Kind
Artist: Mary Beth Peterseim, Mount St. Benedict Monastery nursing staff
Pebble art

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
—Rachel Carson

Another Splendor of the Swiss Mountains by Cindy Hoover, OSB
Another Splendor of the Swiss Mountains
Artist: Cindy Hoover, OSB
Digital photograph

Go up on a high mountain, joyful messenger of Jerusalem. Shout with a full voice.
—Isiah 40:9

Angel Mercy Pin by Jackie Burns
Angel Mercy Pin
Artist: Jackie Burns, Oblate
Polymer clay and copper
Choose Mercy by Jackie Burns
Choose Mercy
Artist: Jackie Burns, Oblate
Mixed media: copper, polymer clay, silk
Rosary beads by Jackie Burns
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy
Artist: Jackie Burns, Oblate
Flowers and sterling silver
Wood turning by Audrey Steff, OSB
African Rosewood Bowl
Artist: Audrey Steff, OSB
Wood turning

Do deeds of mercy in word, prayer and action for those in need and for your neighbor.
—Pope Francis

Corporal Works of Mercy by Audrey Steff, OSB and oblate Jackie Burns
Corporal Works of Mercy
Artist: Audrey Steff, OSB and oblate Jackie Burns
Wood and plolymer clay
Maple Bowl by Audrey Steff, OSB
Maple Bowl
Artist: Audrey Steff, OSB
Wood turning
God's Time by Jean Wolbert, OSB
God's Time
Artist: Jean Wolbert, OSB
Mixed media
Coiled Ceramic Vessel by Susan Hunter
Coiled Ceramic Vessel
Artist: Susan Hunter
Ceramic

Your mercy is overflowing.

Airie by Doris Cipolla, oblate
Airie
Artist: Airie by Doris Cipolla, oblate
Driftwood sculpture

Through mercy
life and love abound.

Family by Doris Cipolla, oblate
Family
Artist: Doris Cipolla, oblate
Driftwood sculpture

Through mercy
life and love abound.

Lovers by Doris Cipolla, oblate
Lovers
Artist: Doris Cipolla, oblate
Driftwood sculpture

Through mercy
life and love abound.

Woman by Doris Cipolla, oblate
Woman
Artist: Doris Cipolla, oblate
Driftwood sculpture

Through mercy
life and love abound.

Color of Mercy by Stephanie Schmidt, OSB
Color of Mercy
Artist: Stephanie Schmidt, OSB
Zentangle with markers

Let the church always be a place of mercy where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.
—Pope Francis

Wood turning by Dina Lauricella, OSB
Novice Turnings
Artist: Dina Lauricella, OSB
Wood turning

God’s mercy is a great light of love and tenderness.
—Pope Francis

Perles Vertes by Erin Peterseim
Perles Vertes
Artist: Erin Peterseim
Coiled pottery

Teach me to feel another’s woe
to hide the fault I see
That mercy I to others show
That mercy show to me.
—Alexander Pope

Intricacies by Mary Beth Peterseim
Intricacies
Artist: Mary Beth Peterseim, Mount St. Benedict Monastery nursing staff
Pottery shards

The Lord is merciful and gracious
and abounding in steadfast love.
—Psalm 103

Digital photography by Ann Muczynski, OSB
Untitled
Artist: Ann Muczynski, OSB
Digital photograph

God’s mercy can make even the driest land become a garden.
—Ez. 37

Stephanie Elaine by Sarah Everett
Stephanie Elaine
Artist: Sarah Everett, Neighborhood Art House
Inkjet print from large format camera negative

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.
—Emily Dickinson

The Splendor of the Swiss Mountains by Cindy Hoover, OSB
The Splendor of the Swiss Mountains
Artist: Cindy Hoover, OSB
Digital photograph

O God, I love the beauty of your dwelling,
the place of your glory.
—Psalm 26

New USA Family by Kath Horan, OSB
New USA Family
Artist: Kath Horan, OSB
Digital photograph

The secret of Christian living is love only love fills the empty spaces caused by evil.
—Pope Francis

Northeastern Birds by Susan Doubet, OSB
Northeastern Birds
Artist: Susan Doubet, OSB
Fiber art

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow or reap nor gather into barns, and yet God feeds them.
—Matthew 6:26

The Final Gift by Margaret Ann Pilewski, OSB
The Final Gift
Artist: Margaret Ann Pilewski, OSB
Digital photograph on canvas

I have often thought with wonder
Of the great goodness of God;
And my soul has rejoiced
In the contemplation of this great magnificence and mercy.
—St. Teresa of Avila

Quilt by Janet Goetz, OSB
Quilt
Artist: Janet Goetz, OSB
Fiber art

Mercy triumphs over judgment.
—James 2:13 RB 64:10

God's Mercy Overflows by Stephanie Schmidt, OSB
God's Mercy Overflows
Artist: Stephanie Schmidt, OSB
Digital photograph

From the depths of the mystery of God, the great river of mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly.
—Pope Francis

Transcendence by Lucia Surmik, OSB
Transcendence
Artist: Lucia Surmik, OSB
Digital photograph

Tenderness is a quality of nobility and a mark of sensitivity; it is a signature of mercy.
—Silvanus Shield

Stream of Mercy by Pat Witulski, OSB
Stream of Mercy
Artist: Pat Witulski, OSB
Digital photograph

Mercy flows like a never ending stream bathing us in goodness and love.
—Pope Francis

God's Merciful Love by Pat Witulski, OSB
God's Merciful Love
Artist: Pat Witulski, OSB
Digital photograph

Mercy is the bridge that connects God and people; opening our hearts to the hope of being loved despite our sinfulness.
—Pope Francis

The Holy Door of Mercy by Pat Witulski, OSB
The Holy Door of Mercy
Artist: Pat Witulski, OSB
Digital photograph

Open the Door to the JOY of MERCY.

White Birches at Presque Isle by Mary Kay Geary
White Birches at Presque Isle
Artist: Mary Kay Geary, Neighborhood Art House
Pastel

“Even if our sins were scarlet
God’s love would make them white as snow.
This mercy is beautiful.
—Isaiah quoted by Pope Francis

Untitled by Ann Muczynski, OSB
Untitled
Artist: Ann Muczynski, OSB
Digital photograph

What a beautiful truth of faith this is for our lives; the Mercy of God!
—Pope Francis

Reflections within Reflections by Susan Doubet, OSB
Reflections within Reflections
Artist: Susan Doubet, OSB
Digital photograph

The first fresh hour of every morning should be dedicated to God,
whose mercy gladdens it with golden light.
—Charles Spurgeon

The Mercy Shawl by Barb Hauck, oblate
The Mercy Shawl
Artist: Barb Hauck, oblate
100% alpaca
Still a Child by Jo Clarke, oblate and Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Haiga Still a Child
Artist: Jo Clarke, oblate and Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Digital art
Haiga Still a Child by Jo Clarke, oblate and Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Haiga Still a Child
Artist: Jo Clarke, oblate and Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Digital art
Photography by Jo Clarke, oblate
Untitled
Artist: Jo Clarke, oblate
Digital art

Jesus says of the birds of the air,
“not one of them is forgotten before God.”
How then can we possibly mistreat them or cause them harm?
—Pope Francis

Haiga by Jo Clarke, oblate and Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Haiga
Artist: Jo Clarke, oblate and Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Digital art
Haiga Iris by Jo Clarke, oblate and Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Haiga Iris
Artist: Jo Clarke, oblate and Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB
Mixed media illustration, Haiku poetry
Digital photograph by Kathy Kutz, oblate
Untitled
Artist: Kathy Kutz, oblate
Digital photograph

Mother of all creation…we ask you to help us look at the world with wiser eyes.
—Pope Francis, Laudato Si