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Catholic Artists to Host Annual ‘Sacred Art Show and Sale’ Percentage of Proceeds to Benefit St. Gianna Homeand

MOTHER TERESA - A pencil sketch of Mother Teresa, created by artist Jeffrey Larson of Omaha, is one of the works to be featured in the“Sacred Art Show and Sale: Catholic Art By Catholic Artists.” The event will be held March 19-20 at the Blessed John XXIII Diocesan Center, 3700 Sheridan Blvd. in Lincoln. (Courtesy image)

LINCOLN (SNR) - The second annual “Sacred Art Show and Sale: Catholic Art By Catholic Artists” will be held March 19 and 20, at the Blessed John XXIII Diocesan Center, 3700 Sheridan Blvd. in Lincoln.

The show opens Friday, March 19, with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $2 per person or $5 per family, with free admission for priests and religious. The art show and sale continues Saturday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.

Ten percent of all sales will be donated to Catholic Social Services’ St. Gianna Home, a home for women escaping domestic violence and abortion.

Organizers Laura Duggan and Sue Kouma Johnson said their dream behind the event is to share Catholic art with the world. “Sacred Art is imagery intended to uplift the mind to the spiritual,” they said, “and this is the intent of the Sacred Art Show and Sale.”

“I feel we are part of a bigger movement of the Holy Spirit,” said Sue Kouma Johnson. “Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have reached out to artists and asked for new art that will lift the spirit by portraying and communicating the beauty, truth and goodness of God.”

Laura Duggan agreed, saying, “Our mission, as artists, is to create sacred art that inspires and enhances devotion to our Father and ever-living God.”

There are many other artists who share this conviction. Last year there seven artists were featured in the show and this year, there are 21 artists from four states participating.

“We have received such enthusiastic responses from artists wanting to be involved in the Sacred Art Show and Sale,” Duggan said. “All of the artists participating in the art show are passionate about sharing their love of the Catholic Faith.”

Since the show opens on the feast of St. Joseph day, some of the artists have created pieces to honor the foster father of Christ. There will be a designated table displaying all of the St. Joseph pieces created for the show.

The organizers intend for the show to become an event artists and patrons look forward to each year. There is a new website so that people can see a sampling of the kind of art that will be in the show, as well as a list of participating artists. That site is www.sacredartshow.com.

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