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Bishop Conley participates in Sacred Art Show

Collaborative work to be unveiled at April 4 opening of event

LINCOLN (SNR) – The sixth annual “Sacred Art Show and Sale” will be held April 4 and 5 at the Blessed John XXIII Diocesan Center, 3700 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln.

The show opens Friday, April 4 with an hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, in addition to the 20 participating artists from eight states, Bishop James D. Conley is collaborating on an original painting with Lincoln artist Sue Kouma Johnson. The unveiling of the painting will take place on opening night, April 4. The original acrylic painting, signed by Bishop Conley and Kouma Johnson, will be sold by silent auction, with all proceeds donated to St. Gianna’s Women’s Homes, for women escaping domestic violence. The subject of the painting is being kept under wraps until the show, but is a subject that is close to Bishop Conley’s heart.

A silent auction will run both days of the event. Pianist Amy Flamminio and harpist Anne Pfeifer will provide music Friday evening.
Other events include a Saturday presentation at 11 a.m. by acclaimed artist Sondra Jonson, on Christ’s passion, and at 2 p.m. the schola/polyphonic choir from Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary will present a recital of sacred music directed by Nicholas Lemme. The program will consist of Gregorian chant from the Ordinary and Propers of the Mass, some polyphonic repertoire, and other religious repertoire, all of which will be explained during the performance. There will also be a children’s art corner, artist demonstrations, and a children’s performance on the life of a saint.

Artists include painters, sculptors, iconographers, jewelers, woodworkers, photographers, and a potter. Ten percent of artists’ sales from the Sacred Art Show and Sale will be donated to the St. Gianna Women’s Home.

The Sacred Art Show website displays a sampling of the artwork that will be for sale at the show and a list of participating artists. For the complete list of events and more information about the Sacred Art Show, please visit www.SacredArtShow.com. More information is available at www.facebook.com/sacredartshow.

Admission to attend is free, but there is a small fee for wine tasting. Children are welcome both days.

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