Catholic Creatives Gather
In 2017 eighty Catholic Creatives from across the US and several countries gathered in Dallas to celebrate beauty and the gift of being creative in a Church with a rich history of art, architecture and narrative. We were Catholic.
It was a powerful experience to encounter so many energetic young people who believe artistic Renaissance will bring revival in the Church. We all believe that truth, goodness, and beauty are pillars of God’s presence and that beauty has been neglected. Without it our church is toppling. “We believe in Beauty and God has gifted us to bring it to the world.”
One of the goals of the summit was to bring people together to form relationships so that Catholic Creatives could COLLABORATE.
While in Dallas I met Olivia Bratton Mayoros and Andrew Montpetit, both from Michigan. After the Summit they worked to gather Catholic Creatives in Michigan so that we could begin to experience community and collaboration on a more local level. Over the last two years this has been a beautiful and fruitful endeavor resulting in friendships and professional collaborations.
Creatives Collaborate: Artist and Model
In the summer of 2018 Olivia offered to model for me so that I could create more drawings to add to my already extensive series of figure drawings. Since I am always happy to spend time with her and happy to have the opportunity to direct a model for my own purposes, I accepted. She came to my basement studio one day and by the light of my small basement window we created the drama of these two drawings.
Both of these drawings were featured in my recent exhibit at 20North Gallery in Toledo “Divine Dimensions“.
Poetry and Art: The Creativity Continues
One of the miracles of creative collaboration is the momentum it creates, continuing to create new work beyond what was originally envisioned. After the model session, once my drawing was photographed and titled and shared, Olivia wrote this poem in response to the drawing. But perhaps it is a response to more than just the drawing: I read here all the hopes and conversations and prayers we share as artist who wish to serve Christ and his Church…
Be not afraid
Of the coming resurrection
To a foreign world
Yet be not anxious
To arrive just yet
The time will readily come
Then sit content
Your eyes to the light
Your legs at rest
To be where you are
And will be