|Sparkill Dominican Exhibit
Maidens and Madonnas
NY, December 26, 2006-- Mariandale
Retreat Center hosted an exhibit of the acrylic, oils and watercolors
of Elizabeth Slenker, OP (Sparkill)Maidens and Madonnas:Biblical
Figures Presented in Today's Life, features a series of paintings
that depict biblical figures in modern multi-cultural people.The
exhibit ran the month of December. The project is part of the Chapel
Her thought about this exhibit:
"In preparing for this exhibition I thought it would be interesting
to compile a series of paintings featuring people that I have met
throughout my life from different cultural traditions. The present
day figures I painted reminded me of women in Biblical history who
were instrumental in the story of salvation. I then searched through
the Scriptures for women who played important roles in this narration.
I connected the words of Scripture with the various images from
the present to relate the Biblical stories. For me, the Biblical
narrations are as relevant today as during the times of the Jewish
heritage of Jesus and early Christianity.
As a product of Western civilization and immersed in its recorded
history, European tradition strongly influences how Biblical figures
have been depicted since the Middle Ages. Many artistic representations
come to us from artistic rendition strongly influenced by Caucasian
European tradition. We sometimes miss the richness of how other
cultures might depict the same story according to their traditions
Adele Myers,OP (Sparkill) and Elizabeth
Slenker, OP at the Maidens and Madonnas
exhibit. (photo: Catherine McKillop, OP)
I thought it might be interesting to examine how other cultures
might present the Salvation story from their perspective. I took
a leap of faith to step out of my tradition and depict my artistic
representations as Mid-eastern, Mican, Indian, Native American and
Asian. This exhibition is an attempt to 'Go out to the whole world
and preach the good news' through painting."
Elizabeth Slenker, OP (Sparkill) spent thirty-five
years teaching at all academic levels, and is now working full time
in art ministry. She taught elementary school, high school art,
and art at St. Thomas Aquinas College. She works in stained glass,
computer design and watercolor. Among her achievements are tabernacles
in wood and glass for St. Louis University and Mercy Center in St.
Louis. She has also had a series of one-person art exhibitions at
the University of Notre Dame, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill,
NY, and various locations in St. Louis. Every year she enters five
juried shows, and has placed best in \. show for her painting of
the Market place in EI Salvador. She loves painting animals and
has painted numerous family pets. She also does a variety of stained-glass
stepping stones including flowers, animals, abstracts and personalized
Chapel Art Gallery at Mariandale
The Chapel Gallery at Mariandale Retreat Center is an art space
which offers visitors an opportunity for contemplation through the
arts. The works of local, national, and international artists provide
the impetus for reflection and prayer. Most exhibits are topically
related to religion and spirituality. The gallery is open daily
to the public.
The Chapel Art Gallery is committed to promoting and fostering the
arts, and educating the public to the spiritual nature and importance
of artistic endeavors and works.
Lorraine Ferguson, OP (Hope) organized the exhibit.