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‘First-ever’ art show draws 300

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Father David Reinders, chaplain at the Veterans Administration Hospital, displays his art at the first-ever show of its kind in Tucson.

More than 300 people were drawn to the first-ever fine art exhibit featuring the works of women religious and clergy of the Diocese of Tucson on Sept. 17 in the parish hall of St. Augustine Cathedral.
Among the works displayed by 21 artists at the Sonoran Spirit Fine Art Exhibit were photographs taken by Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas, who termed the event “a great success.”
Visitors moved from table to table, visiting with the artists and viewing their displays. Some purchased and commissioned art.
“Calling me an ‘artist’ may be going too far,” Bishop Kicanas said later, “but the word surely describes the sisters, priests and deacon whose fine arts included icons, embroidery, jewelry, poetry, paintings, photographs…I am surely honored to be in their company.”
The idea for the exhibit was sparked last March when Sister Rina Cappellazzo, O.P., diocesan Vicar for Religious, commented during a Pastoral Center staff meeting about the number of talented clergy and religious women and men artists she knows in our Diocese who create beautiful works but who are practically unknown.
“I am grateful to Sister Rina, Laura Rowan, the artists and the exhibit committee for helping us to launch what I hope will be a tradition in our Diocese,” the Bishop said.

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