SLC to hold annual ‘Franciscan Art Exhibit’

Posted On September 01, 2016

cross_web.jpgMANITOWOC — Silver Lake College will feature its annual “Franciscan Art Exhibit” from Sept. 12 through Oct. 7 in the Du Charme Erdmann Gallery on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road. 

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The public is welcome. There is no cost for admission.

“The Franciscan exhibit is an annual exhibit that shares the life of St. Francis and St. Clare through visuals. It is a great way to remind students of our Franciscan values and share a bit of our college’s culture with visitors. It also highlights the San Damiano Cross, which was painted by Sister Mariella Erdmann,” said Erin LaBonte, associate professor of art and art department co-chair.

Works ranging from sculptures to paintings from various artists, including members of the Franciscan Sisters, will be featured. The exhibit spotlights depictions of the “Canticle of the Creatures,” several unique sculptures of St. Francis, a 4-foot-tall San Damiano Cross, and art representing different aspects of the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.

 “This Franciscan exhibit celebrates the simple, but profound life and spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity who founded Silver Lake College of the Holy Family over 80 years ago,” said Sister Lorita Gaffney, executive director of mission integration at Silver Lake College. “By meditating on the Gospels, Francis treasured this message and example of the life of Jesus, a life characterized by unconditional mutual love, respect, care for one another and a deep reverence for the physical world, God’s gift to humanity. This year, touched by the spirit and life of St. Francis of Assisi, the entire learning community of the college is promoting and cultivating the Franciscan value of Peacemaking. We commit ourselves to inner peace, and moving to becoming instruments of peace to others.”