Shepherding Images: a ministry of sacred arts
Shepherding Images Studio & Good Shepherd Gallery opened on November 17, 2015. Good Shepherd Sister Glynis Mary McManamon, founder of the ministry, cut the purple ribbon of the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce and red ribbon of the City of Ferguson to commemorate the occasion. Immediately after opening the doors to the art studio and gallery, Sister Glynis Mary began accepting invitations to participate in local business events, including Small Business Saturday and Ferguson’s annual Twilight Christmas House Tour. Just a few months later Global Sisters Report ran an article about Sr. Glynis Mary and her sacred arts enterprise.
The heart of the art ministry involves Sister Glynis Mary in painting icons for public viewing and working with schools and community groups on collaborative exhibitions and programs. Shepherding Images Studio & Good Shepherd Gallery will present opportunities for youth and adults to have their own shows of artwork that highlight the Good Shepherd core values of mercy, reconciliation, individual worth and zeal.
Shepherding Images as sacred space
Sister Glynis Mary is a visual artist who specializes in writing religious icons. She founded Shepherding Images Studio & Good Shepherd Gallery as a sacred space that could inspire people to reflect on a larger worldview. She is no stranger to creating and exhibiting iconography and other forms of art. For years she ran Shepherding Images, a studio and gallery in Louisville, Kentucky, before being asked by her religious community to serve as Human Resources manager at the Province Center in St. Louis. Sister Glynis Mary is excited and grateful to have returned to her love of ministering to others through art, reflection and interaction.
Shepherding Images Studio & Good Shepherd Gallery incorporates a small meditation space and small tea area for people who visit and want a quiet space for rest and quiet reflection. Sister Glynis Mary also accepts art commissions from individuals and private and public organizations.
“Shepherding Images Studio & Good Shepherd Gallery is more than a business; it is a sacred place where others can always feel welcome,” Sister Glynis Mary said.
The studio/gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is also open by appointment.