Eight St. Louis artists interpret Laudato Si

Eight St. Louis artists interpret Laudato Si at an art exhibit that is on display at Good Shepherd Gallery in Ferguson, Missouri.  The collection of art includes oils, watercolors, sculptures and other mediums. 

Eight St. Louis artists

The featured artists — seven Catholic Sisters and one diocesan priest — flesh out each piece of their artwork with an accompanying quote from Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home. The quotes were either selected by the artist or by Sharon O’Grady, RGS, who said she has been transformed by the encyclical.

“After studying Laudato Si, I now see Creation as the mirror of God’s goodness and beauty,” Sr. Sharon said said.

The art exhibit at Good Shepherd Gallery is designed to give viewers a sequential approach to Laudato Si. The exhibit begins with artwork showing the beauty of Creation. Progressing through the exhibit we witness, through the artists’ eyes, our abuse of Creation, followed by the encyclical’s call for us to be stewards of Creation.

The show ends with artwork and quotes from Laudato Si that depict our interdependence and connectivity with nature and one another. The exhibit inspires people to reflect on a larger worldview about our actions and attitudes toward the home we hold in common. 

Sister Glynis McManamon, founder of Good Shepherd Arts Center, is one of the featured artists. She said the art exhibit supports her ministry of doing art in service of the Gospel.

“In the case of Laudato Si, while there is a hard message to take in – our neglect and destruction of our common home – there is also the Good News: we are called upon to be, and are capable of being, stewards of Creation. This is a restoration of God’s original vision of the world: a garden where human beings and nature can live in harmony and create something beautiful together,” Sr. Glynis said.

The St. Louis artists whose art is featured in the exhibit are Corlita Bonnarens, RSM; Fr. Thomas Wyrsch; Glynis McManamon, RGS; Mary Beth Kemper, CPPS; Maria Liebeck, DC; Ann Francis Monedero, OSF, and Josephine Niemann, SSND. Regina Shin, RSCJ,

The works on display commemorate the one-year anniversary of Laudato Si and will remain on exhibit through June 26 at Good Shepherd Gallery in Ferguson.

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Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website veganstoryteller.com