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St. Vincent Gallery showcases artwork of 4 Benedictine monks

Shirley McMarlin
| Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, 9:00 p.m.
Featured artists, (from left), Br. Mark Floreanini, O.S.B, Fr. Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., Fr. Robert Keffer, O.S.B., and Br. Etienne Huard, O.S.B, gather near their works of art, (shown back), during the opening reception for 'Monk-Artisans of Saint Vincent', held at the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, September 10, 2015.
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Featured artists, (from left), Br. Mark Floreanini, O.S.B, Fr. Vincent de Paul Crosby, O.S.B., Fr. Robert Keffer, O.S.B., and Br. Etienne Huard, O.S.B, gather near their works of art, (shown back), during the opening reception for 'Monk-Artisans of Saint Vincent', held at the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity Township on Thursday evening, September 10, 2015.

Mix divine inspiration with natural talent and the result is “Monk-Artisans of Saint Vincent,” running through Oct. 5 in the St. Vincent Gallery at St. Vincent College in Unity.

The exhibit showcases the artwork of four Benedictine monks: Father Vincent de Paul Crosby, a member of the monastic community at St. Vincent Archabbey; Brother Mark Floreanini, a visual arts faculty member at the college; Brother Etienne Huard, a graduate theological studies student at the college; and Father Robert Keffer, Excela Health Latrobe Hospital chaplain and Seton Hill University campus minister.

Gracing the gallery walls are Huard's photos, including detailed botanical studies; Keffer's oils, including miniature portraits painted on copper; Crosby's fabric appliques, including vestments in various rich tones; and a wide range of works by Floreanini, such as watercolors, fiber art and stained glass.

In the exhibit booklet, Ann Holmes, gallery administrative director, notes that St. Vincent founder Boniface Wimmer believed that the arts must not be neglected in the complete Benedictine education and that the one constant in the wide-ranging show is “a focus on art as a reflection of the glory of God.”

Noted area artists attending a Sept. 10 reception included Sue Pollins, Renie Pollock, Duncan MacDiarmid, Ann Gravelle with Steve and Richard Stoner with Eileen.

Also seen: Susan English, Doreen Blandino, Linda Vucelich, Milt and Pat Ferrenberg, Betty Ann Bridge, Rob Trainer, Virginia Greubel, Anita Manoli, Brother Elliott Maloney, Sister Victoria Marie Gribschaw, Sister Lois Sculco, Jody Marsh, Julia Cavallo, John and Cammy Matusz, Brittany Lambermont, Ganjofarid Anvarzod and Jacob Sheehan.

— Shirley McMarlin

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