Visual Artists’ Group

Artists’ Group Monthly Show: February 2020

Artist of the Month:  Mary Pacios

Artist’s Reception:  Sunday, February 16th, at 6:00pm, following Jazz Vespers

Mary Pacios will be our Artist of the Month for February. We are familiar with Mary’s prints, but not her paintings. Mary says, “The three large paintings exhibited here are from my last series of oils, painted in 1995 and 1996. I paint only in oil, although I did flirt with acrylics during the 1960’s. I love the feel of oil paint and a brush on canvas and the intense color I can achieve with oil paint. I work very quickly from models, and never use photographs. Each painting was completed in a two to three hour period. When I paint, I think of bringing darkness to light.”

Immigration Show at St. James: September-October 2020
Open Space Discussion: March 2020

The St. James Immigration Art Show will take place in September and October 2020. This show, organized by the St. James Art Group, will center on the stories and journeys of our parents and forebears. This show is not about “being an artist,” but rather about storytelling and celebrating our history. The exhibit will include a video of iPhone interviews as well as a book for those that prefer to write out their memories — every person at St. James who wants to tell a story will have the chance to share. There will be an Open Space in March to give everyone who wishes to participate the opportunity to discuss the project and sign up. In the meantime, you are encouraged to begin gathering artifacts that will help tell your story, such as: old letters; census forms; military records; photos; baptismal and marriage certificates; immigration records; recipes; ledgers; tickets; maps; bulletins; family bibles; and anything else you can think of! The Art Group will keep your originals safe and is happy to help with scanning or photographing your items. Contact: Ron Zellar about photographing or digitizing documents; Bob Grover if you would like something artistically rendered; and Margie Lee with any general questions.