Art exhibits designed to deepen understanding

Starting in August, St. Paul’s Monastery is offering a year-long series of exhibits featuring regional artists who tackle spiritual themes that may help viewers experience God in new ways. Exhibits are free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Theology is one way to express the wonder of God’s mystery,” says Sam Rahberg, director of the Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Monastery. “But, when words and well-crafted arguments leave us wanting more, we turn to artists to give us new ways to see and understand.”

The first exhibit, featuring Kelly Kruse, opens August 20 and ends November 1. In it, she explores the painful yet beautiful experience of human longing and suffering. In struggling with depression, she developed a visual devotional practice through which she wrestles with beauty, longing and God. She describes her work as “contemporary illumination.” Like medieval monks who perfected the art of illuminated manuscripts, Kruse seeks to awaken a sense of spiritual contemplation in the viewer.

Future exhibits represent a diversity of regional artists, using a variety of media — each one reflecting their unique spiritual quest for God. 

For more detailed information, call 651-777-7251 or email The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery, is located at 2675 Benet Road in Maplewood. 


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