Sacred art show, sale coming to Rock Island Feb. 22-23

Photo Caption: This “Theotokos, the God Bearer” icon was created in colored pencils by Jill Rodts of Milan, coordinator of “Art of Faith” set for Feb. 22-23 at Farrell Hall of St. Pius X Parish.

ROCK ISLAND — The work of Catholic artists and musicians from throughout the region will be featured in the third annual “Art of Faith,” a juried sacred art show and sale scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 22-23 at Farrell Hall of St. Pius X Parish, 2901 24th St.

“Magnify God’s Word” is the theme of this year’s event. There is no charge to attend, but donations will be accepted.

The 16 featured artists include:

Rita Tomanek of Iowa City, Iowa (painting); Leanne Spacek of Marengo, Iowa (Byzantine icon writing); Jill Rodts of Milan (painting, drawing, poetry); Cyndi Jarvis of Davenport, Iowa (mixed media); Jeannette Doran of Eldridge, Iowa (icons); Susan Marie Miller of Dubuque, Iowa (calligraphy); Dennis Carlson of Rock Island (wood carving); Don Barry of Bettendorf, Iowa (wood saw scrolling);

Also Lois Hull of Geneseo, (drawing, poetry); Paul Herrera of Milan (calligraphy); Scott Schoonmaker of Moline (painting and woodworking); Gabby Schadt of Davenport, Iowa (drawing); Alba Goebel of Chillicothe (portrait painting); Keith Bonnstetter of Bettendorf, Iowa (paper cutting); Chris Miguel of Bettendorf, Iowa (drawing, sewing), and David Belitz of Murray, Neb. (steel sculpture).

“Art of Faith artwork is traditional, inspiration, devotional, and contemporary art that showcases the beauty of the life of Christ and the love he had in laying down his life for others,” said Jill Rodts, show coordinator. She said the artists will be present to talk about their work as well as their experiences of God’s love and mercy.

Artist demonstrations, recitations of poetry, and vocal and musical performances will be held throughout the show.

The event is open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Musicians to be featured on Saturday include pianist Sharon Ade and vocalists Mary Ade and Sarah Wallace from 2 to 3 p.m.; Harper’s Delight, seven instrumental harps with Lydia Olson from 3 to 4 p.m.; and Chris Dunn and John Miller on guitars and vocals from 5 to 6 p.m. The poetry of Lois Hull will be showcased from 4 to 5 p.m.

Sunday’s schedule includes the poetry of Susanmarie Miller from 9 to 10 a.m.; harp soloist Lydia Olson from 10 to 11 a.m.; Shelley Walljasper on piano with vocals by Krianna Walljasper from noon to 1 p.m.; and Jerry Schroeder and Ben Shulter on guitars and Jeremiah Schluter on dulcimer from 1 to 2 p.m.

In addition, art from a creative workshop held at the parish last November on the theme “Mary’s Yes” will be displayed throughout the show. Food will be available for purchase.

Twenty percent of the artists’ sales will be retained to support future Art of Faith programs.

Rodts said the mission of the sacred art show is to “renew our culture with holy images of Jesus, Mary and the saints” and to “inspire devotion and build up the kingdom of God through a celebration of the unity of faith in the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ.”

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