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Sr. Virginia Varley’s Latest Art Exhibit

“I don’t begin with an intent,” was how Sr. Virginia Varley explained her painting process during her latest art exhibit in Toronto on April 21. “I draw a circle. Next, as in other prayer, I ask for growth in intimacy with Divine Mystery. Then I start — I never consciously think spiritual thoughts. As I don’t finish a piece in one sitting, I have time to reflect and come back to it. I place it on the floor and pass it many times a day. Eventually, the painting tells me what it will be called.”

Nature And Art As Meditation

During the month of February 2007, Betty Lou Knox CSJ is displaying her artwork at The Faculty Club of the University of Toronto at 41 Willcocks Street. (One of her paintings, Openings, is shown to the right.) Here is how she sees her art…

The beauty of the Ottawa Valley and the wonder of British Columbia’s mountains, where I lived for many years, inspired me with an appreciation of God's work of art. Becoming aware of nature led me to the realization of our interconnectedness with all of creation.

Art and Sr. Virginia

Sr. Virginia Varley has been painting for over 20 years. Her recent art show and sale on May 11 - 15, 2005, was entitled Mystery Encountered. Note cards of most of her works are available. What follows are several paintings and Sr. Virginia's words:

Art and Spirituality

Dan Donovan, professor emeritus of St. Michael’s College, wrote recently in the Catholic Register that all serious art is spiritual. That statement describes my experience as an artist. I have used art as the language of my prayer for some years, other people’s art certainly, but predominately my own.

Art Exhibit

Sister Virginia Varley CSJ has been painting for 15 years. She sees art as a "nurturer of spirituality." Attracted by art as a vehicle of prayer and of change in consciousness, she has found the blending of these two elements of her life through Sacred Art Retreats directed by Elizabeth Rosson of Nashua, Connecticut. Sister Virginia's use of art as an expression of prayer and growth in intimacy with God finds particular expression in her use of coloured pencil on black.

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