Traditional Catholic art gains a compelling new medium in gallery wrapped canvas. Canvases featuring this modern art trend combine special printing technology and the technical skill of our Steubenville craftsmen to carefully wrap and tuck the canvas around the back of a 3/4" thick engineered wood mount. This method creates an impressive visual display with a faux 3D effect as the image continues around all visible sides of the mount. The canvas is free of visible staples or tacks and stands alone with no need for a frame. Each canvas hangs with a wire in the back and has an attractive satin-matte finish.
Our image of "Holding On To Faith" by Nellie Edwards depicts the Lily of the Mohawks, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, in her purity and humility. Nellie began painting recently with no previous fine art painting experience. Her life-long dream was to "one day take lessons." In the meantime, she devoted herself to her vocation as wife and mother (eventually of eight) and her passion for ProLife work, including spreading the good news of Humanae Vitae, to help protect the sanctity of all human life.
I wanted to be a fine art painter since I was 9 years old. As the mother of eight children, I prayed that one day, when the kids were grown, I could take lessons. In the meantime, I made some attempts, all to no avail. Suddenly, in 2007, I felt strongly compelled to do a "portrait" of then Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, which seemed strange, since I knew I did not have the requisite talent for such, nor did I even know anything about her, apart from the fact of her being known as "The Lily of the Mohawks." I resisted the idea but it kept coming to me, so I reasoned that if it was indeed an inspiration of the Lord, it would turn out to look as though done by an accomplished artist. When at the halfway point, I received an invitation to give a Pro-Life talk at an annual Indian congress, (without any previous such honor and the one inviting me having no idea of the painting I was working on) I wondered what the reason for it all could be. I prayed and continued to work on it daily (without a drawing to work from). Then, when finished, to my surprise, it was quickly approved by the National Tekakwitha Conference. When I gave the talk a few months later, to members of the Three Affiliated Tribes, the message of "acting to end abortion" was well received. I was so thankful. With regularity, through this artwork, I have become connected to many of various tribes around the country - all who believe that God wills for the Indian community to stand up corporately for the cause of life. Seeming to serve as further confirmation of this, the artwork was requested for the canonization issue cover of the Knights of Columbus' Columbia Magazine, as well as for the cover of a new book about St. Kateri by OSV Publishing (which the artist saw at the Vatican Bookstore, while in Rome for the canonization) and assorted other audio and visual media.
Kateri is a sublime example of peaceful resistance to what is contrary to the laws of God. She exhibited heroic virtue in her young life and preferred Christ over all human esteem and in spite of personal persecution. Upon her death, the scars on her face, from the small-pox she had as a young girl, vanished before the eyes of numerous witnesses.
"Saint Kateri, please pray that God's purpose for this artwork is accomplished."
A simple, neat, and beautiful way to adorn your home, office, or parish - or even to give as a gift to a friend, relative, or priest.
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