Sisters create Art and Soul Creation Guild
If you have a love of art and a desire to charge up your creativity, then plan on joining the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, beginning in October as they forge ahead with the Art and Soul Creation Guild.
The decision to form such a guild was created by the awareness that many communities have art groups which meet regularly to support each other in their artistic endeavors. This area does not have such a group.
The guild will begin the first week in October, with Sister Rosemary Schmalz facilitating. She notes that usually such groups simply gather for mutual support and members work on their own projects in their chosen medium. These guild sessions, at least for the first six months, will have a structure. Each session will begin with a short exercise for the purpose of stirring up one’s creative juices. This will be followed by time for members to work in whatever direction they feel led to go. Further, the participants will be guided in seeing how their practice of art can help them develop a more contemplative stance in their lives. Thus, the name given to the first session is Art to Life Your Spirit.
Each session will be offered twice, on the first Wednesday of the month (beginning Oct. 2), from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and repeated on the first Thursday of the month (beginning Oct. 3), from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. However, the sessions in January will take place on the second Wednesday and Thursday. All sessions will take place in the Foley Room at Providence Spirituality & Conference Center. To attend any or all of the sessions, one must become a guild member.
An annual membership to the Art and Soul Creation Guild is $30 and each session that a member attends will cost $5. One can become a member and start attending sessions at any time, not just before the October sessions.
The guild is open to all regardless of art expertise. “The only criteria is that you must be comfortable working independently for a portion of each session,” Sister Rosemary said.
About the Sisters of Providence
The Sisters of Providence, a congregation of 214 women religious, with 300 Providence Associates, collaborate with others to create a more just and hope-filled world through prayer, education, service and advocacy. The Sisters of Providence have their motherhouse at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, located just northwest of downtown Terre Haute, Ind., which is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Saint Mother Theodore Guerin founded the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 1840. Today, Sisters of Providence minister in 13 states, the District of Columbia and Asia, through works of love, mercy and justice. More information about the Sisters of Providence and their ministries can be found at SistersofProvidence.org.