A Thank You to the Artists
We would like to express our profound gratitude to all of you who have contributed works for this year’s Art at the Abbey exhibition on the theme, “What is Holiness?” We feel tremendously blessed by your courageous and imaginative responses of art to this question. As we understand the arts to be a window into the souls of creative beings, we are further thankful for the grace of this exhibition to piece together all of your perspectives, beliefs, and experiences to form a new sense of what it is to be whole, of what it is to be holy.
We know that your participation in this exhibition is much more than simply offering a work for the sake of public display. It is a sharing of intimate expressions of your own understandings and inspirations surrounding the often puzzling idea of holiness and its role in and for each of our lives. We know there is a vulnerability in sharing something so personal as your own art. We take it as our sacred duty to honor what you have created and to help you share that story as part of the larger narrative woven together through this exhibition. Through your capacity to vision something beyond what we know here and now amidst the uncertainties of our world and larger universe, together you invite our wider community to enter into their own journey toward a deeper sense of what it means to encounter the holy and to be holy. Thank you for inviting us into your journey. You have taken a risk in sharing in our vision and sharing yours with the world. For this we give thanks!
May your creative endeavors continue to be richly blessed.
With thanks and prayers,
Celina Chavez & Fr. Graham Golden, O. Praem.