Mary Southard CSJ

Mary is a life-adventurer whose fascination is the wonder and creativity of our Sacred Universe! As a visual artist she works in a variety of media--paint, plaster, fibreglass, clay, cast paper, pastel--and is best known as creator of the Earth calendar which has been a favourite in homes around the world since 1980. Mary is also an experienced educator, retreat director, and a voice for Earth healing.
Mary's publications include the yearly art/meditation Calendar, book illustration, and book cover art. As a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, Mary lives and has her studio in La Grange Park, Illinois.

Mary's love of art began to unfold in high school. She went on to receive her BA in Art from Dominican University (1960) and her MA from Notre Dame University (1964). It was a decade later that she began to experience the power and healing energies of art-making. During a time of personal crisis, she found herself painting her way through inner struggles and journeys. "I began to trust what would emerge from within me, letting the images come and unfold--to heal, to reveal, to discover, to explore new ground. I was being drawn into a Sacred Space of soul which connected me to others, eventually to everyone and everything-to my place within all of creation " Since that time Mary has been facilitating others in this kind of painting as a way of releasing creativity, of tuning in to and trusting inner guidance, of learning the language of the soul.
About the same time, allured by beauty and the natural world, Mary began an ever-deepening contemplative exploration of the evolutionary Universe. Mentored by Thomas Berry, Brian Swimme and others, she experienced this cosmological worldview as revealing the Divine intimately present and active at the heart of Creation. "As artist, I see more clearly than ever that we are essentially creative beings, engaged with the Creator in the Great Work of OUR time. We are all part of a radical shift taking place in our understanding of the nature of the Universe and our human place in it. "My creative work gives me a way to participate in this critical work, and to celebrate the wonder and mystery of Creation. It enables me to become one small Voice for Earth and her healing, one way to be engaged in planetary transformation."

Mardi Kearney

"Art is a bridge to the spirit. My sculptural work exists so that others can use it as a bridge to share my feelings and to explore the depths of human tenderness, strength and fragility. The aim of my work has been to develop expressive forms that create the need to touch. Our sense of sight is closely associated with our sense of touch. To combine both successfully doubles the pleasure of a work. My method is to carve directly into stone, wood and clay. I like my pieces to retain their character so that they are still recognisable as pieces of stone or wood".
Mardi's latest commission was for St. Rita's Primary School at Victoria Point, Queensland. Mardi has also recently been enjoying creating her "Little Cobber's" as well carving some very impressive bird baths.
All these images and many more can be found on her webite www.mardikearney.com
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John Giuliani

The son of Italian immigrants, John studied art at Pratt Institute in New York and apprenticed with Russian icon master, Vladislav Andreyev. Soon his religious calling took precedence, and he was ordained as a Catholic priest, giving his life to the church as a chaplain and priest while continuing to study the humanities.
In recent years he returned to his art bringing to bear his strong feelings about Native Americans and depicting them as Christian saints, honoring their dignity and native spirituality and celebrating the beauty of their crafts.
In 2008 John won a Faith&Form/IFRAA Visual Arts Award for his work titled Bolivian St. Christopher and Child.

To see more of John's work, visit www.hillstream.com

John Collier

John was chosen, from a selected group of more than thirty artists, as the chief sculptor for the Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero. Mr. Collier is one of America's most honoured Artists.

His work has been exhibited at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, the Mulvane Museum, the Narthex Gallery at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City, the Tatischeff Gallery, the New York Historical Society Museum, Christie's Auction House, and the Smithsonian Institute’s Traveling Art Exhibition. In 2008, John won a Faith&Form/IFRAA Visual Arts Award for his work Annunciation.

You may see some of John's works by visiting www.hillstream.com