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(Detail) Rest on the Flight, President’s Christmas Card, Watercolor, gouache, and gesso, over graphite sketch on conjoined sheets of paper Copyright Saint Anselm Abbey 2006(Detail) Rest on the Flight, President's Christmas Card, Copyright Saint Anselm Abbey 2006.

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The Christmas Drawings and other Religious Works

Nativity Angel, Watercolor with black crayon, over pencil sketch on paper, copyright Saint Anselm Abbey 2010
Image credit: Nativity Angel,
Watercolor with black crayon
over pencil sketch on paper,
Copyright Saint Anselm Abbey 2010

November 10 - December 10, 2011

Announcement of Opening Reception (PDF/5.3MB)

Opening Reception - Wednesday, November 9th, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Exhibit continues through December 10, 2011

Gallery will be closed Wednesday, November 23 (closing at 12:30 p.m.) through Sunday, November 27.

A little more than twenty years ago, as the new president of Saint Anselm College, Fr. Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B. commissioned Fr. Iain to make drawings expressly for his annual Christmas greetings to the college community, alumni, friends, and associates. Soon to follow, drawings were also done for Saint Anselm Abbey's Christmas card.

This exhibition will showcase a selection of these works, as well as other commissions received throughout the years. Focusing on later works executed as "mediations," this collection represents years of artistic invention coupled with a monastic spirituality. This assemblage is a special occasion to view the works together, many of which have never been exhibited before.