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Friday, Aug. 24, 1962 THE PROGRESS--13 Liturgical Art and Architecture... the many names, both Religious and lay, well-known to religious art, who exhibited their finest works at Liturgical Week. tremendous impac t on liturgical art the past decade. viewer with its quality of the Saint giving himself to God with his graceful, out-stretched arms reaching upward. Cast in bronze Miss Rich has this same statue, heroic life-size, poised on a cliff over'look- ing the Pacific Ocean at her home on Hope Ranch, Santa Barbara. The smaller replica, seen in Seattle, has been the key-piece at several art shows throughout the country. "Saint Francis" was sculped in Rome in the early 1950's. It may also be seen in the garden of Carl Milles, Swedish sculptor, under whom she studied. Milles Garden, near Stockholm, displays only the works of Milles and Miss Rich, and "Saint Francis" stands near where Milles is buried. Nearly 165,000 people visited this locale last summer. "Without really trying, my work seems to have encircled the world," Miss Rich revealed. Another work here on display "The Madonna of Combermere", was ordered by Katherine DeHuek Doherty for the Madonna House grounds in Canada. Only three statues exist of this Madonna of the size shown here, but a life-size bronze statute stands at the Mother house of Combermere. This is an official Madonna and was dedicated by the Bishop of Pembroke. Her third piece on display is the Christ Child and Simeon, "Nunc Dimittis," pressed in terra cotta. This is an over-life-size plaque. From this plaque, Simeon alone, hangs in an Episcopalian church in Red- wood City. "'The efficiency that Father Boyle displayed in setting up this show is very impressive to me. And I am rather a tough nut to crack as far as order in the before-hand management of a show. To think that he and Felix Campanella had all amateur assistants is a great eredit to their eareful planning," Miss Rich opined. Although living in Santa Barbara Miss Rich was born in Spokane. She is the daughter of actress Irene Rich. Before beginning her serious art studies in Paris she was a Special Assistant to the head of the WAVES after her graduation from Smith College. WELCOME To The Liturgical Co00efere100ce Be Sure To Visit KAUFER'S Catholic Art and Book Store You," Catholic Supply Headquarters. Church And School Supplies. Catholic Gifts For All Occasions 1904 Fourth Ave., SeaHle MAin 2-4173 S+ores also in Portland--Spokane--Tacoma Pacific Coast's Lladlng Ca#helle Supply Stole Il'blil 1904 VISIT OUR BOOTH AT THE LITURGICAL CONFERENCE NO. 114 "THE LAST SUPPER," a series of stained glass windows designed and built by Tom Hemmen of Seattle are shown above as they appeared during Liturgical Week display. Mr. Hemmen, a 1962 graduate of Seattle University's School of Arh designs the windows on paper and then constructs the frame and places the pieces of glass he has cut to size. Filling in the wooden mold with concrete, the window is completed save for drying and the finishing process. Mr. Hemmen has been doing stained glass about a year. THIS STRIKING PORTRAYAL of St. Francis of Assist by the noted sculptor, Miss Frances Rich, evoked much favorable comment at the Liturgical Art Exhibit. Miss Rich, pictured here with her work of art, makes her home in Santa Barbara, Calif. Her works have been widdy exhibited and acclaimed. Miss Rich is the daughter of Irene Rich, movie star famous during the 20's. EALING with artists is at best a trying task, accerd- hag to Rev, Edward Boyle, chair- man of the sacred contemporary art display. Because of difficul- ties of both time and tempera- meat, Father .ayle is to be con- gratulated on the quality of art works exhibited at the Liturgical Week Art Display. While there are mediocre works, the prepon- derance /s on the side of ade- quate to excellent. Two outstanding oils, which can be no surprise, are by Jacob Elshin. His "Nativity" and "Sera- phim" are prime examples of the Elshin palette, unsurpassed in America in my opinion. Both of these oils diffuse the soft glory that is so much a part of the Elshin conception of Christian I have seen better works by Val Laigo. However, his stand- ards of excellence are so high that anything under the very best Laigo would be a disappointment, as was hia tryptych, "Birth, Lifurgical Art Display By John J. Eckhart Death and Resurrection." Laigo continues to express the over- whelming passion of the Christian mystera and his work is not of tranquility. Even Laigo's "The Ciborium is the Holy Grail" con- tains the tortured lines of seek- hag. This brilliant piece, by the way, is what we have come to expect of Laigo. If you have had the pleasure of viewing the interior of Holy Family Church in Kirkland you have seen the Station of the Cross by Del Lederle. This Cali- fornia artist is unsurpassed in his works reminiscent of the By- zantium genre. Father Boyle has displayed one of these stations as well as a small tempera on wood painting "Epiphany." The outstandine work in sculp- ture is by another California art- tat, Frances Rich. Her "St. Fran- cis" reflects the soaring spiri- tuality of that Saint. I would not think it easy to combine the trascendency of St. Francis with the masculinity that was a part of the completeness, but Frances Rich has done just that and done it in the contemporary idiom. If it were for sale, and if I could afford it, this is one sculptured piece I would hie away with me. Mosaics on the whole suffered, with the fine exception of Louisa Jenkin's "Virgin of the Silve Flame." Where craftsmanship is important, this artist is a crafts- man. But this is of second notice after the viewer has delighted in the shimmering image portrayed through the use of glass and stone. Other works worthy of special note are Roy Stenger's powerful and agonized metal and wood "Crucifixion," the cemetery gates by Brother Bruno, O.S.B., and the well conceived brass "Chan- cel Light" and "Tree of Life" by Marianne Cassar. What might have been is of secondary import. The new di- rections and new life of liturgical art were well demonstrated, and for Liturgical Week, what more could be asked? q