This carving shows the beauty and strength of a simple pine cone. In the summer months as we go for walks in wooded areas we either view the cones hanging from evergreen trees or lying on the ground. In this piece I show a small portion of a tree that caught my attention during one of these walks. The detail found in the cones is what captured my attention. Their hardness clinging to the softness of the evergreen, offers a stunning contrast. Both survive and actually thrive by presenting what they were created to be.
Pine Cone Glory, 16″ h X 12″ w X 1″ d
This carving reflects the power found in communities that celebrate Eucharist together. Continue reading
This carving shows us that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ. Through the cross of suffering we are brought into the mercy of God. We stand united in our common struggle, witnessing that all works together for those who love Christ. Continue reading
Today being the feast of Pentecost I was reminded of a piece that I recently made. It portrays the driving wind that the Spirit stirs up in those who have open hearts to hear the Spirit's message. The seven gifts are represented by the seven energy circles present in the midst of those gathered. Continue reading
With Spring comes the popping up of many colorful flowers. Sometimes thanks to the squirrels you discover some shooting up in places where you really did not plant them. My mom loved flowers and would make beautiful bouquets with all the flowers she planted and cared for. I always particularly enjoyed the Spring flowers of iris, lilies of the valley, tulips, daffodils, and flowering trees branches. Continue reading
We each are given the command to step into the light and shed our darkness and pain. As we rise up God’s light fills us to capacity.
This past month I have been working on a variety of smaller pieces. I am grateful for the sales at my last “Twinkling Woodchips Show” because it is giving me an opportunity to create some new pieces. Continue reading
“There is no cross, big or small, in our life, which the Lord does not share with us.”
“Where the cross is, there Christ is near.”
Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger
Weave our crosses into our life.
This is a cross that was made from
With Spring closely around the corner, I made a few stain glass cardinals that are available in my studio. Continue reading
These past months I have been working with a group of youth in Eden Prairie, MN, at Pax Christi Catholic Community, to create a Processional Cross for their youth room and to be used in their worship space. The group came to my studio and worked together in the creation of a design for the piece.
This quote from Thomas Merton, ” With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in the world. It is in these that he hides,” was the inspiration for this carving. Those enfolded within Christ’s arms manifest behavior, which at times, we turn away from. This approach is recognized in some form or other within all of us before we turn to also enfold them in our love. Continue reading
This carving shows the connection of the Holy Family’s Flight to Egypt and the flight of immigrants crossing over the borders. There is a sharp contrast between the darkness of the moon on the one side and the light of the sun on the other with the angel separating the two.
In the letter that Pope Francis wrote to explain the reasons for the Year of Mercy he used the words, two times, “Exclude No One.” That is exclude no one from your mercy and love. All are welcome. Continue reading
The Advent Season of hope is our blessing this year. We celebrate it with anticipated joy in the Light of Christmas approaching. A few years ago Continue reading
With the winds and first frost of these past days, we see the familiar sight of leaves blowing past our windows. It creates such a different view to once again see the whole structure of the trees as they lose their leaves. It is a blessing to have the different seasons which remind us that change is good.
This summer the BBC from England came to do a documentary of our Sisters. Continue reading
Thanks to all who came for the reception this past Sunday at the Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis,MN. I appreciate your support and am grateful to the staff for the wonderful reception that they had. The exhibit will be up through October 25. If you get a chance please stop by and enjoy the carvings. Continue reading
Presently I am having a solo exhibit at The Basilica of St Mary, in Minneapolis MN. I have 36 pieces exhibited, 20 of which have been made in the last year and a half. The show is on from September 12 through October 25, 2015. If you are in the area please stop by and check it out. There will be a reception on September 27, 1:00 PM.
I am going to share a picture and description of a carving that I completed recently for the 150 anniversary of the School Sisters of Notre Dame arrival in Mankato,MN. The actual date they arrived here was Sept. 3, 1865. The following is the description:
The four women on the top part of the carving represent S. Ambrosia, S. Johanna of the Cross, S. Rebeccah and Candidate Mary Helling who travelled from Milwaukee, WI in 1865. The man gazing out into the future toward the bottom part of the carving is to represent the original calling for SSND’s to Mother Caroline, in Milwaukee, by Leo Lamm in 1864 and later Father Sommereisen in 1865.
The leaves shooting out in different directions represent how education provided Continue reading
I recently finished this commission which will be hung in the Library of one of the schools where our Sisters have served for many years. There will be a plaque with the following words hung next to the wood carving.
Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger is shown amidst the Totino Grace Students in Fridley, MN with her quote, “Love is the bond that unites us.” Educating others to their fullest potential Continue reading
With the heat we have been having this summer the sunflowers have been growing taller and following the sun. If you are fortunate enough to see a field of sunflowers, you can enjoy a sea of yellow blowing in the wind. Continue reading