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September 9, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – The early months of the COVID-19 pandemic brought about death, sickness, isolation, grief – and a great deal of creativity. The creative aspect of the pandemic – as well as the mourning – were showcased by Art in the Time of COVID, an art exhibit at the INAI Gallery near Weber Retreat and Conference Center.
The exhibit featured works by a group of Adrian Dominican Sisters, Associates, and friends who met monthly via Zoom, shared progress on their artwork, and encouraged one another. The exhibit also included a memorial to the 14 Adrian Dominican Sisters who died of COVID-19. Guests were invited to write down the names of the people they had lost to the virus.
Featured in a Catholic News Service (CNS) article about the memorial were Sister Suzanne Schreiber, OP, an artist and coordinator of INAI, and Sister Nancyann Turner, OP, who created three quilts that were featured in the exhibit. The artwork “was an effort to both process the COVID reality and the pandemic and all that was going on and a lot of the loss that was happening, and the illness and death that was happening, plus to give expression to our own creative selves,” Sister Suzanne told Gabriella Patti of CNS.
Sister Nancyann described the artwork as “another example of feminine creativity” and noted the comfort she derived from her quilting. Working on the quilts helped her “to remember again my mom and my grandmother as I selected and stitched those different colors, which helped me lament but also helped me have hope and peace,” she said.
Read the entire CNS article, as printed in Catholic Review, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
August 29, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – Are you an experienced writer, or is writing something you have always wanted to try? People of all levels of experience in creative writing are invited to participate in writing workshops offered by Adrian Dominican Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, an Amherst Writer and Artists affiliate.
Sister Tarianne offers two hybrid experiences in which writers can participate in person or via Zoom.
The Teachings of Trees is from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET Saturday, September 24, 2022. As we journey into the autumn, we can glean so much from the wisdom of trees, which have witnessed so many changes in their lives. The workshop includes time for writing and for receiving feedback from other supportive writers. The cost is $35 and registration is required.
Autumn Harvest: This series of online or in-person workshops is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, and 30, 2022. Gather with other creative writers for time set aside to harvest your experiences, thoughts, and the fruits of your imagination. The four-part series gives plenty of time for both writing and feedback. The cost is $80 for the full series and registration is required. Scholarships are available.
All in-person guests will be screened for COVID-19 and are required to wear masks. For those choosing online participation, the Zoom link will be sent closer to the workshop date.
To register, visit www.webercenter.org and click on “programs.” Registrations may also be made by calling 517-266-4000 or emailing email@example.com.
Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.