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August 24, 2021, Adrian, Michigan – Photography as “visual poetry” and seeing with the “eyes of the heart” are two themes in the artistic works of Sister Suzanne Schreiber, OP, and Rev. Cathy Johnson. These works will be shown at INAI Gallery.

The exhibits – Quiet Places, Sacred Spaces by Sister Suzanne and Glimpses of Grace: Reflections on our Shared Life by Cathy – are on display from Tuesday, September 7, 2021, through Sunday, October 31, 2021. An artists’ reception is from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, September 12, 2021, at the INAI Gallery. The public is cordially invited to both the exhibit and the reception.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, guests will be screened outside at the tent before entering the INAI Gallery. Masks and social distancing are required. Refreshments will be served outside.

Quiet Places, Sacred Spaces is a retrospective of black and white photographs, originally made on film and then digitized and toned to a soft brown, giving them the feel of endurance that transcends time. “Removing the distraction of color enhances the aspects of the photo that may not be noticed,” Sister Suzanne explained. Each image invites the viewer to step into a quiet place where the subject may be stillness, light, shadow, openings, textures, or movement.

Sister Suzanne Schreiber, OP

Sister Suzanne holds an undergraduate degree in art from Siena Heights College (now University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in art education from Wayne State University, Detroit; and a master of religious studies degree from Mundelein College, Chicago. She is the Coordinator of INAI: A Space Apart.

Glimpses of Grace, a collection of images and words, invites viewers to see with the eyes of their hearts to notice more closely the presence of the Holy One in our shared life. Inspired by the course “Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Contemplative Practice,” Cathy shifted from “taking photos” to “receiving images.” In her years as Chaplain for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, she created a Glimpse for each Sister who died. 

Rev. Cathy Johnson

Cathy received her Master of Divinity Degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, and has taken several courses through the Abbey of the Arts, an online global monastery. She finds great inspiration in the natural world, especially at her family’s cottage on a small island located on Grand Lake, Michigan.

Both photographer-poets can be called “contemplative artists” as they approach their work with reverence and intention. Both use photography as a spiritual practice.

INAI: A Space Apart is adjacent to Weber Retreat and Conference Center, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. Gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. INAI (in-EYE) is a Japanese word meaning within. INAI is a place for quiet reflection and art and is open to the public.

For information, contact Sister Suzanne at 517-266-4090 or inaispace@adriandominicans.org.

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October 16, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – The INAI Gallery adjacent to Weber Retreat and Conference Center exhibits the sculptures of Siena Heights University graduate Kenneth Thompson from Friday, November 1, 2019 through Sunday, February 9, 2020. The artist’s reception is from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2019.

Kenneth Thompson is well versed in bronze casting, metal fabrication, and stone carving, with a major focus on large-scale public sculptures. His commissions include Reclamation Archway for Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Detroit and the Peace Arch for the City of Toledo in honor of the veterans of the Vietnam War. His most recent installation is the Centennial Mall sculpture designed for the 100th anniversary of his alma mater, Siena Heights University. 

The INAI exhibit, however, features his smaller works and reflects his current explorations of architectural elements. Ken has 28 one-person shows, numerous group exhibitions, and many awards to his credit.

Ken comes from a tradition of craftsmanship, preferring to use materials that convey strength. “Each sculpture is a clean sheet of paper that presents new opportunities to discover solutions,” he says. “Beyond content and suitability, my sculpture concentrates on the fundamental issues of form and how negative space defines it, as well as the techniques employed to create it.”

INAI, pronounced in-EYE and meaning “within” in Japanese, is a contemplative space and art gallery that resonates with the Adrian Dominican Congregation’s vision: to seek truth, make peace, and reverence life. New winter hours, beginning November 1, 2019, are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Sunday.

A ministry of Weber Center, INAI is located at 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. Enter the easternmost driveway and follow signs for Weber Center and INAI. The gallery is off the parking lot of Weber Center. For information, email inaispace@adriandominicans.org or call Sister Suzanne Schreiber, OP, at 517-266-4090.



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