Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Art Workshops Organized by the Sacred Arts Guild of Alberta

Some of you will be aware of the summer art schools that have been taking place in Calgary for the past few summers; classes have been offered by Catholic artists in naturalistic, Gothic and iconographic styles, and are of the highest quality. There are great sacred artists involved, teachers such as Martinho Correia, a Calgary native who teaches in both Canada and Europe, and the Englishman Peter Murphy, who travels to Alberta to teach and give talks on icon painting in a Western Romanesque style.

The man who pulled all of this together was Mark Charlton, PhD who until his recent retirement was on the faculty at St Mary’s University in Calgary; the summer workshops were held at the university campus. Now that he has retired, Mark is devoting much of his time to building on the great work that has been done, and has launched the Sacred Arts Guild of Alberta. He has a deep understanding of Catholic art and culture, and his vision is inspired especially by the writings of Pope Benedict XVI.

I would encourage people to support what they do. Their workshops are worth travelling to Canada to attend; the prices quoted are in Canadian dollars, so it will be a lot cheaper to those who hold US dollars. I was invited to teach a class there a few summers ago and loved it. Aside from meeting so many like minded people, we travelled to Banff to see the Canadian Rockies, which is a very beautiful part of the world! Below are a Crucifixion by Peter Murphy, and a Madonna and Child by Martinho Correia

See more information at their website, www.sacredartsguildofalberta.com/

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