Earth Day art show features St. Rose Philippine Duchesne students

Courtesy of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School

The third-grade art students left no doubt about how they felt having their art work shown in a public gallery.

"Good ... awesome ... cool," they chirped April 18 in teacher Deb Arnold's classroom at St. Rose Philippine Duchense School in Florissant.

Four third-graders will be among 36 St. Rose students — four per grade, kindergarten through eighth — to have their art exhibited through Friday, May 6, at Shepherding Images Studio and Good Shepherd Gallery in Ferguson.

A ministry of Sister Glynis Mary McManamon of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, the studio and gallery has been open only since November, and this will be its first art show.

"One of the things I wanted to do was invite communities and youth-oriented art into the space, and these folks are the pioneers; St. Rose stepped up to do it," said Sister Glynis Mary, who had a similar studio/gallery ministry in Louisville. She ran the studio there from 2006 to 2010 before coming to St. Louis to work in administration for her community.

Her final show in Louisville featured students' artwork, but she lamented it was the only one to do so.

"So, it was in the front of my mind when I was given permission to do this," she said. "Let's get some groups in here, especially community-based."

Earth Day Kaleidoscope is the show's title, combining of course Earth Day, which is Friday, April 22, and St. Rose's theme for the school year, "We are a Kaleidoscope."

Sister Glynis Mary spoke to Catholic schools in the Northeast Deanery about displaying students' art, and her gallery and Northeast schools will team up for a project in the future. St. Rose, though, wanted to participate sooner rather than later.

"I felt like St. Rose should be the first one to do it; we might as well step in with both feet and go for it," said Arnold, adding the students "are all excited; they've been talking about it for a while now. They've never had this opportunity before."

After the students' show, Good Shepherd Gallery will host an exhibit featuring the works of seven religious sisters and a priest to celebrate the one-year anniversary of "Laudato Si'," Pope Francis' encyclical. 

Earth Day Kaleidoscope

Who: St. Rose Philippine School students

What: art exhibit

Where: Shepherding Images Studio and Good Shepherd Gallery; 252 South Florissant Road; Ferguson 63135

When: through Friday, May 6; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays

For information: In addition to stopping by the gallery in person, visit www.shepherdingimages.com or contact Sister Glynis Mary Macmanamon at rgsicons@yahoo.com or (314) 522-1155 

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