Spirituality ... A Different View
An Art Exhibition by Fr. John B. Giuliani andNorthwest Coast
Exhibited at the Marian Library: September 19 - November 23, 1994
The secular and theological approaches taken to represent
spiritual themes are displayed at The Marian Library in two
groups of art. The art of the Northwest Coast Native Artists
portrays the spiritual through themes from nature. The Native
American icons by Fr. John B. Giuliani depict the spiritual
essence in a more traditional, yet unique, form.
The artists of the Northwest Coast Native group often portray
village experiences in a storytelling manner. Themes based on
animals and birds play a central role in their art.
Robert Sebastian explains his work Hummingbird: "Long
ago one of the signals for good luck was the sight of a
hummingbird. When hunters prepared for a hunt, they sang Indian
songs that would ask the hummingbird to appear to inspire a
successful hunt and healthy game."
Flowers and a hummingbird in Sebastian's work convey a complex,
animated quality - a spirit within.
The prints on display are courtesy of Bro. C. M. Simon, S.J., of
the Heritage Center, Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge, South
Aymara Virgin Mother and Child
by Fr. John B. Giuliani
Fr. John B. Giuliani was ordained in 1960, after studying at St.
John Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts. In addition, he holds
master's degrees in theology, classical studies and American
intellectual history. Fr. John resumed an early interest in art
at the Benedictine Grange, a small monastic community which he
established in 1977 in West Redding, Connecticut.
He studied icon painting under a master in the Russian Orthodox
style in New York in 1989, before he began the Native American
icons which are on display at The Marian Library. Fr. John's work
is meant to "celebrate the soul of the Native American as the
original spiritual presence on this continent, thus rendering his
images with another dimension of the Christian faith."
by Fr. John B. Giuliani
Posters by Fr. John B. Giuliani
Blessed Kateri Tekawitha
Cheyenne Virgin & Child
Comanche Virgin and Child
The Holy Family
Hopi Virgin and Child
Lakota Virgin Mother
Navajo Virgin and Child
Hopi Virgin of the Annunciation
by Fr. John B. Giuliani 1997
Limited Edition Prints by Northwest Coast Native
Feeding the Fire by Roy Thomas, 1980
Hummingbird by Danny Dennis, 1990
Hummingbird by Robert Sebastian, 1985
The Hunt - B.C. Owls by Robert Sebastian, 1985
Raven Stealing the Sun by Stan Green, 1979
Salmon Cycle by Eugene Hunt, 1991
Spirit of Spahath by Clarence Dick, 1982
Trickster by Danny Dennis, 1991
Turtle Island by Roy Thomas, 1989
Two Medicine Men with Powers by John Laford, 1982
Wolf Spirit by Charles Everett, 1982
Blackfoot Triptich of the Annunciation, Virgin and Child,
Assumption by Fr. John B. Giuliani 1997
Fr. Giuliani's work is available as posters, plaques, and notecards
from Bridge Building Images, Inc., P.O. Box 1048, Burlington, VT
05402. To order or request a catalog, call 1-800-325-6263. Their
online catalog is at ssl.wowpages.com/bridgebuilding/catalog/jg1.html.
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