Art is Our Voice

Art is Our Voice
The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. -Pablo Picasso

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sister Helen Brancato

Sr Helen David Brancato is an accomplished painter and art educator. Brancato's illustrations have appeared in numerous books and magazines. I hope you enjoy the interview as well as Sr Helen's art. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017


ART LOVE-  Anthony surprised Sandy with her own Superhero painting titled,"Red Sandra".
Sandy was so happy to get such an awesome surprise.

Some of Anthony's latest work as well as a photo of his studio.
Anthony is very generous with his work and definitely brings a lot of ART LOVE to the world. 💙💙💙

The two photos below are of a painting by Linda King. I love having the painting hang in my home in a place seen several times a day. Linda has an abundance of ART LOVE that is part of the air she breathes. Before you know it, you begin to breathe that same air.

Above, Linda's work in progress...

The paintings above were done by Russell, a twelve year veteran of the art program. Russell loves to express his strong faith in his art. He has an abundance of ART LOVE which has touched many of his friends as well as myself.  Thanks Russell !

David, our master collage artist, made over 12 collage pieces to deliver to his various customers and friends when this photo was taken. David spreads his ART LOVE all over the city. Thanks David- your gift of collage combined with your ART LOVE and your love for your friends and family shines a bright light of hope for all of us. 💜

Artist, Michael, painted these beautiful angels. Michael has also been with the Art group for over twelve years. He's not only a talented artist, but a loyal volunteer of many years at Mathewson Street United Methodist church. Thanks for all you do Michael 💜💚💛
Thank you to all the artists for sharing your ART LOVE with so many people. You touch my life and many more lives in ways you'll never know. ART LOVE has no boundaries in the blessings it provides us all.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August news

K King ( We live in times where we all need a lot more peace and love ! )

Thank you to all of the artists that participated in the annual Art from the Heart show !

We had another really nice show that showcased so many talented artists. Thank you artists for your generosity. I know how hard everybody worked this past year, and certainly realize the prices we sell your art for are nothing near their market value. Every year you open your heart and enable many people the opportunity to buy extremely affordable art. You are beautiful examples of the Mercy Spirit

The painting below was purchased by the House Administrator, Mary Moore, in honor of her staff and the many volunteers that help on a daily basis.

                                     McAuley House staff and volunteers are my Superheroes !

A nook on the upstairs landing was filled with art as well as a small photo of Catherine McAuley.

Post show-   The artists seldom take a break from their art practice. Here are some new pieces by Anthony Taylor.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Art Show 2017

We had such a great time at the Art show.  Anthony and friends celebrating Anthony's latest works of art. 

( left ) Lisa enjoys her first show. Congratulations Lisa !

Sheila ( right ) also celebrates her first show as an artist. Congratulations Sheila ! 💙

David Fair

                                         (Above) - Anthony Taylor's art

The woven mat above was made from crocheted plastic bags. Sandy, McAuley House volunteer, spent 5 months collecting plastic bags and crocheting the strips of plastic together creating a beautiful 6 ft long sleeping mat designed for sleeping on outside in all types of weather. A true work of love and mercy in support of our homeless brothers and sisters. 

Artist- Linda King, enjoys the festivities. Congratulations Linda !

Paintings by Linda King

Monday, May 29, 2017


 “Lebenskünstler” is a German word that connotes a person who approaches life with the zest and inspiration of an artist, although he or she may not be working recognizably as an artist.  I feel I've encountered "Lebenskünstler" individuals quite often in various art programs I've offered over the years, especially at McAuley House. 

Thanks to all the guests for sharing your work on our blog 💙

  Art in the Afternoon ☕

I always have such a great time creating with the guests that attend the afternoon activity program. Some of the guests haven't had the opportunity to get creative in a long time, while some have been creating or crafting for years. 

 The collage below was designed by a young man that  hadn't made art since he was a child. However, he was exceptionally artistic in many other ways. So, when he started making this collage from scraps that I had sitting in a box he was focused on not only designing but recycling the pieces that had dropped on the floor. He was so precise with the placement of his materials.

Our artists are working hard getting ready for the upcoming art show in June.

Save the date-  June 22, 2017,  McAuley House Art Show, Thursday, 5-7:30 pm

Sometimes you just find the perfect frame for you art. Thanks Russell !!

David was asked by his favorite Bike Shop to color in a bike map to display in the shop.