In Case You're in New York....

Special guest blogger Stephanie Ratcliffe, the magazine’s design and production coordinator--who is responsible for physically laying out the magazine--is also a talented artist in her own right. A few weeks ago, we featured on our cover her delightful image of our Founding Editor, John Wynne, S.J., sporting a Native American headdress. (Her full-color portrait was based on a photograph of the uncomfortable-looking Jesuit priest.) In case you find yourself in New York this month you might be interested in finding out about her one-woman show on Staten Island. (One of her paintings can be seen above.) Stephanie writes... "The owners of the Everything Goes Cafe approached me to do a one-man art show after I brought a few slides to an art salon, a slide show of local artists’ work. I was very excited because this would be my first one-man show. I wasn’t sure I had enough works to fill the space, because many works have been lost or damaged while moving house. I did an inventory, and then completed a two acrylic paintings at a frantic pace. I invited friends, coworkers, and family to my first art opening ever, and just kept on praying--constantly praying that everything would work out all right. The temperature the day of the art show was 95 degrees. The place was nearly empty, except for my son and two closest friends, who were helping me set up the wine and cheese table. Before long, the place seemed full of art lovers, talking about art, and asking me to explain my paintings to them. At that moment, I would have called my art show successful. And then people started buying art. Five of eleven pieces sold. The owners of the store told me it was their most successful art opening so far. If you are interested in viewing my work it will be shown throughout June at Everything Goes Book Cafe, 208 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301."
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