DULUTH, MN - Artist Marce Wood will present 20 images of art in an exhibit created as a prayer for all the earth, and to honor the Blessed Mother Mary. "Prayers for Eden" will be on display at the College of St. Scholastica from Saturday, Dec. 8 through Monday, Dec. 10, in room 1115 in Tower Hall on campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The Sisters of Saint Scholastica Monastery, with The Rev. William Graham, will celebrate Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel, which will end with a procession to and blessing of the art exhibit. All are welcome.
Wood uses bright colors, solid characters and mysterious landscapes in her work. She is inspired by the works of artist Norval Morrisseau, influenced by the primitive paintings of Henri Rousseau and intrigued by the Mexican retablo.
Wood is a storyteller, creating images originating from Christian teachings, northern landscape and spiritual dialogue among all of creation. She views her works as offerings, visual stories "born from a circle walk between spiritual awareness and life participation."
She was awarded a grant by the Minnesota State Arts Board in 1992 to paint a mural for Percent for Art In Public Places, and has been an artist in residence in many schools, and communities throughout northern Minnesota. Wood has exhibited her work throughout the state including the Tweed Museum of Art, the Talley Gallery, and the Governor's Mansion Art Show.
The College of St. Scholastica is regularly recognized as one of the finest colleges in the Midwest. The 2013 "America's Best Colleges" survey by U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks St. Scholastica in the top tier of Midwestern universities. The Washington Post has rated St. Scholastica as one of the nation's 100 "hidden gems" among U.S. colleges and universities.