Edge of Faith May 2017 - Page 24

T his is a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord on the day of Easter: to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s mercy (cf. Jn 20:21-23) - Pope Francis. The beautiful and thought provoking art of the Faces of Mercy is set before you in the pages that follow. May it stir your heart and mind with its meditative art. The exhibit curator is Michelle Arnold-Paine and is sponsored by Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). The Faces of Mercy traveling exhibit was inspired by Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on the Faces of Mercy. Michelle chose eight artist for the show to express mercy from their works, as depicted from Matthew 25:35-40. AOF has interviewed most of the artists and now you can experience both their art and their stories in the pages that follow. We hope their imaginative thoughtfulness will penetrate the deeper recesses of your mind as they did ours. Michelle Arnold-Paine Michelle received her M.S. in Art from the University of New Hampshire. After college she continued her study abroad in Italy, where she was called to the Catholic Church. While in Italy she developed an extensive paint- 24 • The Art of Faith Magazine • www.aofmag.com ing series of Church interiors, both Roman and Gothic, as well as a focus on the architecture as a whole. Michelle has taught at the college level and exhibited around the New England area. Another of her series is on the Virgin Mary and she also enjoys painting landscapes. Michelle’s piece in the exhibit is Mary and the Chalice depicts a con- temporary Mary gazing at a crucifix. It brings to mind both God’s infinite mercy by choosing an earthly mother and His forgiveness to those that crucified Him. The Art of Faith Magazine • www.aofmag.com • 25