Bethany Center Workshop Sparks Creativity
Submitted by SSMO Foundation Development Director Sharlayne Buuck
On a sunny Saturday morning in May, folks gathered in the convent dining room for a Bethany Center workshop. Sr. Mary Bertoli, SNJM, a nationally recognized artist, shared stories about her time in the south, and how the unique people she encountered there inspired her. Sr. Mary uses torn tissue paper as her medium to create pieces of art that reflect the time she spent in the south. She highlighted the relationship between creativity and spirituality.
Two tables in the dining hall, heaped with brightly colored tissue paper, awaited guests. This tissue paper, in a multitude of colors, patterns and sizes, was soon to have new life! The sun crept in through the windows as those attending the workshop began to work on their own masterpieces. With Sr. Mary’s gentle guidance, everyone attending felt a sense of creativity. Each artist was encouraged to name their piece of art and share the story behind their new creation. It was a morning well spent!
The 2012-2013 Bethany Center Workshop schedule will be out soon. We are excited to offer a number of workshops beginning in the fall that will appeal to a variety of interests. Everyone is welcome to attend Bethany Center workshops. For more information, email Sr. Noreen or call her at 503-644-9181.