Find hope in suffering with Lent art show

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A SPECIAL art exhibition is due to start in St German’s Cathedral this month to mark Lent.

Exhibition St German’s Cathedral: Lament and Hope (Lent 2011) begins on Ash Wednesday (March 9) and will be open daily between 9am and 6pm throughout Lent until Good Friday on April 22.

Among the local artists exhibiting at the exhibition during Lent are Shane Lucas, who has been commissioned to produce a set of four sculptures that focus on the theme of human suffering by using Christ’s journey to the Cross as a metaphor.

Shane, who has generously donated one of the sculptures, said ‘wood carving is a new medium for me, one that I find challenging while working with the grain and markings of the wood, but deeply rewarding.’

The four works: Pilate, Burden, Stigmata and Shroud, have all been carved from a dead Sycamore tree from Shane’s garden in Onchan, bringing new life to something that was dead.

Also exhibiting is Peel-born Karl Garrett, who is exhibiting his sculpture Stripped of Dignity.

He was the winner of The Norman Sayle Prize for Art, 2010 – a competition which is run by the Archibald Knox Society and receives sponsorship from Isle of Man Post Office.

Karl said: ‘This is very much an “everyman” piece…. He may be typical of a man who has lost his job, wife, home, friends – a man reduced to begging.

‘He is hanging his head in shame… and the rawness of the moment is as if he has even lost skin off his body.’

The Vice Dean, Canon Nigel Godfrey, said: ‘We hope that people will take time out and reflect on the work by a variety of Manx artists on the pain of our world and be challenged to ask the question – what we can do about relieving it?’

Any artists wishing to exhibit at the cathedral are invited to approach the St German’s Music and Arts Foundation by emailing vice-dean@sodorand man.im

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