FAITH: Three artists win juried art contest

On Jan. 31, the Benedictine Center announced three winners in its seventh annual juried art competition called “Seeing God.” These winners, who share a $375 purse, are as follows:

• First place: Lynnette Black, from St. Paul, whose painting, called “Seeking God in the Whitespace,” invites viewers to quiet their hearts and minds and listen for the silent voice of God.

• Second place: Angel Lopez Ortiz, from Pipestone, submitted a painting called “Touched by One.” It shows Mother Theresa tending to one person, and represents his journey to America which was also encouraged by one person. 

• Third place: Sandra Brick, from Minneapolis, created “Tikkum Olam,” which means “repair the world”. It’s a fiber piece reflecting each person’s purpose on earth which is to restore the light. 

According to Sam Rahberg, director of the Benedictine Center, this juried competition attracted almost 70 local artists whose works were “diverse and inspiring.” “They communicated a sense of holy beauty and elicited sacred reflections on the part of viewers,” he says. 

The “Seeing God” exhibit runs until March 3 and will be open daily in St. Paul’s Monastery from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.  It is free and open to the public. Rahberg explained that this competition complements the Centers “Art and Spirituality” program honoring local artists who expand our understanding of God. The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery, is located at 2675 Benet Road in Maplewood. For more information, call 651-777-7251, email or go to

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