Siena Heights University Associate Professor of Art, Sister Barb Cervenka, OP, will feature her exhibit “Art in the Barn” until May 17 at the Visitation Spirituality Center in Monroe, Mich.
Cervenka’s work honors her father, a gardener, her sister and several who died violent deaths. She painted 12 panels after her father’s death, and each includes a significant date from his life and a bit from his garden. There are six panels painted in memory of her sister, Anita, who died from cancer. The paintings incorporate Anita’s favorite flower, the rose, and annotations from the artist’s journal. There are five sets of three paintings each memorializing a person who died a violent death, including Amidou Diallo (killed in a showdown with police on the streets of New York City), Matthew Shephard (a young, gay man beaten and left for dead in Wyoming), Sister Joanne Mascha, OSU (cousin of artist who was raped and murdered on her motherhouse grounds in Cleveland), Kayla Rolland (killed by a first grade classmate in Flint) and Susan Jaeger (7-year-old child who was kidnapped and murdered while on a family vacation in Montana).
Cervenka, an Adrian Dominican Sister, is a painter who works primarily in watercolor. She has exhibited her work at the Detroit Institute of Art, the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Dennos Museum in Traverse City and the Art Gallery of Windsor.
The Visitation Spirituality Center is located at 529 Stewart Road in Monroe, Mich. For more information, call 734-242-5520.