Join us Saturday, October 15th at 10:30 am-12:00 pm for Penny Sisto’s Artist Talk – Angels Among Us. Penny will talk about her art and her life amidst her newest stunning works. “It is one of our greatest earthly gifts, this ability just to look, and in the looking to find the key to our own inner happiness. We have only to embrace each other, to accept that no one among us is greater or lesser than any other. We all are or can learn to be the Angels among us.”
Time: 10:30 AM
Place: St. Anthony Hall
Mount Saint Francis Center for Spirituality
101 St. Anthony Dr.
Mount Saint Francis, IN 47146
Free admission but seating is limited.
Angels Among Us Exhibit Info
I have always thought that we must look close to our own lives to find Angels seen and unseen. Angels abound among us – from the old man who stoops down in Krogers to pick up a carelessly dropped piece of paper, to the driver who leaves her seat to help an elderly passenger climb up the steps into her bus.Angels are not rare, nor are they in any way other-worldly.
In my upcoming show I have tried to use themes that I love to return to – children, nature, animals – the inspiration of who and what is all around us.
I often lay on the ground and just gaze upward. It never fails to relax and to inspire me.
The sky alone lifts us up, the clouds show pictures of the unseen mystery that is all around us. It is one of our greatest earthly gifts, this ability just to look, and in the looking to find the key to our own inner happiness.
We have only to embrace each other, to accept that no one among us is greater or lesser than any other. We are or can learn to be the Angels among us.
Meet The Artist
Penny Sisto is an internationally recognized artist who has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. International presentations of her work include the exhibition of a grouping of Holocaust quilts at the Gatehouse of Auschwitz, and a selection of her slavery series quilts displayed at the Royal Armories Museum in Leeds, England, in 2008. She has won numerous awards and honors for her artwork and has been the subject of two public television programs. An advocate for social justice and peace, she is known for the difficult subjects, such as AIDS, poverty and racism, that she addresses in her works.
Born in the Orkney Islands off the northern tip of Scotland, Sisto began learning how to sew at age three. As an adult, she worked for the British Ministry of Overseas Development, utilizing her skills as a midwife to aid in health clinics for the Maasai, LuBukusu and Kikuyu tribes of East Africa. Her time in Africa inspired her to combine the quilting, embroidery and appliqué techniques she learned from her grandmother with the beading and collage methods of her African friends, resulting in the distinctive style seen in her work today.
Penny Sisto has received many commissions for quilts, including four works at the Abbey of Gethsemane, where a 28×9’ quilt entitled Risen Christ hangs at each Easter season and for funeral services. Some of the other collections containing Sisto’s works include: Sisters of Charity, Sisters of Loretto, Thomas Merton International Studies Center, Spalding University, Kennedy Family and the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. Selected grants that Penny Sisto has received include: Kentucky Foundation for Women, Indiana Arts Commission, Master Fellowship and New Directions and Southern Arts. In 1993, she was awarded a Baha’i Peace Award for Arts Promoting World Peace because of her promotion of peace and justice through her work.
Friday, September 30th, 6-8 pm
Saturday, October 15th, 10:30am-12:00 pm
Gallery Dates Hours
Runs from September 30th – November 9th