Our Lady of Grace festival to showcase the arts

Thursday, May 03, 2018 - Updated: 3:46 pm

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

The 2018 Pentecost Sacred Arts Festival at Our Lady of Grace Parish, 310 Kane Blvd. in Scott Township, is set for May 16-20 to be a showcase of talent in visual art, literature and music. Visitors to the free festival will encounter the work of painters, iconographers, sculptors, musicians, poets and authors from western Pennsylvania and the Midwest.

A juried exhibition of 50 original sacred artworks in the parish’s Keefer Hall Gallery beneath the church will be the centerpiece of the festival.

Linus Meldrum, a juror for the art exhibition, will give a framing presentation titled “Sacred Art: Bread and Body” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. He is an assistant professor of art at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he teaches studio arts in painting, drawing, design and iconography.

Literary presentations will include Ryan Wilson, poet and professor of literature at Catholic University of America in Washington, reading some of his poetry at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19; and Sam Hazo, poet laureate of Pennsylvania and professor emeritus at Duquesne University, reciting from his treasury of poems at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17.

Other local authors who will speak are novelist William Breckenridge, 5 p.m. May 18; Mike Aquilina, 7 p.m. May 18; and Father Richard Infante, pastor of Our Lady of Grace, 7:30 p.m. May 19.

Among the local musicians, Mike Gallagher, popular Pittsburgh folk singer, will precede Wilson’s appearance at 2:30 p.m. May 19 with original, folk and traditional ballads.

Additional music will be performed by Duo Dulce, violin and flute, at 5 p.m. May 17 and 6 p.m. May 18.

The culmination of the festival will be on Pentecost Sunday, May 20, with an 11:30 a.m. Mass featuring the “Mass of Hope” by jazz guitarist and composer Joe Negri. He will be accompanied by his jazz ensemble, cantors and the Our Lady of Grace Church Choir.

Following the Mass, the festival will conclude with an artists’ reception and awards ceremony in the Keefer Hall Gallery from 1-3 p.m. where five winners of the $1,200 in prizes will be announced, including the People’s Choice Award.

More information on the arts festival is available at www.olgscott.org or by calling 412-279-7070. Original artwork, books and CDs will be available for purchase throughout the event.

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