Monday, June 29, 2009

Art at Holy Rosary in Dillingham, Alaska

By Fr. Scott Joseph Garrett

Over the years the Dillingham, Alaska Mission of Holy Rosary has acquired some very beautiful art. Some is authentic Alaskan Native art, some has been purchased by local artists, some of the art has been painted a Sister who lived at Holy Rosary, and some art was created by Holy Rosary parishioners. (Click on pictures to make larger).

When the new Holy Rosary church (1985) was being built, an Alaskan Native artist painted this scene on the wall right above the entrance to the church.

Here is a picture of Our Lady of Guadeloupe that is located in the basement of Holy Rosary. A duplicate of this framed picture is hanging in the basement at Saint Theresa in Naknek/King Salmon.

The annunciation was donated and created by Matteo Guarino in August of 2008.

The collage are pictures taken at Holy Rosary from about 2000 to 2005.

One of the Sisters in the 1970’s, an administrator at Holy Rosary, painted this picture of the old church that was built after a fire destroyed the main church. This old church is still a standing structure on the 10 acres of Holy Rosary property. The same sister painted the picture of the small airplane in the storm. She painted a picture of one of the experiences she had while traveling in a small plane from Anchorage to Dillingham.

A stormy fligt to Dillingham...but there is hope!

Here is a beautiful framed picture of an Alaskan Madonna painted by an unknown Alaskan Native. It hangs above the entrance to the church.

This statue of Mary is a much loved piece of Art. Parishioners who visit Holy Rosary remember it from over 40 years ago. It has been repainted several times and sits in the front of the church to the right of the crucifix.

Here is an ecumenical banner made by parishioners. It represents all of the churches in Dillingham and is displayed during the blessing of the feet each year.

Banner made by parishioners/children

Banners made by parishioners/children

Banner made by parishioners/children

Banners made by parishioners/children

Here is a mountain scene painted by Gary Richardson, a local Dillingham artist.

Here are pictures of administrators and priests who have served the Holy Rosary mission.

Art is a necessary part of any church. Art adds wonder, mystery, peace, and tranquility to make for a memorable spiritual experience. Thank you to all who have donated and created this beautiful art.

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