Sacred Beauty – Community Art Exhibit

July 10-Oct. 26, 2022 | 8:00 am-4:30 pm M-F

We are excited to announce our community-wide art exhibit. This experience celebrates the expression of creativity found within our community of communities, including members of the Benedictine Women of Madison, Ecumenical Center for Clergy Spiritual Renewal, Friends of Wisdom Prairie, Oblates, Sunday Assembly, Coworkers, Volunteers, Donors, Retreatants and Board of Directors.


Our Community Art Exhibit features a large number of talented artists who are members of the various communities at the monastery. They are excited to showcase their beautiful artwork during this exhibit. We hope you will visit.

Jane Ayer

I just draw.  I sit down and it comes to me. 

Pastel | $350 | 16″ x1 6″

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Barb Abbott

Since studying 4 years of art in high school I have been exploring various art media: collage, watercolor, oil, batik, and block prints.  While living in New Orleans, I painted in the Adelma Rasch Art Studio and learned to use acrylic paint which has now become my favorite medium.  I paint my favorite places to visit as often as I can. 

Fountain | $300 | Acrylic Painting, 11″ x 14″

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Charles Bradley

I have been canoeing in the winter three times. It is dangerous but also quite beautiful. 

Winter Canoeing | Not for Sale | Acrylic on Paper, 9.5″ x 8″

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Fox Crawford

Fox has been a member of Sunday Assembly since 2012. Fox enjoys drawing, painting, listening to music, and playing with his dog, Kiwi. 

Between Shades of Grey | Not for Sale | Pencil and Colored Pencil, 15″ x 10″

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Carolyn Gantner

Photography became an integral part of my life in the 1980’s while taking courses in the Art Dept. at UW-Stevens Point. 

For many years, as a free-lance journalist, my photography was of a more documentary nature while covering stories here in Wisconsin or sistering communities in Nicaragua and El Salvador. 

Whatever the images may be …. nature, people, other beings or subject matter…  I believe what legendary photographer Minor White once wrote “Photography is a language more universal than words.” 

Soniashnyk (Ukrainian for Sunflower) | $130 | Photography, 15″ x 13″

Mosaic | $130 | Photography, 15″ x 13″

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Lila Hemlin 

I started painting many years ago by taking a continuing ed class and have continued off and on through the years. We moved to Madison in 1979, where our continued spiritual journey included many and varied places, finally the Monastery in 2007, and has been a blessing in my life ever since. 

Underwater Beauty | Not for Sale | Watercolor, 14″ x 18″

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Sue Koleczek

They Came from the East! | Not for Sale | Linoleum Block Print

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Janet Neurauter

My love for art began as a child as my father was both a fine and commercial artist and my mother was an accomplished craftsperson. Since retiring from Holy Wisdom monastery in 2020, my time is devoted to caring for my two granddaughters and creating my own art. 

Five Birch |Not for Sale | Mixed Media, 8″ x 10″

Spirit Sisters |Not for Sale | Acrylic, 12″ x 12″

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Elaine Pasinski Thomas

I studied Art and Design at Northern Michigan University where I majored in painting. After working as a freelance artist, I took a hiatus from my artwork when I entered United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, where I prepared for ordained ministry.  After ordination I spent years in pastoral ministry, but most recently I served as a hospice chaplain. Encouraged by my wife Christine, I returned to painting at the conclusion of my chaplaincy. My paintings are an extension of my ministry, where I try to express through my art how God sees us as beloved children, and to illustrate the beauty of God’s creation. 

Mae at 102 |Not for Sale | Oil on Canvas, 42″ x 40″

Benedictine Sister Joanne | Not for Sale | Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 42″

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Susan Payne

After retiring as a Faith Community nurse, I signed up for a few pre-pandemic art classes at the Senior Center. This opened a door of joy and wonder as I contemplated a world of beauty with newly opened eyes. 

Shelter | Not for Sale | Ink and Pencil, 15.5″ x 12.5″

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Mary Kaye Radtke

Transition: Mama owl protecting her owlets at their tree house home in the Heckrodt Wetland Reserve, Menasha, Wisconsin. 

Transition | $75 |Photography, 11″ x 14″

Applied Methodology | $75 | Photography, 11″ x 14″

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Sandra Schmidt

I was born in Milwaukee in 1949.  Lived there until 1999, and still very involved with large family there.  Very much enjoy living in Madison with my husband Warren who prefers to be called Tex.  Between us we have five kids and ten grandkids.  I’m just one of those humans who has always enjoyed creating art.  Sewing, baking, photography and creating art were all intertwined in me from the very beginning of my life.  Then in 1980 I added stained glass to the list.  Since 2016 I have been putting in time painting with acrylics and pastels.  I just enjoy making stuff and luckily, I now have the time to do more! 

Kitchen Still Life – Grandma P’s Applecake | Not for Sale |Pastel, 18″ x 22″

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Don Spencer

I fell in love with stained glass and have been working with it since 1996.  My pieces hang in many homes, buildings, and collections. 

Pastoral Landscape | $1,500 | Stained Glass, 22″ x 26″

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Margaret Sommers

This took place in Madison during a frost in early 2021.  It just took my breath away with all the trees, so I had to grab a photo. 

Hoarfrost from a Flowering Crab | Not for Sale |Photography

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Sue Thieben

This took place in Madison during a frost in early 2021.  It just took my breath away with all the trees, so I had to grab a photo. 

French Medieval Pilgrimage to Burgundy 198 | Not for Sale | Watercolor Painting

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Sandy Wojtal-Weber

Sandy Wojtal-Weber is a fine arts photographer and retired clinical social worker. Sandy teaches photography to students ranging from middle school through college level. Sandy created the On the Borderline Project, a self-esteem program incorporating photography for adolescent girls, which received the North Star Award for outstanding contributions to the Northside Community of Madison. She is currently teaching Photography as a Contemplative Practice through the UW Health Mindfulness Program. 

In 2008, Sandy and her dear friend, Gerda Lerner, a pioneer of Women’s History collaborated on a visual and poetic book project, In Praise of Aging. 

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Art Gallery

We hope you are able to visit Holy Wisdom Monastery to view the art in person. If not, please enjoy some photos of the art below. Hover over the picture to view the title of the piece and artist. Click on an image below to pull up a slideshow with larger images. Click on the white arrow or scroll to move to the next image.

Gallery Hours

The art show is free and open to the public and will run from July 10 – October 28, 2022. Viewing hours will be held Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding holidays).


This art exhibit is free and open to all.


4200 County Road M, Middleton, Wis.

More Information

For more information contact Lara Dulin at or by calling 608-836-1631, x120.