An art series of praying children is now available to help the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in the Rim Country area. These graceful images of 21 praying children with their message of faith and hope in an uncertain world, are being sold as sets of note cards, with the profits going to the food bank.
“In Reverence,” by internationally recognized artist Jacquelyn Kammerer Cattaneo (PSA, PSWC, APSC), of Gallup, N.M., is a series of soft pastels that personify the tranquility of a child’s prayer to God.
The collection portrays the innocence of children, and transports the viewer to a place of peace, faith and hope. It serves as a reminder of what there is in each of us.
When recently asked why she painted praying children, Cattaneo explained that children are hope.
“The paintings are actually of ‘real kids’ talking to God. I want them to share their message of hope, love, beauty and tenderness in today’s world.”
Cattaneo strongly believes that we are all here to help others, and that the purpose of these 21 children is to make a difference in the world. Her mother, with whom she was very close, was raised in orphanages and foster homes most of her childhood.
She wanted no child to feel left out or abused. Cattaneo learned to love children through her, and knowing where her mother had been raised prompted her to concentrate on portraying children bringing a sense of hope and peace to an uncertain world.
The collection took several years to complete. Also, in 1967, she started Gallup’s first art classes in her teaching studio, recognizing the importance of children having the opportunity to learn art.
If you are interested in these boxed sets of cards of “In Reverence” for yourself or as a holiday gift for others, they are available for $30 in Payson at: Fiesta Business Products, Vita-Mart, Printing by George and Gerardo’s Italian Restaurant.
Local churches are also being contacted to help with this fund-raising for St. Vincent de Paul.
You can also contact Karen Ogulewicz here in Payson at (928) 478-6908 to purchase the card sets.
Cattaneo’s art is collected by patrons throughout the United States. She has received numerous awards, has earned a signature membership in The Pastel Society of America (PSA) and also The Pastel Society of the West Coast (PSWC), was awarded permanent certification by The American Portrait Society (APSC) in 1985, and holds a double membership in the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (CLWAC) since 1984.