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Local artists to share meditative paintings, sculptures at Dominican Center

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Sunday, December 9th artists will be at a public reception from 11:00-5:30 p.m. Work by Mic Carlson and Edward (Fr. Joachim) Lally will be at Dominican Center Art Gallery through December.
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Dominican Center Art Gallery Featured Artists

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Morning Has Broken - Oil by Fr. Joachim Lally

Morning Has Broken - Oil by Fr. Joachim Lally

Francis and the Little People - Oil by Mic Carlson

Francis and the Little People - Oil by Mic Carlson

Dominican Center at Marywood Art Gallery is displaying the works of Mic Carlson and Joachim Lally, CSP through the month of December. Most of the works are available for purchase.


Mic Carlson was born and raised in Grand Rapids. He is an eclectic artist whose passions for life and art are vividly seen in his colorful paintings. He started his art career painting portraits. In 1999 Mic began painting depictions on the life of St. Francis. In 2001 Mic was inspired to work with wax, shaping it into the form of St. Francis.

Mic studied in Italy, Germany and Greece painting on location. When traveling he loves painting in watercolor. His wide range of paintings and bronze can be viewed in his gallery in downtown Grand Rapids.. Mic also has a studio in Assisi Italy where he can venture out with his French easel and oil paints. On June 11th 2008 Mic personally gave a bronze statue to Pope Benedict XVI.

Edward (Fr. Joachim) Lally was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He became a Benedictine monk, was ordained in 1965 and remained at Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas until 1968. Father Lally entered the Paulist Novitiate in 1972 and moved to Grand Rapids where he was a priest on the staff at the Grand Rapids Catholic Information Center on Ionia Street until 1976.

He later ministered in Boston and New York City and also became a certified presenter of centering prayer. Father Joachim still facilitates contemplative groups who wish to learn the art of centering prayer-a meditative and contemplative method of prayer that places an emphasis on interior silence. Active as a priest and presenter over the years, he has also led 40 evangelization, construction and medical missions in the Dominican Republic since 1990.

Lally, a gifted musician, discovered a love for the visual arts through oils, pastels and watercolor.

I started doing art work in 1991. I never thought I could be any good at art but thought I would make one last attempt during the summer of ‘91. I painted a few landscape paintings and didn’t think much of them. When I showed them to my secretary she said, 'You couldn’t have painted these. You must have bought them.' After taking another look at my work… within an hour I felt encouraged enough to look for an art teacher and started private lessons. Up until this moment I had concentrated on piano and organ…but now art was my passion. I found in art a way to express my artistic side and connect creative energy with a means of expression that was very meaningful. I am especially interested in light and shadow and am attentive to these dimensions wherever I go. I pay the same attention to these dimensions of light and shadow in my spiritual life," says Lally.

You can read more about each artist and view more of their works at the DCM Art Gallery.

The Marywood Gallery is located in Dominican Center at Marywood on the lower level of the main Marywood building at 2025 Fulton Street East. You can park for free in the large Marywood lot on the west side of Lakeside Drive NE. The lot is about 1000 feet north of Fulton Street. If you need more information, directions or details, please feel free to contact the DCM Front Desk at 616.454.1241 (Option 5). Click HERE for map to DCM barrier-free parking.

The Gallery is open to the public daily:

  • Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

While you are here, stop in at the DCM Bookstore and browse through our wide variety of books and gifts, which are appropriate for all life celebrations and occasions.

The Artist Reception will be followed by Instruments Of Hope Living Nativity at 5:30 at the St. Francis Sculpture Garden on the Marywood Campus followed by hot chocolate, cider and doughnuts.

Sister Francetta McCann, OP, is the curator of the Marywood Art Gallery. She contacts selected artists and works with them to arrange the showing of work produced by Michigan artists. The show changes every two months, giving several local artists a venue to display and sell their artwork each year.

Submitted by: Rosemary Barber-Steers


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