Happening at St. Charles
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St. Charles Art Fair
successful Art Fair was held at St. Charles from April 5 to
April 10. Professional artists from local studios in Ohio and
Indiana, as well as budding artists from nearby schools
displayed a very wide range of arts and crafts.
While the majority of the items
were paintings, some of the artists worked with wood and paper.
Others displays had artistic jewelry and pottery.
Each artist had his or
her own registered area to display their works and the art works
were available for purchase. One rumor (unconfirmed) was that
one artist sold over $30,000 dollars work of paintings. Both
artists and viewers thought the Art Fair was a great success.
The number of visitors registered
over 900 people. There is an interest that the St. Charles Art
Fair might become an annual affair.
The picture below was artistry of comic
pictures. One comic creator, who lives across the Ohio to
Indiana, brought pictures of Garfield and some other comic
heroes - Batman, Superman and others. The Garfield comic strip
has a museum into Indiana, a few miles from Mercer County, Oh.
|Japanese artworks made of
|Abstract Modern Paintings
For over a hundred year St. Charles was a
seminary where our young men were educated and prepared to
become priests. For many years St. Charles was called “the
priest factory.” When the students became fewer and fewer in the
1960’s, St. Charles was closed in 1969.
Almost all religious orders had the same
declining student problem and so 18 Religious Seminaries merged
into a united seminary together in Chicago, Illinois and the
students of St. Charles joined with them.
The problem then was what to do with
buildings, which was built for more than a hundred people. For
several years we searched for some other use of the buildings.
Eventually, the decision came down to two choices. Either we
remodel and open apartments to lay people for Senior Living, or
eventually plan on demolishing these landmark buildings and then
build a smaller building for the use of retired priests and
brothers. That would have been much less expensive than
remodeling the buildings for other use.
The Missionaries of
the Precious Blood launched a fund drive to help remodel St.
Charles and our friends from throughout the U.S.A. came through
with generous donations.
Our thanks to our friends for the
help is seen in this picture, which is an artistic expression of
the works of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood and also
shows the gratitude to our friends for their support. The
lighter panels list the names of major donors. This work of art
hangs in the corridor that leads from the Chapel to the dining