Projects + Shows

Vessels of Christ: an art show

Work by Defilippis Art Studio + Eliza Clay | Portland, Oregon, Feb 22-24th, 2019

Saturday 4-8

Sunday 10-1:30

Holy Rosary Catholic Church , Portland Oregon

There will be pottery and prints on display and for sale! This event is open to the public! Stop by to say hello!

Vessels of Christ is an art show celebrating the work that Christ can do through us. We invite you to join us in looking to Christ’s mind, not our own, for Truth. To Christ’s heart for Love. To Christ’s eye for Beauty.

The work of both artists is Christocentric as we strive to, through our work, unify ourselves with Christ so as to create pieces that point to something higher: to Christ Himself, to all Good and Beauty. We do not do the work we do to find ourselves.  Rather, we do our work to find Christ!

There is beauty in the ordinary, the everyday. Christ wants to meet us right there in the pots and pans, the making of tea and toast, the scrubbing of floors. If the corners and cupboards of our homes become places of beauty, our minds and hearts can even more be gladdened, we are better able to lift up our everyday motions and to find strength in He who sanctified our daily life and the work of our hands.

We are but vessels, hollow containers for the carrying of water, are also known as ships, sailing boats. The combination of the two meanings of this word touches deeply on the joy of being a Catholic artist: Like Mary who carried Christ, we too strive to empty ourselves and say our fiats, yearning to be filled with Christ so we can carry Him into the world. We are sailing eastward, towards Christ Himself in the Eucharist. May all Catholic artists be Christ-bearers, vessels with Christ’s spirit who gives life and breath to our hands, working through us!

Every genuine art form in its own way is a path to the inmost reality of man and of the world. It is therefore a wholly valid approach to the realm of faith, which gives human experience its ultimate meaning. That is why the Gospel fullness of truth was bound from the beginning to stir the interest of artists, who by their very nature are alert to every “epiphany” of the inner beauty of things. -Pope John Paul II, letter to artists