Mercy Center

MONTHLY ART EXHIBIT

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An Expression of the Spirit

 

Every two months, we host a new exhibit of artworks: original drawings, paintings and photographs created by friends and associates of Mercy Center Burlingame. The art gallery space is located on the 2nd floor in the hallway between the main stairway and the Oak Room. If you're attending a retreat or program, we encourage you to visit the gallery, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and take a few moments to experience the world through the eyes of artists.

Mercy Center Gallery is open every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 

Current Exhibit

 

Mercy Art Celebrated in Gallery Space

Hidden gems of art from around the Mercy campus are on display at the Mercy Center Art Gallery during September and October. Many pieces have hung in the Convent where the public would not see them, explain curators Catherine Wilkinson and Sister Suzanne Toolan.

"Our inventory of art is so rich," said Catherine. She and Sister Suzanne have been in charge of finding, framing and hanging art that has been given to the Center or to Sister Suzanne over the years. Pieces displayed from this collection show the variety of the art on campus. The Holy Family smiles beatifically in ceramic, on loan from Marian Life Care Center. A water color by Jan Thurston shows a Kohl Mansion surrounded by leafy greenery. It is usually in the front lobby of Mercy Center.

Sometimes donors are unaware of the value of their gifts. Presbyterian Pastor Peter Garrison thought he was giving Mercy several frames. Inside the dusty frames, Catherine and Suzanne found exquisite horses in black and white calligraphic style of unknown origin and have included them in the show.

Sister Suzanne and Catherine have been adding beauty and harmony to Mercy Center since 2005 when Suzanne Buckley became Mercy Center Director. On hearing that the Center looked "dowdy" in the eyes of an expert asked to evaluate it, the new director immediately said, "Let's start by painting the hallway outside the dining room. Put up what you want there. And ask Catherine to help you."

Since then Catherine has collaborated tirelessly with Sister Suzanne on painting walls and the placement of icons, medieval art, hundreds of prints, oil paintings large and small, a bust of Catherine McAuley, and precious wood cuts by Watanabe. The exhibit shows off art often missed, as Suzanne Buckley says, "a fabulous array."

 

 

Mercy Art Collection