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    Exhibit shows last photos taken of Mother Teresa

    MAPLEWOOD, Minn. – Linda Schaefer, the last photographer to take pictures of Mother Teresa, will be exhibiting her work at the Benedictine Center from May 20 through June 30.

    Schaefer is a former CNN photojournalist, whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, Parade Magazine and Paris Match, to name a few. She is also the last photographer Mother Teresa allowed to take behind-the-scenes photos of her staff, herself and her work before she died in 1997.

    "People are surprised when they see these photos," Schaefer says. "Mother Teresa had suffered five heart attacks and was weakened with multiple cases of malaria, so they expect images filled with sadness. But these final photos actually depict the spirit of her work, which is filled with joy. I did not see a sad organization. To me, it was a very happy one."

    On May 20, Schaefer will also conduct a one-day retreat on "Answering the Call: A Day of Reflection on the Life of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta." She will share her experiences working with this "living saint" and help participants discern their own calls to live lives of service and compassion.

    Mother Teresa, who died at age 85, founded the Missionaries of Charity, which is the fastest-growing religious order in the world. In 1979 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. May 24, 2006, marks the 75th anniversary of Mother Teresa taking her first vows as a nun.

    Linda Schaefer’s exhibit, called "Come and See: A Journey Into the World of Mother Teresa," is part of the Benedictine Center’s "Arts & Spirituality Series" highlighting artists who seek the divine in their work. It is free and open to the public every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Her May 20 workshop starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The $85 fee includes lunch. To register online, go to www.stpaulsmonastery.org and follow the Benedictine Center Link, or call (651) 777-7251 or e-mail [email protected] The Center is located at 2675 Larpenteur Ave. E. in Maplewood.

    Families and Faces

    The Minneapolis Baha’i Race Unity Task Force and Luminous Concepts photography will present "Faces and Families," a photography exhibit by Dawn Vogel, from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the Minneapolis Baha’i Center, 3644 Chicago Ave.

    "The exhibit include photos of several families from different walks of life that I have been recently photographing," Ms. Vogel says. "It also features a beautiful wall of faces of people from around the world. Enjoy a sacred space honoring the beauty of humanity."

    For information or to arrange an appointment after the reception, call (612) 724-3810.

    Edina Art exhibits

    EDINA, Minn. – Edina Art Center will present two art shows this coming month. The second annual School of Realism Student Show will open with an artists’ reception from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 18. The show will continue from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the center, located at 4701 W. 64th St. in Edina. The exhibit, by the Seven School of Realism students, features drawing and painting.

    The Edina Art Center Student Show, featuring art in all media created during the past year by students of all ages and at all levels, from beginning to professional, will open with a reception for the artists from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 25. The show continues through July 4 with special a special holiday open house from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

    For more information, visit www.EdinaArtCenter.com or call (612) 915-6600. Normal gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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