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Art of Peggy Thompson

The art of Peggy Thompson will be exhibited at St. Paul’s Monastery in Maplewood from January 7 through February 17. Her watercolors highlight the beauty of the wilderness, which she sees as alive and untamed, and which is beginning to reflect the impact of global warming.

"I am fascinated by the cycle of death and rebirth in nature," she says. "My life-long goal is uniting spirituality and creativity, because I believe that both are mystery. You can’t box or define either one by its very nature."

Thompson will also lead a series of four Saturday morning workshops through the Monastery’s Benedictine Center that will help beginning and advanced painters learn how to release the artist that lies within. They will be held February 24 through March 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost for the series is $100.

Thompson has an MFA from the Chicago Art Institute. She has a studio in the Northrup King Building and has exhibited in the Twin Cities, Grand Marais and Australia. She is also a spiritual director, chaplain and director of Pastoral Care at Catholic Elder Care in Minneapolis.

Thompson’s art will be on display every day at the Monastery from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It is part of the Benedictine Center’s "Arts & Spirituality" series designed to show how art sustains and expands the spiritual imagination and deepens a sense of awe for the beauty of creation. Future exhibits will feature the sculpture of Peter Lupori, Prodigal Son prints and a juried show of young people’s spiritual interpretations of life.

For more information, go to and follow the Benedictine Center link, or call (651) 777-7251 or e-mail [email protected].

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