Artist has passion for the young poor
by David Duprey
A special art exhibition, entitled ``The Hidden Passion,'' is on display in Eliot College with prints and brochures available in the Market Place. Artist Kathy Priddis, spouse of the Bishop of Warwick (England), has dedicated proceeds from both the prints and the originals to charities serving the needs of the young homeless.
The 14 oil paintings depict the 14 last events of the life of Christ, and hang on the balcony overlooking the Eliot College dining hall. ``The paintings are for sale, individually or as a set,'' Mrs Priddis says. ``Please talk to me or to my husband, Bishop Anthony Priddis, resident in Eliot College.'' She describes herself as ``a Christian who paints, using the images abundant in the scriptures and in the natural world, to inspire the imagination.
``The textures, sights and sounds we encounter in the world are, for me, an encounter with God. Painting is a struggle and a delight---a struggle to communicate a personal vision, a delight as I continue to learn how to express it.'' Sales of the prints will benefit the young homeless in the Diocese of Coventry. Proceeds from sales of the paintings themselves will go not to the painter but to an educational institution, which will then fund an annual award to encourage students to design projects to reach the young homeless in their own areas. By request, Mrs Priddis is conducting interested parties around the exhibition and giving a short commentary on each painting. These tours begin at the exhibition at 1.15pm and will run until Thursday,August 3-6.
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