by Nina Baldwin

cloud catcher*dream maker*artist

"Art touches the soul...art is communication...it reaches out from the canvas and passes through the eyes of the viewer right into his heart where it can leave an imprint of beauty that can make the spirit sing."
Nina Baldwin ...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

PAUL COZE - Public Works from St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Phoenix, AZ

St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Phoenix, located at 24th St. and Campbell Rd, was where I first attended school (elementary) after moving to Arizona.  It was also our parish church.  I can remember when Mr.  Coze's Stations of the Cross were first displayed.  They were different than other Stations I had seen in my short life...the others were more like small placques, but these were actual paintings...larger than most and framed.  They were also different in that they were not painted in the old masters' techniques that I was so used to seeing in the Church...these were a little edgy...they made me want to study them more...they seemed more relevant to me...

 The Church is beautiful, btw...it has been recently redone with changes in the railing in the front and new paintings behind the statues of Mary and Joseph (which were originally side altars)...also a painting behind the main altar...

The rumor is that the Stations of the Cross had been glazed or painted over about the time that a wedding took place at the Church...restoration has taken place over the last few years...

Unfortunately, the paintings must have a varnish on them that reflects the blue on the walls and deep blue on the ceiling....so, you will see a lot of blue in the Stations!  Still, they are lovely!  but please forgive the blue cast...

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sorry, these images are not in order...also, sorry that they are hard to see!  I hope that you can see how important public artworks are...public artworks educate, entertain, enhance, endear and perhaps even influence values. 
They tell a story that needs to be told!!!
 

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