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Jesus of the People
Spoken by Jesus to his disciples, these loving and hopeful words inspired this painting into existence. Mary Magdalene, the first to share the good news stands behind Jesus and together they form the rising vertical of the cross. JM
Diversity, Unity & Hope
The Sacred Paintings of Janet McKenzie
The Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis, MN
1600 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
September 1 to November 26, 2023
Jesus of the People will be exhibited for the first time in Minneapolis at the stunning Basilica of Saint Mary, a beloved landmark in the Twin Cities. Janet McKenzie's 14 Stations of the Cross, The Resurrection and Our Lady of La Vang, her new interpretation of the little-known appearance of Mary and Jesus in 1798 to suffering Vietnamese Catholics, will be on view. Twenty-six of her well-known and lesser-known paintings will be exhibited. For information please contact Johan van Parys, Director of Liturgy and Sacred Art at email@example.com or Kathy Dhaemers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-612-333-1381.
With deep gratitude to the Basilica of Saint Mary, Dr. Johan van Parys, PhD and Kathy Dhaemers for their invitation, vision, and challenging work to make this exhibit a reality.
US Catholic featuring Woman Offered #5
Woman Offered #5 by Janet McKenzie
Here McKenzie paints in her impeccably skilled manner a person both dignified and suffering. She need not add a halo or give a religious name to the woman she depicts... Can this woman image Christ to us?... Is she offered for our failures to see all people as made "in [God's] image, according to [God's] likeness"? (Gen. 1:26-27).
Excerpted from 'Difficult images - Subversive art can enrich our understanding of Christ' by John Christman, 'U.S. Catholic', March 2023 issue.
Subversive art can enrich our understanding of Christ - U.S. Catholic (uscatholic.org)
Woman Offered #5 Prints Available, Click Here!
After receiving many requests Janet McKenzie's most beloved paintings are now available as a set of seven, 8 x 10 prints. Particularly nice for smaller spaces these prints are suitable for framing as a grouping or as individual images. This set travels well, easily fitting into a carryon. Each print is sealed in a plastic slip with text included about each work. Not sold individually, limited quantities.
The set includes the following images: Jesus of the People, Joseph and Jesus, Epiphany, Mary and Jesus with the Papel Picado, Mary Magdalene-Invitation to Love and The Resurrection.
Featuring Jesus of the People
This 2022 National Geographic special edition depicts the life of Jesus from the earliest images to the contemporary in "Jesus An Illustrated Life" by Jean-Pierre Isbouts. Jesus of the People is featured on Page 94.
For twenty years Janet McKenzie's Jesus of the People has moved across the world serving as an image of inclusion, hope and love. This iconic painting - a force for good - challenges racial prejudice and social injustice by reminding and celebrating that we are all created equally and beautifully in God's likeness.
Jesus of the People Prints Available, Click Here
'Sanctuary' was acquired by the Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis, MN summer of 2021.
Art that Surrounds Us Video Series - The Basilica of Saint Mary
Greeting Cards Available, Click Here!
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July 2020 interview by Jillian Ewalt, Marian Library, University of Dayton
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Come and See - Mary Magdalene by Susan Calef and Janet McKenzie
July 24, 2020, Fr. Richard Rohr's Daily Meditations, The Center for Action and Contemplation
Janet McKenzie's 'Mary Magdalene with Jesus the Christ' featured
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HOLY MOTHER OF COMFORT AND SOLACE'©
Covid - 19 is stealing our beloveds. Every part of our collective soul hurts and it is impossible to absorb the concept of how many have died and been taken from us so quickly across New York City, the country and the world.
This profoundly sad time of dying reminds us evermore and once again how much we need unconditional love and hope. Beloved Mother Mary, who has embodied the iconic feminine spirit across time, remains a steadfast and comforting presence to this young woman who rests her head on Mary's shoulder. We are all this young woman, each of us needing familiar maternal reassurance and a place to rest our own weary heads. Janet McKenzie
I think we all need comfort and solace at this time. I can feel myself sinking into her shoulder. I can feel her put her arms around me. I can feel myself releasing breaths I have held for too long. Reverend Katherine Burgess, Spiritual Director and Presbyterian Minister, the Presbyterian Church of Canada in response to "Holy Mother of Comfort and Solace", March 29, 2020
Radical Courage and the Feminine Spirit - the Art of Janet McKenzie
Solo exhibition of original paintings
Sheen Center for Thought and Culture
18 Bleecker St., NYC
'Hope', a video about Janet McKenzie's work in the world supporting the rights of women, immigrants and the LGBTQ community. The video was shown for the first time in March 2019 at the Universal Christ Conference, Albuquerque, NM, before an audience of 2300 and another 2800 webcasting!
Artist Janet McKenzie was a presenter at the Universal Christ Conference, March 2019, Albuquerque, NM. The Center for Action and Contemplation, founded by beloved Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr, sponsored the event - for anyone seeking meaning and direction for their spiritual journey.
THE DIVINE JOURNEY COMPANIONS OF LOVE AND HOPE©
This work of art honors the feminine community. Fueled by memories of the past and created as a visual prayer for the present it is my hope this painting serves as a testament to the courage and strength of women into the future. Mary, the beloved foundational figure around which timeless women gather, reaches out to us through her gaze as her blessed child sleeps within her protection. Janet McKenzie, artist
Commissioned by Memorial Church, Harvard University and unveiled on the altar April 23, 2017 Jeffrey Blackwell, Harvard University, created this video - The Divine Journey A Painter's Mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCYTIBHzQBA
Janet McKenzie was the 2013 William Belden Noble Lecturer, Memorial Church, Harvard University
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Jesus of the People, Women's March, January 21, 2016 on the Mall in the front of the White House, Washington DC. Carried by Miranda Hovemeyer, Tisha Moore and Mae Gibson Wall, Chaplain, and their entire wonderful group from Minneapolis/St. Paul.
by Sr. Joan Chittister OSB & Janet McKenzie
2014 CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARD WINNER!
The National Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist 2014
Joan Chittister, one of the most popular religious writers today and a prophetic voice for many years in the American church, had never before written a book-length treatment of the Stations of the Cross. However, when she heard that noted artist Janet McKenzie had painted the fifteen stations, she was eager to write the accompanying text. McKenzie's eye for the sacred and Chittister's profound meditations on the mysteries of the Cross are joined in this deeply reflective and inspiring book.
Available through Orbis Books www.orbisbooks.com and www.amazon.com
Janet McKenzie was the 2013 William Belden Noble Lecturer at The Memorial Church, Harvard University.
Vermont artist Janet McKenzie pays homage to the feminine figure through sacred and secular imagery. Ms. McKenzie's paintings depict an inner strength that often challenge and comfort the viewer. Using a variety of female forms including African American, Asian, and Caucasian women Ms. McKenzie is able create empowering images of women that are beautiful, thought provoking, and often haunting. Through her paintings Ms. McKenzie strives to convey the heart of the feminine being as a universal symbol of hope. "Women are for me sacred beings that are the foundation of life, subjects that have the power to captivate my imagination and inform my expression."
Ms. McKenzie's work is collected and exhibited around the world. At the Millennium Ms. McKenzie's image of Jesus, Jesus of the People, was selected winner of the National Catholic Reporter's "Jesus 2000 competition, by judge Sister Wendy Beckett. The painting was revealed for the first time on the "Today Show". "Jesus of the People" confronts stereotypical thinking by celebrating Jesus as African American. The feminine aspect is served by the fact that the model for this painting was a woman.
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