Barbara Schwarz OP
Barbara Schwarz, a Dominican Sister of Amityville, believes that it is through the arts one can KNOW the depths of one's heart. Her art is passionate and vibrant with color. Creativity and integration marks her preaching. Her art is prolific in form and style -- from clay and wood, to paint, mandalas, strappo, and graphics on the computer. Her "Jesus and the Bent over Woman" was published on the Global Sisters Report Site , Redemportist Publications in the UK and elsewhere. 

Dominican Collaborative video of Phylliss Chappell, MD (Houston Associate) and Barbara Schwarz OP shown at the 2021 International Healthcare communications conference. It is entitled "Wish of a Young Failing Heart: Compassionate Listening in Palliative Care"on Healing and Wholeness and 2022 Conference on Medicine and Religion.

Barbara has an MA in Scripture from Providence College and a certificate from Salve Regina's Institute for Healing through the Expressive Arts.  She has given retreats and days of prayer. She was the artist articulator for the first Federation Convocation. She receive the DIA Spirit recognition at Mission San Jose.

 "Barbara Schwarz uses the many gifts she has been given. She does this clearly, freely and liberally, sharing vision of art that recognizes the power of art to preach the gospel, comfort those in need and encourage us to be the best we can be. It is a joy for me to present the Fra Angelico award of the Dominican Institute for the Arts to a member whose hear is truly "Art a fire", our Sister Barbara Schwarz OP." She is a former President and Vice President  of the Board of DIA. She does a monthly preaching at She has been a regular presenter at the Dominican Youth Preaching Conferences.  Her videos and other works also appear on the Dominican Charism Initiative Site. She also spoke to DSC on her covid experience.

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Her art is prolific in form and style -- from clay and wood, poetry, paint, mandalas, reflection booklets, strappo, and computer graphics. She also does retreats through the arts. Her Dominican Charism Videos and history videos are on

Be sure to visit Barbara's website at  be sure to see the gallery.

Pentecost 2024
Tree in Bloom
Steepled in
Mother Nature in Springtime
Image Collage - Christos
The Heart opens Beyond
Jesus and the Bent over Woman
Beach Cruciform
The Journey
Passing Through the In Between
Mixed media
Wood Carving
Graphics for book and layout design
Humming bird
Monarch Glory
The Holy One
The Plea
The Power of Presence
After the meeting
the field
Dominic contemplating Ten Years in Fanjeaux
Abstract Floral
Being in the now-- a covid piece
ocean waves
suffering - a covid piece
Stepping stones
Laudato Si
welcome spring
flow of new life
Plautilla Nellli OP
Find God in Your heart
"What one sees with the eyes touches the heart. My art is a search for truth and expression of life, justice, and hope. My work arises out of my spirituality and meditation."  

Barbara is a 
past president
 of DIA
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Recent Videos done for Congregational Gatherings
Video "Preaching Through The Arts" Shown at Urbi et Orbi 2021
On the Edge of the Event Horizon
Be in the NOW
Held in the flow
Burst of the spirit
Rising in Color
Some COVID Paintings