Sr. Elaine DesRosiers (Dominican Sisters of Peace,St. Catharine, KY) was the recipient of a merit award for the oil painting she created during the "A Brush with Bardstown" competition, where 36 artists painted outside October 1-3.
Elaine received the Fra Angelico Award at Great Bend Kansas in July 2015. A Dominican Sister for 65 years, I’ve been a member of the Dominican Institute for the Arts for almost all of its existence. I guess I’ve always been an artist, but I was in my 50’s when I developed my God-given skills of oil painting and acting. How great a blessing this has been!
I have had a part in four plays, my favorite being “Elaine the maid” in The Importance of Being Ernest. I have also performed as Mary Magdalen, St. Catharine of Siena, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and Mother Angela Sansbury in one-woman shows.
I began studying oil painting in 1985 at the South Bend Regional Museum School of Art. Because they were so enjoyable, I continued taking classes for 20 years! Upon my retirement to the mother house of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in St. Catharine, KY, I began painting, among other subjects, local architecture.
Twelve of my works, scenes of downtown Main Street in Springfield, KY are on permanent exhibit in the Opera House, the Visitors’ Center. Ten paintings of academic buildings of St. Catharine College are in the Emily W. Hundley Library of the College. At present I am completing painted versions of the mother houses of the eight former congregations of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in six states.
These and my other paintings may be seen on my website < paintingsbyEDesRosiers.com. >.
Awards 1995 South Bend Regional Museum School of Art Student/Faculty Art Show 1998 South Bend Regional Museum School of Art Student/Faculty Art Show 2005 Fine Arts Bardstown Society (FABS) “A Brush with Bardstown” Plein Aire Event 2006 Dominican Institute for the Arts Spirit Award 2015 Dominican Institute for the Arts Fra Angelico Award
Exhibits 2010 Main Street, Springfield St. Catharine College Library 2010 Main Street, Springfield Opera House, Springfield, KY 2013 St. Catharine College Campus St. Catharine College, Hamilton Hall 2011 Retrospective St. Catharine College, St. Catharine Hall 2011 When I ‘m a Little old Lady Martin de Porres Center, Columbus, OH
Non-Artistic Awards 1991 Presidential Award University of Notre Dame, Indiana 2004 John Cardinal O’Hara Award University of Notre Dame, Indiana 2004 Outstanding Alumna Award Girls’ Latin School of Boston
Elaine at Tomb of Thomas Merton below Series at Gehsemani