Rita Corrigan, a longtime Rosemount resident, won first place in the Juried Art Show at the Benedictine Center in Maplewood for her abstract work, “Superior Sunrise,” which shows the sun breaking through the clouds as reflected in the flowing water.
Last year, Corrigan won second place in the art contest with a painting called “Resurrection.”
The juried exhibit, called Seeing God, features area artists whose creative process captures a sense of the divine when seeing the world. More than 30 artists submitted their work, which will be on display at St. Paul’s Monastery until March 1. The top three winners share a $375 prize.
Corrigan has been painting all her life, focusing most recently on landscapes of northern Minnesota and scenes from travel abroad. Her award-winning painting reflects an early morning walk along the shores of Lake Superior soon after her mother’s death.
“The earth was just starting to warm,” she said. “I was having difficulty working through the pain, but the new day promised beauty and the reflection of a God who does not forget us even in our pain.”
Rita and her husband, Don, have lived in Rosemount for more than 40 years and have raised five children. She taught art for 25 years at St. Joseph Catholic School and in the Rosemount public school system. Don Corrigan, retired since 2011, owned Corrigan Electric, a company established by his father in 1932.
In addition to her current exhibit at St. Paul’s Monastery, her paintings are featured at the Sherburne County Government Center in Elk River until March 27.
Frameworks Gallery in St. Paul will exhibit her work from March 1 thru May 31; as will Hudson Hospital in Hudson, Wis., through the Healing Arts Program, from March 12 thru June 16.
The Seeing God exhibit is part of the Benedictine Center’s Art & Spirituality series designed to show how art sustains and expands the spiritual imagination and deepens awe for the beauty of creation.
The center sponsors five exhibits annually, featuring area artists. They are open to the public free of charge from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call 651-777-7251 or email [email protected]. The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters at St. Paul’s Monastery, is located at 2675 Road in Maplewood.