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Page6 February 14, 1998 ORTHWEST '" By Judith Weaver PARIS CORRESPONDENT SUBIACO --When he en- tered the monastery in 1983, Brother Paul Edmonston, OSB, felt a twinge of regret at the thought that he would no longer be able to work with the poor. "During the time I was skip- per of a shrimp boat and through my own life experiences, I was familiar with the struggles of the poor and poor working people," the Benedictine monk said. 'q'he life of a monastic is primarily one lived within the monastery. The call to be a monk meant I had to shelve other in- terests." Or so it seemed. Today, Brother Paul not only serves Subiaco Abbey by grounds keeping, and management of the hog farm, where seven sows re- cendy bore 50 piglets, he is on the board of directors for Com- munity Outreach Services, a non- denominational organization that provides food, clothing, shel- ter, and practical service pro- grams for economically and so- cially challenged individuals in Logan County. C.O.S. operates six miles east of the abbey, in Paris, across from St. Joseph Church. The nonprofit group serves hot lunch daily to the needy, runs a used clothing and household goods thrift shop, and offers counseling and referral for anyone seeking this help. Brother Paul represents the abbey in his volunteer work with C.O.S. "Care of the needy is men- tioned several times in the Rule of Benedict and in Scripture," Brother Paul said. "My involve- ment with C.O.S. is an expres- sion of the abbey's commitment to the community in which it is located. The monks make almsgMng a part of their out- reach to the needy, forgoing meat and dessert each Wednes- day and using the money saved by this personal sacrifice to help the poor." Brother Paul is at-home dockside at C.O.S., unloading produce donated by Wal-Mart food distribution center, or load- hag up clothing that will be taken to Booneville to be baled and shipped to the poor in third- world countries. Last year, Brother Paul wrote a grant proposal to the Depart- ment of Housing and Urban Development in Little Rock that secured needed funding for C.O.S. to continue providing the wide range of services it does. Other times, he's spent time re- pairing a sagging porch for an elderly resident or picking up dis- carded appliances and furniture in the abbey's 1972 box truck. Routinely, he collects the gar- bage at CO.S., taking it to the abbey pig pens. "It's sort of a consumption- conservation thing," Brother Paul said. "First, we care for people, and make sure they're fed. Then we distribute the leftovers and waste to the animals. In the end, nothing is wasted." The former president of the Master Gardeners' Club sees "ser- vice of others, in and outside the . monastery, as a healthy focus for all of us." Brother Paul Edmonston, OSB, cares for newborn " Abbey's hog farm. By John J. Archibald BENTON CORRESPONDENT show uniq HOT SPRINGS --- A Hot Springs priest will host the first presentation of his artwork dur- ing a late February exhibit. Father Alan Rosenau, chaplain at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Hot Springs, will fea- ture his work at a silent auction at the Hot Springs ARTS Center. "Artist and Father" will have the proceeds from the auction of Father Rosenau's work benefit Potter's Clay, a crisis center in Hot Springs with which he works. do enjoy using media that I don't see used a lot," he said, sit- ting on the couch in his St. Joseph office recently. A few of his pieces decorate his office. Many of them use pencil, pen and glue. "I have been drawing and painting since I was a kid." "I try and keep simple forms and let simple forms take direc- tion," he said, referring to a 1993 creation. hat's one reason I like to use glues. I fike to let the paint run, to let the adhesive run and see what happens to them." He doesn't consider his work a free form or abstract art be- cause he has an idea in mind, "but I don't try to control the painting," he said. He compares his creation method to a writer who starts writing a story, and letting significant details develop the form. He also uses olive oil, "because of its simplicity, and it seems to be the best for preserv- ing the image." Father Rosenau, 49, said he isn't a professional artist. His during weeklong exhibition] i been donated as have so#] ~ ' books by Dr. Hugh Ross, aofJ A trophysicist, and sweatshirts a~ fl T-shirts created by Our LadyI t} Fatima Church in Benton. i. Poetry and IFTt~ea~r readi0![ ~t will be led by Roser~ t Hank Deutsch and Howard ~| . Kilby, all of Hot Springs, ], others. Hot Springs musicians0] t provide entertainment, accordi i s to a news release. ] The Hot Sprint, s ARTS Ca| ter, 405 Park Ave., will be-O~[ ~, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. lz [ 23-2~. The auction will be fro,| 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, #~t {t last bid at 7:45 p.m. The eveOt | , free mad the public is welco#] ", "We are pleased to host Fztll~| ! Rosenau and his contempO ] and unique paintings at the : lery. He is noted not just formal i priestly duties but also as an 1~| ' ist, poet and teacher," Nikl Rohrer-Parvin, center aired1 said in a news release. Father Alan Ro enau of Hot Springs holds "Picture of Eternal Mercy," a February 1995 piece he created Of note, Father Rosenau is0 | using acrylic, glues, pencils and pens on plywood. It depicts a descending dove, with Hebrew word of several former Enisc0t | for trust on the left and the Latin word for mercy on the right, lic. He was ordained an medium depends on what he hasday. "h'sjust the tide that came to times I will actuaUywrite it as a part pal priest in 1974 and moved [ on hand, he said. He showed one me." The scene represents the de- of a paragraph or a poem, he said. Hot Springs in 1978. , ~| piece, "Picture of Eternal Mercy, scent of the Holy Spirit on the ci,ty The invitations to the exhibit His family reconciled into which has the Hebrew word for of Jerusalem with a "heart-dove. , will feature another nameless Catholic Church in 1987 and trust on the left and the Latin This image of the "heart-dove' piece of a hand raised toward was ordained a Catholic riot'| p word for mercy on the righL came from Mother Faustina, a heaven. The media is clay board. 1988, he said. He and his wifeJo | The media used are acrylic, Polish nun with the Sisters of Our The watch face of the hand shows have two sons and a glues, pencils and pens on a ply- wood board found at St. Joseph. It represents a descending dove. By comparison, another piece, rbe Holy City at the Very Moment and Mood of the Holiday," uses pencils and pens on rice paper. The tide doem't speak for a specific holi- Lady of Mercy. Father Rosenau also writes text on some of his artwork. "Some- times, I write on the pictures, put actual writing or thoughts on the picture. It's another way to add media in a sense," the combining of willing and visual art. "Some- a number eight, the ntmaeric sym- bol for eternity, he said. Part of the reason for the show is "to encounter other non-pro- fessionals --where the interest isn't monetary gain." About 40 pieces will be exhib- ited at the show Other art has daughter' ,| " Asked how his becorai | Catholic affected his artworl , Irl ,! said the most ~| , important thi~a~~ %Vithout Catholicism, I would'.[ have gotten this image of w,~ sacred heart " The d , oesn t exist m Episcopal or estant theologies, he said. i