Franciscan Sisters Tour Paine Art Center and Gardens’ Exhibit

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

October 24, 2022

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Pam Biehl, Sister Mardelle Meinholz, Sister Kay Klackner, Sister Anne Turba, Sister Elaine Turba and Sister Veronica Schad visited Paine Art Center and Gardens, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Sister Pam shares their experience.

As part of our Community Days the Sisters at Chiara Convent took a field trip to the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh to see the exhibit called, “The Nature of Light: An Exploration After Dark.” It was truly an awesome experience for all of us and definitely something none of us had ever witnessed before.

Here is a little explanation of what this exhibit was all about:

Light has the power to transform, transport and transfix in remarkable and unexpected ways. To capture this wonder the Paine Art Center commissioned two acclaimed studios, Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone and Lightswitch, renowned for crafting remarkable and distinctive experiences to create an immersive nighttime exhibition.

The results were creating more than 50 larger than life illuminated sculptures that investigate geometric forms through light, shadow, and perception. This artwork acknowledges diverse cultural influences in pattern making and design and celebrates the inherent beauty of geometric form and pattern.

The sculptures and lighting installations fill seven rooms on the first floor of the Paine mansion as well as being nestled among three acres of outdoor gardens.

The pictures can’t capture how amazing this experience was for us but hopefully it can give you an idea of how creative and unique these sculptures were.  There’s no doubt that this was an evening to remember and what fun it was to share it together!

For those who might be interested in seeing this exhibit, which runs through the end of October, here’s the website you can go to for more information:


Article Comments:

Sister Sharon Paul, O.S.F. 10/25/2022 @ 5:30 am

Thank you for sharing your experience at visiting the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh. The illuminated & geometric shapes of the sculptures must have been en”light”ening & fascinating. I especially liked the quote: “Light has the power to transform, transport & transfix in remarkable and unexpected ways.” That line is a powerful one to compare JESUS as the LIGHT to do the same in our lives!


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