Gift Shop/Reception Hall
THE ARTISTS OF SAINT MAXIMILIAN KOLBE CHURCH
Sam Maloof was an award-winning master woodworker. He was born in Chino, California. The son of Lebanese immigrants, this 84-year-old craftsman is particularly known for redefining an American classic in the form of the Maloof rocker. His sculptured cradles, chests, bureaus, rocking chairs and settees grace the collections of many of the world's major museums.
Mr. Maloof has set his hands to our new sanctuary by designing our altar, stationary, and processional crosses, ambo, presider's chair, lectern and the tabernacle in our reservation chapel.
The etched glass around the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Saint Maximilian's and the design on the Reconciliation room doors are the works of Los Angeles artist, Lalo Garcia.
Lalo Garcia has been drawing and painting since he was a young child. He became a member of Martinez and Murphy, a liturgical arts and sacred environment company, in 1987 and worked there as the in-house artist and designer until 1995.
Lalo Garcia designed such works as the vestments and miters of Pope John Paul II, as well as the vestments and miters for the bishops in honor of the Pope's visit to Los Angeles.
Some of his work can be seen at the Shrine of the Holy Redeemer in Las Vegas Nevada. His California designs can be viewed at Beatitudes of Our Lord in La Mirada, All Souls Church in Alhambra, and Saint Bernadine’s in Woodland Hills and many other locations.
His recent works include the shrine to Our Lady of Guadeloupe at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. He also served as a member of the Arts and Furnishings Committee for the Cathedral.
His works have been exhibited at the Downey Museum of Art, the Pueblo Gallery on Olvera Street in Los Angeles, Arte Americas in Fresno, the Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, and the Galleria Posada in Sacramento. He has also been a featured artist for the Casa de la Cultura in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and the Sacred Arts Festival for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Lalo Garcia is devoted to Our Lady of Guadeloupe and each personal art piece contains her image because he feels that if her image is missing the painting is incomplete. He is quoted as saying, "I believe that in this new millennium, Our Blessed Mother will again guide and unite all of her people throughout the world."
Bob Hurd has served as a composer and liturgist in various pastoral and academic settings, as well as a professor of philosophy, theology, and liturgy. Mr. Hurd has been a pastoral musician and liturgist in several parishes in the Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco areas and currently teaches in the Graduate Pastoral Ministries Program at Santa Clara University. he holds the position of liturgical consultant for the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose, California.
Mr. Hurd graciously accepted our commission to compose several pieces for our dedication. In March of 1999 he performed a concert of sacred music with the St. Maximilian Kolbe Choir and conducted a workshop the following day. Mr. Hurd has composed the Entrance Processional, Responsorial Psalm, Gospel Acclamation, Fractioning Rite and Communion Song. We were honored to be able to introduce these new compositions.
The Judson Studios
The Judson brothers and their father, a noted California artist founded the Judson Studios, formerly the W.H. Judson Art Glass Company, in 1897 in Los Angeles.
Their father, William Lees Judson, apprenticed his sons in Toronto, Canada, to learn the art of stained glass making. The sons, upon their return, worked with their father in their local stained glass shop.
Their early work was balanced between religious and secular, between recreating the Gothic effect and working for Frank Lloyd Wright in glass and tile on the Ennis and Barnsdall Houses.
The heritage and experience of the Judson Studios helps the artists take into consideration the architectural setting, the input from the clients, and the timeless quality. Judson Studios workied with the parish and Demetz Art Studio in the production of the large hand carved body (corpus) of Christ that is suspended in the sanctuary. www.judsonstudios.com
Demetz Art Studio
The Demetz Art Studio, located in the Alps of northern Italy, is a family business founded several generations ago. Over the fifty plus years since its founding the studio has developed a world wide reputation for outstanding craftsmanship, designs, and high quality.
Mr. Ivo Demetz, who joined his father's business after World War II, at the age of seventeen, founded the studio. The younger generations of the Demetz family are working at the studio today. Demetz Studio will hand carve the body (corpus) of Christ that will be suspended in front of the large cross already in place in the sanctuary. Delivery and installation is expected before Easter 2003. www.artstudiodemetz.com
Since the founding of her studio in 1969, Elizabeth Devereaux brought her Christian faith and artistic skill together in the medium of stained glass. Her windows are installed in churches across the United States, particularly in California.
Elizabeth studied painting and drawing at Dominican College of San Rafael where she earned her B.A.; and at the Akademie der Bildende Kunste in Munich, where she continued in graduate level art; with further graduate work in Industrial Design at California State University, Long Beach, and Religion and the Arts at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. She is uniquely qualified in the field of stained glass fabrication for churches.
Elizabeth's studio in Chico, California has become the location for the execution of many innovative and creative works in glass for churches. She views her glass work as: "An icon, a way of taking the viewer deeper into their own spiritual life."
The windows in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, the Narthex, and the Sanctuary are the work of Elizabeth Deveraux. Installation will be in phases beginning December 2002.
Father Donal Keohane
Father Donal Keohane sculpted the statue of St. Maximilian Kolbe, which is located on the approach to the church entrance. Father "Donie" has been a practicing artist all his life. He notes that he is inspired in particular to base his subject matter on nature in all its beauty. "Since the creation of the world... God's eternal power and divinity have become visible, recognized through the things He has made." (Romans 1:20)
Having completed much of his studies in Ireland, his interests are not confined to the visual arts alone. He is also a teacher, lecturer and priest in the fields of art history, drama and religious studies.
Harrison McIntosh, an internationally known ceramist who studies at Art Center College of Design is a third generation Californian. For more than 60 years, Mr. McIntosh has worked in ceramics. Representative pieces are in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Smithsonian Institution's Renwick Gallery and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The vessels used for the bread and wine, like other liturgical items, deserve special care and attention in their design and crafting. The quality of the design must speak to the importance of the ritual.
The chalice, carafe for the altar wine, and two shallow bowls to hold the bread for the Eucharistic celebration at the dedication were hand thrown by Harrison McIntosh. They are in earthen colors to complement the color palette of our sanctuary and they bear the striping which is one of McIntosh's characteristic designs.
The new candlesticks that embrace the altar were created by Jefferson Tortorelli, a life long lover of "the spiritual shapes in wood and natural materials." A USC graduate and a Modern Liturgy Magazine Visual Arts National Award Winner, Mr. Tortorelli creates unique art pieces from fine woods, found metal, stone and materials of spiritual value.
Jeff describes his approach to the creation of our candlesticks as encompassing "a study of the physical site, the parish community, its history and research into the life of the patron saint of the church. St. Maximilian Kolbe’s compassion and unconditional love for his fellow man broke free across religious and racial lines during his lifetime. He was able to turn the horrors of a Nazi death camp into an opportunity to serve Our Lord, Jesus Christ and His Mother, Mary. The Altar candlesticks are representative of the determination to find love in all that Maximilian Kolbe did. The barbed wire that originates at the base of the candlesticks, winds around and becomes the beads of the rosary as it makes its journey to the top where the Star of David is formed, the basis of our religion that reminds us how intertwined we are as Community. Mr. Tortorelli creates the visual image of breaking free of the constraints of this earth and the trials and tribulations we all face as we make our journey through life." Mr. Tortorelli resides with his wife and children in San Dimas and most recently has been invited by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for a number of liturgical furnishings for the new Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.