Artist opens exhibit at Saint Mary’s

first_imgLocal artist Janet L. Johnson discussed her icon exhibit on display at the Cushwa-Leighton Library at Saint Mary’s on Thursday. The exhibit features portraits of Christ and the saints painted in traditional icon style. Johnson, a former teacher of the year at the Elkhart Area Career Center and mentor to 27 award-winning students in the National Skills/USA design competition, said she turned to painting as a way of achieving deeper spirituality and relaxation. “I came to doing icons to give me a state of relaxation and meditation,” she said. “It gives me time for prayers and thoughtfulness. Growing up in a Catholic church, being surrounded by ornate imagery, going to Mass every day of the week … had a very big impact on my life.” Even though painting icons is a way to relax, it does have its difficulties. “Icons are very difficult because they have to be perfect,” Lynn Edison, a fellow painter and friend of Johnson’s, said. Doni Hoevel, another friend, said the challenge of painting icons does not lie in the need to be creative. “Icons don’t require a lot of creativity – it’s basically repetition from the icons in the past,” Hoevel said. “It’s very difficult to repeat something so perfectly.” Johnson said a lot of time is spent on technique because each icon is painted with 80 to 100 layers of paint. “Every brushstroke has a prayer,” she said. In her artist’s statement, Johnson said she takes a spiritual lesson away from each of her paintings. “Whether it is Mother and Child, Jesus or a saint, I have much to learn from [the icons],” she said in her statement. “With every brush stroke I am able to focus with a special intention for someone, a small prayer or mantra or a kind of divine obedience to be quiet in the presence of the image on which I am working.” Johnson said she is not the only one who can learn from the icons. “By looking into the face of an icon, a relationship may develop and will assist others on their spiritual journey.”last_img read more

Black & Gold: Dominant LAFC will beat rival LA Galaxy

first_imgThis LAFC team has the ability to beat the Galaxy for the first time. It is important to note that the Galaxy’s only two wins against LAFC came at its home stadium, while Thursday night’s playoff matchup will be at LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium.  Not only did the team’s star forward Carlos Vela surpass the previous record for scores in a season with his 34-goal effort, but LAFC also set a new league record for most points in a season with 72. Beyond that, the club tied for the fewest losses in a season, matched the LA Galaxy’s record for most goals scored and achieved the best goal differential of all time. LAFC has drawn a lot of buzz entering its second playoff run, with many fans curious to see how far its recent success on the field can take the club this time around. Last season (LAFC’s inaugural year), it was knocked out at home in the first round. The first matchup between the two teams warned all of us how unpredictable and exciting this rivalry could be. On March 31, 2018, LAFC gave up a 3-0 lead to lose 4-3 to the Galaxy — its first loss as a franchise. Since that first matchup, LAFC’s record against the Galaxy is 0-1-3. For Los Angeles Football Club, this season has been one for the books, literally. It would also be naive to dismiss the passionate and undying support of LAFC’s fans. Given the stakes of Thursday’s game, playing at the Banc will be more important than ever. With the audible support of the 3252 and the rest of the stadium, LAFC will want the MLS Cup just as much as they do. I am confident the Galaxy will not stop LAFC’s pursuit of the MLS Cup. The team’s home advantage, coupled with a healthy Vela, will help LAFC claim its first El Tráfico victory at the perfect time to bring it one step closer to a championship. This game is not just a matchup of two Los Angeles teams but of the biggest stars in the MLS. Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic is second in the league to Vela in scoring with 30 goals. center_img Both Ibrahimovic and Vela are captains of their respective teams. Vela seems to have embraced this role more fully and to have used it more effectively as a true team player. Looking at their numbers, Vela has 15 assists while Ibrahimovic has 7. Beyond the pitch, Vela clearly understands the team aspect of the sport more than Ibrahimovic, who seems to put himself and his play on a high pedestal. LAFC’s conference-best record earned the team a first-round bye and a bid in Thursday’s semifinal game against the crosstown rival LA Galaxy. Johannah Suegay is a sophomore writing about LAFC. Her column, “Black & Gold,” runs every other Thursday. As in any sport, the playoffs are a whole different ball game. Rivalries, regular season records and past matchups can be forgotten. Every player knows that a loss means bidding farewell to the chance of hoisting the MLS Cup, and with the success LAFC has had this year, anything short of a championship would be disappointing to its fans and all those who watched the team dominate throughout the season. The rivalry between the Galaxy and LAFC is called “El Tráfico” — a name that refers to L.A.’s infamous traffic congestion. The excitement surrounding the game — especially given that it’s a semifinal — is only heightened due to the team’s short but intense rivalry. While these past results favor the Galaxy, El Tráfico’s sixth iteration will be unlike any previous matchup between the two rivals. last_img read more


first_imgThe North West 10K in Letterkenny attracted a record crowd today – with Derryman Gregory Roberts winning the race.The charity run/walk – run by Finn Valley Athletics Club and Letterkenny Athletics Club – had more than 2,600 people taking part.Donegaldaily.com was there and we will be putting up exclusive High Definition footage of the race on our site later. We will also have pictures and the results.So keep checking www.donegaldaily.com throughout the day.NORTH WEST 10K: ROBERTS WINS CHARITY RACE was last modified: May 1st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Open Trans-Tasman Mixed Open Game 2 Report

first_imgThe Kiwis have levelled the three game Trans-Tasman Series with a comprehensive three try victory in the Open Mixed test at Rotorua International Stadium.The hosts handled the cold and wet conditions far better than the Australians and with the weather set to continue for the remainder of the series the visitors will need to adjust quickly if they are to bounce back from today’s loss.The Aussies got off to a better start than they did in the first test with Elin Mortimer scoring the opening try to continue her stellar series and the visitors controlled the game from in front early.It took the Kiwis some time to get on the score board but they eventually levelled the scores after 8 minutes. The Aussies kicked clear again after debutant Justin Cridland found Tim Glazebrook to score but that would the last time the visitors played from in front.The Touch Blacks tied it up at 2 apiece and when Nat Turner scored a runaway try the locals took a lead into half time which they extended immediately after the break to 6-3.Elin Mortimer celebrated her 28th birthday with her second of the day and when Hoch found an open Leah Opie-Lukins the Aussies gave themselves a chance. A chance that was quickly dismissed through back to back Kiwi tries who ran out 9-6 winners keeping the series alive heading into the third test.last_img read more