Sculpture

High relief sculpture

La Resurrección: Alegría, Esperanza y Salvación

Oscuro era el momento en que Judas traicionó a Jesús, lo que condujo a su sufrimiento, crucifixión y muerte en la cruz; un momento en que se puso a prueba la fe de sus seguidores. Pero cuando el Mesías-Cristo resucitó al tercer día, sus oraciones fueron contestadas, su fe cumplido, su alegría desbordante.

Estamos viviendo en tiempos tan oscuros, y ahora es nuestra fe que se está probando. Sentimos el aguijón de la traición. A través de nuestras lágrimas e indignación comprendemos mejor cómo sufrió Jesús y nos acercamos más a él.

La sensación es como la muerte — oscuro, frío y vacío. Pero al igual que llegaron a conocer sus discípulos, reconocemos que Jesús ha resucitado; por lo tanto, nuestra fe se fortalece, nuestra determinación es fuerte! Porque vivimos en la Luz y tenemos nuestro ser en el Amor y la Misericordia de nuestro Salvador Jesucristo.

Cristo Ha Resucitado! ¡Aleluya!

Painting "He has been raised!"_1st Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

Mi proyecto principal durante los últimos cinco años ha sido pintar las Estaciones de la Resurrección (Via Lucis: El Camino de la Luz) cuando Jesús se apareció a Sus discípulos comenzando el Domingo de Pascua durante un período de 40 días hasta que ascendió y luego los obsequió el Espíritu Santo en Pentecostés.

Mi esperanza es que estas imágenes serán recibidos en nuestras iglesias. Están a la venta en conjuntos de 14, pero se pueden comprar individualmente para el hogar o en conjuntos limitados. Títulos y texto en Español o Inglés.

Las catorce estaciones que se muestran aquí son reproducciones de alta calidad. Las pinturas originales se encuentran en la nave central de la histórica Catedral en el Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico (Catedral Metropolitana Basílica de San Juan Bautista)

Después de las imágenes, lea más en torno a la historia reciente de cómo el Via Lucis llegó a ser sancionado por el Vaticano, y comentarios sobre el arte y motivaciones que inspiraron a este importantísimo proyecto.

Painting "He has been raised!"_1st Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 

 

Painting "He saw and believed"_2nd Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 

 

Painting "Go tell my brothers"_3rd Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 


Painting "They did not recognize him"_4th Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 

 

Painting "Then their eyes were opened"_5th Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 

 

Painting "Do you have anything to eat?"_6th Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 

 

Painting_"Receive the Holy Spirit"_7th Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 

 

Painting "My Lord and my God!"_8th Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 

 

Painting "It is the Lord!"_9th Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 

 

Painting "Peter, do you love me?"_10th Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 

 

Painting "Go then to all Peoples"_11th Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 

 

Painting_"He is taken up"_12th Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 

 


Painting_"The Vigil"_13th Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 


Painting_Pentecost_14th Station of the Resurrection by avonnhartung

 

La idea de representar el Camino de la Luz se inspiró en una inscripción antigua encontrada en una pared de las Catacumbas de San Callisto en la Via Apia en Roma. Este cementerio lleva el nombre de San Calixto, un esclavo que finalmente se convirtió en el 16º Papa (217-222).

La inscripción encontrada en San Calixto proviene de la primera carta que escribió San Pablo a la iglesia de Corinto (alrededor del año 56 d. C.), en respuesta al informe de que algunos miembros estaban negando la Resurrección. La declaración completa en la carta es (1 Corintios 15: 3-8):

Porque ante todo les transmití a ustedes lo que yo mismo recibí: que Cristo murió por nuestros pecados según las Escrituras, que fue sepultado, que resucitó al tercer día según las Escrituras, y que se apareció a Cefas, y luego a los doce.

Después se apareció a más de quinientos hermanos a la vez, la mayoría de los cuales vive todavía, aunque algunos han muerto. Luego se apareció a Jacobo, más tarde a todos los apóstoles, y, por último, como a uno nacido fuera de tiempo, se me apareció también a mí.

En 1988, el padre Sabino Palumbieri, sacerdote Salesiano y profesor de antropología teológica en la Universidad Salesiana de Roma, “propuso la creación de un nuevo conjunto de estaciones [para complementar las Estaciones de la Cruz] centrado en la Resurrección y los acontecimientos posteriores de la misma, a fin de hacer hincapié en lo positivo, la esperanza de la historia cristiana que, aunque no ausentes de las Estaciones de la Cruz, está oculto por su énfasis en el sufrimiento.”

Padre Sabino escribió de esta idea en el documento Dame una Base Firme (“Give me a Firm Footing 1999) que describe las realizaciones que tenía “después de una profunda crisis de sentido existencial … debido a la perspectiva de la muerte”, seguido por el estudio de los evangelios y el reconocimiento que “Con el Resucitado, sé por qué vivo“.

“Personalmente, gracias a este punto de inflexión de fe, pude proclamar continuamente al Resucitado y de esta manera proponer, como dijo Pablo VI, el cristianismo como alegría, como un esfuerzo continuo por superar el estancamiento del sufrimiento sin salida.

… Una nueva forma de piedad popular, por su gracia, fue esbozada. Es la Via Lucis, que es el segundo momento fisiológico del Via Crucis, que ahora se ha extendido por los cinco continentes.

… Tantas personas sufrientes me escriben diciéndome que todos los días hacen una estación de Via Lucis, sacando fuerza, alegría y paz …Esto no significa abolir el Vía Crucis, que es el espejo del sufrimiento del calvario sin fin en el mundo.
Significa solo completarlo con la Vía Lucis, que es el espejo de las esperanzas del mundo, especialmente de aquellos a quienes más corresponde, los pobres “.

La primera gran celebración pública de la devoción fue en 1990. Fue sancionada oficialmente por el Vaticano en 2001.

Al contemplar la pintura de las estaciones, me di cuenta de que cuando Jesús resucitó, convirtiéndose para nosotros en el Cristo, ¡en ese momento el mundo cambió para siempre!

La Tierra estalló en flor, la Tierra brilló con luz en la profunda noche oscuro del tiempo. Todo, toda la Creación fue iluminada con significado Divino, luz, esperanza.

Como tal, pinté estas Estaciones. El color intenso busca producir este cambio milagroso en nuestra conciencia.

Los colores están super-infundidas con matiz. Cada color se convierte en la esencia elevada de sí mismo. Estas pinturas que parecen vidrieras pueden lucir fantasiosas. Están destinados a ser, sin embargo, de forma simple y contenido básico.

Las figuras muestran emoción en sus gestos y movimientos exagerados. Esto es para mostrar que la realidad se viró patas arriba. ¡Algo tan increíble había ocurrido que cambió la conciencia para siempre!

El mundo se llenó de esperanza, luz y significado porque la oscuridad de la muerte había perdido su poder, su control sobre la humanidad.

¡Aleluya! ¡HA RESUCITADO!

avh

 

 

St. Joseph, Protector

St. Joseph, Protector

 My most recent wood sculpture, carved through the period of the hurricanes Irma and MARIA. Approximately 3 feet high, carved in Tropical Cedar because of the desired color and its resistance to termites here in Puerto Rico. For Capilla Maria Auxiliadora, a small chapel in rural Carolina, Puerto Rico.

I’ve carved St. Joseph as a protector and a traveler; a stand-up guy who was always looking out for his wife and child, ready to defend them along the way of life which was full of dangers. He was a man of deep Faith who received his revelations through DREAMS: that Mary was the mother of God and that he should get out of Bethlehem and go to Egypt to escape the danger of Herod who wanted to kill the newborn King. Of course, we know he was a carpenter and must have been a wonderful father.

St. Joseph, Protector

.

Last Chance to Sign-up for my Woodcarving Workshop

Last weekend to sign up for my Sacred Art Woodcarving Workshop/Retreat.

Date: August 6-11, 2017

At Sacred Art Institute, Enders Island,

            Mystic, Connecticut

Call and ask for/leave message for Tracie 860-536-0565.

 Whether you’d like to learn a new skill or to continue more advanced study, this class is for you!

Although Enders Island is a Catholic retreat center, it is ecumenical in spirit and outreach and all are welcome! Hope to see you there!   

St. Michael Archangel Icon high relief wood sculpture by AVonnHartung (Artist's Collection)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

Learn Wood Carving with Master Carver

I will be teaching a Wood Carving Workshop at the Sacred Art Institute on beautiful Enders Island in Mystic, Connecticut on Long Island Sound.

St. Michael Archangel Icon high relief wood sculpture by AVonnHartung (Artist's Collection)

Date: August 6-11, 2017

Learn a new skill or continue more advanced study

View a video of last year’s Wood Carving Workshop

 

Although Enders Island is a Catholic retreat center, it is “committed to Pope Saint John Paul II’s vision of inclusiveness and friendship among all faiths…”

Hope to see you there!

“Described as a ‘little known gem’ this 11 acre island is surrounded by beautiful gardens framing breathtaking ocean vistas. Home to St. Edmund’s Retreat, there is a soulful tranquility to this place that seems to hang in the air with the ocean breezes. There are plenty of garden paths to walk and seaside benches to soak in the sun and saltwater air.…” (Assisi Institute)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Classes by AVonnHartung

A.Vonn Hartung will be teaching two dynamic workshops this Summer (Woodcarving and Mosaics) at the Sacred Art Institute at St. Edmund’s Retreat on Enders Island in beautiful Mystic, Connecticut on Long Island Sound.

Aerial view of Enders Island, Mystic, Connecticut
Aerial view of Enders Island, Mystic, Connecticut

July 24-29: Woodcarving
July 30-Aug 6: Mosaics

If you can make it, to start a new hobby or to continue more advanced study, this class is for you!

Although St. Edmund’s is a Catholic Order, it is ecumenical in spirit and outreach and all are welcome! Hope to see you there!

EndersIsland2
One of the breathtaking views on this 11 acre island

“Described as a ‘little known gem’ this 11 acre island is surrounded by beautiful gardens framing breathtaking ocean vistas. Home to St. Edmund’s Retreat, there is a soulful tranquility to this place that seems to hang in the air with the ocean breezes. There are plenty of garden paths to walk and seaside benches to soak in the sun and saltwater air. It is a short trip into the picturesque coastal village of Stonington, CT., one of the last remaining authentic New England fishing villages…” (Assisi Institute)

 

St. John Apostle and Evangelist

In celebration of St. John Apostle and Evangelist

St. John Evangelist high relief wood sculpture by AVonnHartung for St. Paul's Catholic Church (Pensacola, Florida)
“St. John Evangelist” wood sculpture high relief by AVonnHartung for St. Paul’s Catholic Church (Pensacola, Florida)

Today is the Feast Day of St. John Apostle and Evangelist.

He is shown here with St. Mary whom he cared for after our Lord’s crucifixion (Jn 19:26, 27) at Ephesus in Turkey, the Isle of Patmos on the horizon where he was imprisoned and wrote Revelation.
He embraces his gospel to his heart in a manner that brings to mind the Cross and Passion of our Lord. His crossed arms also define the shape of a chalice (the sacred blood) and an hourglass, reminding us that Christ is the Alpha and the Omega.

Above the saint flies the eagle, John’s symbol of vision and highest inspiration. It carries away a serpent. Legend has it that Emperor Domitian once had the saint’s wine spiked with poison which miraculously turned into a snake and slithered out of the cup.

High relief wood carvings of 6 saints by Vonn Hartung, in ambo at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Pensacola, Florida (photo by Steven Schloeder/Liturgical Environs PC)
High relief wood carvings of 6 saints by Vonn Hartung, in ambo at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Pensacola, Florida
(photo by Steven Schloeder/Liturgical Environs PC)

This high relief wood sculpture (12-inches x 33-inches x 3-inches) is one of six saints carved by A.Vonn Hartung for the Ambo of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pensacola, Florida, commissioned by Pastor Doug Halsema through Liturgical Consultant Dr. Steven Schloeder of Liturgical Environs PC

The saints are all directed towards the center of the Ambo, as though they are again listening to and reliving the truth and reality of Christ Jesus, that because of them and through them the gift of the Holy Spirit continues to live in us in the Liturgy of the Word.

 En Español

Continue reading

St. Luke the Evangelist

Today October 18th is the Feast Day of St. Luke the Evangelist, patron saint of physicians and artists. And so I pay special homage to him with this wood sculpture.

St. Luke high relief wood sculpture by AVonnHartung for St. Paul's Catholic Church (Pensacola, Florida)
“St. Luke” wood sculpture high relief by AVonnHartung for St. Paul’s Catholic Church (Pensacola, Florida)

Artistically I have tried through composition and subject matter to place St. Luke in the center of his mission. I have also attempted, in the style of this wood carving, to give a feeling of the harmony brought to him through the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Luke was St. Paul’s companion and biographer and author of Acts of the Apostles, a continuation of his gospel. A gentile from Syria of Greek lineage (as indicated by the style of his hair and garments), he is juxtaposed to the winged ox, symbol of sacrifice, patient servitude and strength, and to the Parable of the Sower from his gospel (Lk 8:4-9)

The tempestuous backdrop witnesses to his shipwreck with Paul (Acts 27:13-42) and the many trials and tribulations he experienced struggling to keep pace with him on his missionary journeys. Luke holds his written witness in a book (gospel) that looks much like we might perceive a paperback because of the dynamics of his perilous travels with Paul.

Luke “studied the life and words of Jesus with utmost care, knew and relied upon witnesses to the actual events–including Mary and St. John–and devoted some time to speaking with the women who had traveled with Jesus. The Gospel [of Luke] is thus especially notable for the respect and attention it pays to women in the Church, in contrast to the role of women both in Jewish and pagan society…Luke stresses the mercy of God, documenting the merciful acts of Christ…Luke also devoted much attention–more than his fellow evangelists–to the interior life of prayer…” (OSV’s Encyclopedia of Catholic History, by Matthew Bunson, D.Min.)

Continue reading

St. Peter the Apostle

“…and so I tell you, Peter: you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my church, and not even death will ever be able to overcome it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18-19)

St. Peter high relief wood sculpture by AVonnHartung
“St. Peter” wood sculpture high relief by AVonnHartung for St. Paul’s Catholic Church (Pensacola, Florida)

Artistically I have tried through composition and subject matter to place St. Peter in the center of his mission, striving in the style of the carving to impart a feeling of the harmony brought to him through the gift of the Holy Spirit. In his countenance as a man I have attempted to show his strength and vulnerability as well as the dynamic quality of his inspiration.

Continue reading

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis lived in the Holy Spirit

He was in love with life and all of God’s Creation.
He brought the Light of Christ to a darkened world!

St.Francis of Assisi ceramic sculpture by AVonnHartung
“St. Francis of Assisi” ceramic sculpture by A.Vonn Hartung, commissioned by Ramón Rivera and Julie A. Thomas

In a Gothic arch, a sign of the times in which he lived, St. Francis stands among the fallen and broken timbers of the abandoned San Damiano Church, scattered building blocks at his feet and the Cross of Damiano above, surrounded by his beloved birds and animals: the doves, songbirds, the lamb and the wolf symbolizing peace and harmony… the wolf tamed and throating harmony to Francis’ melody played on his lute and sung as Prayer.

Continue reading