Saint Patrick Altar
John LaFarge designed the Saint Patrick shrine and William Laurel Harris painted the altar. Harris did most of the painting in the church including life size paintings of prophets or saints on side chapel walls. However in the 1950s, 14 of Harris’s Saints were tragically painted over with gray paint during a disastrous cleaning; the reason given was that some paint was peeling. In 1993 the church was repainted with the original color scheme but the lost decorative paintings could not be saved. However, the renovation did preserve many of his most important works including the Saint Patrick and Saint Catherine altars, according to Wikipedia.
Today, the church is active in working with artists, sponsoring art exhibits at the church, providing networking opportunities, and fostering dialog in the artistic community. Openings NY, a project of the Paulist Fathers for artists, has regular exhibits (generally at the church) exploring broad spiritual themes. A recent exhibit explored the elusive mystery of spirit, body, and soul through a variety of visual media, including photography, painting, drawing, mixed media, and sculpture while another featured the work of Iraqi refugees. Frank Sabatté is the director of Openings NY. Frank is an artist and Paulist father and his work is presented on his website. Frank kindly provided me with detailed information on the church that I have used in this gallery.
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