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by Tom Burke

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  • Helping poor has ‘expanded my portfolio as an artist and as a person,’ Sally Green says

    by Karessa McCartney | May 09, 2017

    04 Field Trip 700 pxFIELD TRIP: Students from Convent & Stuart Hall schools spent a week in Italy exploring “sprawling Roman ruins, ancient architecture, art museums, cultural landmarks and the world’s smallest country, Vatican City,” the school said in a note to this column. Latin teacher Scott Roos organized the trip. “We used a binder of Latin texts that in some way related to the sites that we were visiting,” Scott said. “We read Latin at some of those sites and English translations of Latin at other sites.” The trip during winter break gave students a brief but intense exploration of ancient societies, history, art and architecture, the school said.

    May 11, 2017
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    04 Sally Green MUGFor artist Sally Green “every experience has had its purpose” and her work demonstrating that will be on display beginning May 1 and continuing through June 30 at Mercy Center Art Gallery on the Mercy Sisters’ campus in Burlingame. “The paintings were selected from my ‘Life and Work’ and ‘Leaders with a Lasting Impression’ collections,” Sally said in materials promoting the show. Sally does not miss a chance to stay busy and in that vein she has been house artist for the Table of Plenty in Half Moon Bay since the group’s founding in 2012. Her artwork welcomes “struggling families, elders, homeless and hungry” when they gather each week for dinner at Table of Plenty.

    On her website, Sally said the Table of Plenty connection is among “many unexpected opportunities that have expanded my portfolio as an artist and as a person for which I am grateful.” Sally creates all graphics and printed materials for TOP.

    Debbe Kennedy, an original TOP volunteer and who handles media for TOP, filled us in a bit more on Sally’s story. Sally calls Debbe a “lifelong friend.”

    Sally was brought into the church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in 2012 at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Half Moon Bay, Debbe said. “It was through this process of discerning how she could use her artistic talent to serve in the church that she became part of the initial founding volunteer leadership team for Table of Plenty.” TOP follows Christ’s example “to love one another,” Debbe said.

    Sally’s artistry played a valuable role in taking the TOP idea to the larger community and gaining support.

    “Sally brought beauty to TOP presentations to our guests and supporters. It has become an enduring distinguishing quality for our ministry,” Debbe said, noting Sally has designed the TOP logo, elegant annual posters and promotional communication collateral using her graphic art and painting skills.

    “We are very fortunate to have Sally Green as our Table of Plenty artist,” said Notre Dame Sister Jeanette Braun, TOP director. “I love the elegant simplicity of her designs that grace our logo and TOP publications. Sally has brought distinction to our ministry that serves struggling, families, homeless and hungry.”

    Visit mercy-center.org (650) 340-7474; www.tableofplentyhmb.org.

    04 StJohnU.jpeg_SecondaryREUNION: Almost 200 alumnae of San Francisco’s St. John Ursuline High School joined together for the school’s annual reunion April 23.”We were able to raise funds to donate to our beloved Ursuline Sisters,” Theresa Keane, class of 1977 and alumnae president told me in a note to this column. “The event ended with all of us joining hands to sing ‘Serviam,’ our school song.” Pictured are members of the St. John’s class of 1967 who were honored with Golden Diplomas. Photo by Lilli Ann Funkhouser, ‘84.

    04 Shirin Steward MUGPICTURE PERFECT: Congrats to Notre Dame High School junior Shirin Steward on her being named among winners of Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2017 for her photo collection titled Egalitarian, a series of shots of the photographer in different uniforms, costumes and clothing. “This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted and only about 1 percent were recognized at the national level,” the school said. Shirin and her photography teacher, Martha Anne Kuntz, will attend the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June. “They receive a medal at Carnegie Hall and are invited to participate in various activities in New York - from museum studies to first hand visits to places like The New Yorker magazine, artists’ studio tours and a number of functions dedicated to them alone,” Martha Anne said.

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