CELEBRATING 16 YEARS OF NEW PIONEERS

Untitled painting
by Sr. Elaine DesRosiers
Framed by Kim Stacy
Oil on canvas, 15” x 18”

Elaine DesRosiers OP, PhD, Dominican Sister of Peace, local artist and woman of many talents, was stolen from us by COVID19 on Dec. 16, 2020. All who knew her were charmed by Elaine’s Boston accent, bright eyes, warm smile, multitalented creativity, and boundless energy.  Her 90 years included serving as teacher and principal in Kentucky and Massachusetts schools, and then as Director of Educational Media and Technology at Notre Dame University, IN for 21 years. When she “retired” to St. Catharine Motherhouse in Springfield, KY,  Elaine became artist-in-residence, educational consultant, teacher, and actor at St. Catharine College, board member of Habitat for Humanity and Springfield Main Street Renaissance, and editor of the newsletter for the National Dominican Institute for the Arts. Sr. Elaine created paintings of all the buildings in downtown Springfield.  She also delighted in giving tours of St. Catharine’s buildings and grounds and sharing its impressive history.

This painting was painted in the fall of 2020 and given as a gift to New Pioneers for this fundraiser. Believed to be Elaine’s last painting, this oil on canvas is peacefully and vibrantly rich in the greens and browns of rural Kentucky’s landscape. The painting focuses the vibrancy of the natural world and the sacredness revealed when human endeavor is exercised in harmony with nature’s flow.

Kim Stacy framed the painting using heart pine reclaimed from a 1949 Chevy. Stacy, a native of Kentucky who lives in Washington County, is an artisan in wood and a master of her craft. Her work includes numerous homes she has built, which are distinguished by her skillful use of interior woods, Arts & Crafts style furniture, and stained-glass. You can see more of her work at Kim Stacy Custom Design Woodworking