Sunday, April 30, 2006

Here's a very nice (for a change) local article on St. Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc medals to go to battle

Pat Benincasa specializes in religious art, but for two years the good Lord just wasn't providing the inspiration she needed to complete a 6-foot painting of St. Joan of Arc.

Then on April 8, a bolt came from above.

"I couldn't get it out of my head that our troops in Iraq don't have the body armor they need. When I walked into my studio that day and saw the unfinished Joan, I knew instantly that she was going to be another kind of body armor -- a medal for our troops," said the St. Paul artist, who's also an artist-in-residence at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood. StarTribune

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