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