Photography with a Benefit Opening Sept 13

[San Antonio Express-News, August 30] "Contemplation" was the theme that guided artist Patsy Sasek as she curated the work of ten photographers for an exhibit and sale to benefit a small nonprofit started by her husband that cares for people who can't afford end-of-life care.

photo-contemplo-show-poster-flyer-iii.jpgIt's not a hospice, and not all who use it are destitute, she said. It gets support from foundations, grants, several area churches, and the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, which is providing the venue for the Photo Contemplo II exhibit, an official event of FotoSeptiembre, the annual city-wide celebration of the art of photography.

"I was really very pleased with the photos in general," she said. "Contemplation is a broad and diverse subject that can span the world and all faith traditions."

ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying has three residents at a time, who are cared for "as if they are in their own home," Sasek said. It was started by her husband, Edwin Sasek, who has been a hospice chaplain in the area for 20 years, currently at Vitas Hospice. He is also a photographer, and his work is represented in the exhibit.

The exhibit [opening reception] is set for Sunday, September 13, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Cathedral House Gallery at the Bishop Jones Center (111 Torcido, 78209).

The reception is free and open to all. The exhibit will hang through October. Viewing hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. Contact Marjorie George. Diocesan photographers include David Bose, Jim Elliott, Kat Gambs, Tom Hausler, Keziah Hernandez, Chrisie Jennings, Santos Nagao, Linda Ricketts, Edwin Sasek, and Peter Szarmach.