Go Behind the Scenes with a Private Tour of the Making of the Masterpiece



Contact: Max Barton, Marketing Director
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Valley of the Dry Bones (Ezekiel 36:15 – 37:25), Donald Jackson (artist) and Susie Leiper (scribe), Copyright 2005, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  December 20, 2013, Canton, Ohio — Go behind the scenes of the “visually stunning” exhibition, The Saint John's Bible, as Canton Fine Arts presents its January luncheon program entitled "The Wonder of The Saint John's Bible."  This exciting event will be held Wednesday, January 8, 2014 from Noon to 2pm, in the Wilkof Courtyard and the galleries of the Canton Museum of Art.  The Canton Museum of Art’s M.J. Albacete, executive director, and Max Barton, marketing director, will present the program.  Reservations can be made by calling the Museum at 330.453.7666, ext. 105; the cost is $11 per person.

"The Wonder of The Saint John's Bible" will include both a private tour and Albacete and Barton’s expert explanation of the 68 original pages from The Saint John's Bible on exhibit now through March 2, 2014.  Both will present the artistic stories behind the illuminations, from the use of gold to the creation of the calligraphy to the first error, and its correction, as the Bible was created (only nine errors occurred in the 1,127 page masterpiece).  Learn how voice imprints from prayers in many faiths were used to construct the Psalms passages, and how “The Valley of the Dry Bones” (Ezekiel 37: 1-14) reflects God’s promise of new life out of disaster.

Known by religious art historians and contemporary scholars as the Sistine Chapel of the modern era, The Saint John's Bible is the first illuminated, handwritten Bible of monumental size (with pages approx. 2 feet by 3 feet) to be commissioned by a Benedictine Monastery in over 500 years.

A contemporary masterpiece, created over 15 years and completed in 2011, the 1,127-page Bible was made using traditional materials such as vellum (calfskin), ancient inks, gold and silver leaf and platinum and was handwritten with quill pens made from goose, turkey and swan feathers. Learn more at
Reservations:  Contact Carol Paris, Fine Arts Assistant, at 330.453.7666, ext. 105.  Open to the public, the cost is $11 per person and credit cards will be accepted.  Advance, pre-paid reservations are required and the deadline is one week prior to the event. Space is limited.

Canton Fine Arts Associates is a non-profit affiliate of the Canton Museum of Art.  Canton Fine Arts sponsors monthly luncheons with programs on art-related topics.  Dedicated to furthering the cause of the visual fine arts in our area, Canton Fine Arts also sponsors the an annual fundraiser, Christkindl Markt, which is a juried fine arts and crafts show with a holiday theme held each November.  All proceeds from this event benefit the Canton Museum of Art.  Visit to learn more.
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Program Contact:
Carol Paris, Fine Arts Assistant
(330) 453-7666, ext. 105