CREATE & EDUCATE

The world needs beauty. Not just images that are aesthetically pleasing, but true beauty. Work that draws one in and moves the soul towards something greater.

The world also needs those fit for the call. Not just those with a passion and a vision, but those who are equipped with the hard skills needed to fill such a void.

Our mission lies on both fronts.

We create art that leads the individual to greater awe. It could be as simple as a small print in your kitchen serving as a daily reminder to your Vocation. Or it could be achieved through a substantial piece of work in your Church, drawing us deeper into worship.

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But the world also needs you. And your gifts. Whether you are an experienced artist seeking out ways to perfect your craft or a complete stranger to a sketchbook, we have something for you. Whether you wish to create your life's masterpiece or a simple drawing for a friend, you will find value in our education.

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KEVIN M GEARNS

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As a native to Duluth, Minnesota, the seeds for my current artistic vision were planted as a seminarian at St. John Vianney College Seminary (University of St. Thomas) in St. Paul. While studying for the Diocese of Duluth, I grew in appreciation and knowledge of philosophy, theology, and the transcendentals, namely that which is true, good, and beautiful.

Creating, re-creating, and communicating Beauty through both art and education is a lifelong pursuit of mine. In the years following my time in seminary, I relocated to Boston, MA to study realist art in the atelier method at the Academy of Realist Art. This systematic training reflects the methods in which the fine masters learned to produce such beautiful work, manifesting itself in different styles. With this extensive training and a solid understanding of philosophy, theology, and economics, it is my hope to produce beautiful artwork directing viewers to that which is higher and greater.

My greatest desire, in addition to producing beautiful work, is to pass on what I have learned and am still learning. While studying at the ARA, I also took on the role of instructor. Through both classes and workshops of varying lengths and objectives, students of all ages will leave with a more systematic approach to the type of art which they wish to pursue. More than just gaining technical skills, though, I wish to help in forming the entire person, through the lens of Beauty.