Wherever Benedictine monasteries were located, there were cultural centers of music and arts. As one walks around the Monastery property, he or she is met with much original artwork. Oblates and friends of the Monastery have contributed their talents and time to make it an especially beautiful place of art. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church shows the devotion through art that a number of artists have contributed from the windows, wood carvings, bronze sculptures, fabric and tiles.
The dining room and conference rooms are also resplendent with works in oils, watercolor, porcelain, wood and many other media. The 70 foot cross was a donation by oblates from Sierra Vista.
In the past, the San Pedro Valley Center for the Arts was housed at the Monastery, with on-going workshops in various media throughout the year.
The museum consists of five rooms, each depicting different eras and subjects. One room is devoted to nativity scenes that have been collected from around the world. In addition to the Lladro and Hummel sets is one from Madagascar, showing the native people. At present there are approximately 118+ sets, from the very small to a large hand-carved wooden set.
Another room shows the history of Arizona, Mexico, Latin America and its native people. There is pottery, hand-woven baskets, plus artifacts of the ranchers.
Liturgical history of the Catholic Church is displayed in another room with an antique alter, an organ, vestments, chalices and a wide variety of items.
One can take a trip back into the turn of the 20th century in the next room. Donations of china, crystal, hand-crocheted items, furniture and so much more can transport one to a more refined time. There is even a perpetual Christmas tree.
There is also a display of musical instruments, sheet music and military uniforms. One can truly spend hours looking at all the displays. Currently, there is a need for a curator to oversee the museum, so it is only open by appointment.
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