Went on a field trip last night to hear Austin Kleon speak at Texas Lutheran University.

Been using his Steal Like an Artist Journal to record my abz crane project.

Gave him number 943 and he signed my log that keeps track of where I have been placing my cranes… an addition to my abz autograph collection!


He is a fan of Sr. Corita Kent, so I also gave him a Brother Mel book!


4.105.1.Mel quote

Thank you, Bro. Mel… I could not have said it better.

Wishes to all for a creative 2016!


4.105.3.Mel plaque

…if you have the time,
please share this message with your friends
to help promote the Marianist / artist vocation in all of us!


Today marks the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar
and the second anniversary of the death of Bro. Mel Meyer…
what a better tribute than to post an on location drawing
(which just so happens to be in the Marianist Archives)
Bro. Mel did at the┬áBasilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza, Spain…

4.74.1.Meyer, OLP drawing

I had the chance to visit there in 1995… here’s my drawing…

4.74.2.abz.OLP drawing


Uncovered this week at the Marianist Archives…

4.29.Cham sketch by Mel
Cover art, head of Fr. Chaminade, Bro. Mel Meyer, SM, 1961

This is the only piece of art I know of that Bro. Mel did of our founder,
Fr. William Joseph Chaminade. At the time he was an art instructor at
St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
The Pacific Marianist
was published and printed by the Marianist Province of the Pacific.


Marianist creativity… 40 years ago…

4.13.Bro. Ken's Mar Gallery cake
Marianist Galleries Cake, 1973
by Bro. Ken Jung, SM… master cook and cake designer
(along with being an avid gardener, beekeeper and poet!)

We remember Bro. Ken who has been called to an everlasting dwelling place with the saints, at the age of 92 with 72 years of religious profession. He died April 14, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. Let us thank God for the gift of his life.

Bro. Ken left us with portfolio albums of his cake designs. This cake would have been designed in 1973 when Bro. Mel completed the addition to Marianist Galleries.


The folks on a sketchbook journal mini vacation on 12 July 2014 at Marianist Galleries

Skebk morn 12 July 14
Another great class!

Skebk morn 12 July 14 - Patsy, abz, Tevis

A bittersweet event as this was my last sketchbook journal class at Marianist Galleries. Our last day of sales will be tomorrow — Monday, 14 July 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. Marianist Galleries will become a part of the mission of St. John Vianney High School. A permanent collection of the work of Bro. Mel will remain.

I am very sad to see this wonderful, almost 11-year chapter of my life, come to an end. At the same time, I am very happy and grateful to be moving on and getting some sabbatical time!


Marianist Galleries…

Mar Gal.19May14
The Marianist Galleries building on the campus of St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood, Missouri, which began as a caretaker’s cottage and became a creative force in the art world under the direction of the late Bro. Mel Meyer, will transition to the mission of Vianney.

Artwork will be sold at the galleries until July 19; after that date, a selection of Bro. Mel’s artwork showcasing his life will be on permanent display, and will remain the property of the Society of Mary / The Marianists. Bro. Brian Zampier, who has faithfully continued at the galleries, will be on sabbatical from September through December.

Bro. Mel was the resident artist at the “cottage” beginning in 1969. He added the A-frame studio and the two-story addition in the 1970s. Other artists in residence at the galleries over the years include Bros. Gerry Hyland, Steve Erspamer, Tom Suda and Cletus Behlmann.

abz postscipt…

Bro. Mel was fortunate to have some wonderful assistants over the years: his sister, Rita “Slats” Meyer Moellering (who played with the Peoria Redwings of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1946-49), John McCarthy, and Lyn Lucas; along with welders Bill Cowie and Greg Williams. It was my privilege to work with Mel for 10 wonderful years. He changed my life.

3.Mel and abz on tricycle

Feel free to leave a comment or reflection about Bro. Mel and Marianist Galleries below…