Our mission is to bring our guests quality religious items for every budget as well as those “one of a kind” gems that are created by Artists who reside and create in Arizona! Via Assisi is always looking to partner with local artists. If you are interested in displaying and selling your work at Via Assisi please submit up to five (5) jpgs of current work, price points, a short bio & 1-2 page resume. Submissions are accepted online only at firstname.lastname@example.org Accepted artists will be notified by email.
We are extremely proud to have Martin Moreno (2011 AZ Artist of the Year & current Valley Light Rail Artist) at Via Assisi. His work on canvas and one of a kind prints are sure to please our guests.
Martin Moreno was born in Adrian Michigan, he grew up speaking Spanish at home and English in school. His parents were hard working people working in the fields and in the foundries. He credits these experiences with providing much of the subject matter which he depicts in his artwork. “My earliest memories of color and rhyme are those of the fields, sitting in the back of a pickup truck watching rows upon rows of corn and tomatoes form a visual pattern of rhythm. Listening to the realities of superstition told by the elders, stories of the Llorona (crier), the Earth, and stories of my glorious past.” All of these images come to life in his sculpture, murals, paintings and mosaics. Mr. Moreno earned his B.A. in Fine Arts from Sienna Heights University. His class was the first to accept men into the all woman Catholic University.
Mr. Moreno currently lives and creates in Laveen, AZ.
Lynn Mascarelli transforms colorful strips of paper into works depicting her favorite saints; St. Francis of Assisi and St. Claire
Before last year’s Dia de los Muertos Festival I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Mascarelli who recently retired from a career of teaching at our own St. Mary’s High School. Lynn vended at our event and became a huge hit at our store. Please come in and take a look at her one of a kind artwork and beautiful framed quotes.
Ms. Mascarelli makes her home in the Phoenix, AZ area.
Sue Messmer continues to amaze with her one of a kind creations!
Ms. Messner has been gracing the walls of Via Assisi for several years. Her crosses radiantly infused with colorful glass draws our visitors with their brilliant colors and stunning designs. As of August 2018 we have a brand new selection of Sue’s beautiful one of a kind crosses! We invite you to come in and browse our selection!
Ms Messner is a local Arizona artist.
Jewelry and Rosaries handcrafted by Sylvia and Anna local Artisans with a passion for beads & style! Rosaries can be personalized, come in for details.
Sylvia and Anna are life long Phoenix residents. As young women they were both introduced to jewelry design and met soon after. Anna has taken a passion to researching saints and hunting for stones and rosary findings to create her work. Sylvia, who learned her craft from her husband, a local Jeweler; creates beautiful necklaces and bracelets all with inspiring messages influenced by her devotion to her faith. She has recently added a small line of children’s jewelry we encourage you to come in and browse!
Both make their homes in the Phoenix area.
Join us on November 4th as we celebrate our 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration! If you are new to our event and are interested in vending (preference given to local artists with one of a kind items), please submit up to 5 jpgs of your work, a short bio to email@example.com If your work is accepted by the committee you will receive an application along with Rules and Regulations. This year’s artist is Martin Moreno, 2011 Arizona Artist of the Year. We are proud to have him participating in this year’s event!
As a preview to our festival City Scape is partnering with St. Mary’s Basilica in promoting our festival by premiering COCO downtown! In addition to the FREE viewing of the movie, we will be featuring some of our upcoming entertainment and Artisans. Come hear about what Dia de los Muertos means, how to create an altar and make your own marigolds! Enjoy the sounds of our local Mariachi’s and feast your eyes on our Folklorico Dancers who will be there to whet your appetite for the REAL DEAL….Sunday, November 4th at St. Mary’s Basilica….downtown 231 N 3rd Street….11:00 AM – 5:00 PM ST. MARY BASIILICA’S 5TH ANNUAL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL!
We will reveal more information as the time draws near…..so please stay tuned.
Via Assisi not only supports local artists in our gift shop, we also strive to bring you workshops that will inspire your growth in Christ.
We began our events by hosting Katy Cano-Murrillo “the Crafty Chica” who led a workshop of 100 participants in the making of their very own Advent wreaths to mark the coming of Jesus’ birth. The workshop included a brief history of the advent wreath as well as an opening prayer by Brother Scott, Cathy then began the fun with tree trimmings, ornaments, candles and GLITTER! At the culmination of the workshop each wreath was blessed by our Friars.
During the month of March we were proud to bring Diana Calderon to the Basilica. Her instruction and engagement with our participants created a fun and dynamic workshop. “The Empty Tomb” is one of many projects I hope to bring to St. Mary’s.
My duties to the parishioner’s and community who visit our parish, is not only to bring you a Gift Shop filled with one of a kind items; it is also my goal to bring you new and exciting ways to explore your walk with Christ through our faith based workshops. Evangelization begins with Engagement.
If you have suggestions for workshops or would like to be considered as an instructor in the coming year, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I welcome your ideas!
Via Assisi has many books for sale, come browse our selection as always we are happy to special order! This month I have selected the following books as my “featured reads”:
Hope in Numbers and “ASK” You Said were written by local authors the proceeds from these books have been donated to St. Mary’s Basilica programs. Thank you Mr. Santor (for Hope) and Mr. Holsten (for “ASK”).
Being an extremely small shop with a budget to match! There are often things that we find we need to make your shopping experience a much better one. With summer around the corner the shop is in need of a little TLC:
Thank you so much for your patronage. We at Via Assisi appreciates you.
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Via Assisi Manager / Artist Ministry