God came to Meinrad Craighead when she was just a little girl, and she's been listening to His divine whisper ever since. Raised in Arkansas and Chicago, Craighead spent 14 years living as a nun in a Benedictine monestary in England. Eventually, she discovered her need to live a solitary, contemplative life couldn't be fulfilled there. In the '80s, she moved to Albuquerque and has lived here ever since.
The spiritual art she's created over the last 40 years, along with several stories about her life and experiences, has been compiled into a gigantic retrospective called, appropriately, Meinrad Craighead: Crow Mother and the Dog God: A Retrospective (Pomegranate, hardcover, $90). Combining elements of Catholic and Native American spirituality into her own distinctive iconography, Craighead's art, at its best, is like an open window to the spirit world.
If you can't fork out for the book (and, let's face it, most of us can't), you should swing by Bookworks on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. Meinrad will not only be on hand to sign her book; she'll also present a slideshow of her amazing work. It's worth checking out this art by one of our region's best visionary artists. For details, call 344-8139.