The Pew Next To You

Steve Harrold Many of the St. James parishoners will remember the delightful art cartoons drawn by Steve Harrold during the renovation. His panels of cherubs kept growing longer and longer in Cathedral Hall during the Sunday coffee hours. We watched as his lofty cherubs from their on-high view of the Cathedral led us through the transformation and restoration of our now highly acclaimed and award-winning house of prayer.

Harrold is a concept artist for Boeing Company and still is telling stories with his drawings. He just completed his part in the lengthy and complex process of the Boeing and McDonnell merger. Harrold did murals for the companies' employees to take them through the coming transition in their workspace and careers. He did extensive research on the culture and local backgrounds of all facilities. The murals were used in presentations, displays in plant and office locations and some will be placed on line. He calls them "visual interpretations" and "storytelling." Archbishop Hunthausen

Harrold looks forward to a similar project coming soon with China. He anticipates it would require far greater time in research and preparation in drawing interpretive explanations to break down cultural and racial barriers. Even though Harrold's murals may seem a new concept for major worldwide companies he refers to his work as "back to the cave walls," the origin of storytelling.

Mary Larson Mary Larson is another artist and St. James regular whose gentle caricature of Archbishop Raymond G. Hunthausen in tam-o'-shanter and knickers, was the logo for the first Archbishop Hunthausen Rainy Day Golf Tournament , the annual St. James Cathedral fund raiser. Mary says she has always enjoyed drawing since childhood, so much so that she now teaches art to a young friend. She graduated recently from Carroll College in nursing and spent the following year volunteering at Christ House in Washington, D.C., a 24-hour facility serving homeless men. Now back in Seattle, Mary is a nurse assigned out of Harborview Hospital serving the homeless in downtown Seattle shelters.

The first-ever Cathedral University Millennium Forum is drawing to close this month and the jointly sponsored program between Seattle University and St. James Cathedral was conceived and produced by, yes, another parishioner, Perry Lorenzo. Lorenzo has been director of education for Seattle Opera since 1992. After studying philosophy and the classics at Gonzaga University, he taught at Kennedy High School for 10 years. Lorenzo said his choice of music as a youngster was the classics and he saw his first opera when in high school. He chose the Seattle Opera's production of Wagner's The Ring. In all, Lorenzo has attended 39 Ring series.

Perry Lorenzo While teaching at Kennedy, Lorenzo would take his students to Seattle Opera productions. The general director, Speight Jenkins, kept seeing him with his students and in 1992 asked Lorenzo to join the opera staff.

In addition to producing over 200 educational events each opera season, Lorenzo has been teaching at Seattle University in the Matteo Ricci College and in the Honors Program. Experience Opera is an outreach program developed under Lorenzo into a 36-school project that reaches more than 7,000 students a year in the Puget Sound area, both bringing the study of opera into the classroom and the students into the program. Lorenzo also runs the opera's own singers' training program, The Young Artists Program. He and the opera's principal vocal coach, Dean Williamson, will soon audition hundreds of singers in Seattle, Chicago and New York.

Lorenzo has become one of the most sought after speakers on opera in the country and lectures frequently in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and at the Richard Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany.

Joan McDonell, a Seattle Times' editor, is a parishioner of St. James, a volunteer and member of the Cathedral Development Committee.

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