Meet the Artists - Our Lady of the Angels Chapel Renovation
Master Artist and Painter
Celeine Minton Biography
Celeine Minton was born in Tucson, Arizona; grew up in Lockport, New York; and attended Art School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She worked in the Phoenix area as a graphic designer for ten years with corporate clients when she met fellow graphic Designer Bill Minton. They married and welcomed with JOY, God's blessing of three children! They have one married daughter, a son in the seminary and a daughter in college.
With her first vocation being that of marriage and motherhood; during the busy time of raising her three children her focus turned to fine art. As the children were growing, Celeine painted at home creating production pieces as an apprentice to professional artists. This proved to be a period of growth in knowledge and skill through apprenticeship. Over the years Celeine’s work has ranged from painting commissioned pieces for private collectors, portraiture, murals, book illustrations, and Sacred art.
As her faith deepened she was drawn to grow in the understanding and skill of Sacred Art which is her true passion. Celeine is an advocate of restoring the literacy of sacred art. “Most of the world's great art is inspired by Christianity; this is our heritage. We must promote seeking BEAUTY and TRUTH through art and reinstating the practice of patronage of the arts; so that together, as Christians, we can restore truth, beauty and goodness in our world.”
Jana Kohutiarova Biography
Jana, originally from Slovakia, received her degree in fine arts from Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, Belgium in 2007 with a major in painting.
Her work is wrapped in academic classicism. Figurative compositions, portraits and nature morts are brought to life with vibrant colors and bold brush strokes. The drama of light catches her interest.
Her favorite medium is oil on canvas and she loves the smell of turpentine and early mornings spent in the atelier.
September 2003 – June 2009
Master degree in Speech and Language Pathology Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia
September 2004 – June 2007
Bachelor degree in Fine Arts, Department Painting Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, Brussel, Belgium Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia
September 2002 - August 2004
Private classes in academic classicism
Micah G. Andrews
Micah G. Andrews Biography
Micah G. Andrews was born in Texas and spent his formative years in Scranton, Pennsylvania - made famous by the popular TV series The Office. Although of Irish and Mexican decent, Micah was raised in an Eastern Greek Orthodox Christian household and spent most of his upbringing surrounded by the art, customs and traditions of Greek Hellenic culture.
It was 2 trips to the historic land of Greece during Micah’s formative years that ignited a deep interest in Greco-Byzantine aesthetics and a passion for ancient Greek art. His artistic interests ranged from statues of the Athenian Greek gods to admiring the 9th century Byzantine Christian frescoes located atop the sheer cliffs of Meteora in central Greece.
During Micah’s visit to the historic Byzantine monasteries on the exclusive Greek peninsula of Agion Oros (Holy Mountain) he witnessed firsthand the ethos of the Byzantine Christian Roman Empire being captured and practiced by the monks through their religious iconography, mosaics, and chant which later inspired him to experience Byzantine Orthodox monasticism as a way of life for more than a decade.
This period of his life, surrounded by the rustic beauty of Byzantine icons and ancient Greek Orthodox chant, taught him the value of patience which (according to his mosaic instructor Professor Luciana Noturni of Ravenna, Italy) is an utmost prerequisite quality for the classical mosaic artist. Among the ancient traditions Micah has found great beauty and significance in Byzantine Roman mosaic art. As he puts it, "...although Byzantine mosaics appear to be two dimensional, their light refractive properties suggest three dimensional movement transporting one's visual sense to a spiritual realm."
The Byzantine and modern mosaic(s) that he produces incorporate a plethora of brilliant colored stones, Venetian glass and 24K gold leaf to capture the themes and feelings he puts into each work. This brilliant splendor of color is manifested in the art, as opulent materials and theme techniques collide with the solemn and peaceful facial expressions in each figure and design element.
This luminous radiance of color is a distinctive characteristic in Micah's art. His mosaics naturally integrate ancient techniques to express timeless ideas and his work continues to be influenced by the religious, secular and modern mosaic themes he has encountered throughout his travels abroad in Greece, Italy and Turkey. In addition to creating mosaics, Micah enjoys playing the flute and piano, as well as traveling the coast of California.
Certifications: Scuola Arte Del Mosaico - Ravenna, Italy 2014.
Publications: Orsoni Mosaic Company - Trend Group; 'The Cactus' Issue 6, Winter 2016.
Erick & Dylan Sentz
Master Cabinet Maker, Owner - Beyond Woodworking, LLC
Erick & Dylan Sentz Biography
Erick's woodworking career began at the young age of 16 when building a dresser and desk for his mother who was sick with cancer. Finding a love for the trade, he apprenticed at a prestigious cabinet shop in Pennsylvania that focused on the art and craftsmanship of early woodworking design and techniques.
Now, with over 20 years of experience,'s work is featured on the East coast at the Loretto Discalced Cloistered Carmelite Monastery, Penn State University, Sheraton National Hotel, and the Basilica of St Michael's (to name a few). In the Valley, you can visit his projects at. Francis Mission in Salt River and the Holy Spirit Newman Center near Grand Canyon University.
Erick's family relocated from rural Pennsylvania in 2016 to aid in the mission and work of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit.son Dylan also assists him with his work.
Fidel Munoz & Fidel Munoz Jr.
Fidel Munoz & Fidel Munoz Jr. Biography
Fidel Munoz was born in Mexico and has been carving wood for over 40 years. He has carved wood for the house of Phil Collins and many other well known people.
Fidel works in his shop in Northwest Phoenix along with his son, Fidel Munoz, Jr. who is an apprentice under him at this time, learning the art of wood carving.
He is a man devoted to the Lord and believes his gift for woodcarving is given to him from God. He is honored to be helping to build the house of the Lord with these gifts. Fidel is 50 years old and his son is 18.
Glass Worker, Owner World Glass Design
Dan D'Valerio Biography
Dan D'Valerio is a world renowned glass artist. Trained since childhood, he is a fifth generation glass artist from Bucharest, Romania whose family is well known for producing many of the stunning Venetian style glass chandeliers found in the presidential palaces and homes of the wealthiest families.
D'Valerio also produced the most popular glass of his time with great knowledge for extravagant stained glass, custom formed glass, fused glass and blown glass designs.
D'Valerio operates five kilns; two of which are the largest in the country. He uses a refined process by which is created unique and functionally designed kiln fired glass.
His proprietary designs, manufacturing process and hand painting in organic media results in some of the richest colors ensuring a one of a kind functional art piece.
Metalworker, Owner - Acacia Custom Metal Work
Scott McKinzie Biography
Scott started in construction as a framing carpenter’s assistant when he was 17 years old. He enjoyed the work even though Arizona summers made it less enjoyable at times. He would watch the superintendents during the work day and was drawn to the numerous things they were responsible for throughout the construction process.
When he was 22 years old, he was offered a customer service position with a tract home builder. He was responsible for handling warranty issues during the first year a home was sold. He was then promoted to an assistant superintendent position through which he provided support to, and gained experience from, the superintendent.
After 5 years of building tract homes, he wanted more of a challenge than building the same type of home day after day. He moved into the custom home market and steadily moved up to overseeing the construction of some of the largest and most expensive homes in Arizona.
In 2010 he was approached by one of his subcontractors about purchasing his decorative iron business. He had started the business in his garage 18 years prior and was about to turn 62. With the housing market beginning a slow recovery, the offer was declined. However, two years later Scott was again itching for a change and decided to call the owner of the iron company to see if he was still interested in selling. Negotiations began shortly after and Scott became the owner of the business in March of 2013.
The business brought a whole new set of challenges and opportunities and, despite some uncertainties along the way, Scott has had faith that this exactly where he’s supposed to be right now. He is blessed to work with very talented blacksmiths and fabricators for without them Acacia Custom Metal Works would not exist.
Scott is an Arizona native, has been married for 26 years, and has three children: Dillon (24), Savannah (21), and Abbi (9).
Fr. Benedict Mary Lieb, FHS
Fr. Benedict Mary Lieb, FHS Biography
Fr. Benedict Mary Lieb, a Franciscan Friar of the Holy Spirit, is an aspiring dabbler in the world of sacred art. His accolades include a proud mother who thinks he is very talented. Having significantly less experience and ability than the masters who are contributing to this chapel, the friars lovingly support the idea of having a piece by one of their own.
Within the last two years, Fr. Benedict Mary has placed himself under the tutelage of Celeine Minton who is guiding him in writing icons. He has yet to complete an icon, but has promising beginnings on a few pieces. He is optimistic about his heartfelt effort for his brothers.