‘Creating Beauty’ helps busy women unwind with arts and crafts


Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Women’s Ministry hosted a night of recreation and relaxation in the Gentile Gallery on the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 8. The event, titled “Creating Beauty,” was meant to serve as a crafty activity for young women seeking some leisure time.  

Drinking hot chocolate and painting with watercolors served as a counterbalance to upcoming midterms. After beginning the night with prayer, the ladies on Women’s Ministry core team introduced themselves and stated some fun facts about their lives.  

With the artistic supplies provided at each table, everyone settled down with their drinks and crafts. Many of the students became particularly excited when they saw the variety of supplies that aren’t often found at campus events, such as embroidery floss. 

Many attendees eagerly showed off their various skills in painting, sketching and storytelling. One student began making bracelets out of multi-colored string. 

Many of the students shared stories of Austria. One student spoke of her tea collection from Europe while another talked about mountain climbing (lesson learnedalways wear sunscreen when hiking). The room with filled with youthful chatter. 

“I think it was a really successful night,” said junior Sarah Stafford, a member of Women’s Ministry core team. “Being in community and being creative … was a good break for me.”  

“It was a wonderful time being together with the women on campus creating beauty,” said Sister Teresa Reyes, TOR, who heads Women’s Ministry. “I’m just here with music and snacks … I appreciated getting to see other peoples artwork.” 

Women’s Ministry also shared about various programs that they help with, from missionary work to therapy groups. 

The women on core team also talked about various book studies they are leading this semester on books such as “Return of the Prodigal Son” and “The Friendship Project.”  

They also announced the upcoming “Capture my Heart” retreat in April, which is open to any female student. Registration closes March 6. 

Senior Therese Drake said, “This event was full of community, laughter, joy and beauty.”