Muralist puts finishing touches on final painting in Pueblo


Artist Dan Levinson put the finishing touches on the large painting of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus on a teardrop-shaped concrete slab outside St. Joseph’s Church in Pueblo on Monday, as his nephew Garron Armigo wrote a lettering that read ‘Our Lady of Good Counsel. “

“I helped him paint murals whenever I could, all over Pueblo,” said Armigo, who is from the city. “It’s been four or five years now. Whenever I can I try to get out of here and try not to mess anything up.”

The painting was inspired by a Renaissance fresco by an unknown artist that is now in a church in Genezzano, Italy, Levinson said.

The original fresco of Our Lady of Good Counsel is said to have miraculous powers.

How it got to Genezzano, near Rome, is unknown, but popular tradition has it that it broke loose from a wall in a church in Albania, where two men had come to pray for safety during the Ottoman invasion, and then miraculously reappeared sanctuary in Genezzano.

That was April 25, 1467. Since then, April 26 has been the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel, one of the titles bestowed on the Virgin Mary.

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The small garden in Pueblo that houses the painting was inspired by “a vision of a sister who used to be at St. Joseph, Sister Joanna Rosciszewska,” said Nancy Bachicha, a member of the Catholic Women’s and Catholic Council’s Committee designer of the room.

“We chose to do the teardrop … to reflect Mary’s tears that she cried for her son Jesus,” Bachicha said. “It kind of fits with our vision of what we wanted here — a garden where people would go to pray and think.”

The garden faces South Aspen Road to invite people into the peaceful space, Bachicha said.

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Levinson, who made murals and paintings in the Pueblo area, including one entitled “The Steel Worker” on a building on E. Evans Ave. 1228, and the giant displays of Dutch Clark in the stadium that bears his name, was called in to work on the project last November.

Synced "The Steelworker"This huge mural by creator Dan Levinson now adorns the building on E. Evans Ave.  1228.

“We worked on recoating and repainting the concrete, but the problem was the winter and bad weather — we couldn’t work on it for many months,” said the artist, who studied at the University of Colorado Boulder and the renowned Pratt Institute in New York, and formerly taught at Central High School.

But on Monday he and Armigo were on their way to completing the painting in time for the feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

Levinson’s work and all other elements of the meditation garden were funded by monetary and in-kind donations, Bachicha said.

The painting will receive several layers of protection before being inaugurated by Father Joseph Vigil on May 4th.

Garron Armigo, left, helps his uncle Dan Levinson perfect the lettering on the large painting of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus Levinson painted on a teardrop-shaped concrete slab outside the Church of St. Joseph in Pueblo on Monday.

“We let him do the first blessing after we completed the first phase (of the meditation and prayer garden) in 2015,” Bachicha said.

“This closes the circle.”

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