|Mark Sanislo Christian Painter
"The Last Supper" (8 x 20 ft Wall Mural )
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Last Supper in the Upper Room
Excerpts from Immaculate Heart Messenger Oct-Dec 2002
by Fr. Robert J. Fox
The largest painting Mark Sanislo has done is one of The Last Supper. It measures 8 feet high by 20 feet wide. Here is the story of how Mark came to paint that very large "Last Supper" in the Twin Cities "Upper Room."
Tom Kuehn is a fellow parishioner of Mark in the Epiphany parish in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. The idea started five years ago while Tom was searching for land for his commercial roofing business. He got the idea to ask Mark Sanislo, professional portrait artist, to paint a large wall mural in the "upper room" of his Kuehn Roof Systems.
Kuehn wanted to pay special tribute to God for helping him find an affordable piece of land and for helping him get people to help him build his two-story headquarters. Kuehn says, "I do a lot of praying. I asked God for land and a building for my business. If I find the right piece of land, I will use it somehow to glorify him and do his will. 1 drove by this lot one day five years ago, and it was for sale. The price was unbelievable — too cheap for the land, I thought. God just put it in front of me."
He designated an upstairs room as the Upper Room. Then, while doing some volunteer work at Epiphany, he met Sanislo and saw a portrait he had done of Fr. Bernard Reiser, the recently-retired pastor.
"I brought Mark to the upper room in the spring of 2000 and said I had this vision of putting the Last Supper upon the wall as a mural. The idea was to have a room available for Bible study."
Sanislo quickly agreed. "It piqued rny interest. What appealed to me," said Sanislo, whose interest in religious art had been more and more developing, "was doing a piece of religious art that would speak to people." Readers can view the result in the Last Supper shown with this article. Below it is somewhat cropped to save space.