Peter Adams painting at Latrun Monastery, northwest of Jerusalem

An exhibition of plein air paintings by California Art Club President Peter Adams is on view at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. The paintings were created during a trip Adams made to Israel in 2010 after he received a commission.

Peter Adams in his California studio

Jerusalem Journey: Walking the Sacred Path features plein air paintings Peter Adams created during his 2010 trip to Israel, where he spent one month exploring the Holy Land in preparation for his commission to paint the 14 Stations of the Cross for the new Our Savior Church at the University of Southern California’s Caruso Catholic Center. The exhibition hangs in the Art Chapel adjacent to the North Ambulatory at the cathedral, and it was curated by Sara Campbell Abdo.

“St. Jerome and the Virgin Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem,” by Peter Adams, 2010, oil, 16 x 20 in.

“Altar at the Church of St. Saviour, Jerusalem,” by Peter Adams, 2010, oil, 16 x 12 in.

“While in Jerusalem, I was fortunate to spend a great deal of time with a Franciscan priest, Father Angelo, who for the past 18 years has been leading processions of 200 to 400 Christian pilgrims along the path of the Via Dolores, which is presumed to be the way Jesus went while carrying the cross to Calvary,” Adams explained in an article published in the Spring 2011 issue of PleinAir magazine. During that painting trip, Adams spent a full night painting inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, working as candlelight reflected off gold and silver icons, illuminating holy sculptures and coursing through the architectural forms. The exhibition will remain on view until February 17, 2013. For more information, visit


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