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Late artist’s daughter donates work to retreat center

the Inland Register

(From the February 18, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Cynthia Hodge is pictured with her late father’s depiction of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection. Hodge recently donated the art to Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. (IR photo courtesy of IHRC)

Immaculate Heart Retreat Center (IHRC) recently received a donation of artwork, painted in 1966 by the late, local artist Carlos Vigil, depicting the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus.

The painting was donated in memory of Vigil by his daughter, Cynthia Hodge.

“Dad loved Immaculate Heart Retreat Center,” said Hodge. “I know he would be happy that this painting is here and it will bring others closer to God. Dad told me many times that when we are feeling attacked, rejected, and persecuted, to remember that Christ endured the same and much, much more for our sins.

“Christ walks beside us, especially when we struggle, and we are in good company,” she said. “I am pleased that IHRC would accept this painting in honor of my Dad.”

Vigil was very active in the Catholic Church. He found IHRC to be a place of peace, solace, contemplation, and growth, especially near the end of his life as he battled cancer.

Vigil died in July 2010 and is interred at Queen of Peace Cemetery, which is adjacent to the grounds of IHRC.

Born in Capulin, Colo., Vigil moved his family to Spokane from Great Falls, Mont., in 1971.

He started drawing and sketching at a very young age. In time, he used his art to support himself and his family. He also taught commercial arts and graphics at the Spokane Skills Center until his retirement.

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