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The first thing you notice when viewing the art in Anne Goetze’s terrific Pray to Love series are the hands. Soft and delicately wrinkled, the hands of these beatific nuns are constantly engaged in gentle activity – caressing a cross, fingering rosary beads, cradling a vulnerable chick.

Several of the most expressive multi-media works in Goetze’s celebrated series are on display in August at MACC at the Streets. Goetze will be on hand for a reception on Aug. 13 and for an artist talk and film on Aug. 20.

Pray to Love documents the serene, gentle lives of the nuns of the Monestere de la Visitation in Annecy, France. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of adult education and the deaf, founded the Visitation Order in 1610. For 400 years, the nuns of this order have led lives of quiet contemplation, dedicating themselves to the virtues of humility and gentleness. Their simple motto is “Jesus Lives.”

Goetze has spent decades contemplating the lives these devout nuns. Her own Aunt Helen joined the order as a young woman, and some of Goetze’s earliest memories are of visiting her Aunt at the monastery in Annecy.

“My Aunt Helen lived most of her life behind walls,” Goetze once wrote of her aunt. “I remembering visiting her as a little girl, and wondering why she was behind bars. Her life was a mystery to me.”

Over time, Goetze developed a deep admiration and respect for the contemplative nuns, along with a genuine attachment for Annecy, a jewel of a city nestled in the French Alps. As a photographer, she began documenting the nuns, whose numbers have been dwindling.

The works in Pray to Love all begin with these photographs. Most everything else is done by hand, adding layers, glazes, oil paints and ash to create works of singular originality.

Asked what she hopes people take away from Pray to Love, Goetze answers without hesitation:


Selected works from Pray to Love are on exhibit at:

MACC at the Streets
300 Indian Lake Blvd., A140
Hendersonville, TN 37075

Sunday, Aug. 13 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Artist Reception: Visitors will view select Pray to Love works while meeting Goetze and enjoying wine and appetizers.

Sunday, Aug. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Artist Talk and Film: Goetze will show her film about the project and then talk about her journey and time spent with the Visitation nuns in Annecy France.









Kaylin Warden

External Affairs Coordinator

Kaylin Warden joined the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center staff in 2024 as External Affairs Coordinator. In this post, she organizes special off-site events and manages the organization’s external communications. She also works with the development department by updating the MACC’s customer relations database, and she assists the executive director in setting up exhibitions. Above all else, Kaylin is passionate about the arts. It comes as no surprise, then, that she is now pursuing a master’s degree in art history. When she’s not at the MACC, you can find her reading her favorite books (especially ones dealing with maritime mysteries), cooking, gardening, playing with her cat and two dogs, and cheering for the Nashville Predators.

Ruth Chase

Regional Arts Director
Ruth Chase is the Regional Arts Director of Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, joining the team in 2023. For Ruth, the job is all about community, bringing people together to uplift and educate artists and art lovers alike. Her role at Monthaven is to strengthen the local artist community and build connections that will enrich Hendersonville and our surrounding communities through art exhibitions, art education, and opportunities for regional artists.
Prior to joining Monthaven, Ruth worked in the arts for over 30 years and is a multimedia artist and graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artistic practice is inquiry-based and engages in community bridge-building. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles, curated and juried exhibitions, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum.
Ruth was awarded an Artist-in-Residence for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for three consecutive years. Her film Belonging screened at both the 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival and Wild & Scenic Film Festival. She has received the Legendary Female Artist of Venice award, and she has exhibited in The Crocker Kingsley, the Museum of Northern California Art, and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute. Ruth also continues her work as a Curatorial Consultant and Art director for the Californian Indigenous Research Project, where she has worked with the local tribe since 2018.