Brother Mel Shows His Passion For Art

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) – This is the kind of artwork that might make you say, Amen.

'I'm not a painter, I'm not a sculptor, I'm not a fresco painter and I`m not a glass man,' laughs Brother Mel Meyer, S.M.

But Brother Mel is a Marianist brother in the Catholic community.

He's a world renowned artist based in Kirkwood at the Marianist studios.

'A brother is like a nun who teaches,' says Meyer.  'He's got religious vows, poverty, chastity, obedience.  So we have all that but we're not ordained.'

His studio is on the Vianney campus.

Although he doesn't teach these days, Brother Mel began his art career as a teacher at catholic schools in Texas and St. Louis.

'When I got here I just worked with whatever I could get a hold of.' Says Meyer.  'We had no budget up there.  We'd go to the dumps and pick out steel for all kinds of stuff.'

These days his work can go for six figures or more which he donates the proceeds to the Marianists.

Even though he's 85 years young, Brother Mel has no plans of slowing down his creative pace.
'Love it,' says a smiling Meyer. ‘Part of my life.  Yeah it's my prayer it`s my gift.  Try to use it.'

Combing passion and prayer, that's Brother Mel.

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