The Comforting Angel & Christ Prays in Gethsemane
These unsigned and undated documents were located in 2019 among papers kept at Christ the King church in Browerville. They appear to be rough and detailed sketches for the design, landscaping, and rock work that surround Joe’s two sculptures at the church. The sculptures, which depict Christ in Gethsemane and an angel, were installed in 1932. The papers also include a note that references a “John B drawing”. Was this note written by Joe? Who was John B? Are these Joe’s drawings? The drawings show two alternatives for the size of the grotto. Included in the papers is a hand drawn measuring device like a ruler.
Barb Noland, Joe's neice, says that John B could be local Browerville artist John Bednarz. If anyone can confirm this for us, please contact us.