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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

2020 Art as Worship CHANGES


In response to the highly unusual circumstances of 2020, the St. Matthew Lutheran Church Fine Arts Committee would like to announce a change to this year’s plans for Art as Worship. We had intended to celebrate our 10th anniversary by revisiting all the themes from previous years, but have decided to put that plan on hold until 2021. Instead we are announcing a fully-online gallery show to be held in November with a new theme of VIGIL.

 

The theme of VIGIL was inspired by Pastor Kelsey Fitting-Snyder’s suggestion of framing our experiences around the atmosphere of Holy Saturday. That day is full of the almost, but not yet; the tension of holding the pain, disappointment and doubt. It is a day that grasps the hope that tomorrow will come.

 

Holy Saturday services are often called Easter Vigil, the Paschal Vigil, or the Great Vigil of Easter. It is a liturgy held in traditional Christian churches as the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus.


vigil

vig·il | \ ˈvi-jəl \


Definition of vigil

1: the act of keeping awake at times when sleep is customary

2: an event or a period of time when a person or group stays in a place and quietly waits, prays, etc., especially at night

3a: a watch formerly kept on the night before a religious feast with prayer or other devotions

b: the day before a religious feast observed as a day of spiritual preparation

c: evening or nocturnal devotions or prayers —usually used in plural

 

The 2020 gallery will be an online visual experience rather than an in-person gathering in the hallways of our church gallery. Photos will need to be submitted by artists by November 9 so that they can be collected into an online show, which will be premiered on November 21 (the original date of our gallery opening).

 

Art as Worship is open to artists working in all media. Entries must be your own original artwork. Each applicant may submit up to three works with one photo of each; additional photos of any three-dimensional work (sculpture, books, etc.) may be submitted, but we may be limited in how many we may show. The St. Matthew Fine Arts Ministry reserves the right to reject work that is deemed inappropriate.

 

The full artist’s application can be found here:


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Saturday, February 15, 2020

2020 Art as Worship Theme Announcement

themes for our 10th anniversary exhibit

abundance
peace
renewal
light
rock
reflection
mystery
sanctuary
justice


In the beginning God created (Genesis 1:1). God is creator, God still creates today, and He calls us to be creative. We honor our creative God with our artistic creations.

This year is our tenth annual show. To celebrate this anniversary, we invite artists to submit work that contemplates the many meanings and resonances of any of our previous themes in Scripture, in Christian thought, and in our society today. Perhaps there's a theme that you would like to revisit (FYI, all of the theme verses can be found here on the blog). Maybe you missed a year and know just what you would have done (and here's your chance). Or maybe you want to incorporate multiple themes in your artwork to help us celebrate 10 years of making art together.

{We have always intended for our themes be a guide or encouragement rather than a restriction for an artistic response. This year, we hope that our themes broaden your creative choices and allow for us all to remember our first ten years of Art as Worship. We are planning some special surprises in the weeks preceding this year's exhibit, so stay tuned for that, as well.}

Eligibility 

Open to artists working in all media. Entries must be your own original artwork (and please NO artwork that has already been shown in a previous Art as Worship exhibit). Each applicant may submit up to two works. Artwork must have sturdy wire across the back for hanging; limited space for three dimensional artwork is available. The St. Matthew Fine Arts Ministry reserves the right to reject work that is deemed inappropriate or which differs from the submitted image.



{click on this link to be directed to application page}
 

Entry Procedure
There is no entry fee nor does the Fine Arts Ministry keep a commission on any sales. Each artist may submit up to 2 works. Please submit your information by November 9, 2020 to allow for gallery signs to be made, but the artwork itself doesn't need to be complete at that time. 

The opening gala will be held Saturday, November 21 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.

2019 Art as Worship Retrospective


The walls are now bare, but please enjoy this retrospective on the 2019 exhibit. Thank you to all who participated in some way!


DeAnna Toten Beard Truth and Justice You Have Taught Us
Jeanne Dittmann Peace and Justice

Meredith Ronnevik Untitled and Cindy Boney Walk Humbly

Amy Taylor Seeking Grace in Justice

Lisa Hinricksen Heaven and Earth

Jeanne Dittmann Mercy and Justice

Don Anderton Making Your Dreams Come True

Suzi Ickles Learn Something New Every Day

Dorrie Ann Cobb The Bride

Linda Hardwick Anyone Can Do Something


Linda Filgo Refugee

Vicki Northern Soar and Karon Wheeless Almighty God

Carol Macsas The Judge

Carol Macsas The Source of Justice
Dawn Henry Rolling River

Sarah Mosher Surrender and Ainsley Guy eterna/eterno

Vicki Northern Micah 6:8 and Carol McCall Losing Paradise

Kim Lamberth Where You Are Standing

Sha Towers The World Is About To Turn #1 and #2

Henry Beard Counterbalance

Dorrie Ann Cobb Amos 5:24

Gracie Beard It's a Sin to Kill a Mockingbird

Mike Thompson Birds of McCartney

Mike Thompson Houses in Boston
Amy Taylor Justice Blooms and Roxanne Glaser Lady Justice

Gallery 1

Gallery 2


Sunday, February 3, 2019

2019 Art as Worship Theme Announcement

2019 Theme
JUSTICE


In the beginning God created (Genesis 1:1). God is creator, God still creates today, and He calls us to be creative. We honor our creative God with our artistic creations.

This year we invite artists to submit work that contemplates the many meanings and resonances of JUSTICE in Scripture, in Christian thought, and in our society today. It is written in Psalm 50:6


And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for he is a God of justice.
Eligibility 

Open to artists working in all media. Entries must be your own original artwork. Artwork must be consistent to the show theme, although the link may be more obvious in your description than in the work itself. Each applicant may submit up to two works. Artwork must have sturdy wire across the back for hanging; limited space for three dimensional artwork is available. The St. Matthew Fine Arts Ministry reserves the right to reject work that is deemed inappropriate or which differs from the submitted image.



{click on link above to be directed to application page}
 

Entry Procedure
There is no entry fee nor does the Fine Arts Ministry keep a commission on any sales. Each artist may submit up to 2 works. Please submit your information by November 1, 2019 to allow for gallery signs to be made, but the artwork itself doesn't need to be complete at that time. 

The opening gala will be held Saturday, November 23 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

2018 Art as Worship exhibit

The walls are now bare, but the 2018 Art as Worship exhibit was another wonderful display of creative work among our artist friends. We hung/displayed 32 works of art (several of which incorporated multiple components). We welcomed 7 new artists.  We even sold 5 pieces! And we welcomed an impressive number of guests at the opening gala as well as throughout the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Thanks to St. Matthew Lutheran Church for their continued support of the fine arts!

We will be announcing the 2019 theme in early February, but for now, please enjoy this retrospective on last year's exhibit:

Linda Filgo Morning Commute

Jeanne Dittmann #100daysofvirtues
Roxanne Glaser 100 Days of the Lord's Prayer Journal
Henry Beard Boxed

DeAnna Toten Beard Sanctuary: Box 1, Box 2, Box 3

Jeanne Dittmann Refuge & Strength 1 & 2

Mike Thompson Yellowstone

Sha Towers All Are Welcome
Gracie Beard Masks



Carol McCall This Is My Father's World

Roxanne Glaser Focus. Rise. Grow.

Karon Wheeless Refuge
Riki Yarbrough Redeemed Pieces


Max Towers The Altar of the Clover

Gracie Beard Family Photos

Maggie Griffin The Sanctuary Door

Vicki Northern Joy

Jo Anne Norwood Sanctuary of Prayer

Kim Lamberth God's Grace is Enough

Gallery view

Florence Anderson Sanctuary: Shelter

Karon Wheeless Living Temple

Beth Pristash Variations on Sanctuary

Laura Iliff Little Known
Sha Towers Yearning to Breathe Free

Kathryn Lairmore Every House Must Have Its Builder and I Awoke in the House of God

Suzi Ickles Sanctuary


Billy J. Jones Stroll in God's Peaceful Creation and Lakeside Sanctuary

Linda Filgo "Abba!"

Riki Yarbrough Refuge

Gala view