Episcopal artists display series of works in online exhibition

“Genesis 4” from “In the Beginning” series by Alisa E. Clark. Mixed media sculpture.

The Episcopal Church & Visual Arts online art collection has posted its second exhibition of the year: “The Power in Creating a Series of Artworks.

Twenty-eight artists and 176 works are represented in two dimension, multi-media, iconography, textile, photography, sculpture, assemblage and tesserae decorative art.

“Inspiration and passion are essential in creating a powerful series. Time and energy are spent to successfully communicate that passion to the viewer … In this exhibit, you will find 28 cohesive bodies of work which contain common threads to connect them through palette, size, shape, composition, theme or subject matter,” wrote curator Jeanne Harris Weaver.

The Falcon Ponders Time,” “The Chikadee Prays For Courage,” and “The Raven Cries For Rescue” from the Biblical Birds series by Karen Crandell Simpson. Watercolor and mixed media.

The mission of the Episcopal Church and Visual Arts is “to encourage artists and organizations to engage the visual arts in the spiritual life of the church. ECVA values the significance of faith, and encourages those who are engaged in using the visual arts in spiritual life,” according to its mission statement.

Weaver wrote that “being creative through the arts is a gift given to each of us by God to channel in some way to make our world a better place. Our gifts are a blessing from God and a way to engage in worship. Let us always remember to use our gifts wisely to the glory of God. In this exhibit of artworks we can see just how powerful God’s gifts can be.” 

“Compassion” from Women of Wisdom series by Lisa Thorpe. Mixed media on paper.

The call for the exhibition asked artists to create five to seven works in a cohesive series. “As Robert Henri wrote in his book, The Art Spirit, ‘Art is the giving by each man of his evidence to the world. Those who wish to give, love to give, discover the pleasure of giving. Those who give are tremendously strong,’” Weaver wrote.

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