Art as an Expression of God’s Grace
We believe we have been created by an amazing, gracious, and loving Creator and set free to worship Him with excellence, passion, and creativity. We believe that creativity should be overflowing in our worship of the Creator, and worship that honors and glorifies Him should be at the heart of the arts. We want to use everything in our means, therefore, to worship our amazing God who has blessed us to “show theimmeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” By supporting artists of faith and incorporating the arts more fully into the life and worship of our community, we hope to connect people to the power and presence of Jesus Christ.
Presents Marc Chagall and the Bible
March 9 – June 10
Marc Chagall (1877–1985) has been called the quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century and is perhaps its foremost visual interpreter of the Bible. At one point, he said he did not see the Bible, but he dreamed it, even as a child. His art is filled with his own reoccurring symbols of visual memory and imagination. Chagall’s vision of the Old Testament combines his own Jewish heritage with his unique style of modern art, filled with his own reoccurring symbols. In this collection, Chagall offers us a fresh and delightful vision of biblical narratives and characters through his rich and colorful imagination.
Chagall and the Bible includes 58 lithographs and etchings. The exhibit opens March 9, with a reception (6:00 – 8:30PM) and a lecture (7:00PM) by former CIVA President Sandra Bowden. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Chagall and the Bible will be on display in The Kairos Gallery through June 10, 2018.
“Since my early youth I have been fascinated by the Bible. Since then I have sought this reflection in life and in art. The Bible is like an echo of nature and this secret I have tried to transmit.”
About the Kairos Gallery
The Kairos Gallery is the art gallery at the Mt Pleasant campus. Located in the multipurpose room behind the altar in the Ministry Center, the Kairos Gallery features works in a variety of media by St. Andrew’s, local, and nationally known artists. Exhibits in the gallery can be viewed anytime the room is not in use Mon – Fri 8:30 – 5:00, as well as before and after services on Sunday and Wednesday.
Kairos Forum: Melanie Spinks
Saturday May 12, 9:00 am -12:30 pm
The Artist’s Calling & The Sanctified Imagination
Melanie Spinks is a mixed-media artist and educator in Charlotte, NC. Spinks currently teaches mixed media and art history at Wingate University and has also taught at Georgia State University Atlanta and Charleston Southern. She completed her MFA in Visual Arts from Georgia State Atlanta and the MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an emphasis on the arts in theology and the Ancient Near East.
Spinks’ particular interest is in patterns, symbols and archetypes in the world’s art forms across time and cultures. Her desire is to aid the church in connecting with its rich artistic heritage while developing its contemplative imagination to engage the world in a missional way. She also desires to encourage and develop creatives to be salty and radiant influencers in the culture.
The Artist’s Loft
If you have worshipped with City Church on a Sunday morning, you will have noticed an artist perched in the right balcony, painting away during the service. The Artist’s Loft is a component of the Worship Arts Ministry at City Church, and those who serve on team range from local professionals to hobby artists. The common thread is that every Sunday, the artist on schedule commits to pray for us as we gather. The drawing, collage, or painting that emerges throughout the morning is the fruit of that prayer – meant “for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4). We encourage you to venture up to the loft after the service to see how the Lord may meet you through this ministry.
If you have questions, would like to share how the Loft has blessed you, or are interested in serving through The Artist’s Loft, please contact Jessica Smith (JSmith@StAndrews.Church or 843.284.4323).