"Ecumenical Beauty: Icons & Sacred Images of Christian Cultures" will be the
featured fall 2012 art exhibit held in the Seminary Library's Pioneer Room
and Valentine Hall
Reminder: Celeste Lauritsen will be making a special presentation on her
work during the 4pm opening tomorrow, Wed., Oct 17th. She is an artist,
teacher and former Arts and Theology Coordinator at the Washington
Theological Union (WTU). The exhibit will include work which explores the
beauty of multiple Christian cultures. Ecumenical Beauty will involve
traditional Byzantine and Coptic icons, and works influenced by the Book of
Kells, other illuminated manuscripts and the art of the Santero's (saint
makers) of the Southwest and Mexico.
The 4pm event will include
refreshments for the official opening of the exhibit. We hope for students,
staff and faculty, and the wider community to take advantage of this
excellent art work and time with the artist.
In the artists' own words, "Christian images through the years have taken on
the beauty of the culture where they have originated and the creators of
these works endeavored to share the Good News of Jesus Christ through sign,
symbol, color and theme. This visual religious heritage" she continued, "has
influenced our faith, devotion, worship spaces, and comprehension of the
Gospel." Lauritsen examined images of Jesus, Mary, the doctrine of the Holy
Trinity, painted scriptural depictions, carvings, and saints and angels from
various cultures and used these influences to create fresh representations
patterned after historic works.