Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Ecumenical Beauty: Icons & Sacred Images of Christian Cultures"

"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.

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