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Images of Jesus Art Exhibit

Community Art Exhibit and silent auction with all proceeds to benefit the Hartville Migrant Ministry, from Sept. 19 to Nov. 14 in conjunction with the recently completed fall sermon series “Questioning Jesus”. Artwork from both the local art community and the congregation are featured. Artwork from charcoal pencil to life-size sculptures, needlepoint to 3D art, paintings to photographs, 46 pieces that express the artists' vision of Jesus.

Check our front page story in The Repository, North Canton church opens "Images of Jesus" art exhibit.

Online Silent Auction

A online silent auction opened on October 18 and will close on November 14. Use the "Donated for Silent Auction" link under the title next to each image below to go directly to the piece you are interested in bidding on or visit the Images of Jesus auction page to see the complete listing.

 

Faith United dedicates this art exhibit in honor / memory of Paul Ford who was a church member and passionate supporter of the arts ministry.

Paul Ford

Enjoy a walk through of the art exhibit

Title: The Crown
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: Hector Castellanos Lara

Artist’s note: "Everything started with wet sponge effects to create some colorful tones. The beard was the second part full of circles. The clear circles at the bottom with crosses inside represent thousands and thousands of lives we have lost during this pandemic era. The face started to show little by little with his eyes closed and long colorful nose. The crown was done at the end."

Medium: Acrylic Ink

Title: Some Children See Him
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: Rev. Cara Stultz Costello

Artist's note: "This painting is the first in a series of icons that are yet to be created. It is inspired by the song sung by James Taylor, Some Children See Him. In that song, each child is seen as a mirror image of Christ and Christ is in their physical likeness. In this painting, Jesus is seen as a person from the First Nations. I dedicate this painting to the native children whose bodies are being discovered in mass graves in Canada and the U.S. May we turn our hearts toward their grieving families as we see the image of Jesus in all.
– Rev. Cara Stultz Costello

Medium - Water Color and Acrylic

Genesis 1:27
“So God created humankind in God’s image, in the image of God they were created...”

To hear James Taylor's song Some Children See Him.

For more information on this story as published by the BBC.

Community

Title: Community
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: Donna Benzing

Artist note: “I resonated with an image that was presented in a recent Sunday school study of Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove’s book The Awakening of Hope. In it, he recounts an image from Dorotheus, an early Christian monk. Imagine, Dorotheus says, 'a huge circle on which all people are standing on the circumference, looking in. Now imagine the point at the center as the place where God is. As each person moves along a line toward God at the center, they draw closer to one another. Both loves move us in the same direction.'

While painting this image, I listened to a talk by Father Richard Rohr. I’ve tried to achieve balance in my life as represented by the yin-yang symbol but I also realized this represents dualistic thinking. Black vs white, right vs wrong, no grey area. Few Christians, Rohr says, are able to see the value in both conditions at the same time. It’s not about us and them as separate groups, rather all of us working together for a better system.

The circle representing the path toward God and community is the smallest since it’s the hardest to attain, but it’s also the most beautiful."

Medium: Acrylic Paint

Mark 12:30-31
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Title: Wildflowers
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: Peter Stewart

Artist’s note: “I do not want to limit God to a face, as God is shining through everything! Thank you for the opportunity to share!”
– Peter Stewart SDG

“Life is this simple: we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or a fable, it is true.”
– Thomas Merton

Matthew 6
Jesus said, “Walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. Look at their color and design . . . if God gives such attention to wildflowers - don’t you think God will attend to you?”

wildflowers painting

Title: Rapture Bridge
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: John Stone 🙂 Eyeclectic

Artist’s note: The multidimensional mathematical equation of SpaceTime connection allows this photo, for me, to represent the Rapture of awareness and makes a photo like this possible. Not a coincidence to dismiss, but the Blessing of Luke 11:34, “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is healthy, thy whole body also is full of light; . . . ” This describes how uplifting photography has been for me, as absorbing Light through my camera fills my whole body with Light which Eye share in programs of Eyeclectic (Awareness) Therapy to help people overcome depression, stress and addictions by opening their senses to the Beauty and Miracles of LIFE too often overlooked. Upon asking GOD, one day, “What are Miracles?” The answer was quite clearly heard, “Everything is a Miracle, and nothing else exists.” (John 1:1-3).

Luke 11:34
The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is healthy, thy whole body also is full of light;...

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Title: Love God
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: John Stone 🙂 Eyeclectic

Artist’s note: After a hailstorm made a hole in the roof, and a waterfall in the living room, the day before the insurance adjuster approved a new roof, a Rainbow appeared over the house, and the day that crews started work on the new roof, this picture was taken in the front yard, for me, representing the message of Luke 10:27, “LOVE the Lord, thy GOD, with ALL thy Heart . . .” as the Sun (representing GOD) is shaped like an Heart with an arrow through it, while the lens are (Son of GOD) is cultivating the Sunflower (GOD’s Children), with one petal turning up toward the Source of Light in John 1:1-7.

Luke 10:27
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

John 1:1-7
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

Title: Edge of the World
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: John Stone 🙂 Eyeclectic

Artist’s note: Finding some Cattail fluff that someone had torn up and left on a trail, picking it up and marveling over it as the Light of the Sun glistened through it, holding my hand out of the water of Perception (Sippo Lake) Park, while photographing the Cattail fluff, while the breeze blew it slowly from my hand, as an Ant came crawling down my arm, instead of shaking it off, being in a state of appreciation, Eye asked GOD what he wanted to show me through the Ant? As the Ant crawled over my camera lens, before climbing onto my pinky, as if enjoying the view at the “Edge of the World”. Having had an experience on June 6 (6/6), where it seemed that Ants were giving me a message, and since discovering a multi-tiered symbiosis Sunflower Towers in the In nite Peace Garden, Tree Hoppers, and GuardiAnts that protect them, taken on 11/11/2010, this photo is featured in my virtual 3D exhibit, “The Butterfly Eyeffect: Touch of Light at the Edge of the World”, about interspecies communication and messages in nature, that opened on the 10th Anniversary, 11/11/2020.

Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:

Title: Fishers of Men
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: John Stone 🙂 Eyeclectic

Artist’s note: One day, when my car wasn’t running, while walking downtown, inviting Jerome (then homeless) to lunch at L.A. Diner, The Repository headline that day seemed more than coincidence, as if a continuation of Matthew 4:19 and Mark 1:17, “And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.” Believing we have genius on our streets, Eye LOVE Jerome’s Einstein-like hair with hand to chin, much like a picture of Albert Einstein. As Naomi Tutu (Daughter of Arch Bishop Desmund Tutu) has said, “Maybe we don’t have a cure for cancer, because the person who is supposed to come up with this cure is too busy trying to prove that they are a worthwhile human being?”

Mark 1:17
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Matthew 4:19
And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

Matthew 25:40
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

 

The Good Shepherd

Title: Jesus and His Flock (The Good Shepherd)
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: Unknown

Donated by FUMC member, EmmaJo Shearer, in honor of her grandparents, Arlice Billingsley Reese and Rev. Edgar Berten Reese, pastor of United Brethren in Christ Church, Grafton (1880-1908). This portrait of Jesus has been in EmmaJo Shearer's family for over 100 years. EmmaJo reflects,
"It hung in my grandmother's house as long as I can remember. I always liked this painting because Jesus looked so kind."

Interpretation: 1Garbed in a owing red tunic and a white wrap, this Good Shepherd has long, reddish brown hair, wears a beard, and walks barefoot over the rough, thorny ground. He cradles in his arm a white lamb and holds a tall shepherd’s crook. A nimbus of light surrounds his head, giving him a romantic persona against the failing light of the setting sun; rolling hills and streams of water make up the landscape that provides a bucolic backdrop. A flock of white sheep, with the inclusion of one black sheep tucked in the herd, gathers around the skirts of the shepherd’s drapery. A white ewe, presumably the mother of the lamb, turns her neck to gaze on the shepherd holding her offspring. The impression is of a loving, almost motherly, Jesus who tenderly protects his flock, even the most vulnerable lamb he cradles in his arms. The painting of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, or rather one of its millions of reproductions, is known throughout the world.

1 “The Quiet Affection in Their Eyes” Bernhard Plockhorst’s Jesus as the Good Shepherd by Dorothy Verkerk, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Title: Flowers
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: Dot Fisher

Artist’s note: “I SEE GOD in the flowers and the animals and the people around the world.”

 

blooming flowers
Mother holding baby

Title: Mother and baby
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: Dot Fisher

Artist’s note: “I SEE GOD in the flowers and the animals and the people around the world.”

 

Title: Nursing Elephant
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: Dot Fisher

Artist’s note: “I SEE GOD in the flowers and the animals and the people around the world.”

 

nursing elephants

Title: Cristo Uno

Artist: Hector Castellanos Lara

Artist's note: "Cristo Uno was part of the series of Christ on the Cross painted in 2012. We have all seen many images of Jesus and also many movies but the one that really impacted me was “The Passion of Christ” (directed by Mel Gibson). This was heavily criticized for the crude interpretation during the Crucifixion. For some reason, the images of suffering and agony stayed in my head. By this time, I had started experimenting with these new clay boards. I decided to use a palette knife instead of brushes to produce the roughness of the surface mixing heavy paint with gesso to give that solid consistence.

I really didn't know what the result would be but bringing the images of Christ on a rough surface would communicate those days of sorrow and sacrifice.

In the present, I go back to see these paintings again and find new relations, and it always speaks to me about the times we are living now. The viewer will have their own interpretation and this is what I like most when they are able to share with me about their personal views. They are all different; people will say 'I can see a cascade,''I can see part of the World Trade Center in the background' or 'the top of the cross shows part of Jesus's shredded tunic'. "Whatever their visions are, it is fine. It enriches and motivates me every time and I am grateful for that."

Medium: Acrylic Paint on Clay Board

You are loved

Title: You Are Loved Jesus

Artist: Illustrated Ministries

Shared by: Pastor Jake Haskett

Artist's note: "You Are Loved" is a message that all need to hear, and we hope this beautiful image of Jesus holding the communion elements blesses you and your community.

The image of Jesus is in front of a colorful background, inspired by the redesigned Pride Flag by designer Daniel Qusar. The traditional rainbow colors represent the LGBTQ community. The addition of the black and brown stripes is meant to represent the black and brown members of the LGBTQ community, and the light blue, light pink, and white colors specifically represent the transgender community.

The symbols on the cross behind Jesus stand for "He Who Is." It's common to see the symbols on ancient (and modern) iconography. If you do a Google search for "Jesus icon symbols" you can learn more information about them.

Luke 22:14-20
When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

 

Title: Mother and Child

Shared by: Pat Willis

Matthew 18: 4-5
Jesus came to the world in the form of a baby as God’s promise of redemption and new life. Newborn babies bring to us all over again that promise of God’s eternal love.

Title: Conch Artist

Artist: Logan McNutt

Artist notes: This is a diptych, meaning it is a whole piece but divided into two smaller pieces. It is of seashells. I think that it relates to the topic. To me, personally, looking in nature is inspiring, especially the beach – the power of the waves, the reflections on the water, there is something beautiful there when I made the seashells and now looking back it is a source of inspiration. Jesus is in the creation of the things of nature.

He is the Conch Artist.

Medium – gouache (Opaque watercolor) and colored pencil

Genesis 1:21b
And God saw that it was good.

Title: Change Jesus (The Homeless Christ)

Artist: David Hayward

Artist's note: Depicts the increase of poverty in the world with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. We must all see the inequality in the world. There are people who could end poverty of nations all by themselves. His halo is a sleeping bag because he's a street person. I started drawing different Images of Christ a few years ago to express the very Christian theological idea that the Spirit of Christ is manifested in the reconciliation of all things. This is one of my 16 images of Christ.

Shared by: Pastor Jake Haskett

Matthew 25:34-45
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’

Title: The Good Shepherd

Shared by Trudy Jones

About the Art
Trudy shared, “I first saw this picture more than 20 years ago at my college roommate’s home. It was a difficult time in my life. The picture brought me so much comfort – the smile on the lamb’s face and how Jesus is holding the lamb. Many people don’t notice the wound in his hand at first. I went out shopping until I found a copy for myself. It has hung on my bedroom wall for close to 20 years. Now it is in the room where my granddaughter sleeps when she visits. I hope people will find comfort and rest in this picture as I did.

John 10:11
“I am the Good Shepherd”

Title: Science and Wonders Jesus

Artist: David Hayward

Artist's note: Sounds like signs and wonders. Jesus has the physics symbol behind his head. It is gold. His hands are melting the earth to show global warming. If you do believe in God, your God should care about the planet.

I started drawing different Images of Christ a few years ago to express the very Christian theological idea that the Spirit of Christ is manifested in the reconciliation of all things. This is one of my 16 images of Christ.

Shared by: Pastor Jake Haskett

Title: Questioner Jesus (The Young Boy)

Shared by David Hayward

Artist's Note: This is one in my Image of Christ series where I depict Christ in different people. They are inspired by Mother Teresa's idea that she saw the Christ in the face of the poor.

I saw this image in a dream of Jesus as a 13-year-old boy. He’s got a dark complexion, freckles, dark hair, and his pupils have the cross in them. Jesus was an expert questioner and started at a very young age when his parents lost him and the elders at the temple were impressed with the questions he asked.

I started drawing different Images of Christ a few years ago to express the very Christian theological idea that the Spirit of Christ is manifested in the reconciliation of all things. This is one of my 16 images.

Shared by Pastor Jake Haskett

Luke 2:41-52 The Boy Jesus at the Temple
Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

Title: Music for the Soul

Artist: Sue Weaver

Artist's note: Music fills the heart with Joy!

Medium: Cross Stitch

Title: Grandma Moses Sugarin’

Artist: Mary Jane Fletcher

Artist’s note: “Reminds me of my uncle’s cabin, in Corinth, Maine, where maple syrup was made. Family memories and heritage.

Medium: Crewel

Title: RefuJesus (Refugee Jesus)

Artist: David Hayward

Artist’s note: This image represents refugees. If you believe in Jesus, you should be able to see Jesus in the rejected, marginalized, persecuted, fleeing for life, for a better life. People ask me what's in his burlap, I leave it to them to tell me. His halo is a barbed wire.

I started drawing different Images of Christ a few years ago to express the very Christian theological idea that the Spirit of Christ is manifested in the reconciliation of all things. This is one of my 16 images of Christ.

Shared by: Pastor Jake Haskett

Title: "Who is Jesus"

Artist: Various Artists and Media

Faith United Fall Sunday School for All Ages Contemplative Art Experience is an opportunity to reflect on the question, “Who is Jesus?” Students used images, symbols, and words to describe Jesus and created images and reflections of Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence.

Title: Baptismal Font

Artists: Jim Benzing, Wes Bullock, Alan Martinsen, Suzie Thomas, Aaron Vaughn

Artist’s note: Joy from the challenge of associating keywords with images that provoke thought.

Key word: Creation / Baptism

Association: Water -----> Birth ------> Life -------> Rebirth

Visual image: Wave Shape + Water Bowl, Embryo+Fetus, Swan, Cross

Medium: Wood, Blown Glass

Title: Emulate

Cast hands and feet on cross with stained glass

Artists: Jim Benzing

Medium: Wood, Stained Glass, Polyurethane, Metal

Title: "Who is Jesus"

Artist: Various Artists and Media

Faith United Fall Sunday School for All Ages Contemplative Art Experience is an opportunity to reflect on the question, “Who is Jesus?” Students used images, symbols, and words to describe Jesus and created images and reflections of Jesus as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence.

Title: "Poppies Blowing in the Wind"

Artist: Saxton Dixon (granddaughter of Ann Dixon)

Artist Note (expressed through Ann): When my granddaughter was 6 years old and in the first grade, her art teacher asked the class to draw a field of poppies blowing in the wind. This was her drawing.

When I look at this I think of peace, remembrance and regeneration, but I also see the Holy Spirit working through her little hands to demonstrate and express those same concepts that she had no understanding of as yet. BUT, she gets it.

Title: Jesus Icon

Artist: Silvio Barsan (Romanian cousin of Chuck Candea)

Artist note (expressed through Helen and Chuck Candea): This icon was painted by my cousin when we visited Victoria, Romania in July 1999. He painted 3 icons to be given to his American relatives.

This style of art is called reverse glass painting. The outlines, lettering and finishing details have to be brushed onto the glass first before background coloring and gold leaf can be applied...a process allowing for no mistakes!

Medium: Paint, glass

Title: "Forgive"

Artist: T. Kirk Wilmer (son of Rudy and Maribeth Wilmer)

Artist Note: I like to find discarded pieces of heavy, solid metal at tag sales and by the side of the road. I like to turn them into art that helps me remember what’s important to me in life.

Our function is to forgive.

Medium: Recycled Metal Parts

Title: Love

Artist: T. Kirk Wilmer (son of Rudy and Maribeth Wilmer)

Artist note: I like to find discarded pieces of heavy, solid metal at tag sales and by the side of the road. I like to turn them into art that helps me remember what’s important to me in life.

Medium: Aluminum

Title: "St Therese the Little Flower"

Artist: Jerry Fox (brother of Denny Fox)

Artist Note: This painting was created as a gift for my sister as she was battling cancer. She had a deep devotion to Saint Therese who is famously known for sprinkling rose petals in the path of those who venerate and seek her guidance. There are countless incidents of this happening and it happened to my sister. This painting portrays the hand of Saint Therese in the act of sprinkling the beautiful pink rose petals down from heaven to give comfort to someone in need.

Medium: Giclee

Title: Safe in God’s Hands
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: Anonymous (donated to Suzie Thomas)

Artist note (as told by Suzie Thomas): I was speaking with a friend about the art exhibit. They felt a prompting, took this art off their wall, and gave it to me to be included in the exhibit. It was made by a friend of theirs dealing with a terminal illness. She dealt with her condition through Art as therapy.

Medium: Charcoal pencil on paper

Title: "St Therese and the blue rose"

Artist: Jerry Fox (brother of Denny Fox)

Artist Note: This painting was created as a gift for my sister as she was battling cancer. She had a deep devotion to Saint Therese who is famously known for sprinkling rose petals in the path of those who seek her guidance. There are countless incidents of this happening. People finding these rose petals often say they can see the image of Saint Therese on them. One of the petals in this painting contains an image of Saint Therese who was a Catholic nun in France. Perhaps you can find her.

Medium: Giclee

Kylemore Abbey

Title: Kylemore Abbey

Artist: Jerry Fox (brother of Denny Fox)

Artist note: This painting was inspired by a recent visit to the Connemara district of Ireland. The Abbey, nestled on the Atlantic Way, was built in 1863 by a wealthy English politician named Mitchell Henry as a wedding present for his wife Margaret. Years later in 1920, it was turned into a Benedictine monastery where the Benedictine Order of nuns taught students for over 90 years. Today it serves as a major tourist attraction and is partially occupied by Notre Dame University. Touring the building and walking the grounds, you are taken back in time and you can’t help but feel a mystical sense. When I created this painting, I attempted to create that sense of mystery using a deep mixture of colors and a ghost like reflection of the Abbey.

Medium: Giclee

Title: "Forgiveness and Apology"
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: DaQuane Finley

Artist Note: I am a firm believer that we are all ministers in our works in life. We can show Jesus through whatever we do. Our passions should demonstrate the behaviors and teaching of Jesus. My particular works being displayed are an example of that. Although they don’t picture Jesus visually, they do show the actions of how a follower of Jesus should think, and act. Having forgiveness and being apologetic, walking in Patience in Faith, even in those times of despair and ultimately becoming a changed person and being a mirror of these actions and behavior when you accept Jesus into your life.

Luke 15:11-3
The Parable of the Lost Son

Medium: Pen & ink on paper

Forgiveness and Apology
Walking in Patience

Title: Walking in patience in Faith, even in times of despair
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: DaQuane Finley

Artist note: I am a firm believer that we are all ministers in our works in life. We can show Jesus through whatever we do. Our passions should demonstrate the behaviors and teaching of Jesus. My particular works being displayed are an example of that. Although they don’t picture Jesus visually, they do show the actions of how a follower of Jesus should think, and act. Having forgiveness and being apologetic, walking in Patience in Faith, even in those times of despair and ultimately becoming a changed person and being a mirror of these actions and behavior when you accept Jesus into your life.

Romans 8:28
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.

Medium: pen and ink on paper

Title: "Let little children come to me"

Artist: Unknown (shared by Kathy Schmucker)

Artist Note: This carving belonged to Rev Valerie Stultz and was given to me by Pastor Cara Stultz Costello (her daughter). Rev Stultz was an important mentor to me throughout my ministry.


I see the rocks and how hard it is for the children to get to Jesus. But he is helping them. He is carrying one child in his arm and reaching out for another.

Medium: Olive wood

Let little children come to me
Love and strength hanging quilt

Title: "Love and Strength"

Artist: Joanne Fox

Artist note: After quilting for so many years, odds and ends and left over blocks were building up. I decided to call the Battered Women's Shelter and learned that they are happy to take quilts. So I set about using my odds and ends to make something as beautiful as I could. Since I do my own quilting I could also add words that I hoped would encourage these women. This is an example.

Beauty can come from the bits and pieces of our lives that we think are not worth much.

Medium: Cotton Fabric, thread, batting

Title: "New Creation"
Donated for Silent Auction

Artist: DaQuane Finley

Artist Note: I am a firm believer that we are all ministers in our works in life. We can show Jesus through whatever we do. Our passions should demonstrate the behaviors and teaching of Jesus. My particular works being displayed are an example of that. Although they don’t picture Jesus visually, they do show the actions of how a follower of Jesus should think, and act. Having forgiveness and being apologetic, walking in Patience in Faith, even in those times of despair and ultimately becoming a changed person and being a mirror of these actions and behavior when you accept Jesus into your life.

2 Corinthians 5:17
So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

New Creation
Life is fragile

Title: "Life is Fragile"

Artist: Mary Jane Fletcher

Artist note: This was one of my first works in crewel. I sent for the kit through Family Circle magazine. The frame came from my father’s attic.

Medium: Crewel

Title: "Jesus is the Way"

Artist: Alan Martinsen

Medium: Acrylic Paint, Mixed-media frame

Jesus is the Way