Gallery Exhibition

Virtual Christmas Art Show

What is the Lord bringing to your heart as you celebrate or anticipate Christ during Advent and Christmas this year? In this art show we contemplate the unique blessings we have this Christmas.

ARTISTS

I Am Free – 36″ x 36″

Isaac Villanueva

Title: I Am Free

Medium: Spray paint, paint pens on wood

Size: 36″ x 36″

Artist Statement:  The Lord is in the process of stirring in me a new sensitivity towards the marginalized and those experiencing suffering this season. I was inspired recently by a friend that went through a challenging surgery after years of living with pain. After a successful surgery, this friend expressed “I am free”. This painting is meant to be an expression of freedom after suffering.

If Only in My Dreams – 18″ x 12″

Carolyn and Ray Li

Titles: If Only in My Dreams

Medium: Collage, guache, watercolor, India ink

Size: 18”x 12”

Artist Statement: I don’t draw artistic inspiration from staring at four walls most of my days. But after taking time to rest from work, and being encouraged by my artist friends, I’ve been especially inspired by Christmas lights and decorations. My husband, Ray, and I have enjoyed God’s gift of creating beauty – we created lots of colors and textures on watercolor paper; then I crafted the following three collages with titles inspired by Christmas songs.

“Christmas eve will find me
Where the love light gleams.
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams.”

Song Credits: I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Words and Music by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent
Arranged by Paul Langford

Once Upon a December – 18″ x 12″

Carolyn and Ray Li

Titles: Once Upon a December

Medium: Collage, guache, watercolor, India ink

Size: 18”x 12”

Artist Statement:

“Dancing bears,
Painted wings,
Things I almost remember,
And a song someone sings,
Once upon a December
Someone holds me safe and warm,
Horses prance through a silver storm,

Figures dancing gracefully across my memory.
Far away,
Long ago,
Glowing dim as an ember,
Things my heart used to know,
Things it yearns to remember
And a song someone sings
Once upon a December.”

Song Credits: Once Upon A December
Written by: Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics © FOX MUSIC, INC.

Joy to the World – 12″ x 6″

Carolyn and Ray Li

Titles: Joy to the World

Medium: Collage, guache, watercolor, India ink

Size: 12”x 6″

Poinsettia  Watercolor 

Kathy Woodhall

Title: Poinsettia

Medium: Watercolor

Artist Statement: After many years, I picked up a watercolor brush once again and began painting small pictures of different subjects that caught my eye. I’ve found that expressing God’s gift of creativity produces a healing joy…body, soul and spirit! The following are a few of those pieces I’ve had fun painting.

Antique Car  Watercolor

Kathy Woodhall

Title: Antique Car

Medium: Watercolor

Joyeux Noel  Watercolor

Kathy Woodhall

Title: Joyeux Noel

Medium: Watercolor

Gift for the King  12″ x 18″

Martha Rippere

Title: Gift for the King

Medium: Watercolor

Size: 12”x 18”

Artist Statement: This is one of the wise men.  God assigned him to provide for the newborn King. He sang,

“Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom; sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, sealed in the stone-cold tomb.

Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and sacrifice.
Alleluia, alleluia; Earth to the heavens replies.”

Song Credits: We Three Kings
Songwriter: John H. H. Hopkins
We Three Kings lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group 

Reading the Christmas Story  11″ x 14″

Chris Duncan

Title: Reading the Christmas Story

Medium: Watercolor

Size: 11”x 14”

Artist Statement: During this time of so much change it is meaningful to me to remember past blessings that have affected my life.  When I was growing up Christmas Day was a joyous day spent with my father’s side of the family.  After dinner, all the aunts, uncles, and cousins would gather around the Christmas tree.   Before opening our gifts Grandpa (John Martin Franz) would read the Christmas story about God’s gift to us…Jesus.  This is a tradition we carry on to this day.

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