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THE WESTMINSTER ART GALLERY 

At Westminster, you can immerse yourself in the arts! New exhibits are planned for each month or season throughout the year. Visit the Gallery, located on the lower level of the church, any time the building is open. If you have any questions about our gallery or Visual Arts Committee please e-mail us. 

 

 

THE COLORS OF JESUS – New Gallery Display for Lent & Easter

 

Articles about the Gallery Display for Lent and Easter 2019

 

Week #1 (week beginning March 10)

THE COLORS OF JESUS – New Gallery Display for Lent & Easter

The Visual Arts Committee announces a new display in the Westminster Gallery for Lent, Holy Week and Easter.  Entitled “The Colors of Jesus,” the exhibit features works of art in an array of colors representing aspects of Jesus’ life and teachings. Each piece of art is accompanied by corresponding Scripture passages to illustrate the message.

 

The paintings were a collaborative effort by the three Visual Arts Committee members: Judy Sebern Beachy, Beth Hirst and Jan Davison.  The painting technique used is known as pour painting – a unique method of using acrylic paint to create abstract art.  Additives in the paint create beautiful, random details as the mixture flows freely across the canvas.

 

Each week in the newsletter we will highlight one of the works and its accompanying message.  The first is “Yellow for Light.”  Jesus is often referred to as the “light of the world” (John 8:12).  In the Old Testament, the birth of Christ was foretold with this announcement in Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined...”  John 1:4-5 states, “What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”  Jesus truly was, and is, the Light of the World.

 

You are encouraged to visit the Westminster Gallery, located on the lower level of the church near the Franklin entrance.  Take some time to meditate on the art and Scripture passages during this holy season.  The exhibit will continue through the end of April.

 

Week #2 (week beginning March 17)

THE COLORS OF JESUS – Blue for Water

The Gallery’s Lenten art display, entitled “The Colors of Jesus,” highlights several aspects of the life and teachings of Jesus.  The second painting, which we are featuring this week, is “Blue for Water.”  Water is essential for life, and can represent cleansing of both body and soul.  In the four Gospels there are many Scripture passages that refer to water – the three we have chosen are Jesus’ Baptism at the start of his ministry, Jesus walking on water, and Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman.  You are invited to visit the Gallery near the church library and contemplate these texts along with the art.                     

 

Week #3 (week beginning March 24)

THE COLORS OF JESUS – Orange for Miracles

The third painting in the Gallery’s Lenten art display is “Orange for Miracles.”  The corresponding Scripture passages highlight three of the miracles described in the Gospels. As Jesus was beginning his ministry, he attended a wedding in Cana and changed the water to wine.  He performed many healings, including the woman whose faith was so great that she merely touched the edge of Jesus’ robe and was made well.  Probably the most moving of Jesus’ miracle stories is the one chosen for our third Scripture passage – the raising of Lazarus from the dead.  Please stop by the Gallery and contemplate the miracles of Jesus during Lent.                       

                                                           

Week #4 (week beginning March 31)

THE COLORS OF JESUS – Purple for Parables

The fourth painting in the Gallery’s Lenten art display is “Purple for Parables.”  Jesus often used parables to teach about the Kingdom of Heaven.  The stories were simple, yet often challenging to understand.  The Scripture passages chosen for our purple painting highlight three of Jesus’ parables:  the parable of the sower, the parable of the mustard seed, and the parable of the yeast.  Visit the Gallery this week and read these important teachings of Jesus.

 

Week #5 (week beginning April 7)

THE COLORS OF JESUS –

Red for Love

The red painting in the Gallery’s Lenten exhibit focuses on love, the core of Jesus’ message.  The Scripture texts that accompany this work include Jesus’ new commandment (John 13:34-35), Jesus’s words about God’s love (John 3:16-17), and Paul’s message message that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:35-39).  Visit the Gallery on the lower level of the church any time the building is open.

 

Green for Forgiveness

The sixth painting in the Lenten Gallery display is entitled “Green for Forgiveness.”  The fresh green color represents the growth and new life that come from giving and receiving forgiveness.  In the first Scripture passage Jesus urges us to forgive, not just seven times, but 77 times, while the second Scripture includes Jesus’ message of forgiveness from the Lord’s Supper.  In our third biblical text, from Ephesians, the Apostle Paul admonishes us to be kind, “forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”                             

 

Week #6  (week beginning April 14)

THE COLORS OF JESUS –

Black for Crucifixion

The black painting in the Westminster Gallery’s Lenten exhibit represents the crucifixion.  The dark tones, slashed with red, present an image of pain and suffering, as the lines within the work descend to the bottom of the piece to represent Jesus’ death on the cross.  The accompanying Scripture passage is the story of the Christ’s crucifixion, as found in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 27.

 

White for Resurrection

The final painting in our Gallery series is “White for Resurrection.”  The many shades of white in this piece combine in an upward flow to represent Christ’s victory over death.  The accompanying Scripture passage from Mark 16 describes the amazing events that took place on that first Easter Sunday – from the discovery of the empty tomb, to Jesus’ appearances among his followers.  Jesus leaves them with this mandate, “Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.”

 

You are invited to visit the Gallery during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday to contemplate the art and accompanying Scriptures.

 

 

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"The Visual Arts unite us in the human experience and invite us into the presence of the divine.