Growing up I found great strength in my faith, and healing in my art. I was always doing goofy projects, even when I didn't have any official art supplies. Like one day I made a painting out of neon colored Elmers glue, and then I peeled it off and stuck it on my bedroom window......it was not my greatest masterpiece, but I really loved the process!!!
When I got older I became a little more advanced in my art, and I started reading the whole Bible myself.I got to a point where it talks about not creating statures (I am very much paraphrasing). My journey of reading the Bible everyday lasted a few years, during that time I had a chance to let it all sink in, and I matured. I grew aware of vanity, and struggled with the ideas as a Christian to create artwork.
In our society we don't have a practical purpose for art, once upon a time art told history. But we have books, the internet, social media, blogs all to document history now. Art, for me at the time, was a form of vanity. Vanity on my behalf creating something very cool and worthy of being praised for it, because it is a special skill, and vanity in my customers who can brag about owning such an amazing item for their homes.
That was 20 years ago, and in the last 20 years I have realized that art brings me closer to God. He is the ultimate creator, just think of all the different types of animals and plants we have. How every area of our Earth is differently formed. And every evening we have a different sunset, and a new sunrise the next morning.
And when God took the form of a human, he was a carpenter.
We were created in This God's image, He put Himself into us. So we have a little bit of a creative spirit too. Some of us more than others. And some use it in different ways, some of us paint, sculpt, draw, design, cook, garden, sew, dance, act, sing, play instruments, write.........if you think about your life you can see some where in there a creative spark. Even if it's a creative way of reaching every student in your classroom, or come up with a play formation that stumps the other team. Somewhere in there we are all creative.
And I know I am not the only person who feels this way, about our art, many of us feel like we are visiting God while we are painting,,,,and most of us are painting or sculpting...etc...Something He Created.
I hope you are able to stop in while this show is happening. It's a beautiful show, and we have some new artists you may not have seen before!