The Episcopal Church & Visual Arts. Art Call for 2018 Convention

The Episcopal Church & Visual Arts. Art Call for 2018 Convention

Erin McGee Ferrell joins the 2018 Board of the Episcopal Church & Visual Arts

“The Holy Spirit speaks many languages including the language of art in all its forms.“ With these words 18 years ago, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold gave voice to the principle that seeded ECVA, forming an action committee around the belief that God is present in the work of the artist and the work of the artist is a visible expression of the work of God in the world around us. Today, Bob, Erin, Jerry, Deborah and Mel are that action committee.” Mel Ahlborn, Interim President and Founding Member

Episcopal Church and Visual Arts (ECVA) is a community of artists and individuals who share an appreciation of how art can influence our spiritual well-being and widen our spiritual expressions. Our roots are in the Episcopal Church, and our branches reach up and out. As a community, ECVA explores the visual arts and the ways in which they can be used within our churches, our ministries, and as part of our worship. Rev. Bob Tate

From the ECVA Website:

ECVA is pleased to announce its next exhibition, “The Jesus Movement: Loving, Liberating and Life-giving.” The exhibition will present artworks conveying the theme of the 2018 General Convention of the Episcopal Church and will be digitally displayed at ECVA.org. ECVA members Frank and Victoria Logue will curate.

Curators’ Statement
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry refers to our church as the Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement, making clear that we Episcopalians are part of the larger work of what God is doing in our world. An Episcopal Task Force on Social Media created a Tweet length definition of Episcopal evangelism: “We seek, name and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in everyone’s stories – then invite people to MORE.”

The Good News of Jesus is not self-centered, but directed outward. Bishop Curry wrote in Following the Way of Jesus that God came in the person of Jesus to show us how to be reconciled to one another and all creation, so that we might move from the nightmare our world has become to reflect God’s dream: “None left out. None shut out as enemies. None broken and tossed aside. All of us beloved. All of us reconciled.”

Visual artists seek, name, and celebrate God’s Loving, Liberating and Life-giving presence in ways that invite the viewer to a deeper engagement with the movement of the Holy Spirit. Artists work beyond the limits of language to inspire, provoke, and challenge us to see our world anew. In every age, artists have used their vision to deepen our understanding of God. This vital contribution to the church has offered those outside the faith a way to experience the Jesus Movement and share the Good News without words.

In our increasingly fragmented world, the Gospel of Jesus continues to be the Good News for which society hungers without knowing what will satisfy the longing. Artists have a singular way to draw those who hunger closer to the Bread of Life. From the icon of Christ Pantocrator at the base of Mount Sinai to Dali’s depictions of the crucifixion, artists have offered a unique lens through which to see God’s dream. This exhibition seeks to share afresh the Loving, Liberating and Life-giving Gospel in which all are connected to their creator and none are left out.
– Frank and Victoria Logue, Curators

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Pears. Winter Oil Paintings Maine Studio. Erin McGee Ferrell

Pears. Winter Oil Paintings Maine Studio. Erin McGee Ferrell

Pears. Winter Oil Paintings Maine Studio. Erin McGee Ferrell. Contemporary American Artist creates quiet and contemplative renderings. Falmouth Art Studio. ArtistAMERICAN.com

Erin McGee Ferrell

Pears. 4 x 12 inches.

Oil on canvas

2017

www.ArtistAmerican.com

“I am a fearless and passionate explorer of materials, seeking to alter environments and evoke transformation.”  “I place big paintings on medical walls to distract patients from pain.” Erin McGee Ferrell creates large 2-D mixed media installations for Corporate and HealthCare Interior Spaces. She creates large Urban Architectural Oil Paintings on the streets of Portland, Maine and Philadelphia, PA. McGee Ferrell creates art in public places where onlookers collaborate with the artist in the creative process and outcome.  Nationally recognized, McGee Ferrell’s paintings are collected by Private and Commercial institutions, including TD Ameritrade, AtlantiCare New Jersey, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, INC. Philadelphia, The Episcopal Diocese of Boston, the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, professional hockey player Kimmo Timonen, and America’s Cup Winner- Robert James Gale. Her Maine Oil paintings can be purchased through Venn and Maker Gallery, Portland, Maine. Her work has been highlighted at the Arnot Museum, NY and The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI.  She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and University of the Arts Philadelphia.  McGee Ferrell has also studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, University of Louisville in Italy, School for International Training in Nigeria, and Maine College of Art.

Spider-man. Maine Contemporary Figurative Painter. Erin McGee Ferrell

Spider-man. Maine Contemporary Figurative Painter. Erin McGee Ferrell

Spider-man. Maine Contemporary Figurative Painter. Erin McGee Ferrell. American Artist oil painting of child in Hero costume. www.ArtistAMERICAN.com 48 x 60 inches. Falmouth Maine Art Studio.

Spider-man. Maine Contemporary Figurative Painter. Erin McGee Ferrell

48 x 60 inches

Oil on Canvas

2018

Erin McGee Ferrell

Erin McGee Ferrell
www.ArtistAmerican.com
“I am a fearless and passionate explorer of materials, seeking to alter environments and evoke transformation.” “I place big paintings on medical walls to distract patients from pain.” Erin McGee Ferrell creates large 2-D mixed media installations for Corporate and HealthCare Interior Spaces. She creates large Urban Architectural Oil Paintings on the streets of Portland, Maine and Philadelphia, PA. McGee Ferrell creates art in public places where onlookers collaborate with the artist in the creative process and outcome. Nationally recognized, McGee Ferrell’s paintings are collected by Private and Commercial institutions, including TD Ameritrade, AtlantiCare New Jersey, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, INC. Philadelphia, The Episcopal Diocese of Boston, the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, professional hockey player Kimmo Timonen, and America’s Cup Winner- Robert James Gale. Her Maine Oil paintings can be purchased through Venn and Maker Gallery, Portland, Maine. Her work has been highlighted at the Arnot Museum, NY and The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and University of the Arts Philadelphia. McGee Ferrell has also studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, University of Louisville in Italy, School for International Training in Nigeria, and Maine College of Art.

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Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists.

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists. Contemporary American Painter, Erin McGee Ferrell, in Maine connects with Wisconsin High School student. New Museum partnering with schools to foster Interviews across America with working professional artists. . ArtistAMERICAN.com

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists

Letter from Tyler in Wisconsin:

Dear Erin McGee Ferrell:
As an art student at Prentice High School, I am researching an artist from whose work inspired me while we were on an Art Museum Field Trip. I saw your piece “Petri Dish Series” at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art and the amount of detail in your painting really caught my eye.

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists

I would love to have the opportunity to find out more information about you, if you would please answer the following interview questions to help me learn more about the field, more about how you got involved in this career and the day-to-day activities of a painter.

Where are you from?
Where were you born?
Are there other artists in your area?
What got you interested in this type of art?
Did you always enjoy art?
Were your teachers and family supportive of becoming an artist?
Who influenced you?
What is your favorite medium to use, even if it’s not what you normally use?
What museums do you have your art in?
How do you find places to display/sell your art?
Can you support yourself by making and selling art or do you have a second job?
What does your art look like to you?
Where do your ideas come from and how do you carry them out?

Thank you very much for your time and considering this request.
Sincerely,
Tyler

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists

Erin McGee Ferrell Response:

To: Tyler
Good afternoon Tyler. Thank you for reaching out to me and letting me know that you like my work! An artist’s job is to create and the process comes full circle when the work is enjoyed by another.
OK! Here Goes!
I also attached my CV and Artist’s Statement.

Where are you from? Kentucky, Seattle, Virginia, Boston, Philadelphia, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Maine. Though I am as Irish as can be, my grandparents and father spent most of their lives in Nigeria so I am culturally part West African.
Where were you born? Louisville, Kentucky 
Are there other artists in your area? A billion. Maine is an artist’s mecca. I joke that every third person you meet in this state is an artist.
What got you interested in this type of art? So I am a classically trained oil painter as continue figurative oil on canvas but I LOVE mixed material scientific Biology exploration. In the Maine winter I create 4 x 6 feet oil paintings I my indoor studio, but in the warm weather I explore and slop lots of chemicals around in my garage with the doors open for my science work.
Did you always enjoy art? YES! Earlier photos of me are with a bottle at my sesame street easel. I’m an only child and spent a lot of time by myself. I fell in love with making things when in 4th grade I made an entire paper doll World complete with food you could take in and out of a refrigerator with doors, pet shops, ballet classes..ect. As a high schooler I would spent long hours exploring mixed materials making wearable sculptural jewelry. As a high school I got to spend a summer studying art in Italy with the University of Louisville.

Wausau Museum of Art creates dialogue between High Schools and National Artists

Were your teachers and family supportive of becoming an artist? Yes! Mostly, except for my mother who begged me in college to major in computers rather than painting. I majored in painting and minored in African studies which looking back was stupid but I still loved it.
Who influenced you? My Saturday morning Art teacher in 9th grade! Also the painters: Alice Neel, Euan Uglow, Stanley Spencer, Rackstraw Downs, Carolyn Plochmann, The Group of Seven (Canadian Plein Air Painters), and W.Hemmerling (New Orleans).

What is your favorite medium to use, even if it’s not what you normally use?
I love them all! For works on paper: Ink, Sumi ink sticks, gouache, wax
For works on Canvas: Ink and Oil
For works on wood: spray paint, paper, ink, fabric, foam, caulk, wax
What museums do you have your art in? See my CV attached.

How do you find places to display/sell your art? Lots to hard work!!! Being a visual artist in 2018 is super hard! I’ve been a professional artist for 25 years. The model of the traditional art gallery is dying so this is a new world for artists with untraveled roads. 1/3 of what I do is making art, 1/3 is editing on the computer, grant writing, blogs, competition entrance applications, 1/3 teaching children and adults. An artist now has to know about computers, graphic design (adobe suite), blogging, writing, speaking skills, finances, taxes, and marketing!
Can you support yourself by making and selling art or do you have a second job?
Fortunately, my husband and I act together as a team for our household. We merge our incomes. We have three children. Two are in college and one in high school. It takes both of our incomes working very hard to stay afloat. Besides selling my art, I teach, serve on a board for a national art organization, and trade sometimes for my paintings. I try to take a community college class each semester to keep up my computer/accounting skills and I open a spin gym two mornings a week to be able to exercise there.
What does your art look like to you? An extension of me! A diary entry of my day. Those who own one of my works have a piece of me. (In a good way)
Where do your ideas come from and how do you carry them out?
My brain is so full of ideas it becomes a challenge to say no to them all. I love listening to Audible Books while I paint…it gets my brain out of the way of my work by focusing on a story. I also love movies and TV at night because it shuts my brain off. I need 8 hours of sleep and am a daytime painter. After dark I really can’t create anything.
Call if you need anything else! I’d love to get a copy of your paper when you’re finished!
Appreciatively,
Erin McGee Ferrell.
Winston Churchill, “The definition of success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm!”

Erin McGee Ferrell
www.ArtistAmerican.com
“I am a fearless and passionate explorer of materials, seeking to alter environments and evoke transformation.” “I place big paintings on medical walls to distract patients from pain.” Erin McGee Ferrell creates large 2-D mixed media installations for Corporate and HealthCare Interior Spaces. She creates large Urban Architectural Oil Paintings on the streets of Portland, Maine and Philadelphia, PA. McGee Ferrell creates art in public places where onlookers collaborate with the artist in the creative process and outcome. Nationally recognized, McGee Ferrell’s paintings are collected by Private and Commercial institutions, including TD Ameritrade, AtlantiCare New Jersey, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, INC. Philadelphia, The Episcopal Diocese of Boston, the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, professional hockey player Kimmo Timonen, and America’s Cup Winner- Robert James Gale. Her Maine Oil paintings can be purchased through Venn and Maker Gallery, Portland, Maine. Her work has been highlighted at the Arnot Museum, NY and The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and University of the Arts Philadelphia. McGee Ferrell has also studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, University of Louisville in Italy, School for International Training in Nigeria, and Maine College of Art.

Erin McGee Ferrell Art Installation. Remax Portsmouth New Hampshire

Erin McGee Ferrell Art Installation. Remax Portsmouth New Hampshire

Erin McGee Ferrell Art Installation. Remax Portsmouth New Hampshire. Contemporary New England Artist debuts mixed media paintings with residential and Commercial real estate company. Lobsters, sailboats, and architectural oils on canvas. www.ArtistAMERICAN.com

Erin McGee Ferrell, Contemporary New England Artist, debuts mixed media works in Portsmouth.

Remax Portsmouth. Erin McGee Ferrell Art

Remax Shoreline Portsmouth, New Hampshire


100 Market Street Suite 200
Portsmouth NH 03801
Phone 603.431.1111
Fax 207.773.2525
Office Owners:
Rachel Reed and Derrick Buckspan
Remax Portsmouth. Erin McGee Ferrell Art

www.ArtistAmerican.com

“I am a fearless and passionate explorer of materials, seeking to alter environments and evoke transformation.”  “I place big paintings on medical walls to distract patients from pain.” Erin McGee Ferrell creates large 2-D mixed media installations for Corporate and HealthCare Interior Spaces. She also creates large Urban Architectural Oil Paintings on the streets of Portland, Maine and Philadelphia, PA. McGee Ferrell creates art in public places where onlookers collaborate with the artist in the creative process and outcome.  Nationally recognized, McGee Ferrell’s paintings are collected by Private and Commercial institutions, including TD Ameritrade, AtlantiCare New Jersey, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, INC. Philadelphia, The Episcopal Diocese of Boston, the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, professional hockey player Kimmo Timonen, and America’s Cup Winner- Robert James Gale. Her Maine Oil paintings can be purchased through Venn and Maker Gallery, Portland, Maine. Her work has been highlighted at the Arnot Museum, NY and The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI.  She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and University of the Arts Philadelphia.  McGee Ferrell has also studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, University of Louisville in Italy, School for International Training in Nigeria, and Maine College of Art.