Telling God Stories through Art. Episcopal Church Painters Exhibit
Telling God Stories through Art. Episcopal Church Painters Exhibit. Contributing Foster Parent Maine, Erin McGee Ferrell, ArtistAMERICAN.com
ECVA’s latest exhibition, “Telling God Stories in the 21st Century”, features the work of more than forty-five artists and captures a wide breadth of traditional and new interpretations of Biblical stories.The works selected for this exhibition allow us to see, hear and expand our sensory experience via 21st century media
The exhibition was curated by ECVA Board Member Deborah Cantwell.
Deborah Cantwell: “It is human nature to share our life events. Some spend hours chatting about the day’s events with each other, while others post their minute-by-minute happenings within groups or broadcast to the world on social media. We talk about our children, our challenges, our successes, our needs and hopes, but we don’t always recognize God’s presence in these important life subjects. The vision for this exhibit is to provide an opportunity for people to share their interpretations of how and where they see and experience the presence of God in their lives, relationships and surroundings, without limit to traditional mediums.
In Scripture we see evidence of the written history of personal daily events, as well as events that changed the history of a nation, its friends and foes. We see the offer of freedom and hope for a bright future, all in the context of man’s relationship with God — God stories, if you will.
The exhibition, Telling God Stories in the 21st Century, captures a wide breadth of traditional and new interpretations of Biblical stories, going beyond to capture personal encounters with God and God moments — like those ‘ah ha’ or ‘ah’ moments when you catch a glimpse of God through the beauty and detail of a Butterfly on a Coneflower, as captured with a 21st century digital medium by Gary Gorby, or see the grandeur of the evening skies in Gary Dicer’s Soul’s Vision, a fresh experience and interpretation of references to the beauty of the ‘lilies of the field’ in Matthew and Luke.
The works selected for this exhibition allow us to see, hear and expand our sensory experience via 21st century media, such as Nocturne by the Rev Doug Earle, a new interpretation derived from days and moments spent in meditation that produced images and music in a multimedia experience of God’s work through Advent and Epiphany.
As well, the exhibit brings us a glimpse into the stories being told from a 21st century perspective — the stories we share, the ones that change our lives, the ones that bind us together and give us hope, and the ones that allow us to know and experience God in our everyday lives — capturing experiences with seemingly simple things, as in Alisa Clark’s Banister, where the image of a hand on the banister of a family home is flooded with history and captures a moment with God before the inevitable sale of the real estate.
All of the art chosen for this ECVA exhibit is exceptional in quality, technique and expression. The number of entries was beyond expectation, making it difficult to choose the 65 presented here. It is our hope that you will take time to experience each of the artworks included, read the artists’ statements and share in experiencing God through the stories of today.”
Mungu’s Birthday at Happy Wheels
Artist Statement: Mungu age 8, our foster child from Sudan, had never had a birthday party. Friends and family all contributed to a roller skating afternoon complete with all the trimmings a boy could want. Mungu’s birth family attended, staff from his school, and friends from his new foster home community. God was present as the rag tag group skated to hip hop around the rink.
Erin McGee Ferrell is a member of The Episcopal Church of St Mary The Virgin, Falmouth, Maine
“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.