This Sunday is the launch of our SALA exhibition for 2021! It has been exciting seeing artworks arrive at the church office – a great diversity of sizes, shapes, subjects, colours and materials. I’m fascinated to see where the artists find beauty, truth and goodness and how they have chosen to express them. The idea of beauty, truth and goodness being intertwined and inseparable as sisters has been captured in some pieces. Others focus in and explore one of the three.
Why would we, as a church, take the time and energy to exhibit art? Three reasons. Firstly, artistic expression and creativity is a gift which is given by God and which mirrors his own creative nature and we want to give opportunity for those with creative gifts to use them for God’s glory or even to discover them for the first time. Secondly, being involved in a community event such as SALA is a way of contributing to our community, opening our doors and perhaps, by our subject matter, provoking viewers to think about deeper things. But thirdly, this exhibition creates a chance for you to invite someone you know who is interested in art (or even just in you and what you are doing), to see the exhibition, to introduce them to our church, to give you the opportunity to talk about what is displayed and perhaps about its meaning to you.
We live in a world that often has no time for beauty, that is suspicious of truth, and cynical toward goodness. My hope is that this exhibition will contribute in some small way to building God’s beauty, truth and goodness into our own corner of the world. I encourage you to be a part of it!
Love to you all, Miranda.
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