I CAME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT ABUNDANTLY.  – JOHN 10:10

DISCARDED POTENTIAL

 

Discarded Potential
Cardboard, sumi ink, pastel


By Anonymous

 

Proverbs 31:8-9

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.

 

Intentionally starting with a discarded piece of cardboard, I challenged myself to look beyond what the world dismisses as being worthless and see value and beauty that is worth my time, resources, energy, and love. How often have I not noticed the value in another human being because I reject the packaging, not spoken up for the disenfranchised or defended the defenseless because it is too much work to get involved, or not poured into the lives of the poor because I have my own “needs”? Will I take the time to invest in a work of art that other walk right past?

Soli Deo Gloria

THE IMPORTANCE OF LAMENT

 

The Importance of Lament
Charcoal


By Anonymous

 

Selections from Psalm 22

 

For our Good Friday service on April 10, 2020, we explored the concept of lament through various Scripture readings from Psalm 22, hymns and songs, and times of prayer. Throughout this collaborative arts service, this piece was created live. As we continue to live in the midst of our fallenness in this world, we have the hope of the cross; Jesus has paid for our redemption as sons and daughters of God, and we can lament with purpose, hope, and a future glory.

TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON

 

To Everything There Is A Season
Pastel


By Anonymous

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, 6b, 10-11a

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time.

 

2020 was a vivid reminder that nothing stays the same in this world. We were made for seasons. Life turns. We laugh, we cry, we laugh again. There is a richness, beauty, and purpose to each season. Each time I walk past this old truck, I am reminded of this lesson from Scripture. This truck was once the newest model; it spent years working heard to take its occupants and load to market, and now it sits unused. Yet, there is value and beauty in each season. God redeems beauty from every season, even the one we’re in now.

Soli Deo Gloria

PROCURVUS (CURVED OUTWARD)

 

Procurvus (Curved Outward)
Pastel


By Anonymous

 

John 15:8-12

By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my
commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.

 

Saint Augustine first coined the phrase “incurvatus in se” (Latin for turned/curved inward on oneself). Because of our fallen nature, we are naturally and deeply curved in on ourselves. We ferociously seek all things for our own pleasure, glory, or sake. We demand that life, others, and even God Himself bend to our will, our happiness, our perspective, for our benefit. The life lived “inward” and bent toward and for oneself is a dark, lonely, and
unsatisfying life. Joy, happiness, and fullness is found as we throw our heads back, take our gaze off ourselves, and “curve outward” toward God and others.”

 

Soli Deo Gloria

RAIN-IN-THE-FACE

 

Rain-In-The-Face
Pencil


By Garrett Davis

 

1 Samuel 17:33

And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.”

 

I came across a photograph of this Native American in a book of history of the American West. The image intrigued me, so I made this pencil drawing of it. Rain-in-the-Face was a feared and respected warrior from the Hunkpapa Lakoto (Sioux) who figured prominently at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. As a result, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was inpsired to write a poem entitled, “The Revenge of Rain-in-the-Face.”

MASKED WOMAN

 

Masked Woman
Oil, mixed media


By Valerie Clark

 

Job 23:10

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.

 

I chose this poem to go along with my piece:

“We Wear the Mask” by Paul Laurence Dunbar

 

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

it hides our cheeks and shades our eyes.

This debt we pay to human guile;

with torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

and mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise?

Nay, let them only see us, while we wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ,

our cries to thee from tortured souls arise.

We sing, but, O the clay is vile

beneath our feet, and long the mile;

But let the world dream otherwise.

We wear the mask.

When it passes, we will come out as gold.

BEST FRIENDS

 

Best Friends
Watercolor and Digital Painting

 


By Katie Goddard

Children’s illustration depicting the beautiful connection between a child and their best pal.

HIS NAME IS JESUS

 

His Name is Jesus
Counted Cross Stitch


By Mary Anna Brasser

 

Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:11

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

 

I visited the home of Shirley Smith once. As I entered, there was a large cross stitched piece on the hallway wall. I fell in love with the piece. I have searched or it for a while, and I finally found a pattern for something very similar. I started my piece last year when we were in lockdown with Covid-19, and it brings me peace to see a number of His names.

REFLECTION

 

Reflection
Digital Painting


By Katie Goddard

 

I love sharing the human experience with children through illustration for books and enjoyment. Little ones can feel so overlooked, but their hearts are so tender and minds so aware. It’s been a tough year; I hope we all can find time to reflect–young and old.

THE WONDER OF A CHILD

 

The Wonder of a Child
Photography


By Lee Davis

 

Genesis 1:24-25

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

 

We took one of our granddaughters to visit a farm and came upon this very Seuss-like creature. You can see the wonder on her face as she examines this specimen up close. I love the colors of her hat and coat contrasted with the nearby fur. I found this quote by Katrina Mayer that relates beautifully: “There’s joy and wonder everywhere when you see the world through the eyes of a child.”

THE MAGIC BUS

 

The Magic Bus
Photography


By Lee Davis

 

Hebrews 13:5

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

Surprisingly, this is not the Magic School Bus of Miss Frizzle fame or the final resting place of the Partridge Family’s bus. I stumbled upon it outside of a Colorado mountain town, sitting here isolated and alone.

RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

 

Retirement Community
Photography


By Lee Davis

 

Job 15:10

Both the gray-haired and the aged are among us, older than your father.

 

Quite by accident, I came upon this scene of antique trucks. We can imagine that they once served their owners faithfully but have now been put out to pasture. May we treat our seniors better.

FAITH IN THE MIST

 

Faith in the Mist
Acrylic


By Laura Lee Schaufler

 

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

 

When God places a dream in my heart that for the moment seems out of reach, I need to remember that even though I cannot see clearly the path ahead through the mist of circumstances, I can only trust that the Lord can. Stepping out in faith into the foggy mist takes courage and faith.

STRENGTH AND LIGHT

 

Strength and Light
Oil


By Joshua Salazar

 

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

 

The idea for this painting came from the theme of Reflections: New Life. This meadow had died but the main tree grew back stronger than anything else in the valley had ever been. Another detail in this painting is that the only place there is color is where the light rays hit.

SUNSHINE VALLEY

 

Sunshine Valley
Oil


By Joshua Salazar

 

Psalm 147:8

He covers the heavens with clouds; he prepares rain for the earth; he makes grass grow on the hills.

 

My inspiration for this painting was John Muir’s description of the Sierra Mountain Range in Yosemite National Park.

WONDERS OF NATURE

 

Wonders of Nature
Watercolor

 


By River Miller

A watercolor painting of the beauty of Buena Vista. A forest, mountains, water, and trails.

THE SPIRIT ON A SANDSTONE MESA

 

The Spirit on a Sandstone Mesa
Ceramic


By Patricia Jahla

 

John 16:13

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

 

Hand-built using native clay dug and processed by the artist; saggar fired. Clay is my prayer language and the studio is my prayer closet. I combine my pursuit of archeology, geology, art, and my love of the Lord to produce work which I pray will touch the hearts of viewers.

The Spirit on a Sandstone Mesa is a dream-scape. When lost for inspiration, I often mentally revisit the red rock canyon and mesa country of Utah and western Colorado where I first became aware that I was truly a westerner. The cleanliness and vast, smooth sweep of the rock formations illustrate the grace of Creation, the eons of God’s eternal clock. With swirling sand, water, temperature, and time as His tools, He created the landscape which so
inspires me.

SEA LILY

 

Sea Lily
Ceramic


By Patricia Jahla

 

Matthew 6:25

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

 

Hand-built using native clay dug and processed by the artist; saggar fired. Clay is my prayer language and the studio is my prayer closet. I combine my pursuit of archeology, geology, art, and my love of the Lord to produce work which I pray will touch the hearts of viewers.

Sea lilies are actually an animal, not a plant. But they are rooted to one place in the ocean floor and depend on the tides to bring them food. If ever there was a more dependent, faithful animal, I don’t know what it would be. But God cares for these little creatures, though most of us will never see one.

A CHRYSALIS, OPENING

 

A Chrysalis, Opening
Ceramic


By Patricia Jahla

 

(Although butterflies aren’t specifically mentioned in the Bible, the transfiguration from caterpillar to butterfly has undeniable spiritual significance.)

 

Hand-built using native clay dug and processed by the artist; saggar fired. Clay is my prayer language and the studio is my prayer closet. I combine my pursuit of archeology, geology, art, and my love of the Lord to produce work which I pray will touch the hearts of viewers.

 

The emergency of the butterfly from its chrysalis is a metaphor often used to portray the transition of a soul into the saving grace of Christ, or even the Resurrection of Christ. From the grubby, bumbling status of the caterpillar, through the shroud of the chrysalis, emerges one of the most beautiful creatures on earth, a redeemed soul, a butterfly, free to soar.

IRIS

 

Iris
Acrylic


By Andra Hendrie

 

Psalm 103:15

As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field…

 

I was excited to find a frame that was unusual in shape. It seems to bring out the iris in how it frames the flowers! God has created beauty everywhere if we just look for it.

REFLECTIONS

 

Reflections
Acrylic


By Andra Hendrie

 

Psalm 1:3

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

 

Reflections are always in many places. They reveal things that are usually in water, but always from skyscapes of the moon or trees. People can also reflect their nature and draw others to them by smiling, laughter, and treating them as they would like to be treated. You can win others to a godly relationship by how you treat them.

GRAPES

 

Grapes
Acrylic


By Andra Hendrie

 

Matthew 7:16

You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

 

Grapes are a wonderful fruit and have been in most people’s homes for many years. I enjoyed painting them because of Matthews analogy, “by their fruit, you will recognize them.”

FOR THE LITTLE ONES

 

Glass, Oil Pastel
Cardboard, sumi ink, pastel


By Kim Heidemann

 

Matthew 19:14

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

 

Each drawing was made with oil pastels, then mounted on stained glass within an antique window frame. All the parts of this piece represent timelessness in God’s kingdom; because whether old or young, we are all His little ones, unique, colorful, and precious.

GOD’S PROTECTION


 

God’s Protection
Etched Glass


By Angela Craft

 

Psalm 91:4

He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.

 

I will dwell in God’s secret place,

In the shadow of the Almighty.

 

Soaking in His love that He wants me to embrace,

Knowing He has me here because He set me free.

 

In Him I can fully trust.

He is my strong tower and fortress.

 

He will keep me safe from harm’s ways,

Telling me everything is going to be okay.

 

He delivers me from the enemy’s snare

And everything that is trying to attack me from the air.

 

I know that I am covered and protected.

With Jesus I will never be rejected.

SEEDS OF FAITH

 

Seeds of Faith
Lino Cut


By Jessica Woolmington

 

Hosea 10:12

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

 

The Lord plants and cultivates seeds of faithfulness and righteousness within his children. He is trustworthy to transform the seeds into something beautiful and new. A seed that is properly tended can flourish into a flower. It not only produces new seeds to be planted but also provides pollen to a bee to transform into honey. Just as seeds of faith that the Lord has planted are grown into something beautiful within us, we can plant new seeds of faith for others and help nourish the faith of those around us. 

BROWNS CREEK FALLS AT PEAK OF SPRING THAW

 

Browns Creek Falls at Peak of Spring Thaw
Acrylic


By Marvin Willyard

 

Isaiah 55:10-13

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

 

This was painted from a picture taken in 2018 at the peak of spring thaw after of unusually heavy snowfall.

COLUMBINE

 

Columbine
Acrylic


By Marvin Willyard

 

Psalm 103:15-17

As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children,

 

The columbine has always been our favorite high mountain wild flower. This picture was painted from a photo taken in this area.

DESERT TREE

Desert Tree
Photography


By Curt Welty

 

Genesis 1:29-30

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

 

Trees make life possible. They provide shade, beauty, and numerous other gifts. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” A tree naturally seeks light. We can follow their example and seek the Light of the world. Before Bibles came in book form, the Scriptures were written on scrolls. The handles of these scrolls were called the “etz hayim,” Hebrew for “tree of life.” There is a tree on the first page of Genesis and on the last page of Revelation. The first Psalm exhorts believers to be like a tree. Many major characters and theological events have a tree marking the spot.

DESERT GRASS


 

Desert Grass
Photography


By Curt Welty

 

2 Samual 23:4

he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.

RAINBOW

 

Rainbow
Photography


By Curt Welty

 

Genesis 2:9

And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 

The rainbow is God’s creation. We naturally delight in it. There is something awe-inspiring in the appearance of a rainbow after a storm. Nearly everyone will tell others about a rainbow. The rainbow colors red, purple, scarlet, and crimson, all used in early tabernacle and temple construction, were types or shadows of atonement. The color blue can be a symbol of deity or royalty, and was also the color God commanded be included in the threads in the fringes of Israelite garments, reminding them of the commandments and a godly way of life. The color white can mean holiness, righteousness, and dedication to serving the one true God.

ON THE WINGS OF EAGLES

 

On the Wings of Eagles
Oil


By Cheryl Welty

 

Isaiah 40:30-31

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

 

We all get tired. No matter what our age, we get tired: from work, from society, from politics, from those we love the most, and of course tired from physical activities. To me, the most important part of these verses are the words, “hope in the Lord.” With hope in the Lord, our strength will be renewed, and we will soar on wings like eagles.

THE ELEGANT EGRET

 

The Elegant Egret
Oil


By Cheryl Welty

 

Psalm 91:3-4a

For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge;

 

The fowler’s snare serves as a metaphor for danger from human enemies and pestilence as danger to life from disease. I feel this is very appropriate during this time of the Covid-19 virus that has spread throughout the world.

THE GATE

The Gate
Oil


By Cheryl Welty

 

Psalm 100:4

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!

 

In all our lives, we have many fences that come our way that could cause discouragement, anger, distrust, and also turn us away from God in many ways. We might ask ourselves, “Why me?” If we walk through the gates that are put before us and enter in with thanksgiving to God for strength, love, and encouragement, and continue with praise, we will rejoice forever. “Why NOT me?”

CREATION, BIRDS & SPIRIT

 

Creation, Birds & Spirit
Carvings


By Nat Weeks

 

Creation

“Checking Out the Scene” (Fox carving on antler)

“Serenity” (White swan)

“Dream!” (Eagle clutching diamond)

 

Birds

“Off On an Adventure” (Canadian geese)

“A Song at Treeline” (Throated sparrow)

 

Spirit

“The Holy Spirit” (Dove)

“Alert” (Head of a quail)

RED LADDER, MOSAIC FLOWERS & LAKE OF BLUES

 

 

Red Ladder, Mosaic Flowers & Lake of Blues
Broomstick Crocket Vest, Crochet Mandala & Hand-woven Scarf


By Cheryl Smith

 

I give God all the praise for these items and the ability to create them.

SACRED SERAPH


 

Sacred Seraph
Colored Pencil


By Wendy Wibbens

 

Jeremiah 1:11-12 (see also Numbers 21:4-9)

And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”

 

Reading Jeremiah, I’m struck by the paradox of hardship vs. God’s steadfast promise to redeem his people. It’s a common theme throughout the old testament. God’s people forever walk away and find fault with Him in the midst of His provision. I am deeply reassured that God will always bring His word and promises to fruition. The almond blossom is a sacred symbol of Israel’s priests and prophets and God’s commitment. The staff and seraph are a symbol of healing and restoration from the time of Moses in the desert. Remember, when things look desperate, look to Christ and receive new life.