The Music Ministry of ClearView Community Church is pleased to present “Reflections,” our first annual visual art exhibit. Artists in our church body have come together to present a beautiful collection of artistic expressions, meant to share with creativity and ingenuity the lessons and insights God has given them. Each artist has included Scripture and details about their story or creative process; take time to read through each description, meditate on the Scriptures presented, and worship the Lord alongside our artists.

The exhibit was displayed in the church hallway beginning Sunday March 1, and was to be disassembled following Easter Sunday. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the exhibit was open to the public for only two weeks, but we are pleased to present it here virtually. Stay tuned this fall for information regarding Reflections 2021!

THE YOUNG ONES

 

THE YOUNG ONES

Acrylic


By Andra Hendrie

 

Isaiah 40:31

…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.

This piece represents my favorite verse: “They shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

NEST AMONG THE BRANCHES

 

NEST AMONG THE BRANCHES

Acrylic


By Laura Lee Schaufler

 

Psalm 104:12

Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches.

Psalm 104 tells of God’s magnificent creation and His wisdom in making for every creature a place perfectly suited to its needs. I’ve always marveled at how a bird can make a perfect nest from materials gathered from its surroundings. They do this with just their little beaks. It is amazing how they can weave twigs, straw, and other materials together to withstand the weather. They raise their young in it, abandon it after they’ve fledged, and begin all over again the next spring. Birds bring us sweet song and I like to think they are praising their mighty Creator.

WHITE AS SNOW

 

WHITE AS SNOW

Acrylic


By Laura Lee Schaufler

 

Isaiah 1:18

Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.

I love snow! I’m very thankful that God allowed us to move here three years ago where I can now enjoy snow for many months each year. Whenever I see fresh new snow, I’m reminded of the scripture about God making our hearts as white as snow. Now, whenever I see a fresh new blanket of snow covering the old dirty snow, I think of how I am continually made pure as fresh fallen snow. It is such a good word picture and a reminder of how God forgives and renews us.

SOLITUDE

 

SOLITUDE

Acrylic


By Laura Lee Schaufler

 

Psalm 73:23

Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.

I tend to be a loner. I love hiking alone in all seasons and a day spent alone is perfect for me. One of my favorite words is “Solitude.” I trust that wherever I am, the Lord is always with me. I sing and speak aloud to Him as I enjoy my solitude. I trust Him to always protect me as He holds my hand in His.

DOTSERO

 

DOTSERO

Pottery; self-mined Colorado native clay; hand-built form, saggar-fired.


By Patricia Jahla

 

Exodus 19:18

Now Mount Sinai was wrapped in smoke because the Lord had descended on it in fire. The smoke of it went up like the smoke of a kiln, and the whole mountain trembled greatly.

Dotsero is a tiny volcano located in northwestern Colorado near a town of the same name, at the confluence of the Eagle and Colorado Rivers. One geologist had the temerity to call it a “cute, baby volcano.” And it is classified as active. All the systems on earth, including the molten lava that churns beneath its mantle, are designed by God and reveal His creative—and destructive—power. Skipping from Exodus to Revelation is unsettling.

THE ROSE CHALICE

 

THE ROSE CHALICE

Pottery; self-mined Colorado native clay; hand-built form, saggar-fired.


By Patricia Jahla

 

Composite – from the Chalice (comes from the Latin, “calyx” meaning cup) of Christ used at the Last Supper and The Rose, which is Christ Himself.

My firing method typically produces shades of deep rose red and some pinks, accented with black and white. More often than not, my pieces have no names when they are loaded into the kiln to be fired, but they announce themselves when they come out of the fire, very much like our lives.

A BOWL FULL OF THE UNIVERSE

 

A BOWL FULL OF THE UNIVERSE

Pottery; self-mined Colorado native clay; hand-built form, saggar-fired.


By Patricia Jahla

 

Isaiah 66:1

Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest?”

A Bowl Full of the Universe reflects the metaphor of the Pueblo seed pot which contains the seed corn for next year’s harvest. It contains God’s promise of continued life by like earth and the whole universe, it is subservient to Him. The whole universe is His “seed pot,” the place He rests His feet, the path we are to follow. This piece has an interesting history. It was the last piece I built in 2003 and it was not fired until 2017, during which years it moved twice with us in its very fragile greenware state. It never cracked or showed any wear. 

PATHWAY TO PEACE

 

PATHWAY TO PEACE

Oil


By Angela Craft

 

Isaiah 43:19

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 

There are a lot of road blocks, hurdles, and thorns; my mind, body, and soul feel worn. Lord, I want to draw near to You; in my life I have traveled long roads with many empty spaces, and rough places in the wilderness alone. I know You had a plan for me; the road is now smooth; You paved a path of grace and mercy for me. It led me to You and You saw me through. Into the wilderness I sometimes must go, and God may keep me there so my faith in Him will grow. 

CALM WATERS

 

CALM WATERS

Oil


By Angela Craft

 

John 4:14

But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

When I desire things of this world, I am left with broken promises and no peace, joy, or satisfaction in my life. When I come to the well of Jesus, I shall thirst no more. Nothing can compare to the water Jesus offers me. Sometimes I must go through troubled waters, not to drown me, but to cleanse me. When I am going through hardships, it reminds me of a stream of water: I can see it flowing, reminding me that this too shall pass. 

STRONG ROOTED

 

STRONG ROOTED

Oil


By Angela Craft

 

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. 

Whenever I go through hard times, God always reminds me that I am strong rooted in him, and just like the trees planted by the waters, I will grow and bear fruit. Jesus is near me always and is my source of life and my spring of water; with Jesus, my well will never run dry. Just like the tree, I will stay strong rooted and grow. 

SHELTERED RESILIENCE

 

SHELTERED RESILIENCE

Photography


By Julie Baker

 

Isaiah 32:2

Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land. 

Colorado mountain scenery, taken near Red Mountain Pass July 2019. The Alpine Loop trail system near Silverton is very diverse and requires thankfulness to God for creating so much for the eyes to behold! I love how the rock outcropping shelters the Big-Headed Clover and provides a beautiful contrast to the earth tones that surround the alpine flowers. 

GOD’S MOUNTAIN MAJESTY

 

GOD’S MOUNTAIN MAJESTY

Photography


By Julie Baker

 

Psalm 95:2-4

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. 

Colorado mountain scenery, taken on Shrine Pass. I am always drawn to wildflowers, but as I chose a position to take this picture, I was awed and overwhelmed by God’s beauty and diversity in one frame. The columbine is front and center, with other wildflowers and grass in the foreground. Then, you see a unique rock outcropping, evergreens, and finally mountains, clouds, and blue sky in the distance. God’s creation is a masterpiece. 

PINK IRIS

 

PINK IRIS

Watercolor


By Mikki Martin

 

Isaiah 40:8

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. 

I am currently taking watercolor classes. Flowers are only here for a short time; they fade, but the words of God last forever. To paint this iris lets me view God’s creation year-round. 

RIVERS OF LIVING WATER

 

RIVERS OF LIVING WATER

Glass Mosaic


By Kim Heidemann

 

John 7:38

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 

This piece includes tiles and glass pieces cut and fused in a kiln. It reminds me of how God forms us, and when we submit to Him, He makes us lovely. 

FACING THE SON

 

FACING THE SON

Stained Glass


By Kim Heidemann

 

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 ever-lasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children. 

This stained glass is made with the soldering method, and my soul blesses the Lord for the opportunity to work with my hands. 

THE DOWNY WOODPECKER

 

THE DOWNY WOODPECKER

Colored Pencil


By Randy Benedetto

 

Proverbs 12:18

There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. 

The Downy Woodpecker has a tongue several times longer than its bill. Starting at the tip of the tongue, going back into its throat, the tongue splits in two going around the neckbone. The tongue then continues around the back of the skull, over the top of its head, between its eyes, and fastens to the inside of its right nostril. Using bony barbs at its end and a strong saliva or glue, it secures and rakes in its dinner. God’s designs are amazing and prove His love and existence. 

The woodpecker’s tongue goes around its brain; maybe we should get our tongue around our brain before we speak. 

THE SEARCH

 

THE SEARCH

Wood Carving


By Randy Benedetto

 

Proverbs 2:3-6

Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 

The prospector digs in the dirt for treasure, but at the end of the day he finds true worth and wisdom in God’s Word. The donkey was completed years before the rest of the scene was completed, and the prospector was later added. Each of the 20 individual pieces was carved separately from basswood then painted with acrylic and watercolor. 

THE BELIEVER’S HEART

 

A BELIEVER’S HEART

Wood Burning on Basswood and Colored Pencil


By Randy Benedetto

 

Luke 2:19

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 

This vulnerable and dependent little baby, born in the humblest of circumstances, was as noble as a king. This endearing portrait of Mary and the infant Jesus seeks to capture the mystery of His incarnation. Every parent relates to their tender kiss and tight embrace, and every believer clings to Christ just as closely in their heart. Inspired by a classic painting by the artist Morgan Weistling, I began this piece by burning into basswood then adding depth and color with pencils. 

A COOL WINTER’S EVENING

 

A COOL WINTER’S EVENING

Oil


By Joshua Salazar

 

Psalm 90:1-2

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. 

The mountain in the distance gives this painting greater depth. The sky was inspired by the sunsets we have here in Buena Vista. 

SHADES OF UMBER

 

SHADES OF UMBER

Oil


By Joshua Salazar

 

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

The sepia tone in this painting was accomplished by using only two colors, titanium white and burnt umber. 

A WALK IN THE WILDERNESS

 

A WALK IN THE WILDERNESS

Oil


By Joshua Salazar

 

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. 

This painting was fun and interesting to do because it was my first painting after Christmas, so I was able to use my new brushes. Notice the pink highlights on the mountain indicating early morning. 

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

 

STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

Quilting


By Marty Kuiper

 

Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 

I saw a picture of this quilt in a Salida quilt store. I immediately decided to make it because it reminded me of the stained glass windows in my childhood church. I had gotten so engrossed in looking up at the windows that I forgot to listen to the sermon! …that’s another story, another time… 

 

WHITE ON WHITE

 

WHITE ON WHITE

Quilting


By Marty Kuiper

 

Psalm 90:17

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands! 

About ten years ago, I decided to design and make a hand- and machine-made quilt as a challenge to myself. It took me about three years to make, working on it off and on. I made it to create something that was uniquely me and to relax and be quiet on late afternoons waiting for Pete to come home from work. 

 

TRANSFORMATION

 

TRANSFORMATION

Watercolor


By Garrett Davis

 

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 

I attended Delaware County Christian School in Pennsylvania. When I was a senior, I was asked to paint a picture to be used on the cover of the school calendar that would reflect the verse (above) selected for the year. 

 

SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST

 

SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST

Pencil


By Garrett Davis

 

2 Corinthians 1:5

For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. 

As an Easter season arrived, I was inspired to attempt to portray the suffering that Jesus endured on our behalf coupled with the deep love that He has for His children. 

 

A TWIST OF HARE

 

A TWIST OF HARE

Pastel


By Anonymous (Soli Dei Gloria)

 

1 Timothy 6:17b

…nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 

As a little girl, I used to sit for hours daydreaming and twisting my hair. Life was simple with little to distract me from uncomplicated, simplistic enjoyment. I was wide-eyed to all of creation around me. Longing for this once again in my life, wonderment miraculously hopped into my back yard and heart. A furry rabbit chose to make his winter home with me bringing an extraordinary amount of enjoyment with him. Astonishingly, this enjoyment I get out of this rabbit is nothing compared to the great joy and delight God gets when we choose to stay with Him. 

 

UNCONCERNED

 

UNCONCERNED

Acrylic


By Anonymous (Soli Dei Gloria)

 

Matthew 6:25-26, 33

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? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? …But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Several years ago, I read of an 80-year-old woman who wouldn’t sell her house to someone unless they agreed to stop whatever they were doing at 10:00 each morning and spend at least five minutes sitting still and watching the birds in the back yard. Why? I bought a couple of bird feeders and sunflower seeds to find out why. Now I know. This small, but brave little bird faces the wind and storms of life free, unfettered, careless, and unconcerned, because he knows God provides all he needs. 

 

STILLED

STILLED

Graphite


By Anonymous (Soli Dei Gloria)

 

Psalm 131:1-3

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.

A couple of days after God gave me the vision for this picture, a massive storm hit my life and I had to learn to walk out Psalm 131 in a deep and personal way. I started by clamoring and grasping for the comfort and safety of the past, but it escaped me. This matter was way too great for me. I may sooner calm the sea or rule the wind than reclaim devastation. However, as I let go of control, took the place of meekness, and placed my hope in the Lord, divine grace calmed and quieted my soul under the anguish of disappointment and devastation, and I became this weaned child. 

 

SORROW

 

SORROW

Colored Pen


By Valerie Clark

 

Romans 15:13

May the God of all hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may about in hope. 

After the loss of a close loved one, I could barely open my eyes or hold my head up, since I was suffering from such deep depression. Where was my hope? 

 

CHILDLESS MOTHER

 

CHILDLESS MOTHER

Pastel


By Valerie Clark

 

Luke 23-29

”For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’” 

The desire to have a child never goes away. After losing my twins, I was never able to bare children again. 

HUGS AND KISSES SCRAP QUILT

 

HUGS AND KISSES SCRAP QUILT

Quilting


By Lisa Myres

 

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (verses 12-13 displayed)

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 

Every single block in this quilt is different and unique, each one joined by a common border, just as we are all different and unique, with our common bond being Jesus Christ. The hugs and kisses signify our love for each other, the X’s being the kisses and the O’s and hearts in the quilting being the hugs. Our love for each other should only be next to our love for the Lord. 

PEACE


PEACE

Mixed Media


By Sandie Biggs

 

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 

TRANSFIGURE


 

TRANSFIGURE

Watercolor, Colored Pencil


By Wendy Wibbens

 

Romans 8:38-39

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Psalm 27 (verse one displayed)

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 

There are a lot of things to fear in life. God is always saying to us, “Do not fear.” Through fear, because of fear, we learn to separate ourselves. Sin separates us from God and each other, and yet we yearn for relationship. God stepped into my life and broke the concrete dam around my heart. This image had been in my head for years and the circumstance, God’s touch, and a phrase from the Anam Cara brought a way to express the transformation. God provides release from fear and separation. In God, we are home. 

LIVING WATER BECKONS


 

LIVING WATER BECKONS

Oil


By Linda Lunger

 

Psalm 42:1-3

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they say to me all the day long, “Where is your God?” 

John 4:13-14

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 

Revelation 22:17

The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. 

I was thirsty. He led us to Buena Vista and we decided to stay because of this little stream. Then by God’s grace, Maggie and Sophia joined us. Later, He led Maggie to ClearView Community Church and brought us along. Thanks be to God. 

FIELD OF FLOWERS


 

FIELD OF FLOWERS

Oil


By Cheri Welty

 

1 Peter 1:23-25

…since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever 

The main idea of these verses is not the flowers of the field, but the phrase “the Word of the Lord stands forever,” unlike the flowers and grasses. 

ROSE OF SHARON

 

ROSE OF SHARON

Oil


By Cheri Welty

 

Song of Solomon 2:1-2

I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. As a lily among bram-bles, so is my love among the young women. 

In the Hebrew text, this book is known as Solomon’s Song of Songs. A rose of Sharon is not a rose at all. Sharon is a fertile coastal plain known for its trees and foliage. (Also see Isaiah 35:1-2.) The flower referred to as a rose is probably a crocus, lily of the valley, lotus, or Hibiscus, all of which grow in Sharon. In this painting, I chose my rose of Sharon to be a Hibiscus. 

THE ROOSTER WHO CROWED


 

THE ROOSTER WHO CROWED

Oil


By Cheri Welty

 

Matthew 26:34

Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 

Jesus predicts Peter’s denial. This appears three times in the Scriptures. In Matthew, it says, “‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, [referring to Peter] ‘this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.'” 

REACHING PARADISE

 

REACHING PARADISE

Acrylic


By Andra Hendrie

 

Isaiah 30:21

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.

This waterfall leads you to a cross, and you are where you should be near the cross. 

RAYS OF HOPE

 

RAYS OF HOPE

Oil


By Andra Hendrie

 

Jeremiah 32:27

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me? 

I always wanted to walk in nature and enjoy God’s handiwork. This piece invites you in to walk with Him. 

MY CHURCH ON A ROCK

 

MY CHURCH ON A ROCK

Photography


By Curt Welty

 

Matthew 16:18

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 

Seeing this chapel, I immediately thought of how appropriate its location was, and the words of Jesus in Matthew 16 came to mind. 

CLOUD PILLAR & PILLAR OF FIRE

 

 

CLOUD PILLAR & PILLAR OF FIRE

Photography


By Curt Welty

 

Exodus 13:21

And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. 

As Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, he was guided by a cloud; this photo represents, to me, how it must have looked to Moses.

I was up early one morning to catch the sunrise and saw this pillar of fire; I wondered if this was like the light that guided Moses through the night. 

COME THIRSTY

 

Come Thirsty

Photography


By Rann Morris

 

Psalm 42:1-2

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 

As I pray and meditate about this piece, the Lord reminds me that He provides for all of my needs. He fills my soul with His mercy, love, and compassion for people. My soul longs to be more and more like Jesus each day. My life needs to be a reflection of Christ’s love for me. 

HEAVEN BOUND

 

Heaven Bound

Photography


By Rann Morris

 

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. 

I lay my burdens and cares at Jesus’ feet. I lift my cares to Him and trust that He will comfort me as I trust Him more and more. I look to the heavens and talk to the Creator of all things. His peace fills my soul. 

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