Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Are You in a Christian Artist Group?

Say what? A Christian artist group? You mean, like the St. Peter and Paul Painting and Pancake Club? Sure, why not? (for you adventurous sorts, here's a recipe for Hungarian pancakes).

Ours is called "Lively Arts." Not so much in the pancake department, but there are usually enough sweet snacks to overdo our blood sugar levels.

Essentially, we're a group of artists of all flavors gathering monthly. We are serious about doing our craft well, understanding the greater aspects of art, and integrating our art and our faith.

I'm a writer; my art is poetry. There are a few other writers. Mostly, though, we are visual artists. This includes painting, but also, we have stained glass window folks, photographers, a calligraphy expert, someone making those huge banners you see in churches, and many more.

We cover the gamut of denominations: I attend a Bible church, but we've got Pentecostals, Catholics, Anglicans, Presbyterians and others. The focus is on Jesus Christ, so if that's where the person's at, then great.

As Jim Croce once sang, "If you're walking my way, I'll walk with you." Croce's song otherwise doesn't relate, but I like it.

We'll talk about events in art, like a local gallery showing, discuss hard questions of faith/art (like symbolism and abstraction), pray, and show-and-tell. It isn't Sunday school, nor is meant to be. Rather, we're just trying to learn what it means to be an artist and a Christian without compromising either, with God always at the top.

Sometimes we do a hands-on project. While, as I mentioned, visual arts are not my thing, I could appreciate the glory of God in a deeper way after working on snowflake cutting (serious stuff here -- this isn't what you did in first grade with the dull scissors).

I learned, for example, the creative process Tim Botts followed when developing a large commissioned calligraphic design is much the same as what I follow when writing a 10-line poem for Decision Magazine. I heard that others deal with apathy, discontent and frustrations, and shared in the joy of seeing the published book of one of members.

Tell me about your group. Give me the low-down, with ideas and contact info (if it is an open group).

Monday, June 23, 2008

Christian Art: Does It Exist?

Christian Art: Does It Exist?

Let's deconstruct this pretentious question:

  1. Christian
  2. Art
  3. Existence
Next, put these back together
  1. Christian existence
  2. Art existence
  3. Christian art existence
Semantics? Maybe so, but meaning is part of art, isn't it? If we cannot understand the depth of the question, we will struggle to understand the depth of the answer.

What do you think? No pat, contrived, Hallmark Greeting Card replies: tell what you really think, and why. If you've got examples, Scripture or science to back it, even better.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Submission Deadline - June 30 - Karitos 2008 Gallery Exhibition

Karitos Arts Conference 2008 Gallery Exhibition
Submission Deadline - June 30 - Karitos 2008 Gallery Exhibition

  • All conference attendees and faculty are eligible. This exhibition is intended to show the work of conference participants.
  • Work must have been completed within the last 3 years. Up to 3 entries may be submitted. Open to any visual art media.
  • All 2D work must be no larger than 4 feet in any direction, must fit through a standard 34" doorway, and must weigh less than 20 pounds.
  • All 3D work must be no larger than 6 foot tall and 2 foot in length/width feet in any direction and must fit through a standard 34" doorway.
  • All work must be ready to display—no assembly! All two-dimensional work should be framed and ready to hang. All three-dimensional work should include any necessary pedestals or other display equipment.
  • All accepted work is to remain with the exhibition for the entire month of August 2008.

Jury Criteria
All submitted work will be juried on the basis of:

Its edifying value-- the work must be created from the perspective of a Christian world view and reflect such in its content as it is the intent of the sponsors to promote a Christian view of art and its role in society.

Its quality of concept and craftsmanship--excellence matters!


  1. June 30 Submission deadline.
  2. July 6 Notification mailed.
  3. July 30 Artwork delivered.
  4. July 31-August 2 Exhibition at Karitos.

Entry Procedures
Submit digital photographs of the artwork(s), a concise artist's statement explaining the basis of your work, and a brief artist's biography by email to There is no additional entry fee.

Notification will be sent by email reply.

Accepted work must be shipped for arrival by July 30. Delivery instructions will be provided with the acceptance notification.

Sales will be encouraged. All inquiries will be directed to the artist. Karitos does not engage in sales of artwork or charging of commissions. Artists are responsible for collecting Illinois sales tax.

Although every precaution will be taken to prevent damage or theft, Karitos and Living Waters Community Church will not be held responsible for artwork damaged in transit, in the exhibition spaces, or while in storage. Insurance is the responsibility of the artist.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Picassos stolen in second recent Brazil art heist

Huge art heist.

Picassos stolen in second recent Brazil art heist
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Armed robbers stole two Pablo Picasso prints and two works by Brazilian artists from Sao Paulo's Pinacoteca Museum on Thursday, officials said, the second major art theft in the Brazilian city in six months.

The three robbers entered the museum in broad daylight and threatened security guards.

They made off with the Spanish artist's 1963 print "The Painter and the Model" and "Minotaur, Drinker and Women" from 1933, the state culture secretariat said.

They also snatched the print "Couple" by Brazilian artist Lasar Segall (1891-1957) and the painting "Women in a Window" by fellow Brazilian Emiliano Di Cavalcanti (1897-1976).

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Karitos 2008 Brochure Available

NEW - Karitos 2008 Brochure Available

Get it while it's hot.

Learn the what, where, why, who and how of the Karitos Arts Conference. It is a PDF of the mailer.

Powerful Teaching & Workshops
Exciting Performances Extravagant Worship
Eighty Workshops / General Sessions
Spectacular Evening Celebrations / Special Late Night Activities
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