Curator's Statement
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  Gracie Kelley Bell
  Harvey Bonner
  Bill Branch
  Dawn Eggenberger
  Erin McGee Ferrell
  T.S. Haller
  Roger Hutchison
  The Rev. C. Kramer
  Lonnie Lacy
  The Rev. Frank Logue
  Griffin Logue
  W.J. McCarthy
  Judith McManis
  The Rev. Nancy Mills
  The Rev. E. Mullins
  Jan Neal
  Christine N. Parson
  The Rev. Kristy Smith
  Kathy Thaden
  Copyright Statement





Curators' Statement


Venite Adoremus—O come let us adore him. These words from an ancient hymn bid us to enter anew into worship of our Lord during the cycle of seasons of the church year from Advent through Christmastide to Epiphany. The hymns we sing during these seasons are so much a part of our experience of the church year as their words and music have settled into our bones through years of singing in anticipation and joyful celebration and deeper awareness which comes through this time of the year. Can it be Advent without singing O Come, O Come Emmanuel? Or Christmas Eve without singing Silent Night or O Little Town of Bethlehem? And can Epiphany come and go without singing, We three kings of Orient are? To this short list we could add many more favorite songs.



Christine Nicoll Parson

We asked artists to respond to the challenge to let the hymns of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany serve as their muse in both creating and selecting the art for this exhibit. The resulting exhibit offers an interesting array of thoughtful works in varying artistic styles and media.

Of the work featured at right, Christine Nicoll Parson writes, "Rondo is my paean to Christ—from infant to adult - the ages and stages that make Him a man and God, and the ages and stages that make us the reflection of Him - infancy, childhood, young adult, adult."

The Rev. Nancy Mills found inspiration in hymn 125 of the Hymnal 1982,

"The people who in darkness walked
have seen a glorious light,
on them broke forth the heavenly dawn
who dwelt in death and night."

To show that glorious light breaking in, she  used gold leaf as a symbol of the Kingdom of God the same way gold leaf is used as a symbol of the Kingdom on halos or icons—illustrating the presence of the glorious light referred to in the hymn as being all around us. Mills notes, "If we could see it, this is what it might look like. As it is, we can just glimpse the Kingdom of God around the edges of things."

Quoting the text of hymn 64 in the Hymnal 1982, Gracie Bell wrote,

"O heavenly Word, eternal Light,
begotten of the Father’s might,
who in these latter days was born
for blessing to a world forlorn."

and then added, "The hymn captures the importance of light during the Christmas season and how we are all waiting for the light of the world. For me, light has always been an important aspect of the Advent season. As a child, we gathered around the lit Advent wreath and sang songs of the Christmas season. Following a German tradition, a candle was lit in our window patiently waiting the coming of Jesus."

These are just a few of the ways in which the artists featured here have found inspiration through the hymns of the seasons. As you explore the exhibit you will discover others and hopefully you will find the songs of the season rising within your heart as well.

Perhaps Roger Hutchison captured the feeling of these seasons best when he wrote, "This painting, for me, came out of a sense of waiting – of expectation. Mary is soon to give birth to Jesus. She is searching, watching, waiting. The star in the sky is also watching – waiting. The world is in a place of waiting – a place of fear and war. We await the Christ-child. We are hungry for peace and understanding."

We wish you all anticipation, joy, and awareness as you wander through the exhibit.

Venite Adoremus,

Griffin Logue
The Reverend Frank Logue



Griffin Logue and her father, The Rev. Frank Logue, are the co-curators for this exhibit. Their primary means of artistic expression is through photography and writing, though each occasionally branches out into other forms of visual arts. The Logues live in South Georgia, where Frank is the Vicar of King of Peace Episcopal Church and Griffin is a student. You may visit them on the web through Griffin's website at http://planetanimals.com and http://www.kingofpeace.org/










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