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First Pres Blog

Art in the Church

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Posted by Lindy Keffer on

 This Sunday, August 6, the Art: Food for the Soul exhibit will open in the narthex, with a meet-and-greet reception with the artists (9 a.m. to noon).   Guest post by Marlene Kort (Painting in header also by Marlene Kort.)  Our Creative Calling The book of Genesis opens with...

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Tags: art, food for the soul, summer 2017 art exhibit

The Art of Forgiveness, No. 9

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Posted by Matt Fox on

"Shelter From The Storm," Jon McDonald, Calvin College. Gift of Larry and Mary Gerbens. Since the beginning of March, First Pres has hosted a special Lenten art exhibition, "The Father & His Two Sons: The Art of Forgiveness." The collection, on loan from Calvin College, features artists...

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Tags: art, easter, lent, prodigal, worship

The Art of Forgiveness, No. 8

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Posted by Matt Fox on

"Return of the Prodigal Son," Karl Kwekel, Calvin College. Gift of Larry and Mary Gerbens. We are rapidly approaching the end of our Lenten season, and in turn the end of our exhibition, "The Father & His Two Sons: The Art of Forgiveness." If you haven't had a chance to see this exhibition...

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Tags: art, parable, prodigal, worship

The Song of Forgiveness: A Palm Sunday Concert

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Posted by Jim DeJarnette on

"Return of the Prodigal Son," Karl Kwekel, Calvin College. Gift of Larry and Mary Gerbens. Imagine Rembrandt, Henri Nouwen, John Rutter, Tim Keller, Johann Sebastian Bach, Kenneth Bailey, Steve Prince, Morten Lauridsen, Fernando Ortega and a whole host of others gathering in the Sanctuary to...

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Tags: art, concert, music, prodigal, worship

The Art of Forgiveness, No. 7

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Posted by Matt Fox on

"Embrace," Julie Quinn, Calvin College. Gift of Larry and Mary Gerbens. What do you think of when you think of the Parable of the Prodigal Son? The answer to that question likely varies from person-to-person, and the same is true of the artists who collaborated for our Lenten art exhibition...

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Tags: art, parable, prodigal, worship

The Art of Forgiveness, No. 6

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Posted by Matt Fox on

Athanasios Clark, The Byzantine Orthodox Icon of the Prodigal Son, Calvin College. Gift of Larry and Mary Gerbens. Our Lenten art exhibition, "The Father & His Two Sons: The Art of Forgiveness," is up and open. If you weren't able to be with us opening weekend, there is still time to...

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Tags: art, parable, prodigal, worship

Prodigal: Rebellion

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Posted by Tim McConnell on

The exhibit is here! We had a stellar opening as hundreds gathered Friday night. Sunday morning we heard from the collectors Larry and Mary Gerbens and artist Elmer Yazzie. Then again on Sunday afternoon Larry shared the meaning and some of the stories behind the artwork. Groups are moving...

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Tags: art, parable, prodigal, worship

The Art of Forgiveness, No. 5

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Posted by Matt Fox on

J.J. Tissot, The Parable of the Prodigal Son, 1881, Calvin College. Gift of Larry and Mary Gerbens. Our Lenten art exhibition, "The Father & His Two Sons: The Art of Forgiveness," is finally here. More than 40 pieces from a wide range of artists and artistic styles on loan from Calvin...

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Tags: art, parable, prodigal, worship

The Art of Forgiveness, No. 4

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Posted by Matt Fox on

Thomas Hart Benton, "Return of the Prodigal Son," 1939, Calvin College. Gift of Larry and Mary Gerbens Our Lenten art exhibition, "A Father & His Two Sons: The Art of Forgiveness," begins one week from today with a gala reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 3. You can learn all about...

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Tags: art, parable, prodigal, worship

The Art of Forgiveness, No. 3

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Posted by Matt Fox on

Elmer Yazzie, The Prodigal Sons and the Father, Calvin College. Gift of Larry and Mary Gerbens We are now just two weeks away from the opening of our Lenten Art Exhibition, "The Father & His Two Sons: The Art of Forgiveness." The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, March 3 from 5...

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Tags: art, parable, prodigal, worship

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