Linking Art and Faith
St John’s members share time, talent and resources in outreach to others, and within our congregation as well. Our service continues to be enriched with gifts of music. We celebrate the creative sewing skills of members with quilts and banners. Now with the addition of a gallery hanging system in the Community Room, we are able to organize and present regular shows by artists in a variety of media.
Our current exhibit features the landscape pastels of Judy Nolde, a congregational member, deacon in the ELCA, and Chaplain for Triangle Ministries, continues through mid-June, 2107. Judy also uses art in her spiritual direction. Judy writes
My love of soft pastels shouldn’t have come as a surprise. When I was young I lived in Geneva, Switzerland and fell in love with the Swiss-made Caran D’ache crayons. They were velvety smooth and I could color with them for hours. I still have some of those crayons from my youth. Fast-forward many years later, and my husband gave me some pastel pencils one Christmas and that sparked my interest. What is the pastel medium? I knew there was a pastel artist at St. John’s, Susan Hunt, so we talked and she gave me an introductory session into pastels. I will never forget that day and all that opened up for me. Since that time a couple of years ago, I’ve taken a few classes, bought lots of soft pastels and have enjoyed this new adventure. I paint mostly landscapes because I love spending time in nature and trying to paint the beauty I see. One of my newfound enjoyments is looking more closely at nature. When you start drawing and painting nature, you notice it and possibly appreciate it more: all the nuances, curves, colors, and textures. All of it is God’s beautiful and complicated creation. Please enjoy this beginning collection of landscape paintings.
Our first show featured the pastels of parishioner, Susan Hunt. Landscapes and animals take center stage in the colorful pastels. Her early work was in oil and watercolor until the day she decided to use an old set of pastels that had belonged to her grandmother. The deep colors and rich textures achievable with pastel sticks—pure pigment with a binder—immediately captured her imagination and she put her paints aside.
Hunt explains, “I experience vivid momentary impressions that fade into the background as they are replaced by new ones. Images travel along time’s slipstream gradually losing definition. And then disappear…….
Storytelling, poems, photos, art and music can revive memories. Each of these pastels captures a vignette of mine.”
Susan has shown her work in Minnesota and Wisconsin and is an active member of the Wisconsin Regional Artists Association. The program encourages the creative growth of nonprofessional artist.