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Light of the World: An Artist Series

Last month, we invited Blackhawk artists to create and share pieces in response to the prompt “Light of the World.”  

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) 

We received some beautiful pieces, and over the next few weeks, we will be sharing a portion of them here on the blog. As we observe the season of Advent and Christmas together as a community, we hope that this series of art helps you to experience the presence of God and the significance of Jesus’ incarnation in a richer way.

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Artist: Jane Nass

Title: Glory 
Assemblage with knitted sweater. 
Size: 12.75 x 12.75 x 1.25″ 

 “Glory” is my interpretation of Psalm 104:2. The wrapped gold thread and gold knitted sweater represent His Light and His Life all around us and in us. The surrounding words describe my faith and my love of such a Great God. 

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Artist: Janice Von Stein

The Promise and the Light 
Gold leaf with calligraphy on cream color paper.
Size: 10″x12″ 

As an artist, I am fascinated with the combination of image and word. I was once again inspired by the parallel layering of accounts in the Old and New Testament. The prophecy of a Messiah that would be a light for the nations, a light for the world, is a reoccurring theme. Jesus became that light. Christ sheds his light for all. When I accept Jesus as Christ I go out of the darkness and into that light. The tearing of the temple curtain is another event that appears in both the Old and New Testament. It came to mind as a possible symbolic entrance to the light. As a kind of curtain, fully torn to reveal the light, I used accounts found in scripture that prophesy the Messiah as the light of the world. Through Christ, a way has been opened for me to God. Without Christ, I am veiled in darkness, isolated and disconnected from God.  Because of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, I am invited in, to come as I am, to follow and live in that Light.