Jesus, the most creative person who ever lived

by Michael Winters What did Jesus make during his earthly ministry? I like to ask this question in a group context and see what answers come to the surface. People usually first think of the most tangible or art-like expressions of making. Someone will point out he was a carpenter (Mark 6:3). Someone will remember… Continue Reading

Go Forth (again)

by Mary Barton Nees I was awakened one evening long ago. My young friend wanted to talk about Abraham, her Patriarch. I listened out of respect, surprised by her wonder, startled actually by her belief. This was a fairy tale to me. But she held onto it as if it were true. We took many… Continue Reading

Epiphany Art Project: Revelation Under Our Feet

by Laura Tabbut During the craziness of 2020, Justin and I served with a nonprofit organization that provides residents of declining neighborhoods with grants and 0% interest loans to assist community members in the restoration of their historic homes. Our current project focuses on restoring the sidewalks in our neighborhood. Many of our sidewalks have… Continue Reading

Balance and Harmony: Remembering As We Anticipate

by Scott Crosby Christmas is a time for me to indulge my perspective on the “already, but not yet”. In my personal realm this brings memories of past Christmases to the forefront of my mind and emotions. The Christmases of my childhood were cold, snowy, and celebrated around fireplaces and wood stoves. It was a… Continue Reading

The Beauty of Life

by Dianne B. Collard, D.Miss My journey from being a missionary with no artistic background to serving as both the Europe Director for Artists in Christian Testimony Int. and the Founder/Director of ArtsCharlotte, is one that could only have been borne in the imagination and sovereignty of our Creator God. My life was changed by… Continue Reading

Weight, Beauty and Hope

by Margaret Bustard And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 ESV) I stood in the Medieval Sculpture Hall two weeks ago at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. An exhibition called “Crossroads” had opened all the way back in March, but because… Continue Reading

Reflecting on Virtues

by Scott Crosby “This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it” (Psalm 118:24.) Fellow CIVA board member, Steve Prince, opened CIVA’s Kitchen Table Talks: Authority and Influence in America with this verse and call to worship. The psalm extols God’s steadfast love toward His creation and calls… Continue Reading

Better Balance

by Karen Brummund In early August, Scott Crosby reflected on the practice of balance in both American and Chinese landscape paintings. Drawing out how two different times, cultures, and styles share a similar human longing. Balance as a practice rather than the subject resonates in my own studio where I’ve largely spent time wrestling with… Continue Reading

When Things Fall Apart

by Christine Lee Smith This summer, after over a year of planning, working, preparing, thinking, naming and finally installing my MFA thesis body of work, it dawned on me what this body of work is ultimately about. I stood in the gallery, mask on, stunned into silence.  In January 2020 I finished photographing my 4×5… Continue Reading

The Decisive Moment

by Randall J. VanderMey, PhD I am no lover of paraphernalia—tripods, gimbels, lenses, filters, light reflectors—so if it were not for the iPhone, I probably would not be a photographer at all. I would continue to be a writer-poet with an arrogant sense that words were most truly evocative, whereas images were merely documentary or… Continue Reading