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Arts in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey

NEW LIFE: Trinity Cathedral: Easter through the Day of Pentecost 2005

On Thursday, May 12, artists and art appreciators alike gathered in Synod Hall at Trinity Cathedral to sip a glass of wine and enjoy the art surrounding them. The occasion was a closing reception for the Easter Exhibit. Twenty-two artists from across the diocese contributed their expressions on the theme of New Life in media ranging from oils and watercolors to photography, computer graphics, ceramics, wood, and needlework.

Approaches to the subject were as varied as the materials used. Cape May artist Gail Fisher’s imagination is sparked by the endless variety of gourds.  She created lively expressions of new life and growth from these natural life forms themselves. Derrick Grant of the Cathedral congregation gave us a vision of World Peace with his surrealistic graphic images. And Mary Shone of St. Peter’s, Medforexpressed her awe and reverence for the Resurrection in a painting of a vibrantly colored cross.

A selection of images from the New Life exhibit. Click to see a larger version.

Some of the work in the exhibit was offered for sale, with 25 percent of each sale given to benefit the Cathedral.

The new life of the natural world was a favorite theme, depicted in photographs as well as paintings, while religious subjects, both traditional and contemporary were also in abundance. Alongside the images were statements by each artist about their work in connection to the theme. Some were scriptural and others were deeply personal based on life experiences of darkness and renewal.

We hope that all who passed through Synod Hall and saw the exhibit were enriched, and we hope this will be the beginning of many more shows in the future.