Welcome to the Home
of Arts in the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey! We launched
a diocesan chapter of the Episcopal
Church and the Visual Arts (ECVA) in October 2004.
The ECVA, a national Episcopal
organization, supports artists,
individuals, congregations, and scholars in engaging
the visual arts in the spiritual life of the
church. It encourages visual artists
to use their creative gifts for the glory of
God. It hopes individuals will explore the opportunities
visual arts offer in their spiritual journeys.
It urges parishes and cathedrals to incorporate
visual arts in their programs. And it fosters
conversations and research in the visual arts,
theology, and culture.
Here are some of our exhibits
and activities that ECVA New Jersey has sponsored
in the last few years:
- The Art
of Recovery featured works by
artists of Catholic Charities' Partners
in Recovery program and the A-Team
of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).
The artworks were exhibited at Trinity
Cathedral's Synod Hall in 2006.
- We sponsored an exhibition, Overcoming
initially at the Anti-racism Conference No
More in My Church! in 2005, then
at the 222nd Convention in Cherry
Hill and at Trinity Cathedral in
- We hosted a retrospective of the photographic
works of William Earl Perry at Trinity
Cathedral, from October 2005 until January
- In Spring 2005, we sponsored an exhibition — New
Life — at Trinity
- Our New Jersey ECVA chapter began with a
and exhibit at Trinity
Cathedral in Trenton in 2004, which featured
the works of talented men and women in the
We're delighted you've visited
us online. We look forward to welcoming
you as a member!
Yours in Christ,
Ruth Tietjen Councell
Chair, ECVA New Jersey
World of Possibilities
An Exhibition of Paintings by Isabell Villacis
6 November 2010 – 5 January 2011
loves to paint. But she can't do it alone.
Since birth her physical abilities have been
severely limited by cerebral palsy. With the
innovative new Art Realization Technology (ART),
the door has been opened for Isabell and others
with virtually no use of their arms or legs to
express themselves through visual art.
Sitting in her wheelchair, Isabell is fitted
with a target laser, an instrument originally
designed for military use. With the laser light
strapped to her head, she moves the beam around
on a canvas, showing a tracker (a person who
puts the paint on the canvas) where the paint
should go. The choices of color, shape, line,
and even texture are all made by the artist.
Isabell's world is filled with dreams and possibilities.
ECVA NJ is pleased to honor her and the people
at ART who help to make those possibilities into
learn more about ART, please visit their web
site at www.artrealization.org
If you wish to purchase a painting from this
exhibition, please contact Ruth Councell
at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twenty-five percent
of the sale price of the paintings in this
exhibition will go to ART in Princeton.