THE STORY GALLERY

At Grace Point Church

WE LOVE ARTISTS!

We love art, but we love artists more! Our purpose is to provide a space for local, national, and international artists to display their work and celebrate their God-given creativity. If you are an artist or know of artists who would be interested in working with us for an exhibit, contact Tim Logan. 

IN THE GALLERY

SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER, 2021: WORD AS IMAGE: WORKS BY SANDRA BOWEN

Sandra Bowden's work is a complex meditation on time, incorporating Biblical archaeological references and ancient text in her art. The mystery of the word as a vehicle of communication across generations has been an important component of her personal iconography, using segments of language and text as design within the image. Her visual imagery is a provocative example of art centered both figuratively and literally in word. She finds a source of mystery in the evolution of the word , visibly recorded and presented historically in a variety of ways.

Images from her Text Series and Collage Series are included in this exhibition along with several from Bowden's Crucifixion Series. The natural progression of her work has led her to a new form with the introduction of artist's books. The text has now been presented in a three dimensional format using an actual book as the painting surface.

ABOUT SANDRA BOWDEN

Visual artist Sandra Bowden has been interpreting Scripture and her own spiritual walk through mixed media for more than forty years. She has been acclaimed as one of the most unique, impressive and inspiring Christian artists in America. Bowden’s work has been featured in books, magazines and gallery shows across the United States, Canada, Italy and Jerusalem.

Her work fuses the vivid yet traditional imagery of the Old Testament – stone tablets and artifacts, Hebrew inscriptions, architectural depictions – with images of Christ’s passion, important music scores, and God’s natural creations. She has issued several series of artworks over the years: crucifixion scenes, artistic use of text and color, new interpretations of classic religious artwork, even altered books with applied textures and hues. God’s grandeur and creativity shine through in each piece of her art.

“My Christian faith has been the driving force behind my art,” Bowden says. “I look at the making of a piece of art as a kind of doxology, a prayer or conversation with God. I don’t mean this in any mystical way, but my ideas come out of my theology and thoughts about God. I am somewhat of a theologian, but one who translates those interpretations into visual form.”

Bowden is a pivotal figure on the American sacred art scene. She not only makes art but was a founding member of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) and has been active in the leadership of the Museum of Biblical Art (MoBiA) in New York City. She and, her husband, Bob, are dedicated collectors of sacred art, who make their pieces available to churches, schools, and universities across the country through the Bowden Collections traveling exhibitions program. Bowden’s life and art embody the scriptural text: “Be ye doers of the word and not hearers only..." (James 1:22, KJV).

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Tim Logan
Curator, Story Gallery

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