The gallery opens with a reception at 11:30 a.m., after the morning service, to meet some of the artists.
The show explores water in the physical and spiritual worlds as a cosmic force, a source of life, and a cleansing agent — restorative as well as mysterious, dangerous in its power and depth.
The art displayed includes Lake Michigan photography by Marc Hoeksema and Robert de Jonge; and two Art Prize entries by Agnes Fisher, titled “He Walked on Water and Calmed the Storm”; paintings and prints depicting the mystery and beauty of baptism by Virginia Wieringa, He Qi and Betsy Steele Halstead; and a family baptism dress that has been worn by four generations.
There is also a baptism banner made by Patricia Shaver. Julie Quinn and Nora Faber have pieces that depict the depth and power of water, wind and fire. Lisa Bulten explores the theme of water through salvation, baptism and rebirth. A large piece by Machelle Knochenhauer is titled “And it was Good.”
Matt Plescher’s piece, “The River from the Temple,” is based on Ezekiel 47. Sculpture and poetry by Ron and Miriam Pederson depict the absence of water. In helping us to see water in its natural setting, Karen Michmerhuizen portrays the life-giving nature of water, while Robin Jensen’s series of paintings give his interpretation of Michigan’s Rogue River. A “Noah and the Flood” collection includes “The seasick Noah” of Joel Tanis, ceramic pieces as well as paintings from a private collector.
Second CRC Pastor Laura de Jong will be preaching a series of five sermons on the water theme incorporating the art work.
The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays.
Second Christian Reformed Church is located at 2021 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven. Special arrangements can be made by calling 616-842-0710.