Artists interpret their journeys of faith

The new exhibit at the Atrium Gallery of Grand Haven's Second Christian Reformed Church displays 18 artists' interpretation of the "Journey of Life and Faith."
Aug 25, 2012


Three large panels by Debby Topliff are visual translations of the Bible. One follows the journey of Paul in the book of Acts, and the others depict the book of Mark: Jesus’ travels in Galilee and His journey from Palm Sunday to Easter.

Julie Quinn’s four abstract paintings depict her own spiritual journey. Virginia Wieringa’s works depict the Psalms of Ascent and her response to nature. From Harriet VanderMeer are abstract collages connecting music with life’s journey.

Lisa Schulist develops the journey theme with the Biblical story of creation and the symbol of the cross. Jane Ewing’s San Francisco calligraphy group collaborated on a series of works with statements on the theme.

A bent wooden hull sculpted by Dennis Boonstra asks what you want to be as you travel this life — sturdy or flexible? A model of the ship Mayflower by Dave Vander Wall recalls the pilgrimage to America.

From the Jim and Andrea Vandermolen family comes “Pilgrim's Cloak,” a woven-paper garment comprising strips of brown paper with inscriptions of the Psalms of Ascent forming the warp and strips of colorful street, and highway maps forming the weft. This piece will be missing from the exhibit from mid-September through Oct. 7, sojourning in Grand Rapids for ArtPrize.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 11. A reception for the artists and a gallery walk are planned for 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Special arrangements for off-hour visits can be made by calling the church office at 616-842-0710.

Second Christian Reformed Church is at the corner of Robbins and Sheldon roads.


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