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Church gallery to feature Prodigal Son art

• Jan 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM

A new exhibit focusing on the biblical story of the Prodigal Son opens Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Atrium Gallery of Second Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven, with a reception following the 10 a.m. worship service.

The reception will include a time to hear and meet Dr. Larry Gerbens, who with his wife has collected artistic renderings of the prodigal’s story for many years. After donating their already extensive collection to Calvin College 10 years ago, they continued to be drawn to the narrative, as interpreted by different artists, using different media. The Atrium Gallery exhibit showcases the new ways they have found the story depicted.

The art includes a number of works by John August Swanson, including a large serigraph, a trilogy focusing on the gifts of water, sight and life, and a number of social justice posters. Swanson himself will be speaking at the church on Sunday, Jan. 27.

The exhibit also features a woven tapestry of the departure of the prodigal son, a recently released Belgian rendering of a work that hangs in the Cluny Museum in Paris.

Deborah Hoover, using acrylics on canvas, presents a series of large paintings depicting the son’s leaving, squandering, regretting, returning and deciding. Ten linen prints in a contemporary motif by Carl Wilson, titled “The Urban Prodigal,” were inspired by one of John Wheldon Johnston’s sermon/poems.

Other works, all based on some aspect of the story, include a pencil drawing by Kyron Nedd; a copper rendering by Don Thoms; a wood carving by J.T. Hastings; and interpretations by John Schirmer, Rick Beerhorst, Ivan Fortushniak, Don Prys and Bob Simpich.

The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, at 2021 Sheldon Road (corner of Robbins) in Grand Haven. Special arrangements can be made to view the art by calling the church office at 616-842-0710.

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