- CollectionThe Collection He Spake and it was Done, Sandra Bowden In the Beginning was the Word, Sandra Bowden Abyss, Sandra Bowden Expulsion of Adam and Eve, Wayne Forte Christ’s Resurrection, Edward Knippers Peace Returned, Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Abraham: To Give it All…, Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Mountain of God I and II, Julie Quinn Preparation, Jonathan Quist That Glorious Form, Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Simeon’s Song and Anna’s Song, Peter Gordon Only as a Child, Jim Connelly Jesus Eats with Friends, Rick Beerhorst Access, Julie Quinn Adventus (Arrival), Michael Buesking Mesquite, John Marquardt Heaven and Hell, Scott Laumann
- ExhibitionsPast Exhibitions (most recent to oldest): Sandra Bowden Engaging the Word June – August 2010 Alfonse Borysewicz Emmanuel Advent 2010 Michael Buesking A Violent Rushing Wind Pentecost 2010 Rick Beerhorst Seeing the Unseen April – May 2010 Clay Enoch and from the permanent collection: Armand Merizon and Rick Beerhorst Easter 2010 Jonathan Quist and Edward Knippers Lent 2010 Alfonse Borysewicz and from the permanent collection: Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Advent 2009 Mary Andersen Oil Landscapes October – November 2009 Carol McCrady and John August Swanson The Prodigal Son – Gerbens Collection, pt.3 August 2009 Steve Prince The Prodigal Son – Gerbens Collection, pt.2 July 2009 Rembrandt & Riojas The Prodigal Son – Gerbens Collection, pt.1 June 2009 Chris Stoffel Overvoorde Gateway to Spring May 2009 Wayne Forte and Julie Quinn Faith & Repentance: Sacred Duties~Inseparable Graces Lent/Easter 2009 John Marquardt Vessels for Honor February 2009 Peter Gordon Connetquot I and II January 2009 Peter Gordon and Julie Quinn Songs of Advent and Reckoning Advent 2008 Jonathan Quist Preparation October – November 2008 Doug Fassett October 2008 Mary Andersen Oil Landscapes 2008 Harvey Alley Photography July 2007 Gail Kedde (Zieger) Pastel Landscapes July 2007
- ResourcesThe Book Art that Tells the Story by Chris Brewer Art that Tells the Story →Additional Resources Christians in the Visual Arts Helps in Planning and Developing Church Related Galleries → International Arts Movement How2 Look at Art How2 Hold an Artist’s Salon → How2 Have a Discussion Group → How2 Organize a Small Works Auction → Calvin Institute of Christian Worship →
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We believe that the arts are part of God’s good creation – creations of creatures created in the image of God. And because we value God, God’s Story, God’s people and God’s world we value, by extension, art created by his creatures in his world. In this light, we are free to enjoy them without any particular use in mind. They are, as Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts Makoto Fujimura observes, “often use-less,” and intentionally so – a sort of garden of delight.
And yet, in light of the Fall, we long for something more, and in the context of the Biblical narrative, art has the potential to speak a redemptive word, in Fujimura’s words, “to create the world that ought to be.” And so in addition to recognizing the use-less potential of art, we recognize its use-fullness as a vehicle for the Gospel. It’s not an either-or, but a both-and – the whole Story for the whole world.
Art that Tells the Story
In an effort to enable the body of Calvary Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, MI and our community to engage the arts as created good and redemptive word we have been exhibiting a wide variety of art and this in addition to collecting art that tells the Story as a more explicit and particular redemptive word.
We trust that through this art you might enjoy God’s good creation and experience his Story.