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Visual Art: "On the Mend" by Catherine Partain Shamblin

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On The Mend, sacred heart    2011

Birmingham industrial scrap iron cast-offs, junkyard wire,
expandable metal fragments and cotter pin

Private collection of Charlotte Culton

Birmingham, Alabama

About the Artist

Catherine Partain Shamblin is a metal artist from Birmingham, Alabama. She spent most of her formative years in illustration and painting. In 2008, Catherine found God in the midst of a difficult divorce. She awoke one night to hear Him telling her very clearly to make a wooden cross. She was then led to learn to weld and to make many more crosses. She discovered that this process released her from much pain, leading her back to wholeness and community. Since that night, she makes crosses every day.

Now in her eighth year of welding scrap iron, Catherine has expanded the work to include other liturgical symbols, including crowns and sacred hearts. Her work is in private collections all over the world. Catherine's website is her testimony to surviving many hardships. She identifies with such southern outsider artists as Charlie Lucas and Howard Finster for their use of found objects and direct references to the Divine. Completely self-taught in the aesthetics of making art, she has put a lifetime of experience into her true calling, the metal arts.  She stays centered through her scrapping for metal, an intimate practice she will always continue.

“I only use scrap iron to make my crosses. I rummage around and use natural disaster scrap, farm scrap, industrial scrap. I am delighted when I find scarred, rusted and pitted pieces, as they are most interesting to me for the process of telling a story. I find this a great metaphor for life; that we are never too scarred, too damaged or too far gone. We are used, right where we are, to tell a story much larger than our mistakes, to become more beautiful in all our imperfections. I think God wants the world to know that He loves us just as we are."

Catherine is currently working in her Birmingham, Alabama studio and can be reached at (205) 223-4362. Examples of her work can be viewed online at crossesbycatherine.com.

Visual Art: "Resilience" by Kristina Storey

About the work

Both my pieces in this exhibit are from a series about issues women face and highlight suffering, being held captive, and having resilience to overcome pain.

About the Artist

kristinastorey.com

I was raised in Southern California. I then became interested in serving others overseas and sharing my faith with those who have never had a chance to hear of the wonderful love of Jesus. I joined an organization called Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and served in Thailand for 10 years working with Southeast Asian refugees and Thai nationals. I saw first hand the issues faced by women in developing nations.

All the while I had a passion for all things creative. During a very difficult season in my life in which I moved to Ashland OR to care for my mother, my love for watercolor painting was rekindled.

I find watercolor a medium that not only allows freedom and spontaneity but also shines with brilliant translucent color. I want my work to reflect the beauty of creation both in nature and in mankind. My subjects range from intricate lace still life and vivid florals, to portraits highlighting social issues.

Purchase Information

Resilience-Watercolor 16" x 20" Stretched paper over bars $350.00. Any checks can be mailed to: Kris Storey 624 N Prospect St Colorado Springs CO 80903 719-632-8602

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Visual Art: "What the Darkness Does" by Eric Peters

About the Artist

“Peters is a standout among the overcrowded scene of singer/songwriter folk-pop.” – RELEVANT Magazine

“It’s clear that Eric Peters has a love for literature and an ear for a great pop hook. Peters has the skills of a seasoned artist.” – Christianity Today

Eric Peters has been writing and performing songs for listening humans since 1993, and is currently recording his 10th studio album, Far Side Of The Sea (releasing early 2016). He has a heart for folks who struggle with anxiety, depression, and who are seeking recovery. Eric is also a painter, a creator of sculptures made from found objects (Daily Piece), and buys and re-sells used books (The Book Mole). Eric grew up in south Louisiana, and now calls Nashville, TN home with his bride and their two sons. Read more at www.ericpeters.net.

Contact:
AJ Wolnski
aj@wolnski.com

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Visual Art: "Behind the Veil" by Kristina Storey

About the work

Both my pieces in this exhibit are from a series about issues women face and highlight suffering, being held captive, and having resilience to overcome pain.

About the Artist

kristinastorey.com

I was raised in Southern California. I then became interested in serving others overseas and sharing my faith with those who have never had a chance to hear of the wonderful love of Jesus. I joined an organization called Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and served in Thailand for 10 years working with Southeast Asian refugees and Thai nationals. I saw first hand the issues faced by women in developing nations.

All the while I had a passion for all things creative. During a very difficult season in my life in which I moved to Ashland OR to care for my mother, my love for watercolor painting was rekindled.

I find watercolor a medium that not only allows freedom and spontaneity but also shines with brilliant translucent color. I want my work to reflect the beauty of creation both in nature and in mankind. My subjects range from intricate lace still life and vivid florals, to portraits highlighting social issues.

Purchase Information

1) Behind the Veil-Watercolor 12" x 12" Framed $450.00.

Any checks can be mailed to: Kris Storey 624 N Prospect St Colorado Springs CO 80903 719-632-8602

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