Sacred Spaces Between the Words

Consider the times when by the act of entering a Sacred space your thought parade slowed to a halt and ceased its endless performance.

Why add art to the Liturgy?

Liturgical art has a place in worship, and much like its architectural surroundings, art illuminates the mystery of the divine, the scripture being proclaimed, and the season being celebrated.

A Sacred Space

Liturgical celebrations and rites enable more than a brush with the divine; they become bridges to the sacred.

Everything old is…old again.

I wonder what this “traditionalist” movement which replicates what has already been done, and which effectively restricts the involvement of laity says about us as a culture. Will historians conclude from our return to the past that we lacked faith in the future?

Mount Tabor Centre Offers Two Growth Opportunities for Christian Artists

The Mount Tabor Centre is hosting symposiums on Arts and Ecumenism in five cities in 2017: Paris (May 12-13), Strasbourg (May 19-20), Florence (May 25-27), Yale/New Haven (Oct 20-21) and Cape Cod /Community of Jesus (Oct 27-29). Please visit The Mount Tabor Center website and take a look at all the exciting offerings. Also, Christian artists might…

Assess Your Space

Determining the size of your space cannot be overemphasized. A banner which looks enormous before installation might look like a cocktail flag when it is raised into position.

Take a seat at the kids’ table

Michael J. Crosbie, the editor-in-chief of Faith & Form, an interfaith journal devoted to religious art and architecture, recently invited me to write a short piece describing some of the benefits of adding  communally created liturgical art to the worship experience. I am thrilled and honored to have this prestigious platform to briefly explain not…

A Life Dedicated to Sacred Art

A few weeks ago I had the honor of meeting Robert Rambusch and Larry Hoy of Renovata Studios, Inc. for lunch. What an absolute thrill to share a meal with these two men and engage in an inspiring discussion on the current state of liturgical art. I am pasting below a reprint of an article…

Gravel in my mouth

Life’s like that. Things happen. We choose to turn one way over another, or life takes us there. If we pay attention early on we might course correct. We can even find the grace.

When commissioning an artist is a no-brainer

Juanita Yoder is an extraordinary and prolific liturgical artist whose breathtaking use of color and movement is nothing short of stunning.  Juanita’s process takes into consideration the location and needs of the community for whom she is creating the art, but unlike the artist-in-residence or art ministry models discussed here,  she works alone on each…

No more blank stares

This is what I have learned. Very little attention is paid to the visual experience of Liturgy. I’m not referring to the architectural surroundings of the church, its statuary, permanent furnishings, stained glass, or vestments. I’m talking about sacred art which, in a manner similar to sacred music, but without a specific location in the…