MUSIC & ARTS
Helping people see God as the original creator of beauty and lead us to a worshipful heart helping us encounter Jesus
The Music & Arts Ministry at Church at the Cross is a collective of song-writers, painters, filmmakers, photographers, designers, textile, and other visual artists striving to make great art in community with one another. We desire to be artists and creatives who are theologically formed, artistically enriched, relationally driven, and enthusiastically imaginative.
Email Pastor of Music & Arts, Joseph Tenney, with any questions on how to get involved.
PAST ART GALLERIES
AWAITED HOPE ART GALLERY
Mandy Rogers is an abstract artist from East Texas who now resides in the city of Dallas. She works mostly in acrylic, while sometimes utilizing oil and watercolor. This particular series is about suffering. However, she didn’t want to tell a story of suffering without telling a story about hope - to ensure that hope shined through in the midst of pain and suffering. She writes about her experience in creating these pieces, “I kept coming back to mountains and blue hues and the way light comes into them. I wanted to capture that feeling just before the light comes in, that hope, but also the heaviness and weightiness. Hope can often feel heavy and difficult to grasp onto, and it can be easier to hold onto your doubt or hurt. I wanted to let the viewer know that hope can be hard to grasp, but it is here and it is coming. That’s why you see the white sweeping down in the paintings."
For purchasing inquiries contact Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about Mandy Rogers and view her artwork at mandyrogers.art.
Also follow her on Instagram - @mandyrogersart
PENTECOST ART GALLERY
We have coupled our CATC gallery with the liturgical year, providing us with a constant rehearsal of the life story to which all Christians find their lives conformed. After all, it is through rehearsal that we come to experience the mystery of which Paul testifies: “it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2.20)
Historically, Pentecost is one of the great feasts of Christianity and it commemorates not only the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Disciples, but also the fruits and effects of that event - the completion of the work of redemption, the fullness of grace for the Church and its children, and the gift of faith for all nations. In the Christian liturgical year it became a feast commemorating what is described by some Christians as the "Birthday of the Church".
It is celebrated 50 days from Easter Sunday, counting Easter Sunday itself, 49 days or 7 weeks after Easter Sunday. Therefore it always occurs on a Sunday. So we’re looking at June 4th.
Artists were asked to consider these texts as they prepared - Luke 22:12–13 and Acts of the Apostles 2:1–31.
RESURRECTION ART GALLERY
We're asking artists to consider the themes of new life, new birth and joy.
Some works might explore the idea of resurrection itself, while others may consider what joy might entail, visually. Some pieces might communicate a personal exploration of experiencing joy out of chaos, finding new life born out of a former circumstance.
Our hope is that as this exhibition explores the transformative idea of resurrection and renewal, we will experience afresh the glory of the resurrection of Jesus, and the ways in which we've been brought out of the ashes of death's grip through the radiance of God's glory.
ANATOMY OF THE SOUL ART GALLERY
In his preface to the Psalter, John Calvin referred to the book of Psalms as, “An Anatomy of All the Parts of the Soul”. He believed you could not find an emotion expressed in the world that was not present within the Psalms - grief, sorrow, fear, doubt, hope, care, perplexity, wonder. Calvin believed that by perusing the Psalmists’s compositions, we would be both awakened to our own maladies as well as instructed to seek remedy for their cure.
This curated exhibition invites the artist to peruse these compositions and submit work that explores this broad range of human experience. Calvin understood the soul not as a fixed muscle in stasis, but a multifaceted complex organ emanating a spectrum of emotions and heartfelt expressions. This gallery seeks to portray work that addresses the range of these expressions and complexities of experience found throughout the Psalms.