Did you guess where we were yesterday? Lincoln Berean Church in Southeast Lincoln.
This artwork was created by unexpected artist.
Through the years of being involved in education, I have been on many tours. Unexpectedly one of my very favorites was touring the art corridors located in Lincoln Berean Church. This place has developed quite the art program, and participants display their creative products on the walls and halls of the church.
For this column, I focused more on the sculptures and permanent displays.
Much of the art is on more of a revolving schedule. This photograph and specially designed cross are a part of the permanent collection. The cross has a nearby placard where you can read the story behind the artwork.
This piece is near a central area and is a strong visual reminder as to why people can be blessed by attending church.
Entitled, “Redeemed,” this artwork involved the medium of wood. The story tells how and why this piece was created. Knowing the story behind the creation causes the viewing to be even more meaningful.
Those participating from Lincoln Berean’s congregation work together to create themed sculptures and pieces. Meeting weekly to explore various art topics including photography, those who have been gifted in art are able to truly create art from the art. By visualizing their faith, which is often quite meaningful to them, they can help other envision the qualities that really matter.
A visual reminder of what the church is all about.
If you want to learn more about the art presented or how to incorporate visual arts into your worship experience, Lincoln Berean offers “Art Talks” two Sundays a month. Here is a description of the events from their website.
An introduction to Art Talks at Lincoln Berean – what it is, what it is about and a bit about the art galleries as well. Everyone is encouraged to join us – both artists and non-artists.
We’ll talk about things like:
Why is art important in worship?
What is the story behind some of the art at Lincoln Berean?
How can a person glorify God through art?
Join us for Art Talks, every 2nd and 4th Sunday, at 10:45 a.m., in the NEW coffee shop area (Level 200).
Upcoming Schedule:April 27 – Art of the Worship Service: A look at the creative process to plan and carry out the weekend services.
This stained glass artwork was created by Cyndie Hanson and is entitled “His.” (Subtitled “I am, this is, we are HIS.”) Not able to tour Lincoln Berean’s artwork? Check out the stained glass pieces at a church in your own area. Almost every area (at least in the United States) have places with reflective art on display.
If you would like more information on taking a tour of Lincoln Berean’s galleries or about their art program, please contact their Visual Arts Director, Ann Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org (Tomorrow I will introduce you to Ann’s personal artwork!) Note: when the church’s doors are open, you are usually welcome to take a look around the “gallery” walls without an appointment. Please remember to follow art courtesy rules – limit your photography to protect the beautiful items on display.
P.S. Lincoln Berean is having a unique experience for remembering Good Friday. If you would like a place to rest and reflect, their sanctuary will be open from 7 to 7 tomorrow. See this video for more information.