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An Unexpected Art Gallery: Lincoln Berean Church

Did you guess where we were yesterday?  Lincoln Berean Church in Southeast Lincoln.

Berean Artistic Sign

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.

Berean New Life

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.

Berean Church Purpose

This piece is near a central area and is a strong visual reminder as to why people can be blessed by attending church.

Berean Redeemed Collage

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.

Berean people tower

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.

Berean Church Purpose

A visual reminder of what the church is all about.

Berean Figures Collage

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.

Berean Stained Glass2

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 awilliams@lincolnberean.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. 

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Exploring Art in Nebraska with Children

Is taking a preschooler to the art museum a crazy idea? No.  But that may not be the right place to start introducing your child to art.  Or I should rephrase that – the best place to first acquaint your children with fine art might involve a library card and a comfy cuddle chair.  Exposing your little ones to quality picture books is a great starting point.

Here are a few of our favorite illustrators

David Catrow: He does mainly cartoon illustrations that are always delightful!

This book has become an annual tradition in our house every Thanksgiving.  Over the River and Through the Woods illustrated by David Catrow

Ed Young: He usually has an Asian focus to his books – amazing illustrations!

Alice Provensen: Her illustrations evoke colonial and other time periods of long ago.  Classics.

Robert McCloskey: With only about a dozen books to his name, two won the Caldecott medal (see below for explanation) and two won the Caldecott honorable mention.  When you see his books, you will understand why!

Marcia Brown: Her illustrations evoke nostalgia and are classic block prints.

Eric Carle: His illustrations are whimsical and striking and enjoyable and …  These you have read to your kids without knowing their significance (such as Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?.  A whole book has been devoted to just his art and is amazing in and of itself.

The Eric Carle PIcture Book Museum also edited a book entitled Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Take to Children About Their Work – filled with various picture book artists.

Need even more ideas: This is the list from the American Library Assocation of all of the Caldecott Medal and Honor Books from 1938.  That award is given to the best picture book of the year.  (Note: While the illustrations in these books are amazing, I would definitely preview them for content.  Some of them may not be appropriate for young (or older) children in my opinion).

And one last list: Best Children’s Books Illustrators from Children’s Books Guide

Books About Art: Children’s Books Illustrated with Works of Art

My favorite author of this focus is Lucy Micklethwait.  Her “I Spy in Art” series is incredible.  The kids naturally engage in her books without even realizing they are actually exploring major artworks.

Richard Muhlberger has a whole series on specific artists (What Makes a Picasso a Picasso for instance)

Gladys Blizzard has a whole other series for children on looking for specific items in artworks.

For older children, Anna Nilsen wrote several books on identifying certain characteristics in art.  Of course, the kids actually think they are solving the mystery of which art is authentic and which one is stolen.

Narrowing your search to children’s titles, then searching “art appreciation” will lead to the discovery of even more titles.  (Note: all picture book covers were taken off the Amazon site – the titles can be purchased there for various prices and may also be available at your local area library)

Now on to visiting art galleries  …

I have taken our kids to museum.  And left without owing the place a bunch of money for destroyed artwork.  In fact, everything was intact.  Usually.  (More on that near the end of the entry about our recent trip to the Sheldon Museum of Art).

A view at the Joslyn

The Joslyn Art Museum can be found in Omaha.  They happen to feature backpacks that you can “check out” for children and then go on a scavenger hunt throughout the museum.  Paper is provided, so that you can create your own masterpieces.

What I think the key is to introducing kids to art museums and galleries: pick a place near your home, so that you can start slowly.  I have learned that my kids tend to get out of control when they are tired.  So if an hour or two at a museum makes you exhausted, imagine what that does to your kids!  So, twenty to thirty minutes may be about perfect.  Unless …

You manage to get them engaged in the artworks.  Some days this will work – sometimes it may not.  Follow the ideas from the art picture books – play “I Spy.”  At the Sheldon, they have black benches in the middle of each of the permanent display galleries.  You can sit together in the middle and search for shapes, colors, numbers and even certain objects.  This way you are out of range of the artworks but still are experiencing the art.  Some of the paintings are easy to engage with and others may stretch your mind a bit.  And you may want to choose your angle carefully depending on the museum.

Sheldon Mickey Mouse

What child would not enjoy seeing this painting that is on permanent display at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln?

Another great place to start is at a sculpture garden.  Since these are usually located outdoors, the pieces tend to be a bit more indestructible.  Plus often they involve a bit more of using your imagination.

Indian smoke signals at Pioneer Park

One of the many fun sculptures that you can find scattered throughout Pioneer’s Park in Lincoln.

One final note: as with books, you may want to preview art exhibits, especially if you tend to be conservative or have sensitive children.  While I respect the right of others to create art, I personally reserve my right to withhold my children from experiencing that art, especially when they are young!

P.S. Needing some ideas of places to go to begin experiencing art?  Here is a link to the eight Nebraska galleries featured in the Nebraska Passport program this year.

 

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