I’ve enjoyed working with Rip Kastaris during the planning of his gallery opening at Webster Groves Christian Church. I’m glad he accepted my invitation to display his art in the “Gallery within Webster Groves Christian Church”. Below is the text of an e-mail Rip sent to myself and Jeff Moore the pastor of Webster Groves Christian Church. All are welcome to view his art at Webster Groves Christian Churchon Sunday March 9, from 5:30 until 7:30. Light refreshments will be served.
What do we see when we purposefully close our eyes to the images imposed on us? What are the images that come to us from within? Prayer and faith are a kind of lens that lead to developing a different kind of seeing. The creative eye sees first and then builds what has been imagined. Openness to new ideas about how we see and what we think about in meditation and in our quiet moments can be the topic of discussion with art as a vehicle to explore our outer and inner vision.
Works of art are both windows and mirrors, reflecting as well as revealing who we are on many levels. St. Paul talks about the continual revelation of seeing more and more as we develop and get closer to our Creator. His words describe a relationship with our Creator in how we come to know more clearly and how we are known by our source.
1 Corinthians 13:12 HNV
Hebrew Names Version
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known.
Thinking about the community art project, I think that a combination of looking through kaleidoscopes as a special lens and creating crosses could be a wonderful way to celebrate color, design and the symbol of the cross. Below I have a link on how easy it is to make a Kaleidoscope as well as a pic of some crosses made with the technique of looking through this lens.