cross images by Rip Kastaris

cross images by Rip Kastaris

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.

In Spirit we are Both Mirrors and Windows
Today more than ever we suffer from a constant bombardment of images telling us what to do, how to think and who to be. We are in front of big screens, small screens, jumbotrons, computers, iPads, cell phones and GPS devices all day long. This can lead to what I call “image cholesterol” imposing images on us and diverting us from cultivating a more thoughtful set of images to live by.
Starting with the first book of the Bible we see God described as a Creator, sculpting us from clay and breathing life into us. We are made as Icons of Him. 
“So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

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.

  1. Anonymous says:

    I am really looking forward to this exhibit. Thanks.

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