“From the Rising of the Sun,” my 400-photo collage project
contemplating the glory of God’s creation, is now on display at Leep Art Gallery until July 1, 2016. It wouldn’t exist were it not for God sending the most gorgeous sunrise I’ve ever seen floating above Grand Rapids on the first day of ArtPrize back on 09/18/13.That morning, our lake was awash in color, and I felt like God was pointing out that his handiwork is more glorious than anything I could create or imagine. Cindi and Susan took me to ArtPrize for my birthday celebration that October, and we mused over what we’d make if we wanted to enter ArtPrize. I thought I’d like to make a huge mural of the sunrise over our lake, but one thing led to another,
and eventually the project evolved into a 40X80″ collage of “a few of my favorite things,” mostly from around our lake home,
but also from around the world. I definitely plan to enter ArtPrize 2016 if I can, but for the next three months, the collages will be on display at the Leep Art Gallery in the Postma Center
(at Pine Rest, 300 68th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49548). Many thanks to Sharon Rogers, who manages the Postma Center, Morgan, who hosts and helps with everything, and especially my beloved hubby, who really carried the load—quite literally—
to help me bring the artwork to Leep Art Gallery and get it all set up. What a joy it was to bring Cindi and Susan to Pine Rest so they could enjoy the collages with me as part of our Birthday Club outing. (The gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm.)Of course, we had several other items on the agenda as well,like lunch at the Fire Rock Grill, where they serve delicious food on “fire rocks,” and dessert later at the Paris Cafe, where this Bosnian lady’s husband makes all their delectable desserts from scratch. Finally, we ended up at my house for our monthly prayer time. Yet another day of sweet fellowship,
“spoiling” the birthday girl and encouraging each other in our walks of faith.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:23-25, ESV)