Chris LaPorte: Have You Found a Venue?

Mural Pictures 400So, ArtPrize is officially off and running. Here’s a picture of my entry, although it’s actually 33 feet long and 7 feet high. Artists are registering their entries, and last week began the “connection” period, where artists try to find a venue that’s willing to host their work.  I am hoping in the worst way that DeVos Place Convention Center will be willing to display my mural, but I was informed that DeVos is a really “primo” place, and so I’m applying to some other places too. If you want to see my profile and a few samples, here’s the link:

Chris LaPorteHave you ever heard of Chris LaPorte? Cavalry, American Officers, 1921 He was the first place winner of ArtPrize in 2010 with his stunning 28-ft. pencil drawing entitled “Cavalry, American Officers, 1921.”Chris LaPorte 4Chris’s work is being exhibited at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’s Grand Rapids campus right now, and a couple of nights ago,Chris LaPorte 3 Alan and I attended a reception for him at the Postma Center. Chris LaPorte at Pine Rest Reception 2There were lots of delicious hors-d’oeuvres, Chris LaPorte at Pine Rest Reception 3 and our CEO introduced Chris  with some very insightful encouragements  Navarres of Woodside to think of every person (and patient) as a wonderfully unique and valuable individual, Chris LaPorte Pencil drawings 1 just as Chris draws each of the characters in his portraits. Chris LaPorte at Pine Rest Reception 1Chris answered lots of questions from all of us curious art lovers.

“How has winning changed your life?” one lady asked. Chris answered that the attention directed to him (Can I have a selfie with you??) is embarrassing and awkward, but that he finds it very gratifying when people are moved by his artistry. (One man told him the picture [and the story behind the picture, which was that Chris was working through the loss of his dearly loved father and somehow trying to “bring him back to life” through the depictions of the cavalry] had moved him so much that it motivated him to be reconciled to his father-in-law.)

Chris LaPorteI found Chris’ reflections most inspirational, and he also helped me think through some additional venue options that might work for my entry.

06 Landscapes copyAs fun and exciting as it is for me to enter ArtPrize, it occurs to me that each of us is a piece of art. Attention to self is awkward, but when others are inspired by hearing our stories, isn’t that a blessing?! In order for people to know our stories—and best of all—what God has done for us, we need a venue…a platform…or whatever you want to call it, where God’s work can be seen. Finding a venue is a good thing. Be it home, work, church, clubs, volunteer work, or ?? But, wherever we find ourselves, may the light of Christ in us shine out brightly!

18 Potpourri“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).