The original nine artists who worked on the show each had an opportunity to reflect on and add their artistic contribution to each of the nine Fruit of the Spirit. The nine pieces are a result of that collaboration. Each piece is dedicated to exploring one Fruit of the Spirit, including: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Each artist had the opportunity to add to the visual unfolding of each work. As the artwork was passed around the group each month, the artist spent time in prayer and wrote their personal reflections in journals that accompany the work. For Christos Collective, the opportunity to intentionally reflect upon and engage in what the Fruit of the Spirit means to each of us and to more deeply relate to each other through journal reflections and artistic collaboration was a truly meaningful and enlightening experience.
CURRENT - Artwork Network
The exhibition, Current, addresses a broad range of social issues in our local, national, and worldwide communities. People are not always satisfied with the general current of things but in our own ways we strive to scatter light, appreciate beauty, encourage worthiness and promote peace. In the midst of the strong muddy flow, the members of Christos Collective peer through a unique lens in attempts to seek a hopeful path to a redemptive future.
Beauty Trumps Chaos
Tara Lynnsmith McConnell
Race to Hope
Reaching for the Wind
Sandra Jean Ceas
Prayer + Wings of the Dawn
Sandra Jean Ceas
I Heart my Phone + Slipstream
Skin Deep II
Seed of Peace 1,2,3,4
Choice, Chance, Trust - Bridge Gallery
Choice and chance dance the tango within our lives: we blame one, praise the other; cling to one, push the other; worship one, reject the other. But where does trust fit into the equation? The artists of Christos Collective believe trust anchors the paradox of what we can control and what we cannot. This exhibition explores their attempt to make the choice, take the chance, and trust God.
And God saw that it was good
Tara Lynnsmith McConnell
The Good Hair Trust Experiment I & II
Sandra Jean Ceas
Sandra Jean Ceas
My Sheep Know My Voice
Sandra Jean Ceas
For Everything There is a Season
Reclaim - 970 Gallery
CHRISTIANS USE THEIR TALENTS IN ATTEMPT TO SAVE WORLD: RECLAIM EXHIBITION BY CHRISTOS COLLECTIVE HITS GALLERY 970 DECEMBER 31st – FEBRUARY 13th Reclaim examines different aspects of the word via diverse media, but all works cohesively claim Christ’s reclamation of our lives and world. Some artists delve into personal journeys while others address the Christian community, calling for action, calling for changes in perception. Additionally, a few members rework traditional icons, utilizing new forms of visual language, thus making biblical stories and themes more accessible to a contemporary audience. However, some also make connections to the reclaiming process taking place in the natural world. Christos artists are comfortable in paradox, and they work beautifully toward developing audience understanding of what it means when we say, “On earth as it is in heaven.” For this 970 exhibit, Christos Collective is extending its idea of reclamation to the tangible world by partnering with nonprofit organizations, Habitat for Humanity and A Face to Reframe. The collective will be encouraging exhibit visitors to donate to these nonprofits and a percentage of sales will go straight to these organizations. Reclamation is the main concept behind nonprofit organizations, for they recognize that the world is flawed, cruel, and unjust, yet worth the effort to improve. These specific nonprofits boldly persevere despite seeing homelessness increase and victims of human trafficking rise. Reclamation refuses to let go of goals that seem relentless and insurmountable; reclamation does not tire or grow weary; reclamation counts on death but fails in submission to it, for it relies on new life to take its place. Beth Bruno is the founder and director of A Face to Reframe, an organization who's mission is to prevent human trafficking through participatory arts, training, and community building. Along with her work in the nonprofit sector, Bruno is also an artist, social practice photographer, and she discovered her calling to combat human trafficking after seeing the documentary Born Into Brothels. She says this of the exhibit’s theme: “Reclamation is a bi-directional act of mutuality. In reframing the dignity of another, we discover more of our own.” See Reclaim at Loveland’s Gallery 970 December 31–February 13th, and please be our guest at the show’s opening on December 31st 6–9PM as well as the artists’ talk on January 23rd at 2:30PM. There is also a closing event on February 13th with details to be announced. The opening and closing events will feature musical performances by NoCo Artists, and all
Reclaim - Bridge Gallery
In the view of contemporary culture Christians don’t make good, or relevant, art. Christos Collective, a group of Colorado artists established in 2013, shatters this misconception, bringing not only advanced artistic skill but also conceptual, culturally significant depth to their work. These artists approach art authentically, showing humanity, brokenness, struggle, joy, love, and, ultimately, what it means to have an identity in Christ. God was never a conventional artist, and neither are Christos members; therefore, if you come expecting standard crucifixes and icons, you’ll be sorely disappointed.
Reclaim examines different aspects of the word via diverse media, but all works cohesively claim Christ’s reclamation of our lives and world. Some artists delve into personal journeys while others address the Christian community, calling for action, calling for changes in perception. Additionally, a few members rework traditional icons, utilizing new forms of visual language, thus making biblical stories and themes more accessible to a contemporary audience. However, some also make connections to the reclaiming process taking place in the natural world. Christos artists are comfortable in paradox, and they work beautifully toward developing audience understanding of what it means when we say “on earth as it is in heaven”.
According to Carl Raschke, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Denver and internationally known author as well as arts promoter,“Reclaim reactivates in a new and powerful way the original impulses of modern art, the revelation of the spiritual—in this case the mystery of the Christ event itself—as a whole new way of seeing.”
Karin Soderholm - Ripped and Mended (an exercise of reclaimation)
I have long been attracted to the Japanese aesthetic of Kintsugi- the art of fixing broken ceramics with gold, which highlights (instead of hiding) the beauty of the imperfect. Using broken or ripped materials in my artwork, I love the aesthetic of the beautiful imperfect. In this piece, I used two contrasting fabrics- a dull, rough linen and a bright blue lace. The linen is ripped down the middle, mended and made whole again but not with something utilitarian or hidden. Instead the rip is highlighted with this delicately strong piece of lace. Just as the curtain in the temple in Jerusalem that was torn in half from top to bottom in the moment when Jesus died, changing forever the relationship between God and man, so the bold pattern of the blue lace is not only filling the space in the torn linen, it is also spreading on to the rough surface. The power of the lace is reclaiming the the rough and torn, just as the power of Jesus reclaimed the old ways of coming to God.
Garrett Larson - Fear of Art
This piece is a representation of the fear I have for starting a new work of art. The white on the canvas is the start of a blank white surface and the intimidation of making a wrong mark on this fresh background. The aerosol can is a representation of the artist’s hand, as well as the medium of that piece the artist is creating. The puddle of red on this piece is a metaphor for the artist’s passion for their concept for the piece they are creating by pouring their heart out into each movement creating that piece of art.
Harriet Maggi Olds - In Christ
This quilt is based on several sermons I heard in January 2013 at Foothills Community Church. It is God inspired beyond the embroidered references which call us to see ourselves as God sees us and to embrace the mission of Jesus. Discover some of the symbolism within the quilt with these hints: living water, the stripes endured and blood shed for us, the center and source of the believer’s life, the celebration of believers in heaven and the abiding branches.
Jennifer Bunge - Trinity - Acrylic and mixed media
My painting is loosely based on the Rublev “Trinity” icon from the 15th century, also known as “The Hospitality of Abraham.” In my painting, my Grandmother (standing) represents the “hospitable Abraham.” She is shown in the process of giving a blessing to my mother and me although we are clearly undeserving. In this scene, her action represents reclamation: recovering those things which have been discarded and restoring that which has been damaged.
Sandra Hopkins - The Pilgrimage of Denudation - Reclaimed textiles
Denudation is the process of water carrying mountains to the sea. Rain, rivers, frost and ice loosen soil and strips away the surface. Over time and generations, water moves the soil to the sea and beauty emerges. I am struck with how this process mirrors our Christian life as we are reclaimed and carry out the work of reclamation. The restoration of all things: the pilgrimage of our Christian life.
Tara Lynnsmith McConnell - Blessed and Beloved
What we believe about ourselves is sometimes derivative from the world around us, and how we perceive who society regards us to be. Often when the bombardment of cultural messages dictates our significance, it becomes difficult to sift through the prescribed categories and determine what is true. It can become normal to live with a limited perspective about our significance, resulting in limited behavior, or self-reducing beliefs. Conversely God, who created us as good, who embodies love in the world, tells us that we are blameless, precious, whole, loved, and blessed. The piece Blessed and Beloved explores the dichotomy between society-driven naming and God-driven naming and asks us to examine how that which we believe about ourselves informs our lives, but most importantly reclaims a freeing and powerful alternative to misperceptions from society.
J.I. Karner - The Lamb
In The Lamb, I wanted to portray an aspect of Christ we often underemphasize. We like the humble, gentle, meek servant Jesus–the Lamb Who Was Slain, but we get uncomfortable around the Jesus who overturned tables, and used a whip on money-changers, and said, “I come not to bring peace, but a sword.” This Jesus scares us. This is the Jesus who will judge the world. This fierce, untamable, utterly overpowering Lion is The Lamb we serve. This is the Lion whose death as The Lamb tore the curtain of the Temple and opened access to God to humankind. This is the Lion who subverts all religion and rule and institutions of Man. This is The Lamb we serve. Ultimate power restraining ultimate power–meekness perfected. The God-Man, the Lion-Lamb.
Levi Nelson - Kintsugi - Acrylic on canvas
My work is about de-rationalizing ordered structures. The tearing away of surface elements allows for a simple faded structure to be informed by a violent and disruptive complexity. The work is a personal meditation upon brokenness as an inescapable state of perpetual reliance. Reality has a brutal tendency of exposing false personal narratives. The revelation of the damaged self feels incredibly violent and can only be offset by a larger and more meddlesome conception of grace. I see grace as a beautiful lived rejection of boring self-sufficiency schemes. A structure is sufficient until it becomes damn impossible to live out.
Sandra Jean Ceas - Return to Me - Oil on linen
The word “reclaim” came to me in a message from Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, asking me to reclaim His voice in art. In Latin the word is “reclamare,” and means to cry out against. I felt a call to create a work of art that reflects a powerful desire to retrieve, repossess and rescue what formerly belonged to Him. The dove symbol has many meanings to include a heavenly visitation, a sojourn of the soul and a peaceful restoration. In this piece titled, Return to Me, I envisioned God’s messenger sweeping the chaos of spiritual confusion to release a narrow passageway to His mercy, and a flight towards His realm of serenity and grace. For me, the subtle shades of white enact the ephemeral nature of the plea.
Jonathan Myers - Beyond the Breakers - Acrylic on canvas
Right before you do something meaningful you feel it hanging on with its weakening
You know that you gotta stand up.
You must push through.
It's worth it.
This is important.
You determine to move beyond the discomfort and the pain.
You step out in faith trusting that there is a next step where your foot is about to fall.
You push past the breakers and find yourself sailing on the open sea.
Katina Lowe - Eternity Entering Time - Oil on canvas
My alarm went off at 7am, early for a Saturday, but I wanted to do my Bible study before getting my chores done. I always drink Earl Grey in the morning, something about it is just perfect because, it’s like calming and energizing at the same time. After my study, I spent some time on Instagram, but it’s hard to get excited about much when you know the Romans monitor everything we do as well as the annoying Pharisees are always looking for a reason to stone a gal. At least we have the hope of the Messiah; he will set everything right… one day. Can it get much worse? Wait! What’s going on, that light is blinding!
Melissa Carmon - Spirit of Reclamation
When land needs to be reclaimed, it is usually because some force has overtaken it— whether a flood, or an oil spill, or erosion. This lead me to think about the necessary conditions that often precede personal reclamation. When parts of a person’s life need reclaimed, it usually means that some force has overtaken an area of one’s heart, mind, or body. In order to reclaim something, it takes determination, and if we need to reclaim something personal, it takes courage. It requires bravery and resolve to move against something that has overcome a person once already. This requires a certain brand of faith, which might more aptly be called moxy. There are costs involved in reclamation, and the attitude and strength of will required for the task