On Saturday, October 29, The Anglican Church of the Redeemer, Franklin, hosted the 2017 Inspire! Arts Conference. Artists of all ages and interests came together to explore the arts in the context of Christian life and Spirit-filled expression.
The day started with Morning Prayer and Spirit-filled song, led by worship leader Kara Krilorian, a member of St. Timothy’s Anglican Mission in Burlington, VT. The Rev. Evan Pillsbury, priest of Light of Christ, Portland and founder of Inspire, gave a teaching on art and the Christian life during morning prayer.
Jim Zingarelli was the guest speaker for the day. He is a distinguished painter and sculptor who has taught art for 36 years and has displayed his art in various art exhibitions around New England. He is currently Professor of Art at Gordon College and is a member of All Saints’ Anglican Church, Amesbury. Mr. Zingarelli gave the opening address on The Christian Artist in Culture, which was a talk on the “new perspective” on art, which helps broaden the notion of calling in various creative modes and suggests that an artist of Christian faith plays a role in a whole set of cultural settings, the physical church being one of them.
Following lunch, participants had the choice of 2 afternoon creativity workshops. The first was Prayer and Creativity, led by Lisa Leach, Director of Spirit Wind Center for Creativity and Healing in Stonington, CT. This was a a two-hour time of discussion and creativity answering the questions, What transforms art into prayer? What is God’s favorite creative medium? And beyond mere productivity, what does it mean to “be fruitful and multiply” in the realm of creative arts? It was a hands-on multimedia workshop, where they began at Creation and explored the concept of co-creative activity with God as a dynamic form of prayer. The Rev. Dan Sylvia, Rector of Redeemer, Franklin, led the second workshop: Responding to the Call, a time of discussion and creativity responding to the morning’s call to being a Christian artist in today’s culture.
Marjorie Turner Hollman, who took many of the day’s photographs, described the day as, “Great music, and amazing art created as we spent time together, and it was fun seeing the kids participate as well.”
A unique aspect of this year’s program was the evening session. The Inspire! evening gallery and awards ceremony at Redeemer, Frankin kicked off at 6 p.m. This gala event, in partnership with Stony Brook Camera Club and The Anglican Diocese in New England, was an outreach to our community, with all proceeds benefiting local charity. Prior to the evening, members of the Stony Brook Camera Club were challenged to find photographic inspiration in the nooks and crannies of Moseley Mill and to then submit their best work for the gallery and contest. Photos were judged by a panel of expert photographers. First place went to Sarah Keats, for ‘The Hub’, pictured above. The other winners were as follows:
Inspire! is a ministry that seeks to, “mobilize leaders and congregants to provide spiritual, educational, and financial support for producing art that draws people closer to Christ’s healing, hope, and strength.” To that end, Inspire! is making a call for new sacred art for use by New England churches and missions within the Anglican Church in North America.
To Participate in the Commission, the work:
- Must be a newly conceived work of Art (as of November 2016)
- Must serve a clearly identified use within the parish/mission’s worship, mission or discipleship
- Must be commissioned by a New England church or mission within the ACNA
- Requires consultation with a vicar/rector (who will serve as theological consultant), a parish or mission patron, and/or a representative group of the parish/mission
- Must be completed by September 30, 2017
Selected works will be awarded cash prizes in recognition of their efforts to include new art into their church/mission. They will be recognized at INSPIRE! 2017 (October) and Synod 2017 (November).We are thankful to all at Redeemer, Franklin, who put in so much effort to make this event and outreach take place. We are also thankful to The Rev. Evan Pillsbury of Light of Christ, Portland, for his leadership, and Lisa Leach, for her help at organizing this event.
Listen to The Rev. Evan Pillsbury’s morning teaching on Art and the Christian life:
Listen to Jim Zingarelli’s lecture on the Christian Artist in Culture:
Moseley Mills in Photos: Check out the photo gallery of all our contest submissions below!