The spirit of creativity is upon us as a congregation. The creative spirit has moved swiftly, eagerly, and mysteriously. 2017 marks the second year of Artful Spirit Connection and an eventful one at that. Creativity continues to be bountiful and express itself in unique ways.
Artful Spirit group includes Priest-in-Charge Rick Cross, Deacon Peggy Day, Bill Lagerstrom, and Paula Baines. We met several times through the year to discuss and plan upcoming events, rotating exhibits, and brainstorm.
We have now had two exhibit areas: Art in a Sacred Space (in the Sanctuary) and another one in the undercroft also known as the Shamrock Room.
Various exhibits have rotated through the church:
- Trees of Life during Lent
- Lilly paintings from the Lent Paint and Sip
- Pictures of Ireland hung in the Shamrock Room
- Pentecost-doves and streamers
- Beautiful marbled papers/prints presented by guest artist/spiritual director ….
- Pictures by Katherine Cross on the back wall
- Stunning Advent pictures by Bill Lagerstrom and colorful posters by Paula Baines
- Pictures of the Children’s Park in Brewer
- Living Local presentation
- Craft board from Creative Crafts and Conversation-mittens, hats, fiber art, cutting boards, etc.
- Beautiful wall hangings by Edner Mae Fago about Domestic Violence.
Our creativity expands beyond the church. We have sponsored a field trip to the Colby Art Museum, a paint and sip, a spring Artisan fair, and a peace concert. In the late fall, we started offering a simple craft and coloring books activity for the folks at the community luncheon.
The new program is called Art on the Go and is led by Living Local team member Pat Blethen. I am looking forward to seeing that program expand and grow. I am looking forward to an opportunity to collaborate with other groups soon. We have plans to expand the hanging rail upstairs between the windows on both walls. We will be sponsoring another field trip to the Colby Art Museum to see a sports photography exhibit. We are eager to offer select workshops with performing artists and artisans from Maine. I cannot wait to see what 2018 and the artful spirit has in store for us.