“The painting rises from the brushstrokes as a poem rises from the words. The meaning comes later.”
It is no surprise that people at UCUCC have interesting vocations and avocations. Some of them have offered to share their artistic explorations in informal workshops to be held before church in January and February as a part of our celebration of the role of art in our lives and worship. The workshops have been scheduled for Sunday mornings, from 9:00 to 9:45 in room 327.
Jan 6: Tom Furin — decorating correspondence
For years Tom has illustrated his correspondence with his family members, using cards and drawings, watercolors and ink to depict a particular happening, maybe a special relationship, or sometimes as decoration. Over the years a collection has grown into a family treasure, which Tom will share in hopes that other families will be enriched by this tradition.
Jan 13: Jeaneane Hill — buttons for activism
Jeaneane embraces a life of activism. And you need buttons for a cause. She will show how to make pins that advocate or explain or even decorate. (“I wear them on my purse and backpack, and they’re a great way to start a conversation,” says Jeaneane). She will have supplies, and everyone will leave with a pin, plus instructions about how to make a whole lot of them at home.
Jan 20: Nancy Wiesner — Sashiko embroidery
Nancy is intrigued by the art of Sashiko embroidery. Mending the torn clothing of workers evolved into an art form early in Japanese history, and it is endlessly adaptable to modern forms of stitched decoration. Nancy will have illustrations and examples of some of her work and that of Cathy Gunstone. Materials for a small sampler will be provided.
Jan 27: George Vestal and Mary Paananen — caring through cards
George and Mary will share ways their faith plays out in sending cards, connection and caring for others. They will share who influenced their reasons for choosing and sending cards to family, friends and church community persons. You will have opportunities to view example of why they choose cards and the ability to write a card for someone you want to send a card to.
Feb 3: Christy McDanold — meaning through reading
Christy has experienced times when reading has filled her with beauty, empathy and wonder — all feelings that open her up to God. She will present a few experiences in which reading has enriched her spiritual life. After a brief presentation there will be ample opportunity for all to share both experiences and meaningful titles. P.S. There will for sure be poetry involved.