Three Reasons We’re Hosting a Masters Art Exhibit at The Crossing

Jacqueline au bandeau (1962).

Jacqueline au bandeau (1962).

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Sager Braudis Gallery in downtown Columbia, we’re doing something at The Crossing that we’ve never done before: hosting an exhibition of original artwork from several master artists. What we’re calling “Picasso at The Crossing” will include not only a handful of pieces from the famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, but also works from Savlidor Dali, Marc Chagall, Robert Kipniss, and more.

Due to space limitations, registration is already full for the event. But given the level of interest, I thought it might be good to mention some of the reasons why we’re excited to do this at The Crossing:

1. You and I are made to be creative and enjoy/appreciate creativity.

The beginning of the biblical account is clear that human beings are made in the image of God (see Genesis 1). That truth has any number of important implications, but one in particular is relevant here. God is unquestionably a creator. In fact he’s an artist par excellence, displaying an astonishing array of beauty and creativity throughout his creation. He also appreciate what he’s made. The continual refrain in the opening chapter of Genesis is that God looked at what he made and “saw that it was good” (see also Psalm 104:31). Being made in God’s image, you and I shared these same traits, though on an admittedly less glorious scale. We’re wired to create and enjoy what we and others make. And so something like an art exhibition gives us an opportunity live out one facet of what it means to do what we were designed to do: image the one who made us.

2. Art reflects something of its maker.

Just like God’s creation reflects something of who he is (see Psalm 19, Romans 1:20), so does human artistry reflect something of the people who create it. Whether or not we sympathize with or even like a particular work, it will often tell us something about the questions an artist thinks are are most important, and the answers that he or she is drawn to. In fact we can learn quite a bit about humanity from painting, film, music, architecture, etc. It all serves as a window into human beliefs, hopes, values, fears, etc. No doubt we’ll want to question or challenge some of what we find, and at other times we’ll affirm or celebrate a work. Oftentimes, the same work will give us reason to do both.

3. Hopefully, this will be an encouragement to participate further in Columbia’s art community.

If you enjoy an event like this, you may want to explore other avenues to appreciate art here in Columbia…like the show The Crossing will be sponsoring at Sager Braudis Gallery coming up in February and March. Keep an eye out for more details, both at the gallery’s website, and ours. We want to be a church that’s actively engaged with our community, and this is one of many ways to do just that.

One Comment

  1. shannon said:

    Thank you for bringing this wonderful opertunity to The Crossing. I hope this was just the first of many such chances to consider different forms of artistic expression. A chance to learn about these artists or others and their relationship to God, or lack of one, and what their art says about that would be interesting.

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