In the Garden Gallery - Calling All Artists!

09.14.21 | Creative Arts | by Lisa Bodkin

In the Garden Gallery - Calling All Artists!

    Learn the inspiration behind the newest art gallery, In the Garden, and submit your work for display!

    We are blessed that we have this opportunity to create and reflect God and His character using art, and how God uses the gifts He has given us to speak to others. If like me (Lisa), you have those whispering voices that say your work is not good enough or you don’t feel qualified, here is what Madeline L’Engles says in her book, “Walking on Water - Reflections on Faith and Art.” I have read this twice over and now on my third go around, and each time there are some beautiful reminders of Gods faithfulness.

     “In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do his work, to bear his glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there's no danger that we will confuse God's work with our own, or God's glory with our own.”

    If creating art energizes you and you enjoy the process or challenge please prayerfully create something for this gallery. It is in our weakness and vulnerability that God can use us; how cool is that?

    The theme: IN THE GARDEN. This whole concept came out of various things that I have read or heard over the summer about the way God uses His creation to teach us about His character, or even man’s character.

     Here are some ideas for you:

    The vine - produces fruit, John 15:1-11.  It can also be bad fruit-sour. Jeremiah 31:30
    Figs - bearing or not bearing fruit. Matt 24:32-36
    Pomegranates - Part of the robe of the high priest. Exodus 28:33
    Almond tree - Ecclesiastes 12:5
    Apple - Song of Solomon 2:3
    Chestnut and Fir - Ezekiel 31:8
    Tree of life - not sure what tree but would be cool image. Genesis 3:22-24
    Sycamore tree - Luke 19:4 … and so many more

    It could also be a fruit /tree/flower that has a spiritual parallel to the biblical text.

    All art forms will be welcomed but need to be ready to hang (wire).  If you have video media, please email me soon to set that up. Artwork needs to be new (made within the last year), and I will decide on pieces that might not go with the theme and would be better in another gallery. All work must be your own and cannot be copied from someone else. Deadline for application and art drop off is OCTOBER 17 (reception desk).  

    Have fun creating!

    If you have any questions, please email me at and I hopefully will be able to answer them.