We saw this detailed quilt in the Ford Museum:
|"Kirsten" by Carolyn Zinn|
The funny thing was, it wasn't quite as clear when we looked at the quilt on the wall. Through my phone camera, the face really showed up.
|"Owl" by YanFang Inlow|
In another venue, we leaned in close to see the fine embroidery stitches over the top of this amazing painting of an owl.
There were so many beautiful, interesting, and sometimes bizarre pieces of art. I loved it.
I was even more impressed when I realized that the actual artist was sometimes present.
This painting of 9/11 was sobering, but it took on even more meaning as the artist pointed out that each of the windows in the twin towers was actually a candle in memory of the 2977 innocent souls lost that day.
|"9/11" by Mher Khachatryan|
As we walked up Monroe Center, an origami display caught my eye. Thousands of tiny paper cranes made up three beautiful mobiles. A sign in the window invited people to come inside and see the artist at work.
|I won't win any awards for my photography - sorry Stacie!|
She pointed out details of the mobiles that I would have missed, such as the teeny, tiny heart tucked into each crane on the mobile called "Filled with Love."
As we talked she was busily folding and before we left she added this little crane to her business card and gave it to us.
At another venue I admired a painting obviously set in Mexico. The artist was sitting close by, so I asked him about his work. I found out that Jim Starkey and his wife live in Sayulita, Mexico part of the year. The frame for "The Committee" is made up of tiles he bought in Mexico for sixty cents each.
|"The Committee" by Jim Starkey|
It was so neat to be able to talk to the artists about their work. I could ask questions, express my admiration, and learn more as the artist pointed out little details I hadn't seen before.
As I left ArtPrize, I couldn't help but think about how we see God's art all around us. Of course I saw it recently at the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park, but His handiwork is also visible in an Iowa sunset and the great variety of human beings we see every day.
We can admire nature and all of the incredible things God has made, but it's even better when we remember that The Artist himself is right here.
We can ask questions, express our admiration, and learn more as the Artist points out little details we otherwise might have missed.
|"A. Lincoln" by Richard Schlatter|
The Grand Prize for ArtPrize this year went to "A. Lincoln" by Richard Schlatter (see description below). Dad and I didn't see this one, but we enjoyed lots of awesome art.
I'm going to keep my eyes open for exhibits of God's workmanship in the days ahead. I'm so glad I know The Artist.
"Through [Jesus] all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made." (John 1:3 NIV)
Do you love art? Do you know any artists? Do you know The Artist? How can focusing on God help you to appreciate His art and see the beauty in all that He has created?
*Here is the description of A. Lincoln by Richard Schlatter from the ArtPrize.org website:
Over 24,000 Lincoln pennies were used to create a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Included are the use of 1,681 1943 steel pennies (for the shirt). Every year from 1909, the first year of the Lincoln cents, through 2017 is represented in the piece, which measures 8 feet wide by 12 feet high—a total of 96 square feet. It took about 315 hours to complete. The image changes as the viewer moves from side to side and views the piece from different angles and distances.