Stacy Black Turlington (Forgive the blurry pic, please.)
My sweet DIL ROX!!! Today is her birthday and our wish is that whe would gain everything for which her heart prays. She is a girl after God's own heart - and ours, too!
Our Stacy is a fantastic wife,
Clint and Stacy
Carly, Stacy, Korie, and Kade (Downtown Huntsville, TX)
daughter, sister, granddaughter, and daughter-in-law. She is a child of God and friend of Jesus.
Besides her involvement with her son's baseball, her daughter's volleyball, and the other daughter's basketball (and a million other things a mom of three does), Stacy is currently a part of the administration of Pure Fashion in the Houston area.
Pure Fashion Show Finale, Atlanta, GA Little Girls watching the show
Pure Fashion is an international faith based program designed for girls 14-18 to help young women re-discover and re-affirm their innate value and authentic femininity. It is a character formation program that enhances not only a young woman's external appearance, but more importantly, her interior beauty and balanced self confidence. The goal is to emphasize a young woman's inherent dignity and therefore create in her a desire to dress and act in accordance with that dignity.
What a great program to be a part of!! Way to go, Stacy! We are so proud of you!
Sold Out by Joanne Blackwell (10"X13," Watercolor on paper)
The Hidden Treasure by Cory Mejia (16"X20," oil on canvas)
When Cory brought this piece in, some people thought it was The Pearl, but Cory explained that the white circle is a communion wafer and that to her, the "Hidden Treasure" is in the service of communion, or the Eurcharist, as it reminds us of the sacrifice Christ made for us. What a treasure indeed!
I also created a medallion about The Hidden Treasure which was contained in my piece:
Kingdom of God (Detail), The Hidden Treasure Medallion (Open-back, found image and resin in a purchased bezel)
The Pearl was another parable interpreted in art by several artists in the show.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls." Matt 13:45
The Pearl by Crissie Fowler (12"X24," Mixed media on canvas)
The Pearl by Mary Laura Gibbs (18"X18," Fiber Art Quilt)
One of the pendants on my piece in the exhibit was a handmade metal pendant with a handmade resin-filled bezel with a pearl inserted. The bezel (photo of a shell with a pearl embedded in resin) is soldered to copper sheet and a shell brass finding is riveted to the same piece of copper sheet.
The Pearl by Sally Turlington (1"X2," Resin filled metal pendant)
Another parable represented was The Parable of the Two Debtors.
“Two people owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he forgave the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”
Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.
Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
The Two Debtors by Betsy Maloney (18"X24," Acrylic on canvas)
Another piece by Betsy is The Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1-13.)
10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
(I couldn't get a decent photo of her piece because of the glare on the glass on it so, I'll show you the best two images I could manage. Maybe you can get a sense of it.)
The Shred Manager by Betsy Maloney (24"X30," Acrylic on canvas)
I couldn't have gotten a better self portrait than I got in the second image above if I had planned it. A photographer, I am not!
This is a six minute video created by Zondervan/Youth Specialties which is based on this parable of the Shrewd Manager. It is called The Car Lot and you can see it here, too.
Let's stop at this point and I'll show the last of the art pieces from the Parables of Jesus Exhibit in a future post.