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EXHIBITION: "Sacred Voices"

(Above, cw l to r):  Works representing the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths ... Ascension to Sinai Chalice,Joy Stember; Pewter, copper, gold plate,  and cocobola wood; Nativity, Sharon Charmley, Oil on canvas; In Defense of Eve, Ameena Khan, Acrylic on canvas.

Ticketed Exhibition Admission (includes the exhibition Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible)

- Museum Members, FREE
- $10 Adult
- $8 Senior & Student (with valid I.D.)
- Children 12 & Under, FREE
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Monday:  Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday:  10:00am - 8:00pm
Friday - Saturday:  10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday:  1:00pm - 5:00pm

Sacred Voices unite in this contemplative exhibit featuring artwork by “People of the Book.”  It showcases contemporary works in painting, sculpture and more by artists from around the country, inspired by the Christian, Jewish, or Muslim faith. Imagery and artistry combine to offer fresh perspectives on religious texts, narratives and traditions of all people.

Throughout much of history, art and religion have been closely intertwined. Sculptures, frescos, mosaics, calligraphy, stained glass, illuminations, paintings, and even architecture have communicated, preserved, and passed down religious beliefs. This convention continues today in a context of increasing freedom for personal expression and interpretation. For some artists, the creative process itself becomes an act of faithfulness.

The Sacred Voices exhibit examines how faith can inform and inspire artists in their work, whether their work is symbolic, pictorial, or textual in nature. It further explores how present-day artwork can lead audiences to ponder God, religious themes, venerated traditions, or spiritual insights.

A diverse selection of media — including calligraphy, wood and metal, digital media, watercolor, photography, oil, block prints, plaster, mixed media, mineral pigments and gold, acrylic, gouache and Japanese stone ink, jewelry, ceramics, and video installation--are incorporated into the exhibit. Over 30 artists are represented, hailing from Australia, Austria, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

I invite you to look closely at the artwork and experience mystery. It is my hope that this exhibit will provide a thought-provoking arena for dialogue about faith, art, and the relationship between the two.

Michele Waalkes
Guest Curator


(Above, CW Top, l to r):  Works representing the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths ... Shalev, Tobi Kahn, Bronze with patina; Joseph in Exile, Elke Reva Sudin, Oil on wood panel; Washing Feet, He Qi, Gouache and Japanese stone ink on rice paper; Divine Symmetry, Reem Hammad, Stoneware clay, painted oxide and glaze; Balance, Anne Shams, Acrylic on canvas; First and Last, Susan Savage, Oil on canvas.



Christian artists:
Makoto Fujimura, Bruce Herman, Chris Wurst, Edward Knippers, Robert Eustace, Tony O'Connell, Barbara Februar, Tom Wachunas, Sandra Bowden, Christina Saj, He Qi, Sharon Charmley, Susan Savage

Muslim artists:
Peter Gould, Salma Arastu, Hayat Gul, Reem Hammad, Uzma Mirza, Ameena Khan, Adil Akhtar, Seema Sayyidah, Salwa Najm, Sana Naveed, Feda Suleiman, Faraz Khan

Jewish artists:
Tobi Kahn, Igal Fedida, Efraim Moskovics aka 'Philip Lawrence', Anne Shams, Richard McBee, Yona Verwer, Eileen Levinson, Elke Reva-Sudin, Joy Stember, Deborah Rolnik-Raichman, Siona Benjamin, Mordechai Rosenstein



Sharon Charmley (Christian)
Nativity (pictured above)
Oil on canvas
30” x 36”

I imagine a young poor couple taking a long journey, possibly cross country. The time for giving birth has come. There are no hospitals, they are far from their family, and the baby is coming ready or not. So they do what they need to do. They have the baby, and then feel the vulnerability of their situation. Joseph does what he can, even taking off his own clothing to keep the child warm.

“Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.” (1 Corinthians NLT)

Uzma Mirza (Muslim)

Green Notes: A Goodly Tree
22” x 30”

Essentially, this art piece depicts the making of, as I phrase, a sustainable human, who like a harmonic note reflects and paints the symphony, and resonates the color, of a goodly tree with words and actions that are gentle and compassionate. Ultimately, the goodly tree is a reflection of all the ninety-nine and more Names and Attributes (or Qualities) of G_d, or as I also call the Notes of G_d.

This painting depicts five Names and Attributes of G_d, flowing like notes on their musical staff: The Gentle (Al Latif), The Merciful (Al Rahim), The Forgiving (Al Ghafur) The Thankful (Ash Shakur), and The Mild (Al Halim), alongside the verses from the Quran which describe the qualities of a good human likened to a goodly tree, and not an evil tree. Furthermore, depicted in the painting are a few pieces of the universe which are not just a sign of the source of our sustenance, like the tailor bird, but healing pieces of the created universe, like the healing leaves of the Neem Tree. The tailor bird builds by sewing a shelter from a leaf to protect her offspring; this bird eats the fruit and sings the song for her daily bread. Ultimately, the bird is a sign of flight, agility and creativity that humans mimic in flight and building. These two pieces of the natural world illustrated in the painting are pieces of the created world whose material form and function can awaken one’s realization of a dependence of sustenance on something greater than one self.

The ninety-nine Notes of G_d, which I also call green Notes of the Divine, are the qualities and color of balance that a sustainable human can reverberate. Essentially, this is a score reading the universe and drinking a glass of water slowly and silently amongst noise, where the Names and Attributes of the Creator are like an oasis for the seeker recognizing a sustainable measure in daily life that can aid the traveler, like a blueprint or light source, to regain paradise lost. This art was done as a score of a memory of my father and the attributes he left behind as a final lesson for my reminder before he left.

Deborah Rolnik-Raichman (Jewish)

The Letter Kuf
30” x 23”

My artwork is a synthesis of my being.  From my European parents, who were Holocaust refugees, I inherited my passion for everything Jewish.  Symbols of the Jewish tradition, especially the rich imagery associated with the Hebrew Alphabet, are my endless source of inspiration.

I’m in love with the transparency, luminosity and the wealth of effects of water media. The warm and vivid colors from tropical Brazil, where I was born and raised, are a steady presence in my work.

The advanced technology of our modern world pressures us into uniformity and assimilation. I see my work as a wake up voice for authentic Jewish culture. My paintings, based on traditional sources, aim to remind modern Jews of this long forgotten heritage. When I make my public curious about this culture, I’ve reached my goal.

The letter 'Kof' is composed of two elements: one higher and one lower. The higher seems to represent the holiest, which is depicted by the Wailing Wall, while the lower one reminds us of a humble praying person. The Torah tells us: "Holy shall you be because I am holy."  Man's holiness is a reflection of G_d's absolute sancticty and purity.  To raise his status to keddushah, holiness, man must conform to His commandments.

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