“Ecumenical Beauty” Exhibit Extended at Lutheran Theological Seminary, Featuring Icons and Sacred Images from Christian Cultures
Ecumenical Beauty: Icons & Sacred Images of Christian Cultures has been extended to December 18th as the featured Fall 2012 art exhibit held in the seminary Library and Valentine Hall.
The exhibit, closed briefly for the coastal storm and Library event, reopened November 7th and remains open week days 8:30am to 4:30pm and Saturday mornings. In addition to the original works of art, the Seminary Bookstore is featuring a sale of the artist’s mounted reproduction prints.
Ecumenical Beauty features the work of Celeste Lauritsen, artist, teacher and former Arts and Theology Coordinator at the Washington Theological Union. Also featured will be work by her spouse, sculptor and wood carver Jim Lauritsen as well as some original historic icons. The exhibit includes traditional Byzantine and Coptic icons, and works influenced by the Book of Kells, other illuminated manuscripts and the art of the Santero’s (saint makers) of the Southwest and Mexico. This exhibit of the Lauritsens will be their third exhibition at the Lutheran Theological Seminary over the last decade.
The exhibit of original and collected works includes work in the exhibit which explores the beauty of multiple Christian cultures.
In the artists’ own words, “Christian images through the years have taken on the beauty of the culture where they have originated and the creators of these works endeavored to share the Good News of Jesus Christ through sign, symbol, color and theme. This visual religious heritage” Lauritsen continued, “has influenced our faith, devotion, worship spaces, and comprehension of the Gospel.” Celeste examined images of Jesus, Mary, the Holy Trinity, painted scriptural depictions, carvings, and saints and angels from various cultures and used these influences to create fresh representations patterned after historic works.
A leader in Christian art for many years, Celeste Lauritsen was given “The Ade Bethune Award for Excellence in the Sacred Arts” to honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to the integration of the arts in the theology, liturgy and pastoral practices of the church.
The Arts for Theology and Ministry Program at the Washington Theological Union (WTU) named Celeste Lauritsen of Gettysburg to receive its newly instituted award. Celeste Lauritsen is an artist, teacher at Delone High School and member of Gettysburg Seminary’s Fine Arts Council. The award comes with a stipend and an exhibition of the artists work in the WTU’s Founder's Hall. “I am humbled by the honor” said Lauritsen.
Lauritsen has also exhibited her own textile works and paintings in several exhibits sponsored by the Seminary. The sculpture of Celeste’s husband, Jim, will be featured in the fall 2006 exhibit at the seminary, a collection of works based on the ‘O’ Antiphons.
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, the oldest of the eight seminaries of the 5 million member ELCA, prepares women and men to be outreach oriented pastors, public theologians and mission leaders. In addition, it provides programs in continuing studies, advanced theological education, and specialized educational programs for informed lay persons, ordained and other rostered leaders, and high school youth.
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