SPECTRA | ART GALLERY
The Visual Arts Ministry at Fellowship Bible Church is called Spectra. We are a community of NWA Christian Artists: photographers, painters, and graphic designers, all with the same goal – to foster spiritual growth through artistic expression. We meet monthly to encourage one another, collaborate or create and we install themed gallery exhibits with hopes to inspire the viewer toward deeper reflection of God’s goodness. If God has gifted you to create, then Spectra has a place for you.
Monthly Meetings: Typically the 2nd Monday of each month on the first floor in The Training Center Chapel. The Chapel is located inside The Training Center which is north of the main Worship Center on our campus.
To get involved, check out our Spectra Facebook Group!
THE PARABLES COLLECTION
GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
Watercolor, paper and ink
The Kings Banquet: Luke 14:16-24
Computerized Generated Canvas from Original Watercolor
The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37
The Greedy Farmer: Luke 12:16-19
The Dead Girl/ Sick Woman: Mark 5:21-43
LOOKING FOR A SIGN
A Sign from Heaven
THE MULTIPLICATION EFFECT
The Sower: Luke 8:15
LOST AND FOUND
The Parable of the Lost Coin: Luke 15:8-10
The Prodigal Son: Luke 15:11-32
The Prodigal Son: Luke 15:11-32
The Sower: Matthew 13:1-13; 16-23
GOLDEN HARVEST REAPING
Weeds Among Good Plants: Matthew 13:24-30
THE JOURNEY COLLECTION
Medium: Medium Oil/pallet knife
“Inspiration for me was the inner battle I believe we all face, Truth vs. Evil....Holy Spirit vs. Satan. I believe we all face that very real journey...the journey that is key for our life as we have to choose which side we will serve…The brighter colors on the right side signify the truth and freedom, the darker colors on the left side signify evil. The texture of the pallet knife creates the intense feeling and emotion felt through the journey. You see the woman in the painting turning towards The truth and she leaves the darkness behind her. Truth is Freedom and evil ends in ultimate pain and death.
Medium: Mixed Media/Encaustics
"Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory." Romans 8:17
As Christians, we are royalty, we are co-heirs with Christ on His throne. However, because of our sinful natures, we often choose to live in the flesh as paupers. When we admit our sin and recognize His forgiveness, we are able to walk in the Spirit and our royal necklaces shine brightly.
Medium: Photography—Canvas Wrap
“He took one of the seedlings of the land and put it in fertile soil...” Ezekiel 17:5
We begin our spiritual life like a little green seedling. Vulnerable, immature, hopeful. A healthy plant will continue to grow if it is watered and nurtured. It will also need to be up-rooted as it grows and placed in a container that will allow for deeper roots and stabilization as the plant grows tall. If the plant stays in the original container, it will eventually die.
Medium: Acrylic on Panel
In life we are all on a "journey" shaped by a lifetime of both positive and negative influences and our response to those influences. In this painting these influences are represented metaphorically by a graffiti covered wall. The graffiti represents an accumulation of messages applied over a period of years by a variety of individuals, some attempting to influence the journey of others and some simply venting their own frustrations or quarreling with life in general. The journey itself is both physical and spiritual with eternal implications. Each of the ten figures in the painting represents individual responses ultimately leading them toward the Light or into darkness.
DEEP IN THE WELL
Medium: Watercolor, Collage
This is about Joseph finding himself thrown into a dry well. In such a dire predicament, the only thing Joseph can do is look up towards the heavens and pray for God's saving grace. Thus begins his journey, both physically and spiritually.
Before any journey, one should give it over to God and be assured of His protection and blessing. It is the only way to travel.
THE BRIDE OF CHRIST CELEBRATING THE JOURNEY
Medium: Mixed Media/Collage
Inspired by Isaiah, chapters 1-11, 61-62 Initially I was frustrated with this theme (the Journey). With no expectations, but desperation, I opened my bible and landed in the book of Isaiah. Fresh insight into the journey of the Israelites as they 'wandered' toward their promised land reminded me not only of all their sin and my own, but also of God's comfort and promises for all. I praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for my life's journey and for the process of completing this art project. If you see waves or wrinkles in this piece, it is a reminder that "too much" of anything (including Modge Podge) can spoil that for which you have labored!
PEACE AMONG THE STORM COLLECTION
REFUGE FROM THE STORM
Medium: Original Acrylic on Canvas
Each of us will experience pain, loss, fear, and heartache in the “storms” of this life. God’s Word is full of His promises to be with us in these storms. (Isaiah 32:2; Isaiah 25:4; John 14:27; John 16:33 and more) This is the first painting I’ve done in nearly 30 years, and don’t think it’s a coincidence that Spectra Artists decided to study the book The Creative Call. I see it as an answer to prayer for me personally. It’s really amazing how the Holy Spirit leads us in the area of our creativity.
I HAVE YOUR BACK
Medium: Original Oil
Inspiration: Deuteronomy 31: 8
He it is that doth go before thee, He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
Our life may not be easy, but it will be worth it with Christ at our side.
Medium: Original Watercolor
Birds are not impressed with the impending threat of a storm. In fact, they look comfortable. A little lesson perhaps from nature in the small things as the storm is much bigger than the birds, but God equipped them to have no fear.
Medium: Colored Pencils/Pen
When I started this drawing, I started thinking of all the storms I have been through. So I decided to draw how I felt during a major storm in my life, and it was through that storm, I made a decision to follow Jesus. I was 17 years old. And this drawing shows that I felt my life falling apart- the walls breaking down around me- And yet I could go to Him to find strength, comfort and peace.
CLEFT FOR ME
Springtime is the season of storms here in Arkansas, but in the seasons of life, we know not when the storms will come. Exodus 33:22 tells of Moses being placed safely in the cleft of the rock when the ominous glory of the face of the Lord was passing in front of him. My faith tells me that when the powerful storms of life come, there is a Rock whose name is Jesus. He was broken (cleft) for me as a place of peace in adverse times. I identify with the flower in the cleft, for like the fragile daisy, I can stand upright and confident in the face of menacing tests on the horizon of life for I know the cleft in the Rock is where I belong and where I can take root.
Medium: Watercolor, Pen & Ink
When I think about my spiritual journey it was easier to combine the two images of peace and storm when I thought of a mentor’s quote that meant a lot to me, and that was "having a real God for real needs." I like these verses from Psalm 9:9-10 (the Message): God's a safe house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times. The moment you arrive, you relax; you’re never sorry you knocked.
Medium: Original Acrylic on Canvas
Inspiration: Luke 8:25
“Where is your faith?” He asked His disciples.
Many times in life we forget we belong to God – God wanted us in the world, in nature and interacting with others while relying on Him. We are not our own and no one belongs to us. All is God’s and He loves us and others and called the creation He spoke into existence good.