Spectra Art

Spectra Art Ministry

Spectra is a community of adult NWA Christian Artists - photographers, painters, graphic designers, and writers of prose and poetry-all with the same goals. We seek to fellowship with like-minded artisans and create art as a way to praise, inspire and foster spiritual growth. We typically meet once a month to encourage one another or collaborate. Spectra hosts themed gallery exhibits regularly with the hope of inspiring the viewer toward deeper reflection on scripture.

Below is the art displayed at all three locations reflecting the Book of Ephesians. For more information or to purchase art listed below, contact Spectra Art Ministry.

Fellowship Rogers


AND TWO BECOME ONE

Leslie Dudley Corbell | $475.00

Original Oil

However, each one of you must also love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:33

Some of my favorite verses are in Ephesians, especially Paul’s prayers for the Ephesians. The scriptures give beautiful language to communicate the fullness of God and the indescribable love of Christ. So when I first contemplated Ephesians, the image of roses came to mind to depict this fullness and bounteous glory. As I read through Ephesians again and began painting, I also wanted to depict the marriage of a man and woman, husband and wife. This painting seeks to capture the quiet harmony in a simple daily moment between a husband and a wife centered around the fullness of God, united by Christ. The crimson in this painting unites all parts.


HANDS THAT FEED

Laurie Anderson | Not for sale

Original Photography

The one who steals must no longer steal; but rather he must labor, producing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with the one who has need. Ephesians 4:28

It was when a friend asked me to bake bread for her that I realized what a commodity I had. I could use my gift of artisan bread baking to not only bless the buyer who purchased the bread, but to bless people in my community with the profits. My hands learned how to keep up with my newfound mission and I had the makings of a nonprofit cottage bakery. I connected with Saving Grace NWA and I became known as the benevolent baker and my little business took off.

Being an artisan bread baker, I have the privilege of creating the very thing people gather around. People seek it out and look forward to taking this bread home to share with family and friends. Often, I pray over my bread asking Jesus to bless the people that gather around it. I pray for the connections of the families and friends in my community. I pray for unity. I pray that there is always room for Jesus at these gatherings.

We are all needy and hungry. To me, bread represents love, unity, and comfort. “Breaking bread” is the universal sign of brotherhood where people sit face to face connecting with each other. Jesus came to us using bread as the analogy of who He is (The Bread of Life) and what He offers us. It is a reference that resonates with all mankind. If we ‘partake’ in Him, He can satisfy our deepest needs and longings. He can make us feel full where we will never hunger again.


MAKE EVERY EFFORT

Mary Ann Echols ​ | $0.00

Acrylic on Canvas, series of (6) 5"x5"; Cost is flexible

1. Traditional Church                      3. Country Church     5. Persecuted Church
2. Urban Street-Corner Church    4. Outdoor Church    6. Mega-Church
 
Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
Ephesians 4:3

Twenty-one years ago, I was attending a staff meeting of Fellowship Bible Church, and the then Visionary Leader, Robert Cupp held up a day-old front page newspaper headline announcing a newly-built church in our town of Rogers, Arkansas. He very boldly stated that our Christian responsibility was to “make every effort” to celebrate, bless, and pray for this new church. Their beliefs and mission were “for us and not against us” (Mark 9:40) and their presence was worthy of all praise and glory to God. While to many, the pastor’s brief and non-judgmental statement may seem quite ordinary and obviously apparent. But a lovely, life-giving permanent shift began in me. Pre-disposed opinions and beliefs were being swept clean that had sat around on the shelves of my mind, quite simply summarized as “WE AND THEM”, “OURS AND THEIRS”, “YOU AND I”. This includes “the way we do it”, “our church doesn’t…”, “They are too…”.
 
Before Jesus returned to heaven, He prayed three times for unity for His disciples. That undeniably shows the importance of forgiveness, mended relationships and overlooking offenses. (Prov 19:11). Jesus also wanted us to embrace all the church as family as extensions of His hands and feet. Praise God, He doesn’t use the terms “us and them” when speaking of His children. Praise God we are all “we” to Him.
 
My series of paintings were created to depict a few of the many types of (purposely unexpressed) denominations and even non-denomination or inter-denominational structures. It also shows some of the many forms of gatherings. There is the country church, the urban street-corner church, the mega-church, outdoor church, traditional high-church, and even the underground persecuted church—the church that must meet in secret because their national government prohibits their beliefs and gathering of their people.
 
I am challenged again to “make every effort” to keep unity and to keep peace no matter the sacrifice or perceived loss. It is to His glory and His praise. It is to show the world that we belong to Him. Amen.

THE VESSELS

Lorinda Gray​ | $200.00

Original Photography

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says:  

    “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”  

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4: 7-13

Studying the Gifts of the Spirit lets us know that we all have a place of service in the Kingdom. Just as a body depends on its many parts to function, the church depends on the gifts its members offer. Prophecy, serving, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership, and mercy (Romans 12:6-8). Working together in unity is the way the church functions at its best. Each of us receives a gift when we accept Christ as our Lord. He knows the tools we will need as we serve Him.

The photo of the various vessels shows that each one looks different and may have a different function. Some hold much and some less. Some are for carrying one thing and some another. Some are pretty and some are plain. But they all are needed at one time or another for what they can offer.


TOGETHER TEMPLE

Rebecca McChristian | $60.00

Original Pencil Drawing; 11"x14"

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.   Ephesians 2:19-22

I wanted to represent all believers built together as a temple where God lives by His Spirit. The people are represented by their hands; hands that praise God, praying hands, testifying hands, hands that support, fight for each other, reach down and point the way. Christ’s pierced hand is the cornerstone. The open hands invite you to join as there is always room for more people. 


Fellowship Fayetteville


GRAFTED IN

Michelle Jordan​ | $1,000.00

Watercolor on Wrapped Canvas; 36”x24”

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise of Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:6 NIV

In Romans 11:17 NASB Paul using the Olive tree analogy, explains this mystery... And you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree.

Israel stands as the enduring root and Gentile believers are ingrafted branches. 

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. Psalm 52:8 KJV


PRAYER SHAWL

Suzanne Underwood Rhodes | Not for sale

Original Poetry

My poem “Prayer Shawl” aptly demonstrates the need for members of the Body of Christ to uphold one another in prayer, as Paul in Ephesians 6:18 directs us to do, exhorting us to pray “at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints . . .” Sometimes we are so weighed down with trouble that we can scarcely mouth words of prayer to God, and even if we succeed, we might feel our prayers go nowhere but down. This is the case of the woman in my poem. She is based on a woman I encountered while I was undergoing chemotherapy treatment myself for breast cancer. She kept saying (it was heartbreaking to hear), “It’s not fair.” But the woman in the poem is also me, the grateful recipient of a prayer shawl from the church I attended when I lived in Virginia. So the poem (a nontraditional sonnet having 14 unrhymed lines and a turn), conveys the power of prayer by God’s servants (true angels) on behalf of anyone too devastated or lacking in confidence (like Moses) to pray with heart or conviction.


RENEWED FOCUS

Kerri Holt | Not for sale

Original Photography; 12"x12"

In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he talks a lot about how the Gospel transforms how we view one another. Where the Jews had been focused on the Law and how to fulfill it, the Gentiles had not been living under the Law, yet are now being invited into the family of God. Paul gives them vision for a new humanity, unified in love under the banner of the Gospel.

This image illustrates the act of seeing beyond what's at the forefront of our perspective, and choosing to focus on the greater, more broad vision of the Gospel.

ROOTED AND ESTABLISHED

Leslie Dudley Corbell | Not for sale

Original Oil

So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all of the fullness of God.            Ephesians 3:17-19

To capture these verses, this painting shows a tree rooted and established in a field surrounded by other trees. There is an area of light with a focal point leading the viewer off to the side (expressing unending width, length, height, and depth,) accented with crimson, symbolizing Christ’s sacrifice and love.


UNITY

Rachel Grace Borntrager | $230.00

Watercolor and Gouache Diptych on Stretch Canvas in Float Frames; 8"x10"

It is in the division of this piece that I hope to emphasize its title, Unity. Unity is not about not having differences; it is about having many differences while being held together by something bigger, something foundational.

The idea for this diptych is taken from Ephesians 4:1-7, which talks about maintaining “the unity of the Spirit,” represented here through the vessel and the water in the vessel. Each flower is different, “but grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift…” and so each flower, of varying maturity, color, design, and function, is held together by the vase and the gift of life-giving water within, which is Christ.

By using wet on wet watercolor and gouache techniques, I only hinted at realistic flowers, but my love for fall-time colors is evident. I used very little preliminary sketch and enjoyed using the paints’ fluidity as a tribute to the Spirit who flows in and through us.


Fellowship Bentonville


FAITH, HOPE, LOVE

Alan D. Morgan | Not for sale

Original Watercolor on Paper

Putting my faith in Him (like a farmer awaiting the harvest.) Hoping in His calling (like a visionary who sees hidden potential.) And loving His people (regardless of inconvenience.)

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people… Ephesians 1:15-18


MANIFOLD WISDOM OF GOD

Frances Okubo​ | $35.00

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas; $35.00 per each 6”x 6” panel

...and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.  I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.  Ephesians 3: 9-13 NIV

Painting helps me cope as I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks. Talking about my best friend Jesus is my way of finding ‘beauty from (the) ashes’ in my struggles. I am grateful to some of my immediate family and friends, to Celebrate Recovery (whose volunteers have been the “ER” to my life), Fellowship family as the “hospital”, and the Lord Jesus, our Great Physician. I chose colorful, messy abstract flowers to represent the variegated “Manifold Wisdom of God” demonstrated through THE CHURCH.  I like how Dr. Tony Evans explains Ephesians 3:9-13: “The church is like a prism displaying the rich colors of God’s manifold wisdom. It’s a microcosm of the kingdom, an expression in history of the glory of eternity. God is teaching the angelic realm—both good angels and demons, as well as their human representatives—his wisdom as He brings together sinners from every tribe, tongue, and nation into one heavenly community called the church… a beautiful work of art. The church, that masterpiece, is to demonstrate to the spiritual world and the physical world what God’s kingdom looks like. It is a demonstration to the angelic realm of God’s manifold wisdom. It is a demonstration to Satan of God’s victory and Satan’s defeat. It is a demonstration to the world of what it looks like when heavenly values operate in history.”

You and I are continuing to make church history by giving over our hurts, hangups, habits and claiming triumphs over death and sin in Christ Jesus every single day. We live out the gospel expressed in our family bible studies, small groups, local churches and anywhere two or three are gathered in Christ. Look up, Church! God is showing you off as His manifold wisdom expressed in love, grace, hope, forgiveness, redemption, sanctification all rolled into an inheritance for Himself and for His glory! 


REAL ME

Evan Crawford​ | Not for sale

Original Poetry

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— Ephesians 1: 4-5

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding…                      Ephesians 1: 7-8

…in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1: 12-14

After reflecting on the first lengthy sentence of Ephesians chapter 1, I remembered two events from my life: Having a pretend royal tea party in the living room as a young girl and playing the role of a beggar for a missions-themed dinner at Fellowship in my 20’s. As I scanned through more recent years of what the Lord has showed me about myself and Himself, the piece began to write itself.


THE ARTIST

Rita Wiley​ | $150.00

Acrylic with Oil on Canvas

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

In this painting we see the artist painting a scene, striving to capture the beauty of God’s creation on canvas. But if you look closely, you will see the hands of “The Artist” working on His masterpiece. As we strive to be faithful to whatever God has put in our hands to do, we may know that God is faithfully at work on His workmanship, us, creating us in Christ Jesus to do what He has pre-ordained.


THE BRIDE OF CHRIST

Liz Cox | $325.00

Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas, 24"x36"

The inspiration for this painting comes from Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in Chapter 3, verses 14-21 where he prays that the church would be strengthened with might through the Holy Spirit and that Christ would dwell in their hearts through faith; that they would be rooted and grounded in love, have power to comprehend the love of Christ and be filled with all the fullness of God.

I have used part of an architectural blueprint of the Washington National Cathedral as a representation of “the Church”. The foundation of the Church, the Body of Christ, is Jesus and He established it here on earth. Throughout the history of the Church, there have been very dark and evil times controlled by the sin nature of people rather than the leadership of the Holy Spirit. At times this evil has threatened to destroy the Church, which is represented on the upper left side of the painting where one of the cathedral towers has been blown off and debris has discolored the beauty of the structure.

Even in all the ugliness and sin of the Church, scripture tells us that the Church is the Bride of Christ. Ephesians 5:25-27 says “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”

The veiled tower symbolizes the splendor of Christ’s bride and is the transition point in the painting’s composition, to a Church without spot or wrinkle at His return. There is also a thin gold ring around this veiled tower, another symbol of marriage. To the right of the veiled tower, I placed the ancient symbol for Christ, the Alpha and Omega. In the book of Revelation, Jesus says of himself, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (1:8) And “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (22:13) I have included 7 small pearls in the upper right side of the painting to represent the seven churches that Jesus spoke to in Revelation. Revelation 21:9 says, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” What a glorious day that will be when Jesus returns for his Bride!

“Surely I am coming soon.” Revelation 22:20