Art As Prayer Exhibition returns to Eureka

Monday, April 28, 2008

Studio 62 in Eureka Springs is gearing up for the Third Annual Art as Prayer Exhibition. This invitational show coinciding with the city's May Festival of the Arts and the National Day of Prayer. The artist's reception will be held at Studio 62 on Hwy. 62 West on Friday, May 9 from 5-9 p.m.

The popular and eclectic show presents the theme in a wide range of artistic interpretations by artists of various faiths. The scope of works in previous years has included prophetic art, biblical paintings, three dimensional shrines, traditional figurative paintings, photographs, and found-art sculptures.

The 2006 exhibit was memorable from the moment Dee Landerman pulled up with her life-sized sculpture of a nun in full habit, shoulder-harnessed into the passenger seat of her minivan. World-renowned calligrapher Charles Pearce of Eureka Springs added depth to the show with his exceptional works, which included Scripture-based art and one show-stopping visual statement on world hunger.

This year's exhibit promises a pleasing mix of genres from both established artists and new invitees. Returning artists include Ron Lutz, Jody Stephenson, Dee Landerman, Gerry and Rosalie Toler, Brandon Hudson, John Willer, Mary Springer and Carol Peacock. Scott Broyles, Mike Butler, Mel Shipley, John Rankine, and Sara and Terry Russell are among the first-time exhibitors.

Jody Stephenson will be unveiling her new series of prophetic paintings and featuring her recently-published book Faltering Towards Perfection: Art, Faith, and Everything In Between. A new feature this year will be works by the Christian Creative Writers Group, which meets weekly at Studio 62.

The entire 2008 exhibit will be posted on the new website after the first week of May. An extended on-line version of the exhibition will be ongoing throughout the coming year.

Christian artists and writers are invited to participate. Plans are currently under development for on-line multimedia presentation of performance art as well. For more information go online at

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