March – July 2019

Marc Chagall and the Sacred brings together the spirituality and imagination of one of the twentieth century’s most beloved artists. With wit and joy, the art of Marc Chagall is filled with reoccurring symbols of his own visual memory, childhood fantasy, and Jewish heritage. “Art seems to me to be a state of soul more than anything else,” he wrote. This exhibition includes luminous interpretations of some of his most favorite sacred stories, including original etchings and lithographs from his 1956 and 1960 Bible series. With the sophisticated artistry of a master printmaker, each work is a delightful and colorful interpretation that lets the viewer enter the sacred world of Marc Chagall.

Marc Chagall (1877-1985) was a Russian-French artist born in a Lithuanian Jewish Hassidic family near the city of Vitebsk. Chagall is known for his creative work in nearly every artistic format, including stained glass created for cathedrals of Reims, the UN, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Jerusalem Windows in Israel, in as much as the media of painting, illustration, ceramics, stage sets, tapestries, and fine art printmaking. The landscape of his childhood and the sacred imagination afforded by his Jewish roots made their way into everything Chagall created. An early modernist, Chagall saw the sacred stories of the Law and the Prophets as the greatest source of poetry of all time. “The Bible is like an echo of nature and the secret I have tried to transmit.” With childlike dreams and interrogation, the art of Chagall invites viewers to see the real in the fantastic, the sacred in the story, and the color in life itself.

The Still Point Colloquy

June 27, 2019

The Still Point Colloquy is an annual, intimate gathering of creative voices for a rich engagement of theological questions and liturgy. With artist Marc Chagall as visual guide and conversation partner this year, we will explore the makings of a sacred imagination. Mark the season of Pentecost and the promise of new creation as we traverse the sacred terrain of the imagination with thoughtful lectures from our global team.

 For Marc Chagall, this world was filled with reoccurring symbols of his own childhood fantasy, Jewish heritage, and the biblical stories he so loved. His was an imagination that embodied a hope that carried him through World War, personal loss, and the horrific suffering of the Holocaust.

This day-long event takes place in the gallery surrounded by the works of Marc Chagall. Topics will engage the liturgical season and a diverse imaginative terrain. Limited spaces available due to the small and intimate nature of this gathering. Registration includes lunch and refreshments.

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November 2018–February 2019

Witnessing to remarkable beauty in the face of suffering.

CRAIG HAWKINS | ELIZABETH JONES

Beautiful is a collaborative exhibition featuring photography by Elizabeth Jones and painting by artist Craig Hawkins. With portraiture in multiple media, the intent of this exhibition is to witness to remarkable beauty in the face of suffering. The work captures the faces of women in India who have suffered from painful burns.

Still Point partnered with humanitarian aid organization Wellspring International to honor these remarkable women through art. A full color book of photography and limited-edition prints signed by artist Craig Hawkins also accompany also accompany the exhibit. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales and donations pledged throughout the duration of the exhibit will be designated toward the building of a new surgical burn and treatment center in India.

Beautiful is now traveling! If you missed your opportunity to see this remarkable exhibit at Still Point, keep checking below for new and upcoming venues. If you are interested in bringing Beautiful to a gallery, hospital, or church near you, contact gallery@stillpointarts.org for more details.

With portraiture in multiple media by two talented artists, the intent of this exhibition is to witness to remarkable beauty in the face of suffering. The work captures the faces of women in India who have suffered from painful burns. Humanitarian aid organization Wellspring International partnered with Still Point to honor these remarkable women through art. A full color book of photography (link: https://www.wellspringinternational.org/beautiful-book) , gallery guide, and limited-edition prints signed by artist Craig Hawkins also accompany the exhibit. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales and donations pledged will be designated toward the building of a new surgical burn and treatment center in India.

To read more about Wellspring International and the funding of this hospital, click here.

 

Beautiful Traveling Exhibition Dates and Events:

August 11—Sept. 15, 2019 Sojourn Arts, Louisville, Kentucky

Sept. 15—Sojourn Arts Closing Reception + Gallery Talk with Naomi Zacharias of Wellspring International and Artist Craig Hawkins

Sept. 30—December 30—RZIM Canada, Toronto, Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) building.

Craig Hawkins, Dear Rekha.

Selfie: Identity at Arm’s Length

July–October 2018

A group exhibition featuring Atlanta artists engaging themes of identity in their work. Artists include Antonio Darden, Haylee Anne, William Massey, Angela Davis Johnson, Michael Dillon, Jessica Caldas, Matthew Phillips, Danielle Deadwyler, JOEKINGATL, Angela Bortone, Hasani Sahlehe, Jen DePlour , Sara Zimmerman, Evan Jones, Craig Hawkins, and Rose Smith.

Seeing in the Darkness: Georges Rouault as Graphic Artist

March 15 – July 15, 2018

Georges Rouault (1871-1958) occupies a unique place amongst twentieth century artists. A contemporary of Cubism, Expressionism, and Fauvism, he never aspired to belong to any one of these movements. Often categorized as a religious painter, he was, above all, independent. He did not find his inspiration in an abstract way, but rather in observing real life as much as the highest form of spirituality. Georges Rouault was a painter who did not need religious subjects in order for his work to be stamped with the characteristics of holiness.

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The Still Point Colloquy

March 28, 2018

Seeing Christ in the Darkness: A Creative Exploration of Holy Week with Artist Georges Rouault

The Still Point colloquy is an intimate gathering of creative voices for a rich engagement of theological questions. Using the resonant elegy of Holy Week and French artist Georges Rouault as our visual guide, Still Point’s first colloquy explored visions of Christ in the darkness as we journeyed together and with the global church toward the cross.

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Out of the Depths: An exhibition exploring the complex nature of the migrant crisis 

January 15–March 15, 2018

Out of the Depths is a collaborative traveling art exhibition that investigates the current migrant crisis from the perspective of a Lebanese street photographer (Fadi BouKaram, Beirut, Lebanon) and an American painter (Joe Cory, Birmingham, Alabama). In the exhibit, powerful images of the Middle East are juxtaposed with paintings based on filtered information mediated by American news sources. Motifs of water and navigational symbols further pervade the imagery, as viewers confront themes of proximity and distance along with complex images of humanity and assumptions of what it means to be living as a refugee. The exhibition is curated by Matt Schneider (Birmingham, Alabama).

Read more about Out of the Depths>>

Fadi BouKaram, Untitled.

Beauty Given by Grace:
The Work of Sadao Watanabe

October-December 2017

From October to December 2017, Still Point hosted the original works of Sadao Watanabe, Japan’s foremost print artist of the 20th century. Born in 1913, Watanabe found inspiration in the mingei folk art movement that developed in Japan in the mid-1920s to promote traditional handcrafts made from natural materials. Working with his wife, Harue, Watanabe cut all his stencil patterns by hand and printed his images on handmade mulberry paper, coloring them with vegetable and mineral pigments. He created distinctive works both on untreated sheets of washi Japanese paper and large folio-sized prints on momigami wrinkled paper, made by crumpling and stretching sheets of mulberry paper to create a textured surface.

Read More About Sadao Watanabe

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Between the Shadow and the Light: An Exhibition Out of South Africa

 August-October 2017

A cross-cultural exhibit that explores the history, social wounds, and ongoing reconciliation efforts of South Africa. In June 2013, twenty artists and educators from North America and six African countries—Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe—gathered in South Africa for two weeks of living, learning, and creating together. They undertook an intensive program engaging South Africa and the remarkable role of art and artists within its history, culture, and contemporary reality.
“In South Africa,” says Okwui Enwezor, one of Africa’s most eminent art critics, “art is not just an interpretation or facsimile of history, but a moral force in the production of a new reality, and hope for a damaged society.” The resulting exhibit signals the way artists walk between shadow and light, the creative voices that offer the hope of resistance, remembrance, reconciliation, representation, and revisioning. Two of the participating artists, Margaret Allotey-Pappoe and Joseph Cory, will offer comments on their experience, the artwork, and the human need for creative hope within global and local realities of race and reconciliation.

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Hospitality was the first exhibition hosted by Still Point featuring work from 19 participating artists exploring the theme of hospitality. The artists spoke of making space, of seeing the unnoticed or the ordinary, the self and the stranger. They offered images of layers hidden beneath the surface, of ecosystems with room for darkness and beauty. They depicted humanity tied to humanity, the choice to embrace or exclude, and possibly, in the same moment, to entertain mystery. They demonstrated a generous reception of paint and spice and found-materials, playing host and making room.

Hospitality is an exhibit that considers the art of making space; the kind reception and entertaining of guests, visitors, and strangers; the virtue of a great soul who cares for the universe through the ties of humanity. It is both an exhibition and an invitation from nineteen contributing artists and Still Point.

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