The Still Point Colloquy
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.
This event was crafted with artists in mind, creatives who find themselves drawn to the intersections of darkness and beauty, suffering and salvation. Fellow artist Georges Rouault resisted the fashions of his contemporaries and often chose religious matters for his subjects. Yet, though a life-long Roman Catholic, the church largely stood in opposition to his art, resisting the darkness in his work. It was not until much later that the church came to see the depths of Rouault’s vision as an artist drawn to Christ as one who doesn’t bypass the darkness but takes us through it.
Together we marked the dark and beautiful occasion of Holy Week by seeking Christ through the darkness with incredible speakers from our global team, including Margaret Manning Shull, Mari Ovsepyan, Jill Carattini, Cameron McAllister, Jo Vitale, and Lowe Finney.
Location: Zacharias Institute 3755 Mansell Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022
Out of the Depths: An exhibition exploring the complex nature of the migrant crisis
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).
Beauty Given by Grace:
The Work of Sadao Watanabe
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.
Between the Shadow and the Light: An Exhibition Out of South Africa
Hospitality was the first exhibition hosted by Still Point featuring work from 19 participating artists exploring the theme of hospitality: Craig Hawkins, Hasani Sahlehe, Anna Yearwood, Bruce Herman, Stephen Watson, Makoto Fujimura, Rodrigo Mateo, Chuck Hoffman and Peg Carlson-Hoffman, Liz Beard, Stanley Rayfield, Mary McCleary, Sandra Bowden, Mark Sprinkle, Ned Bustard, Suzy Schultz, Holly Smith, Phyllis Beard, Scott Rogers, and Karen Swenholt. They were represented by galleries from Taipei to Houston to Atlanta’s own Mason Fine Art.
A Note from the Curator:
For most of us, as Henri Nouwen once observed, hospitality conjures up images of “tea parties, bland conversation, and a general atmosphere of coziness.”
At the onset of curating an exhibition around the theme of hospitality, one thing became clear as I spoke with artists in diverse places of life, belief, and practice. There seemed an intuitive sense that hospitality grasps at something much deeper than entertaining friends and less conditional than anything the “hospitality industry” might conjure in our imaginations.
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.