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PRESS RELEASE: “What’s So Good About Good Friday Art Show?”

PRESS RELEASE: “What’s So Good About Good Friday Art Show?”

For Immediate Release
Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal: artcirclebn@gmail.com
Rev. Treighton Haddon (309) 828-6297

Christian artists respond to meaning of Good Friday 
in twelfth annual community art show at Second Presbyterian Church

      BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The twelfth annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” community art show presents local and regional artists’ work about Good Friday and their Christian faith. Artists will exhibit their creations that center on the power of Jesus’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection to accomplish something impactful and life changing. This exhibit can be viewed online on the Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal Facebook page and in a video that will be shown indoors and outdoors at Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie Street, in downtown Bloomington, Illinois on Friday, April 2.

The art show is organized by Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, a faith-based group of artists and creative people, in conjunction with Second Presbyterian Church.

Treighton Haddon, Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at Second Presbyterian Church, “Living in a world that seems consumed by darkness, confusion, and isolation, we take this time to turn all of our senses to the call which leads to the transformational power of resurrection! With the many voices that seem to clutter our lives and ears, we approach this year’s art show in a way that actively reflects how the power of the cross and resurrection are still relevant and life changing.”

Each year, more than 1,000 people view the work by artists who are professional artists, accomplished amateur artists, and school children. Last year’s online art show included over 65 pieces of art made by artists from six states.

“For the Christ-follower, the cross isn’t the end of the story, it is the beginning of our new story. This show allows artists to shine their artistic light for Christ,” said Angel Ambrose, an artist and one of the Art Circle organizers.

Second Presbyterian’s solemn Good Friday worship service begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 2. The thoughtful service features Bible readings with diminishing light, art, and music until the sanctuary is dark and utterly quiet. All are welcome. COVID-19 precautions are in place and are mandatory. A video of the Good Friday art show will be shown indoors in two viewing rooms beginning at 6:30 p.m. and outdoors until 9 p.m. on Friday, April 2.

Second Presbyterian is committed to helping people deepen their love for Christ and one another. Information about Second Presbyterian Church can be found at http://www.secondpres.com.

 The Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal mission is to foster a creative community gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts. Information about Art Circle can be found at www.artcirclebn.com.

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11th Annual What’s So Good About Good Friday? Art Show

11th Annual What’s So Good About Good Friday? Art Show

Eleventh annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” art show at Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Bloomington on Thursday, April 9 and Friday, April 10, 2020. This art show centers on the power of Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection to accomplish something impactful and lifechanging.

Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”  (John 8:12)

    The idea for this show was birthed in 2010, when one of Angel Ambrose’s friends asked the question, “Why do Christ-followers think the cross is a good thing, when it was such an instrument of torture?” Her friend’s curiosity and discomfort were apparent as she inquired. Angel answered, “Because for the Christ-follower, the cross isn’t the end of the story, it is the beginning of our new story.” This show allows artists to shine their artistic light for Christ.

    We ask each artist to express the meaning of “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” in your own life. This meaning will be different for artist and that’s the beauty of this art show.  For some it is a literal depiction of Scripture. For others, it is an abstract of shapes and colors.  Each year, we see artistic creations that stir our souls and help us contemplate the beauty of the cross. Our greatest desire is to glorify God through art that will point viewers to the heart of our Lord.

    Art will be on display on Thursday, April 9 from 11:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Good Friday, April 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.. Reception for artists from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Good Friday, April 10. Second Presbyterian Church invites you to worship at the Good Friday Tenebrae service to follow the reception at 7:00 p.m. Artwork will also be on display during Easter Sunday services.

Tenth Annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” Art Show: April 19, 2019

Tenth Annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” Art Show: April 19, 2019

Christian artists respond to meaning of Good Friday 
in tenth annual exhibit at Second Presbyterian Church

     The tenth annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” art show presents local artists’ work about Good Friday and their Christian faith. More than 25 artists will exhibit their creations that center on the power of Jesus’s crucifixion, death, and resurrection to accomplish something beautiful. The show will be held at Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie Street, in downtown Bloomington, Friday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
     The exhibit is organized by Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal, a faith-based group of artists and creative people, in conjunction with Second Presbyterian Church. 
     Artists will display paintings, drawings, watercolors, mixed media, computer generated art and sculptures on Good Friday. A reception with refreshments will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., which will include artists talking informally about their work. Art will remain on display throughout Easter weekend.
     Kathy Stoner-Lasala, Transitional Minister/Head of Staff at Second Presbyterian Church. “We pray that ‘What’s So Good About Good Friday?’ will offer an experience of blessing and mercy to all who attend the exhibit, reception, and Tenebrae worship service.”
     Last year, more than 1,000 people viewed the work by artists who are professional artists, accomplished amateur artists and school children. 
     “For the Christ-follower, the cross isn’t the end of the story, it is the beginning of our new story. This show allows artists to shine their artistic light for Christ,” said Angel Ambrose, an artist and one of the Art Circle organizers. 
     The Good Friday Community Service will be at noon at Second Presbyterian on Friday, April 19. Second Presbyterian’s solemn Good Friday worship service begins at 8 p.m., after the artists’ reception. The thoughtful service features Bible readings with diminishing light, art, and music until the sanctuary is dark and utterly quiet. Sunday’s Sunrise Easter Service is at 6 a.m. Additional Easter Services are at 8 a.m., 9 a.m, and 10:30 a.m.. All are welcome.   
     Second Presbyterian is committed to helping people deepen their love for Christ and one another. Information about Second Presbyterian Church can be found at: www.secondpres.com.
     The Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal mission is to foster a creative community gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts. Information about Art Circle can be found at www.artcirclebn.com.

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