Liturgical Artists create and provide art for our worship spaces in the form of paraments, banners, or other forms of artistic expression. From paper-lace cut banners to A Wing and a Prayer origami bird mobile, liturgical art helps enhance our worship services throughout the year.
In addition, the Tull Hall Art Gallery hosts rotating arts exhibit throughout the year displaying the work of leading artists from all over the country and world. We work closely with several organizations, and have premiered major exhibits and exhibits from our own congregational artists.
Each year Central’s Arts of the Spirit series offers either a workshop or seminar, an opportunity to sing, or a concert with a cause, and supports rotating art exhibits. Arts of the Spirit is supported by a donor base of church members and individuals from the larger community. If you wish to donate, you may donate online here.
Current Exhibit in Tull Hall Gallery
Eastertide to Pentecost: The Peace of Christ be With You
S. Beth Taylor, Fabric Artist
Between Eastertide and Pentecost, the scripture tells the stories of friends, family, strangers—believers and skeptics— responding to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. These responses range from wonder to fear. They are emotional, human, and vivid in the face of the inexplicable. Jesus’ first words spoken in each encounter are: “peace be with you.”
The wall hangings in this exhibit were created in an effort to show bits of these stories of response alongside Jesus’s words of calm and challenge. Jesus prays to God: “I have given them your words.” While continuing to teach, remind, and show as he appears, Jesus offers his peace. Within the context of our varied responses, the “peace of Christ” is the simple, oft repeated, fundamental life-giving gift.
God accepts us in our lives and our places where we find ourselves-where we place ourselves – within the context of our communities and world. God wishes us peace when we can’t control anything around us and still believe or can’t quite believe. “The Peace of Christ” is the message – often and always – as we respond in our own way to Christ’s death and resurrection and the stories of these responders from the scripture.
These cotton and silk pieces are created for this season at Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, in gratitude for Central being a place where varied responses and differences are welcomed, and where the peace of Christ is passed freely between members and nonmembers, believers and those who cannot believe.
The peace of Christ be with you.