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Christmas Art Exhibition 2018

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Easter Art Exhibition 2018

March of 2018 marked the opening of Calvary’s first annual art exhibition. The theme was inspired by Easter’s revelation that we are “More Than Conquerors.” We looked far and wide throughout our community and curated 62 high-quality art pieces. After that, art judges were brought in to choose three winners. Our first, second and third-place winning works are featured at the top. We hope you enjoy all that our exhibition has to offer.

<p>Alberto Paniaya</p>

Alberto Paniaya

First Place Winner

Mixed Media on Panel

This work is based on 1 Corinthians 15:21-22: “For because death came through a man, also through a man, the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, in Christ also all will be made alive." Born in Mexico City, Alberto discovered art at 5 years old. Growing up, he participated in multiple competitions before officially going to school to study Visual Arts. At 20, he moved to Chicago to pursue opportunities to showcase his work. His work has been seen in art galleries, schools, libraries, magazines and museums.

Contact: 815-573-4222

<p>Suja Sijil Jacob </p>

Suja Sijil Jacob 

Second Place Winner

Oil on Canvas

This painting is about Worship. Here, Mary Madeline, after anointing the Lord's feet, receives forgiveness of her many sins. As Christians, we know that worship unleashes spiritual and physical healing. In this world, we encounter unbelievers. Christians know that if they would only latch onto Christ with their whole being, those unbelievers would find freedom and healing. Peace with God is crucial for sane human existence and for spiritual and physical wellbeing. Suja was born and raised in Kerala, Indian until she came to the US in 2000. She is an award-winning member of Naperville Art League, participates in art shows around the area and was a volunteer gallery host for studios in Aurora and Naperville. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and works for Hanna Anderson. She also volunteers as a Graphic Designer for Galilee Ministries International.

<p>Jackie Millsap</p>

Jackie Millsap

Third Place Winner

Embroidered Mandala

"Jesus conquered death—therein lies my hope. The loss of my husband was and continues to be life-altering even after 4 years. This piece represents a year of my life, my children, my grandchildren and my personal struggle with grief. Even though grief has become part of my life, I have hope in my future because of my faith." — Jackie Millsap. Jackie was born in Waco, TX but spent most of her life growing up in Russellville, AR. She was married right out of high school for 38 years until she lost her husband, Steven, to cancer. They had 3 children together and 7 grandchildren. Jackie left Arkansas to move in with her youngest son and daughter-in-law to help take care of their daughter and newborn son. These past years have been an unexpected journey, but through it all, she has seen God continue to provide. 

<p>Paulette Atenco</p>

Paulette Atenco

Mixed Media

Often when discussing crucifixion and resurrection, we place them as separate entities. We categorize them as before and after. However, inspired by double-exposure photography, my piece aims to integrate the two into one. Rather than seeing the cross as just a trial, I see the cross already knowing there is victory in that sacrifice. And similarly, there is always victory in the midst of our trials, making us more than conquerors.

<p>Marc Bailey</p>

Marc Bailey

Colored pencils

When we get knocked down, our faith will restore us. Nothing can keep us down. As God took care of Jeremiah, he will take care of us. When Jesus died on the cross, he paid the ultimate debt that we could not pay—a debt we had before we were even born. Jesus’ sinless, perfect life gave him utmost victory over all sin. Jesus’ incomprehensible magnificent love for us destines us for greatness.

<p>Marc Bailey</p>

Marc Bailey

Ink

God loves us so much that nothing can separate us from him. He loves us all despite the fact that we keep making mistakes. Jesus, perfect and sinless, came to earth on a mission of love to defeat deceit, anger and all sin. God’s limitless love more than conquers the grave—it sets us up so that we too can become more than conquerors. 

<p>Marc Bailey</p>

Marc Bailey

Acrylic paint

Even in the darkness, Jesus shines through and breaks the chains that bind us. When you feel beaten down, chained to insecurities and inadequacies, Jesus will come through the darkness into your life and rescue you. As you strive to put Jesus first in every aspect of your life, he will guide you and your decisions to bring him glory. For his ways are greater than our own. We, as followers of Christ, are not only conquerors, but overwhelmingly victorious when we do things that glorify him. 

<p>Marc Bailey</p>

Marc Bailey

Charcoal

If holding hands with another human can have a multitude of positive effects, how much more can holding God’ hand? Jesus said that we should have a childlike faith and trust him. Holding his hand offers us a firm grip when we need protection or gentleness. His hand is always outstretched to us waiting for us to reach out to him. God will hold our hand through any trial or situation that comes our way. He makes sure we become more than conqueror during our earthly life.

<p>Dale Baker</p>

Dale Baker

Mixed media

Jesus’ death on the cross provided the way for all believers to be equipped with the full armor of God described in Ephesians 6:10-18. If we will daily clothe ourselves in God’s armor, we can face life’s greatest challenges at more than conquerors who are destined to win.

Contact: 630-904-2665

<p>Dale Baker</p>

Dale Baker

Mixed Media

For years, Mary Magdalene lived the life of a torment. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus set her free from 7 demons. He enabled her to leave the kingdom of darkness and walk as a victor in the kingdom of light. She became one of Jesus’ most devoted disciples and truly lived as more than a conqueror.

Contact: 630-904-2665

<p>Rudy Benda</p>

Rudy Benda

Old (rugged) infused with modern cross

This piece was made from reclaimed wood from a barn in Indiana. The old wood symbolizes the old rugged cross which has been sung about by generations. The center of the cross depicts the modern contemporary times we are in. We are more than conquerors because of the firm foundation laid for us many years ago. When we look at the cross, we see what our Savior endured for us. We see the faith of our grandparents and the faith of our fellow believers still alive and conquering battles today.

<p>Gary Brown</p>

Gary Brown

Mixed Media

This 3-dimensional creation reminds us that our God fights for us, therefore we are more than conquerors when facing the trials of life, receiving victory through the risen Christ.

<p>Bob Buenz</p>

Bob Buenz

Stained Glass

This piece depicts the effect of the presence of Christ in each person’s life. We all have sin in our lives, which is shown by the bold, colored, angular pieces at the bottom of the sculpture. The three crystal circles at the top are God, the Son and the Holy Spirit. When we open ourselves to the Holy Trinity, their blessings flow down and eradicate sin. We do not need a strong hand to conquer sin; it is the presence of the Trinity that can change any person’s life. 

<p>Tracy Bustin</p>

Tracy Bustin

Mixed Media

Throughout humanity, there has been disappointment, deception, hurt and pain. I’ve experienced this throughout my life. When I start to feel defeated, I remember Jesus. He knows my pain. He was falsely accused, spit on, beaten and killed. When God raised him from the dead, Satan was conquered. Our God is a chain-breaker. He’s my comforter and healer. I can rest in knowing that because of what Jesus did I will be restored! I will be healed! Praise the Lord!

<p>Sue Cahill</p>

Sue Cahill

Encaustic

To this day, my art is my prayer. It took me a long time to believe I had a gift and that it was God-given. The best way I can honor that is to surround myself with it and share it with others. I used a medium called encaustic, which literally means “to burn.” Beeswax is mixed with oil pigment and manipulated around the canvas with heat.

<p>Chris Chapman</p>

Chris Chapman

Acrylic on Canvas 

One day last year, my wife and I attended a baptism service where 60 people were baptized. Following that service, we attended another baptism service at a local lake where our son-in-law was baptized, and he stated that his past was made clean by his King. That was very moving for me knowing his past and watching him conquer it as a new Christian. As often happens, out of great emotion comes an idea for a painting.

<p>Chris Chapman</p>

Chris Chapman

Acrylic Painting on Canvas

The devil whispered in my ear that I couldn't withstand the storm. I replied, “Through Christ, I am the storm."

<p>Barbara Collins</p>

Barbara Collins

Glass Sculpture

On that glorious third day, we became more than conquerors through Christ when the darkness of separation from our creator was lifted. Bursting forth with electromagnetic light, Christ ascends from death to life as he conquers death and the grave. This transcendental lightning power of Christ arising, depicted here, gleans unseen energy in motion, allowing the viewer to identify with personal clarity the miraculous power that Christ displays in all of this goodness and love.

Contact: 630-927-9421

<p>Linda Coloby</p>

Linda Coloby

Mixed Media

This is a mixed media piece. The communion cup and the pitcher and bread are drawn in colored pencil. The shadow is collage, and the scripture is calligraphy done in ink. The work is based on Romans 8:47. We have victory over the enemy because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, which is remembered in the act of communion.

<p>Linda Coloby</p>

Linda Coloby

Mixed Media

This is a colored pencil drawing over a watercolor background. The calligraphic words are done in ink. The words come from Romans 8:37, TLB, where it says, “Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us enough to die for us.” The Easter lilies represent the everlasting life that comes from the death and resurrection of Jesus.

<p>Gary Fox</p>

Gary Fox

Oil on Canvas

Painted during an Easter service in Hayden Idaho and then used as a sermon illustration at the same service. 

<p>Gary Fox</p>

Gary Fox

Oil on Canvas

<p>Evan Griffin</p>

Evan Griffin

Acrylic on Canvas

This piece portrays the contrast between living life in the light of Jesus’ salvation and living outside of it. The vine on the bottom is a life lived apart from God. The branch is cracked, the petals shriveled and pale. When the vine is brought into the light, it is not only strong and healthy, but becomes a source of light itself. In Christ, we are not only able to conquer our own struggles, but we are able to be the light to those still in the darkness.

<p>Michael Grove</p>

Michael Grove

Sculpted Clay and Woodwork

“Along The Way” is a phrase often used by Pastor Ross. To me, this is a key phrase reminding us that we are in process! The hands sculpting away the silver and ore represent God’s continual process of pulling us from the things of this world that keep us from moving in His directed plans. Only when we rest in the palm of His hand and allow him to cut away the things that hold us back and pull us down, will we be able to be “More Than Conquerors.” 

<p>Michael Grove</p>

Michael Grove

Acrylic on Canvas

Even in the midst of storm and wave, we can place our hope in God. He has allowed his son to pay the price for us to be called his children. Now Jesus goes before us and intercedes on our behalf. When we place our hope in Jesus, he goes before us and leads us into victory through our storms. Our hope in Jesus works as a steadfast anchor that leads us to victory that we may be “More Than Conquerors.” 

<p>Michael Grove</p>

Michael Grove

Mixed Media

Trusting in ourselves will have us withering when pressure and heat come our way. But when we trust in the Lord, we are able to grow and thrive even in the midst of drought. The tree with gold and silver represents someone who is learning to place their trust in the Lord. By trusting in Him, things of value are produced in our lives even when difficulty comes. The city is grey and worn, representing the popular way of dealing with things. By placing our trust in the Lord, we not only come out victorious, we blossom and produce fruit becoming “More Than Conquerors.”

<p>Nickolette Heimer</p>

Nickolette Heimer

Print of original
 
<p>Jessica Nicole Hubbard</p>

Jessica Nicole Hubbard

Acrylic Paint

From one heartbeat to the next, I understand my victory as a believer in the life-giving blood of Jesus Christ. This work is an abstract representation of what was precious and ultimately shed on the cross. In his death—the only sacrifice that could ever be enough—I find my own life and the purchased right of life as more than a conqueror.

<p>Suja Jacob</p>

Suja Jacob

Oil on Canvas

This painting is a celebration of our great privilege as Christians: Prayer. Life's challenges can be great, even debilitating, and many times, during those spiritual battles, I have failed and have fallen. But if we can keep on our “Armor of God,” and if we can also pray, the Lord will send his power and accelerates his Kingdom into our lives circumstances. Our battles are not our own—they belong to the Lord!

<p>Suja Jacob</p>

Suja Jacob

Mixed Media

When you think you have messed up beyond measure, and when you think you can never make peace with God, that is when, if you can repent, you become most beautiful to Christ. He’s the God who give us second chances.

<p>Suja Jacob</p>

Suja Jacob

Oil on Canvas

We have a God who hears human cry.

<p>Suja Jacob</p>

Suja Jacob

Oil on Canvas

This painting is a celebration of the fact that we have a compassionate God. We have all made mistakes, but if God be for us, who can be against us.  Genesis 32:28 says, “Then the man said, ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.’” Later, Hosea 12:4 says, “He struggled with the angel and overcame him; he wept and begged for his favor.”

<p>Suja Jacob</p>

Suja Jacob

Mixed Media

Could American be the nation made of clay and iron? Could it be the time of the Lord’s return?

<p>Suja Jacob</p>

Suja Jacob

Oil on Canvas

No eye has seen no ear has heard no mind can comprehend the things that God has prepared and kept for those who love him.

<p>Suja Jacob</p>

Suja Jacob

Mixed Media

<p>Suja Jacob</p>

Suja Jacob

Mixed Media

<p>Nancy H. Keel</p>

Nancy H. Keel

Acrylic paint of stretched canvas

This painting shows the finger of God reaching toward the finger of man. The power of God’s touch is literally transferred to man, empowering him to conquer all things even death! The hands are a partial replica of Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam.” The open grave shows that Jesus gave us the victory when he conquered death. The details of the tomb are taken from the actual garden tomb in Israel today where Christians visit.

<p>Nancy H. Keel</p>

Nancy H. Keel

Acrylic Paint on Stretched Canvas

This modern art piece depicts the devil as a vertical black snake on the left side with his voice of deception depicted as a deep yellow shadow beside him. A swath of yellow in the middle depicts the realm of earth in Son light. Mankind, seen on the right in gray, faces the devil and is tempted by him. To the far right, the brown earth is perceived with fading forms of life. To the far left, one sees through the second heaven, Satan and his domain, and sees dimly into the third heaven in muted colors of red and blue.

<p>Dong Jin Esther Kim (Min)</p>

Dong Jin Esther Kim (Min)

Oil and Acrylic

Suffered on the cross to die for our sins, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. Jesus was resurrected with a body that could be easily seen with visible and touchable wounds. Jesus did not fail with death. He conquered our sins and transgressions. He conquered the world.

<p>Dong Jin Esther Kim (Min)</p>

Dong Jin Esther Kim (Min)

Mixed Media

May we never take it for granted and cherish this awesome privilege of coming to the father as his beloved children. In every temptation, Jesus walks beside us to give us courage, strength and hope along the way.

<p>Dong Jin Esther Kim (Min)</p>

Dong Jin Esther Kim (Min)

Oil and Acrylic

The sacrifice of Jesus can go to God with certainty that he has broken the barrier between God and us. He promises glorious resurrection for those who believe in his son. Christ Jesus our Lord: “I’m for you and I’m with you” forever. Hallelujah!

<p>Gloria Lawson-Langston</p>

Gloria Lawson-Langston

Bone and wood

I see images, features, creatures, faces, places and forms of things in bone and wood. By putting these different materials together, I create scene “Bone Art.” By the way of the cross, Jesus Christ died for our sins and conquered death.

<p>Cheyna G. Langston</p>

Cheyna G. Langston

Colored Pencil

“More Than Conquerors” evokes the armor of God. It helps us overcome sin and temptation. Although it does much more than protecting our outside—it also protects our inside, which to me, means my personal walk with God.

<p>Maribel Martinez</p>

Maribel Martinez

Acrylic on Canvas

In this work, main events of Jesus’ life are explored. The hand of Jesus holding the world is the focal point of interest. The scar on his hand reminds us that Jesus is the victor who overcame death, and through him, we are no longer captive. We’ve been set free, made whole and redeemed. We have the victory; through him, we are more than conquerors. 

<p>Joe Menza</p>

Joe Menza

Watercolor

The background is the turmoil between light and dark, good and evil. The large cross represents Christ, and his white cloth represents his purity. The dove above the cross represents peace. On the right, the harvest field of crosses represents Christians. With Christ as our savior, we can conquer the pain and turmoil of life. He leads us through the rocky terrain that he has already forged once before. With him, we have already won our future battles. We are already more than conquerors. 

<p>Gavin McMahon</p>

Gavin McMahon

Colored Pencil

This picture shows the breaking of the chains that held Jesus’ tomb shut and the stone moving away from the entrance to the tomb showing that even death cannot hold Jesus back. This is the time when the tomb opened and Jesus rose from the grave, proving to the world that he was the Son of God and could conquer everything.

<p>Michael McMahon</p>

Michael McMahon

Colored Pencil

This is a depiction of the power of Jesus. The cross and wounded hands remind us of Jesus’ death on the cross. The broken hammer and nails show that Jesus was more powerful than the cross. The bright light is symbolic of his resurrection, and the powerful light of Jesus is seen cutting through the darkness of the world. The broken chains represent the sacrifices of Jesus on the cross which allows us to conquer our sins and mistakes of the past through God’s forgiveness.

<p>Don Orban</p>

Don Orban

Acrylic

Those who have kept their faith and love of God through the trials and adversities of life are considered people who are “more than conquerors.” As such, Jesus is pictured in the heavily garden say, “Come receive your crown of glory.”

<p>Don Orban</p>

Don Orban

Acrylic

Palm Sunday is pictured here as the celebration of Jesus’ triumphal entry to Jerusalem the day before his crucifixion and resurrection. Spectators showed their enthusiasm by waving palm branches as Jesus passes by.

<p>Alberto Paniaya</p>

Alberto Paniaya

Mixed Media on Canvas

This painting is based on Luke 23: 44-46: “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”

Contact: 815-573-4222

<p>Alberto Paniaya</p>

Alberto Paniaya

Mixed Media on Canvas

This painting is based on 1 John 1:29: “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

Contact: 815-573-4222

<p>Carly Pindak</p>

Carly Pindak

Colored Pencil

This piece represents Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and going to heaven. Exodus 14:14 speaks to me because of my personal experience that the Lord does fight for and with us in our battles. We can do anything through him. Having the Holy Spirit living inside us means that we are guided, protected and stronger than any attack from the devil. We can trust the Lord and obey him. We can live by his word and not fear. To be conquerors, we need everything he gives us!

<p>Kimberly Schmutzler</p>

Kimberly Schmutzler

Acrylic on panel

Mountain-scape occupied by a range of obstacles that challenge your journey to the ultimate goal: ascending to the top of the mountain. The journey will be difficult, but worth it. In this painting, the obstacles are small but represent bigger obstacles in life. Any number of things can hold you back from your walk with the Lord, but Jesus already conquered all of your obstacles for you on Calvary. We are more than conquerors through him that loved us so.

<p>Vincent Tormos</p>

Vincent Tormos

Oil on Canvas

Contact: 630-842-9404

<p>Vincent Tormos</p>

Vincent Tormos

Oil on Canvas

Contact: 630-842-9404

<p>Vincent Tormos</p>

Vincent Tormos

Oil on Canvas

Contact: 630-842-9404

<p>Vincent Tormos</p>

Vincent Tormos

Oil on Canvas

Contact: 630-842-9404

<p>Kristin Welch</p>

Kristin Welch

Acrylic on Wooden Board

Everyone undergoes some sort of battle in their lives and that’s why I want to share this song. This song sings of his wonderful grace and mercy that he provides every day. He knows every situation we are in and he is in control. At Easter, the whole earth literally singing of new life while bursting into colors. Yellow represents the joy and happiness. Green represents time spent alone with God. Orange represents new life. Blue is the harmony and peace that comes with complete trust in Christ over your life.

JUDGES

Grahame Wilkin
Grahame Wilkin has been a professional artist for over 20 years. His experience in the arts covers a wide range including art direction, graphic design for major fortune 500 companies, book illustration and creating a mural for the Paramount Theater in Downtown Aurora. He is a member of several national art and education associations.

Wanda Burgund
Pastor Wanda Burgund has been actively involved in multiple facility design projects for religious and academic institutions. With a strong interest in the durability and function of space, she has assisted in the inclusion of strong esthetic elements to those facilities.

Sean McCallum
Sean McCallum received his MFA from Academy Art University in San Francisco, and he currently teaches art at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago. His work is often narrative, leaning toward the fantastic with regard to content, color and composition. His work shows a variety of techniques ranging from drawing and painting to digital, collage and mixed media.