Immanuel Baptist Hosts Local Art Exhibit, Reception & Paducah Singers Dec. 2

PADUCAH - Immanuel Baptist Church invites the community to an art exhibit called the “Miracle and Mystery of Christmas.” The exhibit and artist reception will take place at Immanuel Baptist Church, 3465 Buckner Ln. in Paducah. It begins Sunday, Dec. 2nd from 1 until 5 pm, with a mini-concert of “Songs of Joy” by the Paducah Singers at 3 pm. The exhibit will be available for viewing until January 2nd.

The juried art show is a partnership between Immanuel and local artists to enrich Paducah’s celebration of the Advent and Christmas seasons.
It is a spiritual endeavor, but not just a Christian-centric event, according to Jamie Broome, senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist church and coordinator of the exhibit. There are more than 50 pieces using a variety of media, he said.

“I think too often we take for granted the relationships we have in our community,” Todd Birdsong, artist and local educator said. “Artists and creatives of all types are spiritual people, whether they know it or not. Some refer to it as the ‘divine spark.’ Our work together only makes the community stronger in terms of connections and building sustaining relationships of understanding and growth.“

The theme of the competition is “Overwhelmed by the Ordinary.”

“The theme is inspired by the appearance of power in the most mundane places—an old, city, a stable, a peasant couple, a manger or an infant,” Jamie Broome, senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church and coordinator of the exhibit said.

“On a road trip, I was looking at an old barn and saw a broken cradle in a stall and I was inspired,” he said. “I wished I had been a good photographer.”

Since the exhibit is an art competition, one piece will be chosen for a cash award for “Best interpretation of the theme.” The competition will be juried by Lexie Millikan, who received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She is currently the Fiber Artist in Residence at the Paducah School of Art & Design, and Interim Director of the Yeiser Art Center.

“Our intention is to support community artists and provide the community with a meaningful reflection of the season,” Broome said.

Published 08:30 PM, Thursday Nov. 29, 2018
Updated 04:17 PM, Friday Dec. 07, 2018

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