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Kristin Anderson
Celtic Petal Cross

Gurdon Brewster
Lord of the Dance

Welcome Home

Victor Challenor
Icon Processional

Barbara Desrosiers
Mysterium Fabrication

Thomas Faulkner

"There Is No Contradiction..."


Colleen Meacham

Margaret Parker
Christ Takes Up
the Cross

Christ Is Nailed to
the Cross

Christine Parson

Lucretia Robbins
Tau Cross/Grasses

Iris Cross

Anne Wetzel
The Cross

Crosses from
El Salvador

Artists' Bios and Contact Information





Artist List

Kristin Anderson

  • Born 1944 - Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Graduated from Mamaroneck High School, NY 1961
  • BA in Painting - Portland State College, Oregon, 1966
  • Taught silversmithing at The Arts and Crafts Society (now the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts), 1966-67
  • Worked as enamelist at David Andersen A/S, Oslo, Norway 1967-68
  • Taught silversmithing in Wisconsin at Madison Area Technical College 1971-74
  • Started workshop Kristinworks 1971
  • Received Master of Fine Arts in Art Metal from the University of Wisconsin, Madison 1974, Major Professor was Fred Fenster.
  • Showed and sold her work at major art fairs all over the USA 1971-1985
  • Moved to Apalachicola, FL and started Long Dream Gallery 1985
  • Continues showing the work of living, American Artists, and making beautiful things of silver, gold, enamel and stone


    Society of North American Goldsmiths
    Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America

Gurdon Brewster
376 Shaffer Rd.
Newfield, NY 14867
phone: 607-564-9569
e-mail: gurdonbrewster@aol.com

Gurdon Brewster has been a sculptor since high school. With acclaimed portraits in his seminary and college, Gurdon is primarily engaged in figurative sculpture. His main body of work is in small bronzes, with a smaller number of works in carved wood. Some figures contain Biblical themes and spiritual motifs, while others reflect global concerns such as famine and hunger. His experience living in India has inspired much of his work.

Gurdon's professional work as a university chaplain has led him to explore the interface between the arts and theology. He has led seminars and workshops on creativity and spirituality in an effort to help people regain and develop their creative gifts. He has sculptures in numerous collections in the United States and abroad.

Victor A. Challenor
Challwood Studio
100 Lexington Ave., 1-L
Brooklyn, NY 11238-1436
phone: 718-398-2877
e-mail: ChallwoodS@cs.com

Liturgical artist Victor A. Challenor, the first life professed black lay brother of the Order of the Holy Cross, is a native New Yorker and was Sacristan at the Church of the Intercession in Harlem at the time he painted the Christ in Glory processional cross. Shortly thereafter he left the order to work in the library of the Union Theological Seminary before taking up full time design and creation of liturgical vestments in 1985. Today he and the Reverend Paul Woodrum, partners in Challwood Studio, Brooklyn, New York, are dedicated to creating contemporary, custom designed liturgical vestments and church appointments.

Barbara Desrosiers
PSC 3 Box 2094
APO AP 96266
e-mail: sheplead@kornet.net
phone: 011 - 82 - 31- 611 - 6198 (So. Korea)

Barbara Desrosiers received her BFA from the University of Rhode Island in 1989 and has done illustration work in and out of the church setting since the late 1970’s. She began life in New Jersey and since high school has lived in many areas of the world. As the wife of an Episcopal Chaplain with the US Air Force, she presently lives and works in So. Korea. The challenge of frequently changing daily life in different cultures has sensitized her to the commonality of the human condition. Her artistic and spiritual vision focuses on reflecting the influence of that which cannot be seen in that commonality, the gossamer thread which God has masterfully woven in and through all, beginning and ending in Him.  Her works are in many collections around the world and have been in many juried exhibitions and several one-woman shows. She has been a member of CIVA for four years.

Thomas Faulkner
131 East 66th Street Apartment 10B
New York, NY 10021
phone: 212-288-2562 (studio)
e-mail: metrohope@mac.com

Thomas Faulkner works in a variety of media to address contemporary political, social and theological issues. He has done site-specific installations at the Boston Architectural Center, the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Worship Center (designed by Romaldo Giurgola) at St. Bede Abbey in Peru, Illinois, and in Bryant Park (grant from the Public Art Fund), the City Cultural Center (funded by the Athena Foundation), and Socrates Sculpture Park -- all in New York City. He also creates smaller scale three dimensional sculpture and photographically documented conceptual pieces. His work has been reviewed in the Boston Herald, the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, the New Art Examiner, and the National Herald. Thomas Faulkner is priest in the diocese of New York.

Colleen Meacham

A Washington native, Colleen Meacham has been photographing and printing in black and white for several years. Her travels in Europe and Hawaii, spiritual and creative journeys, inspire photographic subjects. Educated at the University of Washington, BA, Art Education, Colleen has exhibited in many national as well as local exhibitions.

Colleen, a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Kirkland, is a member of Christians in the Visual Arts and Seattle Art Museum Photo Council and her work can be currently seen at Photomontage Gallery in La Conner, WA.

Margaret Adams Parker
827 Fontaine Street
Alexandria VA 22302
phone: 703-549-5792
e-mail: pparker@vts.edu

Margaret (Peggy) Adams Parker is a printmaker and sculptor whose work often depicts religious themes. The woodcuts in this exhibition are part of a set of Stations of the Cross on which she has been working for the past five years and which she hopes to complete by 2005. She is also working on a set of 19 woodcuts to accompany a new translation of The Book of Ruth, to be published by Westminster John Knox. In November she will exhibit a series of prints and sculpture based on drawings she made on a recent trip to Jerusalem. Peggy's sculpture, Mary with the infant Jesus, is now in place at the College of Preachers, on the grounds of Washington National Cathedral, and will be officially dedicated this spring.

Peggy is also an adjunct instructor in Liturgics, Music and Art at Virginia Theological Seminary. She has published articles on religion and the visual arts in The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, Evangelical Outlook, and Virginia Seminary Journal. In 1999 she traveled to Jerusalem to present a paper on "Rembrandt's Visual Readings of Hebrew Scripture" at an international symposium, The Bible in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Art.

Peggy is a summa cum laude graduate of Wellesley College and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from American University. She has been awarded a Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Painting. A life-long Episcopalian, her home parish is St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia. She is a member of CIVA.

Christine Nicoll Parson
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union Street, #304
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
phone: 703-548-8198
e-mail: MaGoose746@aol.com
web: www.la-galeria.com

I was born and have lived in Washington, DC most of my life. My work reflects the diversity of this city. I studied at the Corcoran School of Art, Carnegie-Mellon University, and the University of Virginia. I am the recipient of several grants and commissions. My work is in collections world wide. I was Artist in Residence at the Wesley Theological Seminary. I am now showing at the Washington Theological Union. My work has been published by the Augsburg Press and I am the illustrator for From Genesis to Revelation by Christine Haapala.

I work in watercolor on wood and on paper. On my wood pieces, I incorporate metal leaf and collage. I also work in stained glass and pastel. I consider myself primarily a portrait artist, although I do not limit myself to doing only portraits.

Lucretia Robbins
e-mail: lucretia_r@yahoo.com

Lucretia Robbins is an award winning artist who has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. She is a BFA graduate of Beaver College with departmental honors in printmaking and a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant. Her work is represented in private collections in the U.S., Europe, and the West Indies.

Anne Wetzel
P.O. Box 914
Mt. Desert, ME 04660
e-mail: annewetzel@acadia.net

Anne Wetzel began her career in photography eight years ago after leaving her administrative position in the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Her fascination with photography began when Fine Arts faculty member, Becky Young, invited Anne to study with her at the University. Drawing inspiration from her love of gardening, she initially chose flowers as models, photographing them in the studio in black and white. She then moved on to landscape photography, also in black and white.

Her subsequent interest in human subject was sparked when she attended the Holy Week services at St. James Episcopal Cathedral in Chicago, and discovered one of her true photographic interests, the worship of God in its many forms. "I was deeply struck by the visual power of these ancient rites. I wanted to explore and capture with the camera the interplay of darkness and light; the juxtaposition of the familiar and the strange; moments of inwardness, isolation, intimacy and communion; the vulnerable human being moving in community to encounter the mystery of God." Her Holy Week project evolved into an exhibition that has traveled to several venues on the east coast and to Chicago.

In July 1998 Anne joined the communication team of the Lambeth Conference of the Anglican Communion in Canterbury, England as a photographer. There, caught up with the Conference's diversity. and with the need to find a unifying symbol, she discovered the wonderful pectoral crosses worn by the bishops. In May 2000 she spent a week at Chartres Cathedral photographing the cathedral and especially the labyrinth which is an integral part of the cathedral's history. In the spring of 2001 Anne will travel to China, photographing the ancient form of Chinese healing work known as qi gong. Anne has exhibited in Philadelphia, Chicago and Maine.


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