Feasts for the Eyes


exhibiting artists

Ken Arnold
Roger Beattie
Kathrin Burleson
Mary Anne Carley
Dennis Di Vicenzo
Lorna Effler
Paul Fromberg
Susan Goff
Janice Holman
Moses Hoskins
Ann Kim
Judy Gibson King
Audrey Lee
Mary Mayer
Nicole Maynard
Judith McManis
Zachary Roesemann
Claudia Smith
Patricia Smith
Kathy Thaden
Susan Tilt
Barbi Tinder
Vanessa Wells
Jeff Wunrow

curator's statement






Christ Child
by Lorna L. Effler
Acrylic and oil on Canvas, 2006, 30" x 24"

Artist Interpretation:  Jesus the Christ child is Jesus the Great Deliverer, the Anointed One, the Saviour of men. “Behold, the virgin shall be with childand shall bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel," which translated means, "God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)

The Virgin Mary has given birth to Jesus. Mary, a humble common girl, is portrayed in the color of heavenly love, blue; which also suggests unveiling of truth. Pondering with love and amazement in her heart she carefully holds her child. God’s word has been manifested, not only as the angel Gabriel had told her—but as prophesied through the ages, since the Garden of Eden. The child is divine, peacefully sleeping with glory about his head.

Captured in this surreal monument is revelation of the Christ child. As if etched into their surfaces, the wood and rocks proclaim who he is: Holy One, Wonderful, Jesus, Christ, Lord, Saviour, Messiah, King, Branch, Immanuel and Word. Deeper into the rock area images begin to immerge: Lion of Judah, Lamb of God, angels; kneeling, rejoicing, standing in awe. Born among the lowly--a Saviour for all mankind. He came because everyone is precious in His sight. The soft light casts a shadow of the cross…foretelling of his crucifixion for our sins. Based on Scripture, when the branch (Christ) from the root of Jesse comes forth, the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the young cow and bear will rest together…prophecy is fulfilled!
Leaning toward the child the Holy Spirit is present, as the dove. As he lurks and hides in the shadows, glaring at the child is the owl, representing Satan. Much to his surprise, the Word has become flesh. In the back a peacock is observing: symbolic of immortality, eternal life--now available through Christ Jesus.

Above the peacock we see symbolic letters that “say it all”: Alpha and Omega. He is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Hallelujah our promised Saviour has come!

Community:  Grace Episcopal Church, Ocala, Florida
Email:  efflerart@aol.com

© 2007 Episcopal Church & Visual Arts, Inc.