Capehart's woodcuts depict fourteen Stations of the Cross. They
are traditional in that they visually "narrate" specific
scenes from Jesus's passion and death with individuals shown in
the contemporary dress of the day. They are installed in the Church
of the Holy Cross in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Throughout the
centuries many worshippers have found representational images necessary
as they meditate on the various scenes. Seeing Jesus as fully human
helped in understanding and feeling the full human agony of the
sacrifice; seeing his tormentors as human beings like themselves
underscored their own sinfulness and need for forgiveness. Today,
many people still need to see the various scenes portrayed as realistic
narratives of events. Through the process of meditation, using and
then transcending the here and now of the senses, the worshipper
moves beyond simply understanding the story line into an actual
awareness of God's presence.
October 2001 to February 2002, Noyes Capehart executed a series
of fourteen original woodcuts depicting the Stations of the Cross.
This framed suite of prints was formally installed in The Church
of the Holy Cross February 9 and 10, 2002. The format of each print
measures 14 "(w) x 17" (h).
Church of the Holy Cross is located in Valle Crucis, North Carolina
in the Diocese of Western North Carolina.
During the weeks of Lent the rector of Holy Cross, Fr. John Zellner,
uses the woodcuts in the Adult Christian Education class. He speaks
about the liturgical pertinence of the woodcuts, reflections that
are usually followed by group questions and/or participation. On
Good Friday, the images are used in association with the liturgy
Capehart Long and his wife Suzanne have been members of Holy Cross
Church since 1997. Noyes is a licensed lay reader and chalice bearer
and has served on the Vestry. He also serves as the chairperson
for the Towel Ministry of Holy Cross Church.
who uses his middle name, Capehart, for his art, taught studio art
at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, from 1969
until his retirement in 1997. (Prior to coming to Boone he taught
at the University of Mississippi and the University of Missouri.)
Noyes now works full time on his art and writing.
E-mail is email@example.com.
For additional works by Noyes Capehart please go to www.capehart.org