Art Gallery Presents Artists’ Fellowship

Siloam Springs, Ark. (January 31, 2007) - The John Brown University Art Gallery presents the Artists’ Fellowship’s show, “A Reverence for Creation” in the JBU art gallery during February.

The show and silent action includes 55 paintings from 19 members of the Artists’ Fellowship and opens on Tuesday, Feb. 6 with a reception, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. in the lobby of the Art building. All works on display will be available for sale by a silent auction through Friday, March 2. Each work has an opening bid and a “buy now” price. Bidders are to submit their bids on the bidding sheet that accompanies each work. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit the St. Francis Clinic in Siloam Springs. St. Francis is a community clinic for those who have little or no medical insurance, and started two years ago as a joint effort with local doctors, the Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital, and the city of Siloam Springs.

The Artists’ Fellowship is made of a group of 25 leading local and national artists. The fellowship began about a year and a half ago as a venue for artists to encourage one another in their creative gifts and to have a place where they can share ideas that will help in the artists’ pursuit of excellence in all walks of life, including creative spirit.

“My parents instilled in me the belief that whatever [talent] one possesses should be shared with the community,” member Karolyn Farrell, said. “My hope is to enhance others’ lives by painting some of God’s beautiful creation to perhaps bring some joy and happiness to others.”

The show will focus on paintings of creation. The fellowship’s statement says, “art should make us person feel, reflect, appreciate and understand. Great paintings speak without words.” The statement goes on to say that members of Artists’ Fellowship have a reverence for creation, not because they worship nature for itself, but because they can see that it points to the Ultimate Artist, the Creator of the universe.

“These many paintings are but a tiny reflection of our love and gratefulness,” member Glenn Benson said.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Regular art gallery hours are Monday- Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 2 pm. to 4 p.m.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 40 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

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