Fourteen Artists Showcase “The Word”

Works in sculpture and lettering on stone, glass and fabric offer a unique reflection on the cultural importance of the King James Bible and its contribution to society through Christianity.

The Presence of Christ, a carving by Henry Gray in Portland stone, is decorated in the colourful style prevalent when the KJV was first printed 400 years ago.

“These days it is unfashionable to paint stone,” comments Gray. “Tastes and attitudes change, so the continuity provided by the written word is essential. It can help to carry the message that resides in our hearts, that it is possible to move beyond the words, towards a direct relationship with the love of God. This is to be treasured.”

The unique qualities of alabaster are key to sculptures by Frederic Chevarin ARBS and Roger Stephens.

“As Christ is light, the pale fragile alabaster echoes the subject thanks to natural light shining through the material,” says Chevarin about his sculpture, Nativity.  “All the curves in alabaster turn as the movement represents life.”

The other exhibition artists are Peter Eugene Ball, Tim Chadsey, Zoe Cull and Alex Evans, Christopher Elsey, Robyn Golden-Hann, Elizabeth Herkstroter, Giles Macdonald, Mary Noble, Jemimah Patterson, Suzanne Redstone ARBS and Tracey Sheppard FGE.

The Messenger by Peter Eugene BallThe Word: A Reflection on the King James Bible is free and open to the public.  Opening hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays). The exhibition ends on 19 December 2011.

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