Connecting Old and New: Denver Artist Jake Weidmann

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Denver’s local 5280 Magazine recently highlighted one of the most exciting new artists I’ve seen in recent years.  Jake Weidmann is no bohemian, though.  He’s a deep thinker, distilling through his art concentrated amounts of psychological and anthropological insight all through a theological grid.  Hearing him talk about his art up close and personal is inspiring and moving.  Fellowship Denver’s Worship Arts Director, Adam Anglin (check out his new album with Edbrooke Collective), and I recently got to visit Jake in his studio, and what you see in this post are some of the shots taken from that visit.  (By the way, if you want closeups of any of the art featured here, Jake has it all on his site.)

The “final exam” of a Master Penman is to execute one’s own certificate. This is Jake’s. He also carved the frame.Jake is perhaps best known as one of the eleven Master Penmen in the world, being skilled and certified in the painstaking, nearly athletic craft of multi-formed calligraphy (e.g. script, off-hand flourishing, illumination, and black letter).  He uses this skill to create a lot of mixed media pieces that are deep, evocative, and loaded with meaning. 

Do Some of Our Historic Images of Jesus Hinder Our Ability to See God as Joyful?

Zac HicksArt and Worship, History of Worship and Church Music, Worship Theology & Thought5 Comments

If you don’t think that art has the ability to shape the spirituality and worship of the Church, hopefully this little exercise will shift your perspective.  What’s your reaction to the statement, “God is an intensely joyful God”?  Or, perhaps more starkly, “God is Joy.” My Pentecostal brothers and sisters have no problem with joy in worship.  Modern worship capitalizes on it.  But what about the more traditional-liturgical traditions?  Is there a sense of joy in our worship?  Many of … Read More

Hearts, Mammon, and a Cross Made of Dollar Bills

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  “God Gave,” by Michael WintersThe image is powerful.  Of course, there are many liabilities to image-based communication, not the least of which is its openness to a variety of interpretations and a subsequent muddying of its message.  Nevertheless, visual statements can be powerful. My church, along with seemingly every other, is experiencing its share of financial hardship.  Every time the pressure is on (and even when it’s not), we leaders start evaluating and addressing how our congregations are responding … Read More