Wise enjoys the guild, noting that when you’re just working on artwork for yourself, “It’s real relaxing.”
At another table, artists Jayne Eakman and Kay Flanigan have created a small palette with an array of deep reds. They study and dab at an already completed painting with bright colored flowers splayed across it. Someone else purchased the painting, but the colors didn’t match their couch. They appealed to the artists for help. “We’re trying to transform it,” says Eakman.
The art guild members periodically show their work. They have an exhibit coming up in August at a store downtown. They also go on outings from time to time. Mostly, they paint.
“We have some awesome, awesome artists in this church,” says Pastor Art. That includes professional artist Michael Miller, some of whose works hang at the church, who specializes in golf landscape paintings.
On Fridays, Pastor Art also teaches art at the church. During the school year, he uses his Friday art time to teach home-schooled students. In the summer, he uses the time slot to teach a college level class which includes hands-on endeavors, but also explores issues related to the philosophy of art.
The pastor says he explores questions like “why Picasso was such an antihero in art.” He cautions that the lecture on that is coming, but foreshadows the topic, saying, “Picasso was an antihero because he believed in deconstructing beauty into composite forms.”
“You can’t help but learn from him,” says art guild member Bob Barnett. He’s seated at a table where he works on a colorful painting featuring a unicorn. He’s painting it for his 1-month-old great-granddaughter.
Pastor Art turns his attention back to his puddle, while listening to and chatting with his fellow artists. It will be the next work in his prolific portfolio. Brush in hand, the preacher notes, “I am hoping to leave something good behind.”
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If you go What: First Baptist Church Art Guild Where: First Baptist Church, 907 N. Raible Ave., Anderson When: Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m. More info: Contact the church at 643-7458 or check out the website at www.fbcanderson.net.