West End United Methodist Church

Allie Horick
Eroded Rock

Platinum-Paladium Print

We shape our environment but our environment also shapes us. Increasingly, however, it seems our impact on the environment is disproportionate. Through this body of work I seek to explore the human-environment relationship, how we inhabit a space, and what it means to be wild. 

 

 


Allie Horick
St. Bernadette and the Virgin

Platinum-Paladium Print

Throughout the work, I juxtapose human and plant portraits as a way to explore the concept of our connection to other bodies. Some pieces directly explore our interactions with the natural world while others hint at less obvious relationships. Overall it seeks to expose the wildness inherent in every living thing.

 

 

 

 


Anita Schmid
Untitled
Oil

I've been an artist all my life and currently work in representational oil painting and graphite. My subjects are almost always about nature and particularly trees!  Drawing and painting the natural world gives me an opportunity to appreciate God's miracles more deeply than I would otherwise! 


Anita Schmid
Untitled

Oil

The Schmid Family took acres of desert land on a family ranch near the Mexican border and created a vineyard with the help of some recently discovered well water. Now there are fields of different grapevines growing and a new winery business. This transformation reminds me of just what Mother Earth can do for us when we take care of her and treat her with respect. God is good and so are her gifts!

 


Cindy Lawrence
Rabbit Field

Mixed Media: Stained Glass and China

This piece shows three rabbits enjoying the bounty of a field of flowers.  Life is good.

 

 


Cindy Lawrence
Mother Earth

Stained Glass Mosaic

Mother Earth is dismayed by the lack of good stewardship humans have shown towards the life-giving gift of earth.  The seas are rising and land is on fire. 

 

 


Dan Hixon
Miss Yellowstone

Painting

Yellowstone is famous for its American Bison herd. Though magnificent I never considered them beautiful until seeing the cow in my painting. The light brought out a variety of colors and since her head was turned toward something that caught her attention I added two ravens and christened her “Miss Yellowstone of 2019.”

 

 


David Thombs
Untitled

Oil

Several summers ago I would repeatedly go by this Blue Heron who would fish at this site on Sam’s Creek off of the Cumberland River.

This painting shows him patiently waiting for the next catch.

 

 

 

 


David Thombs
Untitled

Oil

This painting shows a winter wheat field during harvest days.  Those of us who drive up to Kentucky to paint with Charles Brindley are so blessed to see these fields of golden wheat reflecting the abundance of God’s love for us with this beautiful crop knowing we have found many ways to use it for our nourishment.


Deb Smith
Untitled

Photography sublimated on a Reusable Bag

Celebrating the beauty of God's creation and acknowledging the responsibility to be wise stewards of that creation are combined in this reusable shopping bag. I sewed the bag from canvas and then used a heat press to sublimate the photos on the bag. By taking the bag with me when I shop, I can reduce my use of plastic bags.

 

 

 

 


Deb Smith
Ocean Sunrise
Photography on Fabric

This photograph of the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean has been repeatedly printed onto fabric and made into an infinity scarf. Hopefully, when it is worn, the wearer is reminded of being constantly surrounded by the  wonder of creation. 

 

 

 

 

 


Ed Zinkiewicz
Untitled

Photography on Canvas

The pink rose bush has adorned the front of our house for a very long time. It is not unusual to see cut pink roses in the house frequently. They are delicate, beautiful, and fragrant. I walked by the vase one day and noticed how striking they appeared against a black background. This canvas is my attempt at capturing that moment. I wanted to hold on to the memory of those flowers even though the bush will not always be with us. I hope this picture will make the flowers come alive for you.

 

 

 

 


Ellen Bibb
The Lew Dogg

Oil

Every time I see this tree I am filled with awe. It is alone by a little bridge on the McCabe golf course. It stops me in my tracks whether I'm out for a jog or walking the dog. The silhouette against the pale yellow and orange winter grasses and cold blue sky inspired me to paint it, twice!

 


Ellen Bibb
Above and Beyond

Oil

Purple coneflowers are one of my favorites and this one looked so beautiful surrounded by black-eyed susans with the Cumberland River in the background. 

 

 

 

 

 


Eliza Frensley
Untitled

Intaglio Etching with CMYK Screen-print

I work with printmaking processes, specifically Intaglio techniques, to recreate captured images of my childhood. I start my process by finding existing images of my childhood and observe and recognize the emotions I have about them. I express emotional value through textures and motifs to represent the effect of time on my memory and emphasize the importance of what remains.

 

 

 

 

 


Faye Maynard
Giraffes

Scratchboard

My interest in the biological sciences is reflected in my detailed zoological and botanical artwork. My scratchboard African animals reflect my African roots as a missionary kid growing up in Democratic Republic of Congo. I chose animals entwined in loving poses to depict scriptural truths of unity wrought in love.

 

 

 

 


Faye Maynard
Motherly Love

Scratchboard

My interest in the biological sciences is reflected in my detailed zoological and botanical artwork. My scratchboard African animals reflect my African roots as a missionary kid growing up in Democratic Republic of Congo. I chose animals entwined in loving poses to depict scriptural truths of unity wrought in love.

 

 

 

 

 


Fred Kirchner
Autumn in Illinois Woods

Oil

 

 

 


Fred Kirchner
Ghost Ranch at Night

Oil

 

 


Jean Gauld-Jaeger
Dash Of Light

Oil on Linen

PLEINAIR painting is a traditional method of painting scenes from life. A PLEINAIR artist packs everything needed to paint outside in a compact box often called a French paintbox. It is important to paint quickly as the direction of the sun changes with every passing minute causing the shadows to change position. The artist is usually captivated by the light on a particular landscape and attempts to reproduce the feeling that sparked their interest in the scene. The experience of painting in the studio can’t compare to the pleasure of painting on a lovely morning as the sun is appearing and the countryside is just awakening. There are also those memorable days when the sky opens up and pours a fresh Spring rain on the artist. Mustn’t forget bug spray too or water to keep yourself hydrated. When the artist is satisfied that the scene has been captured on canvas, cleaning up is very important. A PLEINAIR artist never leaves a trace of having been there. Every piece of equipment is cleaned and packed carefully for the next painting adventure.

Some say a PLEINAIR painting is fresher and more lively than those painted in the studio. Others say, “If there are no bugs stuck to the paint, it wasn’t painted PLEINAIR.”
 


Jonathan Harwell-Dye
Untitled

Painting, Mixed Media

This pencil drawing is of our beloved dog, Colby, a Shetland Sheepdog who enjoyed snowy days, shallow streams, and barking at nothing.

 

 

 


Jonathan Harwell-Dye
Untitled

Painting, Mixed Media

This pencil drawing is another of our beloved dog, Colby, a Shetland Sheepdog.

 

 

 

 

 


Katherine Frensley
Untitled

Fiber Arts

This quilt is 100% cotton dyed with indigo, marigolds, sunflower seeds, onion skins, coreopsis, cosmos, and hollyhocks grown from my garden. I strive to source my materials, reuse, recycle ethically, and grow plants/flowers to create art that will bring attention to commercial and chemical waste through my practice. By using natural dyes, I am creating art made from biodegradable, non-toxic, and non-allergenic matter, unlike many synthetic dyes commonly used today. Not only am I creating works of art that further the preservation of the planet, but I am connecting with the history of this process dating back to ancient times and highlighting the beauty of using natural and organic materials. With this quilt, I gave these flowers a new life through the process of dyeing so that their color and textured prints may be enjoyed even after they have dried and wilted, seeing the potential past their initial purpose. 

 

 

 

 


Katherine Frensley
Purple Plant Cell rug

Fiber

This rug, inspired by microscopic plant cell structures, was created to capture nature's beauty through the lens of a microscope. Though the colors of this piece, chosen with a bit of creative license, exhibit patterns accurate to those of actual plant cell imagery. 

 

 

 


Maggie Jarrell
Untitled

Oil

My mom and I both love sunsets, particularly those with vibrant colors. Whenever my mom sees a sunset she likes, she says "I like the colors God is painting with tonight." There is something magical about that time of day,  the transition between day and night, and the way we can see God as an artist filling the sky with color and beauty.

 


Nan Cowan
Untitled

Watercolor

These sunflowers are grown every summer at a farm called Amazing Acres.  It’s in the upper Cumberland area of Tennessee.  The farm is a children’s field trip destination complete with animals, more crops, and play areas.  I love that they sell their crops for public picking.

 

 

 

 

 


Nan Cowan
Untitled

Woven Kudzu

This basket is made from the plentiful Kudzu vines that are growing all along the roadsides, and by many a field in middle Tennessee.  It is considered an invasive species by many, but all  parts of the plant can be used for grazing of animals , and the ground root of a Kudzu vine is highly prized in the orient for medicinal and culinary uses.

 

 


Peg Werts
Untitled

Needlepoint. Wool on Canvas

Color is everywhere in this garden. The beauty of gardens is in the colors that move through and around gardens. Color is life. Color is restorative. Color is God’s promise.

 

 

 

 

 


Peg Werts
Untitled

Pulled Thread through Linen

The mountains are a monument to God’s majesty. We look up, we see the unattainable, and we strive to attain it.  The journey, the climb, fills us with meaning. And then, having attained the summit, we breathe the majesty of the world around us.

 

 


Ray Sells
Color in Spare Places

Oil

 

 

 


Sally Ahner
Gaia

Watercolor

The title is "Gaia," the personification of Earth and one of the Greek primordial deities.  Her hair is the rain, her face a seed and young tree, and around her are many of the landscapes of Earth.  Mountains, oceans, deserts, forests, rivers, and rolling hills are part of her anatomy.  She is beautiful in all Her variety. "I am your mother: Do not neglect me! Children, protect me—I need your trust; my breath is your breath, my death is your death, ashes to ashes, dust into dust."—Shirley Erena Murray [TFWS, #2059]

 

 

 


Steve Wedan
Black Death

Drawing

Balancing the peaceful grace of gazelles and impalas is the Cape buffalo. This inhabitant of Southern and Eastern Africa is gifted with size and strength, matched only by its aggressiveness. It has been known to stalk hunters or charge them from ambush at 35 miles per hour. This animal's nickname is an apt one.

 

 

 

 


Steve Wedan
Guide of Midgard

Drawing

Wolves play an important role in the health of a wilderness environment. But they also play a more symbolic role, symbolizing strength, cooperation, and the centrality of family. Rendering one in pencil and adding a small bit of color in a key focal point is for me a labor of love.  And, to borrow from something once said by Eric Liddell, when I draw I feel God's pleasure . . . because it is an act of creation.

 

 


Susan Ragsdale
Feeding Baby

Glass Mosaic

Feeding Baby is my tribute to a photo taken by someone during 2020. I wanted to capture in a mosaic that moment of care and connection. I wanted to bring that act of nurturing love to the forefront of our attention. For surely if our" bird cousins" can be so loving, we can too. The simplicity is there: choose love.

 

 

 

 


Susan Ragsdale
Sun Journey

Poetry

Gratitude is a daily practice. I find that Nature is often a great teacher and companion in helping me pause, breathe, and find my gratitude pace. I find quiet delight in watching the sun rays every morning play tag and create shadow puppets across my wall.

 

 

 

 

 


Teresa Cartner
Untitled

Digital Photography

A captured photo of this busy little bird at sunrise on the beach.

 

 


Tyree (Ty) Finch
Grand Teton Storm 2018

Oil

This image was inspired by the view of the Grand Tetons as seen from a ranch cabin at the northeast corner of the park, just south of Yellowstone. The classic view of the peaks of the Tetons is obscured by the oncoming storm, but the image was still beautiful and powerful.

 


Tyree (Ty) Finch
Yellow Meadow, Yosemite, 2022

Oil

On a September morning, my grandson and I crawled over a dead tree and entered this pristine meadow in the Yosemite valley. We were alone and with the blue gray cliffs in the background; it was a quiet and peaceful moment. One to record and savor.

 


 

Clare Bratten
The Barefoot Farmer
Documentary Video

The organic small farm was the backbone of Tennessee. Jeff Poppen advocates for the preservation of small farms and rejection of Concentrated Animal Farm Operations for Tennesseeans health and community welfare. 

Length: 20 Minutes