Church of the Cross features an art gallery in our welcome space because we care about beauty and creativity. We believe that God created human beings in his image, and so creativity is an essential part of what it means to be human. And we also believe that God is both the Lord of all truth and the God of all beauty. All of us are called to be creative in our lives, families and work, and the Gallery helps us learn more about the creative process from artists that express their creativity as part of their livelihood. Gallery at Cross holds openings with each installation allowing us to meet the artist, hear their story and ask questions. Each opening has been different because each artist and their work are different. And all of the openings have been delightful in giving us a chance to enjoy an evening of reflection, conversation, and learning. We hope you will visit our Gallery soon, and be encouraged to let your own creativity flourish and to be grateful that in this broken world there are little places where beauty is loved and permitted to take center stage.
Featured Artist: Shawna Gilmore
Born and raised in the Upper Midwest, Shawna draws deep from the winter-forged well of her overactive imagination. Her narrative, vintage-infused paintings explore many topics such as childhood, animals, nature, patterns, humor, metaphors, space, and fairytales. Shawna graduated in 2000 from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a BFA in Studio Art, with an emphasis on drawing and printmaking. She has exhibited both locally and nationally. Her work is part of private collections worldwide. Shawna lives with her verbally talented husband (Eddy), their twins and a menagerie of critters in a lively neighborhood near lovely Lake Superior.
Mulberry Street is a collection of paintings based on a fictional neighborhood. Just as homes within any neighborhood can vary in style and substance, so too are the homes on Mulberry Street.
Home is a place of retreat and recovery, but also a place of domesticity and work. On Mulberry Street you’ll find homeowners escaping into the wilds of their house like Jane. Others like Timmy and Tina’s family may be busy tidying their house throughout the seasons. Some homes like George’s may experience peculiar events. And still others seem like the set of a woodland storybook.
The concept for this work came one day as I looked out at my own neighborhood and marveled at how varied and unique each home and occupants were. Not only do the people vary in age and stage but we all have different tastes, interests and activities. The beauty of the Mulberry Street series is the endless possibilities it holds. It combines my love of interior/exterior play and builds on characters I’ve introduced in previous work.