"What we're wanting to do is enhance the Lenten journey." - Donna Protzel
SIKESTON - Artists share their talents in a number of ways, but an event taking place during Lent will provide a unique opportunity.
From March 24-31 the First United Methodist Church will host a "Faces of Jesus" art exhibit and artists throughout the community are invited to be a part of the project by creating their own depictions of Jesus.
Individuals who have been inspired by someone else's portrayal of Jesus are also encouraged to submit their artwork.
"What we're wanting to do is enhance the Lenten journey," explained Donna Protzel who came up with the idea. "I think that the arts have been overlooked somewhat in churches until recently. I just think that God has given us our creativity and using it to glorify him seems like the obvious thing to do. That's what we're hoping to accomplish with "'The Faces of Jesus.'"
Although organizers are not asking for the art to be taken to the church until March 23, residents in the community have already starting volunteering to submit their original pieces of art while others have agreed to bring in art that has inspired them in some way.
"Susan Street has a photograph she's going to submit, we have a bunch of children's drawings and we're really excited about that. We'd be glad to have more of those, so this is for all ages. Also, someone's doing a photo collage. We will accept art of any medium, whether it be a sculpture, painting, charcoal drawing, etc," said Protzel.
Artists are also being asked to submit some information about the art so it can be displayed with the artwork.
As part of the celebration, a community-wide reception is planned from 5-7 p.m. March 28. The artists will be available and a video featuring a collage of the faces of Jesus will be presented in the sanctuary.
Immediately following the reception will be a re-enactment of the Last Supper.
"It was really important to us to open this up to the whole community and people seem to be excited about it. It's my hope that people are touched by the spirit through these works of arts in a way that they haven't been before and that they walk away with a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus," she said.
To submit a piece of art or for more information contact Protzel at 471-5681.