To Send a Prayer - Opening Reception

The always helpful Cara works on our floating envelopes installation.

Prints by Arian Armstrong which you can also buy from her esty shop.

Paintings by Arian Armstrong which you can purchase the original or a limited edition print.

Works by Arian and Richard Fudge.

More images to come.


Why you need an arts ministry:

What is the job of the arts pastor? Unleash the talent in the pews. We need to recapture art.

Loving this. Get to art-ing! Pics to come of The Stirring's arts weekend/anniversary service.


Opening Reception for To Send a Prayer at the Stirring

Exhibit description:

Is God listening? Why do so many prayers go unanswered? What’s the point of prayer? How can I make my prayer time more satisfying?

Please join us as we explore these and other questions through artistic expression. The exhibit will feature the work of Arian Armstrong and Richard Fudge along with other local and national artists.

The work will be divided into two types; paintings that explore the visual metaphor of a prayer being akin to a letter, and paintings that focus on visual expressions of prayer through painting, drawing, and photography.

"This show holds a lot of exciting firsts for me — my first multi-piece show, artists I've never met, an audience who has probably never heard of me, all in a city I've never been to." says Arian Armstrong. "I'm honored to participate in this event and have high hopes for the relationships this opportunity will bring. This 'To Send A Prayer' experience has challenged me as an artist and a Christ-follower and has given me a broader vision for collaborating with other artists in The Body, both locally and afar."

Arian Armstrong:
Arian Armstrong lives in Cincinnati with her husband and two boys, ages 1 and 4. After graduating with a degree in theatrical set design she and her husband followed the call to live in Japan, then Boston, and recently back home to Cincinnati where they are both living and loving the freelance life. She juggles a variety of creative roles — artist, graphic designer, illustrator, set designer, crafter, photographer — all to fulfill an insatiable desire to create, communicate, to make known and to be known.

Richard Fudge:
Richard Fudge received his BFA from the University of Memphis in 2003. He pursues his passion for painting by creating works in his studio and live on-stage during The Stirring. As the senior artist and gallery manager at The Stirring, Fudge promotes the enrichment of the worship experience through visual art.

Opening Reception:

September 27th
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Viewers are invited to attend The Stirring worship experience which begins at 5:30 pm. During this special service, Arian Armstrong and Richard Fudge will create original artwork live on stage. Following the service at 6:30 pm, guests can view the exhibit, enjoy refreshments, and listen to Valerie June, a singer/songwriter of soul-stirring blues, as she performs what she calls “Organic Moonshine Roots Music.”

“To Send a Prayer” art exhibit will be on display from September 27th to November 8th.
The gallery is open 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The Stirring Art Gallery also can be viewed during Hope Church’s regular office hours.


The Stirring Art Gallery in Hope Church
(located upstairs inside Entrance 1)
8500 Walnut Grove Rd., Cordova, Tennessee 38018

www.hopepres.comwww.thestirring.net • 901-755-7721

Background on The Stirring Art Gallery:

Various works by local artists are currently on display at The Stirring Art Gallery, located inside Hope Church. Many of the paintings were created live on stage during The Stirring service. Each month, a different local artist volunteers to paint during the service. The completed painting(s) and several other selected works by the artist are then displayed in the gallery and available for purchase by contacting the artist.

The Stirring meets every Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at Hope Church at 8500 Walnut Grove Rd. in Cordova, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.thestirring.net.


Return to Sender: Does God get my prayers?

To Send a Prayer sermon series - Sept. 13 - Oct 25 - Sundays at 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Please join us as we explore common questions about prayer through music, live painting, a creative atmosphere and a relevant message – all in The Stirring’s unique style.

I'll be the guest artist for the month of Sept. We've put a lot of hard work and thought into this series and art exhibit. Please attend and bring a friend. Thanks.


Caffeine, Creativity and Bacon

Hey artists,

Isn't this weather just amazing? Last night Erin and I had a picnic dinner in the backyard and slept with the windows open. It makes me sad to have to go spend the day locked up in the office. Who's up for meet and greet tonight? I'm thinking we go to Cafe Eclectic in Midtown and enjoy their patio. They have excellent coffee, a delicious BLT&A (that's a BLT with Avocado. I dont know where they buy this bacon but its the best ever. i wonder if they can make me a BBLT&A... mmm bacon), and a long list of Sundaes and shakes.

Bring your sketchbook for doodling, and/or a book that your currently reading or just finished. I'll be bringing some from my collection like ones by Donald Miller, Anne Lamott, and Rob Bell to lend out. (And if you need to return one - hint, hint - you could do that too.)

We'll also discuss the up-coming sermon series and art show at the Stirring.

Cafe Eclectic
603 N McLean Blvd (just north of McLean and North Parkway)
Memphis, TN 38107

Tues. Sept. 1st at 7pm to 8:30pm