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.

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