Hover and click to find albums showing the process of creating these artworks collaboratively or to see galleries with full series of artworks curated by Nanette and the community at Grace Commons and St. James Presbyterian Church.
Mother of God
A community-created icon made of torn Christmas advertisements. Symbolically, we deconstructed the commercialism of the public holiday and transformed it into a spiritual symbol–Mary, the Mother of God.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Throughout the four weeks of Advent Grace Commons collaged an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe as part of our prayer time during spiritual practice at our regular Sunday evening gathering.
Im/migration: Stations of the Cross
Over 2000 years ago, Jesus and his family were forced to flee across borders in order to escape the tyrannical regime of King Herod. All his life Jesus continued to migrate from city to city, crossing borders and breaking down boundaries.
Stations of the Cross (2007)
A contemporary interpretation of the stations of the cross, some stations made collaboratively, some by participating artists. Art informs our understanding of Jesus’ life, death, & resurrection.
Nine by nine foot banner sketched by Sarah Ashcraft-Johnson and painted by Charlotte Whitley, Lee Lohman, Pattie Relosky, Kathi Gregoline, and Nanette Sawyer.
Our Lady of Tenderness
Painted by Wicker Park Grace and iconographer Larry Kamphausen, 2008.
Art as meditation; art as prayer; art as a record of transformation; art as play~here are some of my favorite things!
A Picture Story
Where did this beauty come from?
To tell a story here, I have used one photo again and again, digitally manipulating it to evoke different thoughts and emotions. The captions tell the story.
A Visual Prayer
A psalm-like prayer that unfolded as I took photos on my phone at Lake Michigan.
A collection of some favorites I’ve taken over the years.