Deborah Sokolove’s artist statement

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Station 1 – Jesus is Condemned
Painting copyright Deborah Sokolove

I grew up in Los Angeles, a city named after the Queen of the Angels.

There, the echoes of Hispanic Catholicism permeate even the most resolutely Protestant, as well as non-Christian, neighborhoods. As part of their historical education, California school-children of all faiths are taken to visit the mission churches founded by Franciscan brothers, and learn local geography as a kind of litany of saints’ names. As a child, I was profoundly affected by both the visual and the spiritual texture of the mission churches I had visited.…

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Margreta Silverstone’s artist statement

Fiber artist

Lighting the Darkness (detail), 2007

Lighting the Darkness (detail), 2007,

textile 11’x 2 1/2′, photo by PRS Associates

I want my art to bring the holy to the world. I want my wearable art garments to give dignity to the wearer. I want my work to be a source of healing the spirit.

I first learned to quilt from women at my church in Washington, DC. You need to visit my church to realize how ironic to be doing such a traditional activity in a very non-traditional church. We gathered to make a log cabin quilt-in-a-day, but the power went out mid-day.…

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Peter Bankson’s artist statement

Crocheted chausable in wool and mohair

In the picture I’m wearing a chasuble crocheted in wool and mohair in the pattern of an 11-level labyrinth.

Click here for a gallery of Peter’s crochet pieces.

For more than 45 years I’ve been exploring the way fiber behaves – when it is knotted and when it is stretched. And I know there is much more to be done. The fiber has asked for more than I have given.

Inside my head there is a cornucopia of soft fruit, gently spilling out into awareness and flowing off beyond the horizon of memory. Every once in a while I can catch one of them before it disappears.…

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Marjory Zoet Bankson’s Artist Statement

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Click here for a gallery of Marjory’s urns and shawls

Marjory has been a member of Seekers church for over 30 years. Below, she makes a brief statement about her lifelong love of pottery which has been a spiritual practice for her.

“I learned to throw, trim, glaze and fire porcelain with Louie Mideke in Bellingham, Washington, the year that my husband was in Vietnam (1965). Death was much on my mind then, but making pots always included firing the clay to make the pieces more permanent. When we moved to Washington, D.C. in 1970, I became a full-time potter. I was part of the group that scrubbed and painted the old Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, making it a center where artists could work and sell directly.…

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