St Petri Lutheran Church in Nuriootpa held an art exhibition with the theme ‘Free indeed’ in their hall between 28 August and 4 September. The exhibition was part of the LCANZ Simultaneous Art Exhibition, which asked Lutheran congregations, schools and aged care facilities to hold local exhibitions on a common theme.
The St Petri exhibition showcased over 70 works by artists ranging in age from two to 98 years old. Using the resources prepared by LCA Visual Arts, the artists explored different aspects of Christian freedom. Beginning with artworks revealing our slavery to sin and the darkness of our broken world, the display quickly moved to the work of Christ on the cross, setting the prisoners free and bringing freedom and new life. Revelling in the joy of being set free by God’s grace and mercy, the artworks then showcased the freedom of life in the Spirit, becoming new creations by the power of God’s transforming love, and growing in the freedom of the Lord. The final works focused on being free to love and serve.
As part of the preparations, a workshop was held. Several ministry groups prepared collaborative artworks. A real highlight of the exhibition was the ‘Pom Pom Chair’ created by a group of ladies from Tanunda Lutheran Home. It sat under a tree bearing the fruits of the Spirit, which was yarn-bombed by the St Petri Messy Church community. Nestled high in the branches were beautiful butterflies made by the children of Hoot playgroup. As a whole, the colourful display reminded us of the joy and fellowship we have at any age as we sit in the freedom of God’s love and acceptance.
The exhibition was well-attended throughout the week, and over $500 was raised for the work of the Family Centre and Lutheran Care.
Photo L-R: Kerry Norman, Libby Krahling and Kate Obst