two exhibitions open at the MHC Gallery Friday, March 16 at 7:00pm
Faye Hall: Seven Whole Days
Anthony Chiarella: Poetical Movement Within Art
March 16-May 5
OPENING: March 16, 7:00pm
MHC Gallery, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd.
South campus Canadian Mennonite University
Winnipeg artist Faye HallÂ has taken Malcolm Guite’s poetic sequence Seven Whole Days and turned it into a sumptuous visual celebration of God’s good creation. The two artists combined their talents in an art book calledÂ Seven Whole Days. Guite’s sequence of seven poems celebrates each day of creation and finally the Sabbath day of rest. Hall has taken the poems and re-imagined them line by line in a series of beautiful meditations on how God’s glory shines out in the world. Each mixed media painting incorporates Guite’s handwriting.
Book signing event, Sunday, April 15, 7:00pm:Â at the gallery with Faye Hall and Malcolm Guite. Includes readings by Guite.Â
Ayodeji Malcolm GuiteÂ is an English poet, singer-songwriter,Â AnglicanÂ priest, and academic. He is currently aÂ Bye-FellowÂ andÂ chaplainÂ ofÂ Girton College, CambridgeÂ and associate chaplain ofÂ St Edward King and MartyrÂ in Cambridge.
It seems to me that language functions as a tool in two basic ways: the Literal and the Figurative. As a literal tool, language is utilitarian and communicates what something is, or how something is to be done. As important as the literal-utilitarian function of language is to our daily living, it is not enough. So, over the millennia, we have invented figurative language, that is, the poetical.
Our need to express what is more-than-literal, the figurative, the poetical, the spiritually transcendent, is irresistible. We enter into poetical communication with each other because we long for our lives to mean so much more than the utility of well-functioning bodies. It is by way of the creative genius expressed through our many different language tools that we can enter into poetical conversation with the Divine.Â Anthony Chiarella
Artists’ Talk, Thursday, April 19, 7:00 pm:Â Visualizing Christianity: Mennonite & Catholic Art in a Secular Age. Anthony Chiarella and Ray Dirks discussÂ how they speak their faith, “making Christ known,” through their art from Catholic and MennoniteÂ perspectives.
Anthony Chiarella has created artworks in various media for several Catholic churches. This exhibit includes both his religiously themed work and art based on travels and other interests.