Hope for the Children of South Sudan
Sudan Art Blog - Introduction
January 4, 2010
Sudan Art Blog for Hope For The Children Of Sudan
Hello everyone. It is the start of a new year and the start of a new project for two Knoxville artists. Bobbie Crews and Carolyn Gass are going to be blogging and painting for Hope for the Children of Sudan over the next few months. We are both very excited about this opportunity to use our God-given talents to try in some small way to help some of God’s poorest children. We are hoping you will join us on our journey as we blog and paint about the Sudan.
Bobbie is a well-known Knoxville artist. She does beautiful portraits, and many of you have seen her chalkboards at the different Aubrey’s restaurants around town. She has also done murals and if you have driven by on Pellissippi Parkway past the Concord Road exit, you likely have seen one of her murals. She has her Bachelors of Fine Arts from The University of Tennessee, and her studio is in the Emporium Building on Gay Street in Knoxville.
Carolyn Gass has just completed her MA in Religion and the Arts at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She was commissioned as a provisionary Deacon in the Holston Conference this past June. She is currently serving as Artist-in-Residence at Wesley Theological Seminary and as Artist-in-Residence at Deer Park United Methodist Church in Reisterstown, Maryland. She and her husband Dave will return to the Holston Conference in June when her husband graduates from Wesley Theological Seminary with his M.Div. They are looking forward to serving in churches located in the Holston Conference on their return. If anyone out there is interested in having an Artist-in-Residence at his or her church, please let Carolyn know; she is looking for a job. Carolyn won the Dogwood Arts Festival print of 1992 and was a well-known artist in the area until she and her husband moved to the D.C. area to attend seminary.
Carolyn and Bobbie will be doing paintings of the Sudan based on photos taken by people in the Holston Conference who have traveled there on mission trips in the last three years. They will be sharing in the process of their painting, as well as sharing the thoughts and feelings this painting process generates in them as artist and as fellow humans during the painting process. These paintings will then be used in various ways to help generate funds for the Hope For The Children of Sudan project.
I hope you will follow along with us as we go on this journey. I am not sure where we will end up but I feel sure this journey will change each of us along the way. Won’t you join us for the trip? Watch for updates to the art and to the blog.
- Carolyn Gass