Our new church campus opened up in Fayetteville about three weeks ago. Our church has an art ministry called “Spectra”. Here is our mission. Our latest gallery initiative for this new location was under the theme of Impressions and Expressions of Fayetteville, Ar.
I entered two of my paintings with this response,
I have been a part of the Fayetteville Farmers Market for ten years, as an artist vendor. This is such a rich gathering place where community is built between the growers, farmers, artists, and craftsmen with each other and with the customer. It is such a wide variety of ages, socioeconomic status, and nationalities. These folks walk separate and different paths through the week then come together here, in this invigorating “hang out” on the square. The surroundings of old buildings, fun shops, gorgeous landscaping are so aesthetically pleasing. Right in the heart of Fayetteville the fragrance of fresh flowers, newly picked vegetables, fruits with the occasional scent of rich coffee and homemade goodies fills the air. The streets slowly fill up for a gathering place, a weekly connection for all involved, both vendor to vendor and customer to customer. Hugs and handshakes are exchanged. This is truly a slow paced, happy place and time in our cities week of hustle and bustle.
These two paintings of mine are visual reminders to express my joy of this wonderful place. First the sunflower painting represents my favorite time of year at the market when the these magnificent beauties scape the streets, spilling out of barrels and buckets waiting to be purchased to adorn someones home. The second painting is of a little girl leaning in to smell a flower from our corner vendor, Dripping Springs. Dripping Springs has been the prized boardwalk location on saturday mornings. Their booth consistently provides happy helpers eager to serve our community with their farm fresh food and flowers. As is the reputation of all our hard working vendors. I am grateful to be a small part of belonging to this beautiful, colorful, creative slice of life in our community of Fayetteville.
Ephesians 2: 19-22; The Message
…You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.
Top painting: Catching the Fragrance
“Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.” .-Helen Keller Original Watercolor
Artist: BethWoessner Price: $580 www.bethwoessner.com
Bottom painting: Beauty of the Heart
“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.” -Rumi
Original Watercolor Artist: BethWoessner