In the Winter of 2020, 6 people of FBC began a discussion around art, faith, and engaging with our Creator through being creative. The next thing we knew, Art Club was born! This series of Linocut prints is the first initiative of the Art Club, and what we hope is the first of many. The images below are meant to represent different stages of the Easter Story, finding its pinnacle in Pentecost, which we celebrate this weekend. There are also some images below that were not created to tell part of the Easter story, but are worth sharing as well.
Linocut art is like block printing, but uses a piece of carved linoleum (in our case, literal linoleum flooring) to transfer an image onto paper with ink. In the images you see below, all the light parts of the images are the parts that were carved out. Most of the images below were created by first-time linocut artists. What an incredible thing to come together with what skills we have and create something beautiful together!
The Triumphal Entry, Joanna Birkham
Jesus washes his disciples feet, Nicole Quick.
I’ve intentionally kept my image stark and representational. I wanted to depict that intimate scene in which Jesus washes his disciples feet. I’ve chosen a dramatic lighting to create solemness.
Jesus prays in the garden, Alyssa Quick.
Jesus showed his humanity and his divine nature in the Garden of Gesthemane. He felt intense sadness at the betrayal He knew was to come. He went away to pray. To express his sorrow and commune with his Father. Jesus’ posture shows the sorrow he felt during this time. The light around him represents the fact that even in this time, God was present - surrounding and supporting Him even in his agony.
Jesus is betrayed into the hands of the mob, Nolan Birkham.
Jesus is condemned before Pilate, Matt Quick.
I’ve kept my image stark in both composition and imagery.
there are only a few elements, Jesus, Pilot the bowl and in which pilot washes his hands, and the reflection upon the bowl . One can notice upon looking at the image that Jesus is bound before pilot but when I looked closer at the reflection it is pilot who is bound Jesus who free.
Jesus carries his cross, Aaron Hansen.
Jesus dies on the cross, Wyatt Birkham.
Holy Saturday - A day of waiting
This year is the first time I can remember being aware of "the day of waiting". Due to pandemic restrictions I was not wrapped up in the business of Easter celebration and I found myself contemplating my feelings and emotions around what God the Father and Jesus the Son had done for me. On the one hand there is heartbreaking sadness because of the pain Jesus endured for me and my sin.
On the other hand I felt peace and gratitude because I know Jesus' resurrection brings me eternal life.
I am grateful for this day of contemplative waiting, it brought me a strengthening of my faith in God and Jesus and all they have done for me. It just keeps getting better because Jesus promised He wouldn't leave us alone but He'd send the Helper, the Holy Spirit, and He has arrived!
So today I say, "I love you and praise you Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen"
A huge thank you, goes to Nathan Siemens who provided the steady hand to do the actual cutting of the lino.
"Resurrection!", Natasha Perich.
I wanted to represent the wondrous victory of Christ over sin and death by his resurrection through powerful imagery. It is common in medieval Celtic folklore that a Stag would represent Jesus because they were known to seek out snakes to trample on and kill (which represent Satan). I tried to convey a sense of brightness and hope by removing the linoleum in the background, causing the image to be highly contrasted against the white background.
Jesus appears to his disciples in resurrected form (the Emmaus Road), Tyler Birkham.
Pentecost, James Perich.
How do you capture the essence of Pentecost? You can’t. The sketchy lines and simplicity of the image represent my decidedly vague portrayal. I chose to do a classic “folk” style image. The dove is a long time association of the Spirit, as He comes in power and peace with the olive branch, to empower the disciples, as well as us.
Untitled beautiful landscape, Payton Hansen.