By Marlene Katz
(on behalf of VAM)

I am pleased to present a new installation by artist, Denise Whitlow.  I can’t recall there ever being an installation of this nature so I’m very excited to bring it to our community!  Please take a moment to have a look!

DenDenise Witlowise will be having TWO Artist Events….Saturday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. and a second one on Sunday, Aug. 7 after service during coffee hour.  If you are intrigued by her work on display, I hope you will plan to stop by one of her events.

Here is a copy of Denise’s Artist Statement so you can know a little about her background:

“Denise Whitlow is a single mother of two daughters and works as a preschool teacher. She graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver BC in 1998, then moved to the USA in 1999. She has shown works in group shows In Canada and The USA and had a solo show at a Seattle gallery when she was 9 months pregnant with her second child! After that child was born she took a hiatus from art making to raise her children, but as they got older she was able to find more time for art. Now that her children are in Jr High and High school, she makes are continuously.

“These works were inspired by meditation mandalas. Mandalas have been used for centuries as tools to focus the mind during meditation. Denise started this work by doing small drawings in her journal as therapy, then moved on to creating paintings as a way to calm and focus her mind. She says that while she is painting she is able to shut out the stresses and anxieties of her daily life as a person suffering from chronic illness. The joy that comes from art making helps ease her physical and emotional pain. It has also brought her joy that people have been enjoying the works.”

Thank you AGAIN for making visual art a priority in our community!  The Visual Arts Ministry is always looking for new artists to show in our gallery. I’m striving to really mix up our installations and bring you as many different types of visual art as possible.   If you know of someone, please have them email me directly