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First Baptist Church hosts Holy Week Art Show

  • The Chester First Baptist Church Kitchen Crew -- Wilma Whittenberg, left, Jamia Goldsmith, Kathi Lowry, and Susan Schram -- provide refreshments during the two-day Holy Week Art Show.

    The Chester First Baptist Church Kitchen Crew -- Wilma Whittenberg, left, Jamia Goldsmith, Kathi Lowry, and Susan Schram -- provide refreshments during the two-day Holy Week Art Show.
    Photo by Ridge Fogerson

  • Visitors check out the Holy Week Art Show held by Chester's First Baptist Church and the Mississippi Valley Art Guild.

    Visitors check out the Holy Week Art Show held by Chester's First Baptist Church and the Mississippi Valley Art Guild.
    Photo by Ridge Fogerson

 
By Don Berry
Contributing writer
updated: 4/19/2022 4:44 PM

Many area artists displayed pieces in keeping with the life and time of Jesus during the Chester First Baptist Church Holy Week Art Show April 12-13, held in cooperation with the Mississippi Valley Art Guild.

Barbara McCormick, former president of the guild who shared several paintings, said many of the members worked hard and created beautiful works of art reflecting the theme of the show.

Current guild president and stained glass instructor Jeanne Phillips displayed glass crosses with intricate colors and filigree attachments.

Debbie Thomas displayed numerous works inspired by Scripture. She added a brief description of her work along with the passage from the Bible that inspired her.

Beth Stumpe Bell, formerly of Chester, submitted two works, one depicting the Eucharist and the other an image of her understanding of Jesus' profile.

Pastor Mike Fogerson was pleased with the show, saying he hopes it is the start of a yearly event.

He was thankful to the Church's Kitchen Crew -- Kathi Lowry, Wilma Whittenberg, Susan Schram, and Jamia Goldsmith -- for the delicious hors d'oeuvres and punches they served each day.

Nasty weather hurt attendance on the second night, but overall Fogerson feels the event was well-attended. He was impressed by the quality and inspiration the artwork provided and said it was the perfect start to Holy Week.