Gig Harbor artist Sanne Beavin has created eight painting-tableaux for Lent and Holy Week at her church, Harbor Covenant, as a spiritual meditation for parishioners and visitors.
Asked by pastor Michael White, Beavin painted one work of “The Cross-Way” for each week of Lent, with two more for this week (Holy Week). The paintings, highly-colored expressionist works detailing each of eight Stations of the Cross (scriptural points on Jesus’ journey to crucifixion) are surrounded by a tableau of symbolic props and a second panel, some wrapped in barbed wire, some pounded with nails, and accompanied by a scriptural verse and meditative words. All will be on view this week through Good Friday at the church, including an Evening with the Artist on Thursday.
The paintings have been highly popular at Harbor Covenant, where Beavin has been asked to reproduce them for sale. As well as formal art, Beavin also creates greeting cards and paints chairs for the annual Chair Affair fundraising auction.
“I am…surprised and delighted that I have been able to touch people in this way,” said Beavin. “I think it would create a wonderful opportunity for people to come and experience the worship of this Lenten season in a new and fresh way.”
The paintings will be on display 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 7-8 p.m. Thursday (worship and Evening with the Artist) and 7-8 p.m. (worship) then 8-9 p.m. (viewing) Friday at Harbor Covenant Church, 5601 Gustafson Drive NW, Gig Harbor. 253-851-8450, www.harborcovenant.org/lenten.html