Updates from HopeArts.

  1. Weekly Arts Update

    For the week of October 14th – 21st.

    This Past Week:


    We had our Textile Art Show, “Fabric of Community,” opening on October 6th, and the show has received numerous accolades thus far. The show runs two months, through November 30th.


    The centerpiece for the show, a marriage quilt made by a small community of friends for the wedding of Tully and Donna Rowe (seen above image). (Included at the end of this update is the show’s  Exhibit Statement.)

    This Week:


    The Arts Hope Group meets again, this Wednesday, at Liz Morgan’s House, 6:30 P.M..

    Also, this week is the deadline for getting in submissions for the upcoming issue of Feast, our very own in-house art magazine. Contact Liz Morgan with questions on deadline or submission protocols.


    This Upcoming Week:


    Entries for the Maker’s Fair are being accepted, see Carnie and Ashley Littlefield with questions, or visit HopeArts Facebook, Instagram, or very own HopeArts.org website for details.


    Textile Art Show, “Fabric of Community” Exhibit Statement :


    Our Lord knit us together as a community, starting with each separate thread of our bright souls and weaving through us to create a masterpiece. What we in Hope Arts love about this show is that textile art has all the traditional elements of painting with composition, pattern, symmetry, and color but with added dimensions that painting itself cannot possibly entail. It is three dimensional, like us, and so inviting you may want to touch (please don’t!)


    Much of this work has been done in community; as has been the case across centuries and culture with textile art, and even more so than other art forms. It used to foster mentorship, with the older women counseling the younger women as they pushed the needle into the fabric or worked the knitting needles deftly in their hands. As they wove fabric, they would weave stories. These stories would build up a foundation of truths: ‘oh, that is how I can handle an unruly toddler not wanting to learn to potty!’ Community and togetherness may just be the answer to many of our current woes and bringing us back to relationship with Christ.


    The centerpiece of this show is a marriage quilt made for Donna and Tulley Rowe by their friends. Seated next to Christ on the art wall, in connection with the wall project on stage, is also an old sewing machine. This was one of the first from the Oklahoma territories and on which many a wedding dress were sewn. Marriage in itself is one of the most redemptive weaving messages our Lord has given his people. This strategic placing of the machine within the space and show serves as a metaphor not only of us all being knit together in community, but also of the bride groom at the marriage supper who weaves in truth with every word: ‘take and drink, have life, be one with me…’ and ultimately to the Grand Weaver who ever and always, carefully and skillfully, knows just what we need for each moment of being.


    We hope you enjoy the show as much as we have, artists are from Hope and our community and have poured their soul into their work so lovingly and please receive this gift. We are woven in with you friends.

  2. Weekly Arts Update 09/25

    W.A.U. (Weekly Arts Update) 09/25

    Last Week’s HopeArts Group:

    Last Week’s Arts Hope Group (the first in over a half decade, I think), was very well attended, with 10+ attendees. We read aloud through the first chapter and a half of Hebrews, and the introduction to Buechner’s “Telling Secrets.”  The conversation revolved around the notion of Story, and our stories, chiefly the importance and place of stories in relevantly communicating. One dissenting voice offered a counterbalancing perspective (also raised within the Buechner reading) of the relative importance of subjectivity in receiving and telling of stories.

    The beginning thrust of the conversation was upon how the  telling our secrets, if even just to ourselves, helps us to connect with the core of what it means to be human, the quintessential and existential experience we all share, most notably in that of the gospel.

    From the discussion of the Buechner material, done in light of the grander meta-narrative (of our lives) as indicated in the first chapter of the epistle / book of Hebrews, we concluded by raising the question: into what are we calling people when we tell our secrets and stories? Continued discussion over these topics are encouraged here on Realm in this Group.

    Upcoming Group Meeting:

    This week (for the HopeArts Hope Group) is “open creative time”. While there is no group meeting this Wednesday evening, the writer’s workshop is meeting at Genuine  Joe’s coffee shop on Anderson to workshop any pieces for which folks  are wanting input (same time, 6:30-8:00 P.M., NO childcare).

    However, the next Art Hope Group will meet Wednesday Oct. 3rd, 6:30-8:00 P.M. (same place; childcare at Hope Chapel).  We will spend a goodly amount of time in chapter 2 of Hebrews, and will need to have read (if possible) the first two chapters of both the Buechner and L’Engle books.

    Events on the Horizon:

    Saturday,  Oct. 6th Gallery Reception for the Textile Art Show “Fabric of Community”; 7:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. ; bring a pre-packaged finger-food/reception style treat.

    Saturday, Nov.17th Arts Group Fundraiser “Crafted with Hope: Makers Fair” all day in the Hope Chapel parking lot. Booth space for selling work is available, as well as donation pieces are welcomed. Check with Richard C. and Ashley Littlefield for all details.

    Did you Know:

    HopeArts has  Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and web pages? And that along with Hope.Org ministry section? Follow Us!

  3. Reminder: HopeArts Group 09/19

    The first in a long time Arts Hope Group meets this Wednesday 09/19 at 6:30 P.M. just 2 blocks from Hope. <Message the Art Ministry Director from here for location details if you are not on Realm.>

    Childcare is provided, but we NEED a response to include your kids in the headcount for Hala and getting enough childcare workers.  Additionally, having an attendee head count is good for setting up the right amount of chairs.

    What do we do in the Arts Hope Group? Quoth Geno, “So glad you asked!”

    The meeting will involve elements of worship, bible study (Hebrews), book study (L’Engle’s “Walking on Water” & Buechner’s “Telling Stories”) and prayer. <Lord help us, it’s all to be done all in an hour and a half.> You don’t have to have the books, though I assure you will want to.

    Drop kids off at Hope Chapel first.

    If you can not come, but want to GoogleHangout in, let me know. No promises on video quality or ability. And as always, we will continue our group discussions on HopeArts on Realm throughout the week.

  4. Women’s Ministry Gallery Exhibit

    Currently on the walls of our Gallery is the progressively-revealed Women’s Ministry art show, entitled “Women of Hope”. The show runs from mid-Aug through September, and is an evolving show, which means its content is dynamic and changing over the course of the run. Show features artists from Hope Chapel and abroad, and explores the questions of Womanhood and Hope in multi-generational experience. For more information be sure to check the Women’s Ministry blog.

  5. Arts HopeGroup Commencing

    Weekly Artist Hope Group beginning when Family Night starts September 19th.

    The Arts Hope Group will meet every week, with every first and third Wednesday meetings organized around scripture-book-and-art study/prayer/communion, and second and fourth Wednesdays being organized around personal creation time and sharing / discussing of works. 

    What is needed from you? Nothing but to come, check it out. It might be nice to know your interest level, and if you want to keep updated on what is going on in the group you can join Realm and send a request to join HopeArts Community. There you’ll see the discussion topics, the scripture/book assignments, and more.

    All meetings seek to be remote-accessible / live-streamed.


    Kevin Daniel 
    Arts Ministry Director; Hope Chapel, Austin, TX

    Hope Arts @ www.HopeArts.org

    Hope Chapel @ www.Hope.org

    personal contact:
    512-367-0339 (text preferred)
  6. “14 Stations” Exhibit in Gallery

    A Painter and a Prophet: the 14 Stations of the life of John Boyle, Painted by James B. Janknegt

    March 2 – May 5th
    Celebrate this body of work that was created over a 14-year period. The works represent 14 scenes from John Boyle’s life and together with The Royal Painter, James Janknegt, visions of The Prophet came to life on the canvas for all of Austin to witness. The works are accompanied by GODESE Prose, a lyrical language that links together words and conceptions, creating a hidden ‘parable-like’ experience inviting the viewer to go before The Throne of God that they might have the eyes to see and the ears to hear what The Spirit is saying.

    Artist Talk: A Dialogue between The Royal Painter and the Prophet. Sunday, March 5th, 2017 5:30 PM at Hope Chapel. Get a glimpse into their 14 year relationship and how these works came to be commissioned. Q & A.