Christian Courier’s inaugural Cover Art Contest received superb entries in various forms, including etchings, acrylics, quilting, oil, pastels, paper folding and wool needle felting.
Featuring the theme of growth, Christian Courier’s inaugural Cover Art Contest received superb entries in various forms, including etchings, acrylics, quilting, oil, pastels, paper folding and wool needle felting. Thank you to all the artists for graciously sharing your talent and work with us! The entries were evaluated by a panel of three judges: Melani Pyke, artist and art educator; Dr. Chris Cuthill, artist and former Chair of Redeemer University College’s Art & Design Department; and Jonathan Boer, an art educator at Abbotsford Christian Secondary School.
|“Dying Seed 1" by George Langbroek|
Congratulations to Shaelyn Tolkamp for winning first place! Her piece “Tide Pool” (acrylic on canvas) is on our cover. Tolkamp, 19, attends Christ Community Church in Victoria, B.C. Judges were impressed by the beauty in “Tide Pool.” Cuthill expands: “Wonderful feeling of energy via repetition of organic and geometric elements. Clever use of radial balance within the vertical triptych format.” In addition to having her piece published on the cover of the Aug. 28 issue, Tolkamp wins a one-year subscription to CC.
A very close runner-up, nearly a tie, is George Langbroek’s “Dying Seed 1.” This coloured etching has been made into two 16-foot liturgical banners, one at Calvin Seminary and the other at Jubilee Fellowship Christian Reformed Church (CRC) in St. Catharines, Ont. Boer describes it as “symbolically rich without resorting to clichés,” and Pyke says it has “incredible symbolism which doesn’t require a lot of explanation to be relevant in any culture.”
Our Youth winner is Rebecca Janssen, 14, of Heartland Fellowship CRC in Chilliwack, B.C. Congratulations Rebecca! The judges called her work “stunning” and noted the “solid compositional unity with textural variety.” The tree “symbolizes the growth and spreading of God’s love to all the world,” the young artist says. “When we are rooted in him, he will spread his beauty into the world!”
Honourable mentions “10,000 years and forever more” (acrylic, ink) by Lisa Stellingwerff; New Life Community Fellowship, Victoria, B.C. Judge Boer says, “I love the playful use of texture, shape and colour as well as the creativity of using a series of 12 images to create a whole.”
“Still Waters” (acrylics) by Elizabeth Nanninga; Barrhaven Fellowship CRC, Ottawa. Nanninga is a pastor’s wife who teaches children and adult art classes. Judge Pyke says this piece is “beautifully painted and captures light well.”
“Animated Landscape” (oil on canvas) by Wietze Adema; Grand Rapids, Mich. Judge Cuthill: “Artist has clear understanding of cubist space influenced by Klee’s grid structure and Chagall’s colouration. The theme of growth is expressed via reference to the urban landscape.” Look for more honourable mentions published in forthcoming issues of Christian Courier.
|Rebecca Janssen||Lisa Stellingwerff||Elizabeth Nanninga||Wietze Adema|
The 2017 Cover Art Contest theme of "growth" is part of CC's Rooted & Growing donation appeal, which continues until early October.