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Exhibition sheds light on faith of artists

Inspiring artists: Cathedral of St Stephen Art Group members Beth Belton, Michelle Bowden and Margaret Crapnell amidst the beautiful winter exhibition at the Francis Rush Centre, Brisbane.

Inspiring artists: Cathedral of St Stephen Art Group members Beth Belton, Michelle Bowden and Margaret Crapnell amidst the beautiful winter exhibition at the Francis Rush Centre, Brisbane.

By Emilie Ng

ART and faith mixed on canvases, photographs and even sculptures at this year’s Cathedral of St Stephen Art Group’s (COSSAG) winter exhibition.

More than 60 artists exhibited works from July 3-6, working on the theme, “Let there be light”, from Genesis 1:3.

COSSAG chairwoman and contemporary painter Michelle Bowden said more than 300 people walked through the exhibition at the Francis Rush Centre.

Ms Bowden said the theme touched on an aspect important to both art and faith.

“Light is very important to artists but also something that’s important religiously to the spiritual life,” Ms Bowden said.

“So when you merge those two things together you get some really important works.

“Some of the pieces are about creation, some are the play of light on beautiful objects.”

Ms Bowden said the exhibition was one of the rare opportunities for artists with faith to express their “inner life”.

“Within the archdiocese there’s very few art exhibitions that focus on spirituality and faith and that’s what we try to do,” she said.

“We’re trying to link that art and spirituality and how art can represent your inner life.

“That’s our mission for artists, because artists are often looking internally, and exploring that inner life.”

Artist Brian Hatch won the exhibition’s top prize for his stunning oil painting, chosen by local printmater, painter and sculptor Wim de Vos.

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