Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Arts Feedback Group

illustration by Sammi Lawson

illustration by Sammi Lawson

Each 1st Tuesday of the month we gather to look at what each member of the group has been working on and provide encouragement and critique.  Visual artists, designers, arts educators, songwriters, and creative writers are all welcome to attend!

The group hopes to foster a generative community of intentional creatives. In conversation with each other, we hope to each become better artists and grow more responsible with what we've been given.

We meet on the third floor of Sojourn Midtown. Below are examples of work brought by different artists who attend Arts Feedback Group:

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Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Open Mic, Open Walls

An evening for creative sharing — art, music, creative writing, and spoken word.

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Join us on Friday, July 12th at 7PM for Open Mic, Open Walls - a night of art, music, and writing created by you! Open Mic, Open Walls will consist of artwork submitted by Sojourn members and attenders and will be on view July 12 - August 4, 2019. Free, all ages, and open to the public.


To participate in Open Walls:

Participants may submit up to 3 pieces of artwork. All art must be ready to hang, including hanging hardware, and must be labeled on the back with title, artist’s name, and price if for sale. Tags will be provided at drop-off.

To be included, artwork must be delivered by Sunday, July 7th. Art may be dropped off on Sunday between 8:30am-1pm or 5:30-7:30pm in the Sojourn Arts office (3rd floor Midtown). All art must stay up until the end of the exhibit date, August 4, 2019.

To participate in Open Mic:

Open Mic participants may register by signing up in person in the Sojourn Arts office (3rd floor Midtown) or online by emailing jlienhoop@sojournchurch.com, providing name, type of piece to be performed, and title if you have one. Musicians will be given 10-20 minute time slots. Writers will be given 5-10 minute time slots.

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May
19
4:00 PM16:00

Gallery Talk & Reception: Momentary

Join us on Sunday, May 19th at 4PM in the gallery for the opening reception of Momentary, featuring artwork by Catherine Hale, Jordan Lienhoop, Cherith Lundin, and Michael Winters. Artist talks will start at 4:15PM. Free, all ages, and open to the public.

photograph by Cherith Lundin

photograph by Cherith Lundin

About Momentary:

“How we live our days, of course, is how we live our lives.”

“You don’t run down the present, pursue it with baited hooks and nets. You wait for it, empty-handed, and you are filled. You’ll have fish left over.”

— Annie Dillard

Past, present, future. The artists in this show reflect on our relationship to time.

Our time in history is known as an age of distraction. We struggle to pay attention. Our inattention is a sign of worry: we’re worried about the future, and we’re worried about our past. We’re not great at peacefully remaining in the unmediated present, even though spiritual teachers of all types know this is key. Pastor Clif Roth has often taught our church that our presence is the most important thing we can give to people. To do this well, we need to not worry about the past, and Jesus taught us in the sermon on the mount not to worry about the future. Humorously, he said, “...tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Reflecting on the past without worry, or actively engaging the present, the artists in this show are mastering the spiritual discipline of attentiveness.

Catherine Hale’s grid of prints references her grandfather’s loss of memory. As the printing block was reproduced, it held less ink and faded, just like her grandfather’s memory faded.

Jordan Lienhoop also deals with memory. By weaving together various moments from her family’s photos, she reminds us that no moment stands on its own. All the moments piling up in our lives relate to all the other moments.

Likewise, my own (Michael Winters) collection of daily pictures catalogue the continuum of the present. Each day the present slips into the stream of the past. These photographs attempt to pay attention to the present and thus build an archive of reference points to the past.

Cherith Lundin’s photographs of skylights function as meditations on the present. She documents light as it was in a specific day and time, never to be repeated exactly the same way again.

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Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

"Word & Ink" Gallery Talk & Music ft. Matt Hubbard

Join us on Friday, April 26th from 7-9PM in the gallery for live music by Matt Hubbard and gallery talks with artists Aaron Kapper, Scott Aasman, and Stephen Procopio. Artist talks begin at 7:15PM with music starting at 8PM.

Work & Ink is a collection of biblical illustrations by Scott Aasman, Ned Bustard, Scott Erickson, John Hendrix, Aaron Kapper, Chris Koelle, Kayla Mayer, and Stephen Procopio. Free, all ages, and open to the public.

Scott Aasman is an artist, illustrator and carpenter living and working in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada where he and his wife, Michelle, settled after completing his degree in Art and Theology from Redeemer University. His work is primarily concerned with playing with the ideas, questions, and mystery that arises out of the marriage between those two fields of study. When he’s not being a human jungle gym for their two children or having his nose buried in a sketchbook, Scott enjoys a good western novel, John Prine’s discography, nerding out over Northern Renaissance art, and spending time at his family’s cabin. You can follow him on Instagram @sanillustration.

Since earning his BFA in Illustration in 2012, Aaron Kapper has worked as a freelance illustrator, drawing editorial and conceptual illustrations. Allegory and medieval art, engravings and woodcuts, political cartoons, and good ol’ pen and ink and graphite get him excited about drawing. Most of his completed illustrations are digital works that are finalized after 10-25 thumbnails sketches are made, digitally scanned, and then brought into Photoshop or Illustrator. Aaron is married to a graphic designer named Briana. They have a cat named Luna and they all live in a really old house in Shelby Park, Louisville since summer 2018. To see more of his work, visit aaronkapperillustration.squarespace.com.

photograph of Matt Hubbard

photograph of Matt Hubbard

Matt Hubbard, originally a native of Gainesville, GA, has lived in Louisville since 2013. Through his various musical experiences with groups such as Tomberlin, Matt creates sounds and textures supported by gnawing melodies heavily inspired by 80’s retrowave synth music and recent trends such as vaporwave. All of Matt’s music is made in his bedroom and other familiar surroundings. Check out his music here.

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Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion: The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix

Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, April 16th at 7PM on the 3rd floor of Sojourn Midtown in the old music office. This month we’re reading The Faithful Spy  by John Hendrix, which aligns with our upcoming exhibit, Word & Ink, a curated show of biblical illustrators.

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Mark your calendars for the next few reading groups:

April 16 - The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix

May 21 - Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

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Mar
19
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion: Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, March 19th at 7PM on the 3rd floor of Sojourn Midtown in the old music office. This month we’re reading Hannah Coulter  by Wendell Berry with Midtown member Hannah Shultz leading discussion.

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Mark your calendars for the next few reading groups:

March 19 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

April 16 - The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix

May 21 - Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

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Mar
2
7:00 PM19:00

Gallery Talk: Jennifer Kramer: A Heart Made Visible

Join art therapist Jennifer Kramer on Saturday, March 2nd at 7PM as she shares about her work, A Heart Made Visible, and contribute to an interactive project in the gallery. Free, all ages, and open to the public.

“I am commanding calm” by Jennifer Kramer

“I am commanding calm” by Jennifer Kramer

From her artist statement:

“Between the years of 2011 and 2016, I got married, my mother died of cancer, I gave birth to a baby girl, and I got divorced. Each experience, whether joyous or filled with grief, caused monumental shifts in my life. As a trained artist and art therapist, I began turning more and more to my personal artwork in a desperate attempt to make sense of all that I was going through. Within the creative process, supported by many hours of prayer and wise counsel, I gradually found myself coming out of a haze of confusing emotions. This body of work stands as a visual record of all the lost hopes, sadness, fear, anxiety and grief that I walked through. It also reveals the calm, confidence, clarity, insight and empowerment that came as a result.” - Jennifer Kramer

On view February 24 - March 31, 2019. See more of Jennifer’s work at jenniferakramer.com.

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Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, February 19th at 7PM for our first book discussion of 2019! This month we’re reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison with Midtown member Ashley Jackson leading discussion. Content warning: This work contains content that may be an emotional trigger for victims of sexual abuse.

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Mark your calendars for the next few reading groups:

February 19 - The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

March 19 - Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

April 16 - The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix

May 21 - Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard

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Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

Live Music & Gallery Talk: Veiled: a space between

Join us on Saturday, January 12th from 7-9PM in the gallery for live music from Murphy D.X. and Outs and a gallery talk with Aaron Tennessee Benson about his work, Veiled: a space between.

photograph of Murphy D.X.

photograph of Murphy D.X.

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photograph of Outs

“Shade” by Aaron Tennessee Benson

“Shade” by Aaron Tennessee Benson

“Veiled is a series that describes the difficulty in believing in something that you cannot see…. My faith promises an eternity. I personally believe this is an absolute truth, despite the fact that I have not experienced life after death. This series narrates my thoughts about a truth I believe, but cannot prove. Each sculpture in the series has a veil either literally or figuratively that obscures the gaze of the viewer to see what is on the other side. The tension created when our senses cannot fully deliver the information we crave, to form our experiences, is both mystifying and alluring. While the open and minimal nature of the work resonate qualities of the eternal, working with clay, natural textiles, pigments, and metals allows for the elemental materials to echo what is earthly, human, and finite. The desire to understand, even what is apparently impossible to know through our senses, moves me to make, and in the making my senses appease my thoughts with impressions of the eternal.”

- Aaron Tennessee Benson

To see more of his work, visit aarontbenson.com.


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Jan
6
4:00 PM16:00

Gallery Talk: Jay Keywood & Susan Griffin Ward

Join photographers Jay Keywood and Susan Griffin Ward on Sunday, January 6th from 4-6 PM, as Jay shares about his work Shining Like the Sun and Susan shares about her project LOOKING FOR THE SUN at Merton’s Corner. Free, all ages, and open to the public.

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ABOUT SHINING LIKE THE SUN:

In 1958, Thomas Merton stood at the corner of 4th and Muhammad Ali (then called Walnut St.) and had a revelatory experience. Now, roughly 60 years later, Jay Keywood has looked at the people walking the streets surrounding this corner and invited us to also look. How will we see these total strangers in all their variety of glory, skepticism, struggle, and sweetness? Can we see the way Merton saw?:

“Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts, where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each one is in God’s eyes. If only they could all see themselves as they really are.  If only we could see each other that way all the time.”

ABOUT LOOKING FOR THE SUN:

Susan Griffin Ward spent a year looking for the sun, photographing and talking with the people met on the corner of Fourth and Muhammad Ali. Exhibited in Sojourn’s Gallery are some of those photographs and snippets of conversation that she compiled in a book, LOOKING FOR THE SUN at Merton’s Corner.

On view November 25, 2018 - January 6, 2019.

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Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

Gallery Talk: Roadside Jesus

Roadside Jesus: A Collaborative American photo project curated by Michael Howard. 

Join us for a gallery talk and reception with Roadside Jesus curator Michael Howard on Saturday, November 10th at 4pm in the gallery. The exhibit is on view October 7 - November 18, 2018.

photograph by Devin Lunsford

photograph by Devin Lunsford

About the project:

"Roadside Jesus is a collaborative photo project within the United States of America. Images of billboards, church signs, bumper stickers, etc. were submitted for the project, which I then curated. The goal of the project is to see the broad spectrum of signs across America that speak of the Bible, God, Jesus, Heaven, Hell and other American Christian topics. There is no predetermined message behind the project. Part of the beauty of collaborating with photographers across the United States is seeing the varying perspectives on this theme, which will hopefully lead to interesting conversations online and through the gallery exhibit."

-Michael Howard, curator

Photographers: Ashleigh Coleman, Jack Deese, Jeffrey Dietz, Amanda Driggers, Jesse Dvorak, Sam Fentress, Jacek Fota, Vincent Glielmi, Devin Lunsford, Juliana M, Lauren Mitchell, Joel Elliott Mooneyhan, Zachary Snellenberger, Ryan Steed, Sam Stone, Michael Wriston

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Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

Concert: BRIAN OTT of JUBALSON w/ Jordy Searcy

Join us for a concert and conversation with Brian Ott of Jubalson, live from the Balcony of Sojourn Midtown, as he shares new work and the stories behind the songs. Opening for the evening is Jordy Searcy.

$5 suggested donation (100% goes to artist). All ages.

Brian Ott grew up in Louisville KY where he's been playing and writing music since he was 14. In 2011, he put out his first EP under the band name Jubalson. They have since released two more full length records, and they are in the final stages of releasing their third album, You Don't Have To Be In My Dream, due to be released later this year. His musical career has often been broken up by different illnesses or major life changes, but these stages always eventually get fleshed out in his writing. He's currently writing songs for an upcoming EP that reflects on the journey of walking along side his wife as she battled (and beat) cancer. 

You can stream Jubalson's first two albums HERE.

Click HERE to view an interview of Jubalson with Kyle Meredith for their second album.

 

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Jordy Searcy is based in Nashville, TN, where he recorded the album Dark in the City. You can listen to more of his music here. Plus, check out a live session of his song "Explaining Jesus" here

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Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, September 18th at 7PM Sunergos on Woodlawn. This month we're reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, selected by Hannah Shultz.

"Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches."

"Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God follows Janie's journey of evolving independence as she seeks to understand her own identity though the mirror of her closest relationships. Hurston winsomely captures the struggles and triumphs of a lower class black woman living in the post-Reconstruction South with poignant prose and captivating storytelling. Join us as we peer into the complexity of the human experience and the messiness of real-life relationships." - Hannah

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Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Gallery Talk: Meeting Expectations

Join artist Sarah Martin on Friday, September 14th at 7PM as she shares about her work, Meeting Expectations, with a spoken word performance by Sherita Donald. Free, all ages, and open to the public.

"Family Life 2013" by Sarah Martin

"Family Life 2013" by Sarah Martin

In Meeting Expectations, Sarah Martin transforms herself into the woman single Christian men desire. We see her conversations with men found on Christian dating websites and we see her self-portraits and video performances as she tries to be who they want her to be. 

Meeting Expectations raises all kinds of issues related to dating and gender expectations in Christian circles for both men and women. Our hope in sharing this work in the context of Sojourn's church-based art gallery is that it would start conversations leading toward healthier desires and expectations between men and women. Through self-reflection and conversation, we hope we can all learn to better relate to one another.

Meeting Expectations will be on view in the gallery August 19 - September 30, 2018. Sarah Martin is an artist and educator living in Louisville, KY. See more of her work at thesarahmartin.com.

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Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Listening Party & Discussion: The Velvet Underground & Nico

Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, August 21st at 7PM at 504 E. Oak St. for a listening party and discussion of The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground & Nico, led by Payton Harris. 

"The Velvet Underground and Nico is one of the most influential albums of all time. Its independent, subversive attitude paved the way for rock music as we know it today, and it still remains one of its most powerful works. Alienation, unmet desires, and anxiety of city-life is released through droning piano, sharp viola tones, and stuttering guitar solos with harsh feedback. Through fatalism, nihilism and deviance, they found bliss. Do we find bliss in the same places? How do we cope with feelings of alienation, degradation, and pessimism?" - Payton

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Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Gallery Talk: The Art of Forgiveness

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Join us in the gallery with collectors Larry and Mary Gerbens in discussion with Pastor Clif Roth on themes of forgiveness and the role of images in spiritual formation. Plus, a brief performance by Sam Yong.

"The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the most powerful and evocative stories Jesus told. Its universal themes of greed and regret, arrogance and repentance, sin and redemption, jealousy and acceptance, and most importantly, compassionate forgiveness resonate richly with each retelling.

This parable has inspired the work of artists throughout the centuries. In many times and places and using many methods and media, artists have sought to visualize this story. Yet despite the differences in their work, the message of the Father's love remains constant."

— Larry and Mary Gerbens

 

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Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion: The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

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Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, July 17 at 7PM at 504 E Oak St. This selection comes from Sojourn Arts director Michael Winters in conjunction with Sojourn Arts' gallery exhibit "The Father & His Two Sons."  The exhibit features paintings, drawings and prints related to the prodigal son story.  The exhibit comes from the collection of Larry and Mary Gerbens, on loan from Calvin College.

Henri Nouwen's The Return of the Prodigal Son is a deeply spiritual book. The author's encounter with Rembrandt's famous painting captures his imagination and sends him on a long spiritual journey. Through engaging Christ's parable and Rembrandt's painting, Nouwen comes to better relate to God and himself.  The book testifies to the power of Christ's story of the father and his two sons. It also testifies to the potential of art to lead us into meditation and discovery. Reading this book will lead us into a great discussion about family relationships, growing up, and coming home.

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Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Listening Party & Discussion: The Narrative by Sho Baraka

Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, June 26th at 7PM at Sojourn Midtown for a listening party and discussion of Sho Baraka's The Narrative, led by Casey Hamm. Released in 2016, The Narrative - Sho Baraka's fourth studio album - is a conversation on race and faith, social consciousness and spirituality. As the narrator, Sho Baraka journeys through different historical moments over the course of years, decades, and centuries, speaking into past injustices and present struggles, while also celebrating black life and ultimately pointing back to the work of Christ. His album is full and nuanced, inviting listeners to engage deeply from the very beginning - "Don't close the book, I got more to write / You can change the story, that is my advice / I read in color, they see black and white / You just saw the cover, but there's more to life."

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Jun
16
10:00 PM22:00

Call for Submissions: Roadside Jesus

Roadside Jesus: A collaborative American photo project curated by Michael Howard.

Deadline to submit: June 16, 2018 // On view October 7 - November 18, 2018

About the project: "Roadside Jesus is a collaborative photo project within the United States of America. Images of billboards, church signs, bumper stickers, etc. are submitted for the project and curated by Michael Howard. The goal of the project is to see the broad spectrum of signs across America that speak of the Bible, God, Jesus, Heaven, Hell and other American Christian topics. There is no predetermined message behind the project. Part of the beauty of collaborating with photographers across the United States is seeing the varying perspectives on this theme, which will hopefully lead to interesting conversations and a gallery exhibit."

How to Submit: 

To submit your work for the Roadside Jesus Photo Project send an email to submit@roadsidejesus.org with the following information:

  • Images should be 1200px on the long side at 72dpi
  • Titles for each image
  • Location of where the image was taken
  • Photographer Name
  • Photographer Website
  • Photographer Instagram Handle
  • Photographer Phone and Email

View more of Roadside Jesus on Instagram or roadsidejesus.org

Photograph by Tim Robertson

Photograph by Tim Robertson

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May
22
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion: Confessions by Augustine

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Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7PM at 504 E Oak St. Our third selection from Pastor Jamaal Williams is Confessions by Augustine. We will be reading Sarah Ruden's translation

"Augustine was one of the most influential men to have ever lived. Not only has he left a lasting impact on Christian tradition, but has also shaped philosophy in monumental ways. Confessions is a classic piece of literature, in which one of the greatest Christian thinkers lays bare his soul. Throughout the work, one can see themes of sin, suffering, truth, the Lordship of Christ, and more. Though translations abound, Sarah Ruden's translation seeks to show the literary beauty of Augustine's writing, something many translations miss. Tolle lege—take up and read—this timeless classic with us." - Pastor Jamaal

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May
6
4:30 PM16:30

Gallery Talk: Indigo - the color of whiteness

Join artist Maggie Hubbard in conversation with Pastors James Westbrook and Justin Karl on Sunday, May 6th at 4:30PM, as they discuss white racial identity in the context of racial reconciliation. Free, all ages, and open to the public.

The exhibit Indigo: the color of whiteness by Maggie Hubbard is one artist's reckoning with her own cultural and racial identity. As our church continues to pursue diversity, this exhibit is an opportunity for people of all ethnic backgrounds to converse about how our cultures relate. We can learn from Maggie's self-reflection embedded in these skillful paintings.

While attending a multi-ethnic church in Seattle, Maggie Hubbard says she realized she knew little about her own racial identity and the larger culture of white people. This was in 2016, during many public conversations regarding race in America. In Maggie's indigo ink paintings, she shows herself to clearly identify with white culture (Ancestors 1-3 are based on her own family photographs), and at the same time she holds up whiteness critically.

This series of paintings shows Maggie's process of trying to understand her own relationship to whiteness and white culture. Maggie's desire to understand her own racial and cultural identity is for the purpose of better relating to people of other races and cultures. 

"Ancestors II," Indigo Ink on Canvas by Maggie Hubbard

"Ancestors II," Indigo Ink on Canvas by Maggie Hubbard

Indigo - the color of whiteness will be on view in the gallery March 25 - May 6, 2018. See more of Maggie's work at maggiehubbard.net.

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Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Listening Party & Discussion: Work Songs by The Porter's Gate Worship Project

Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, April 17th at 7PM at 504 E Oak St. for our second listening party and discussion led by Katelyn Farris, who selected Work Songs by The Porter's Gate Worship Project.

"After convening in June 2017, The Porter’s Gate released a worship collective entitled Work Songs: The Porter's Gate Worship Project Vol. 1.The purpose of The Porter’s Gate Worship Project is 'To start a movement, a soundtrack for faithful, welcoming presence in our broken world.' Just as a porter seeks to invite outsiders into the gate, Christians are called to invite everyone inside the doors of the church and into the body of believers.

Presenting 13 modern hymns centered on affirming vocation as fundamental to a life of worship, Work Songs: Vol. 1 explores the meaning of inviting work into worship and bringing worship into work. Featuring artists such as Audrey Assad, Liz Vice, Josh Garrels, the album creates music designed to welcome all, with musicians representing various cultural backgrounds, denominations, races, and artistic styles.The Porter’s Gate Worship Project recognizes the importance of music in community, and invites deeper discussion of our inspirations, aspirations, thoughts, and ideas surrounding identity and vocation." - Katelyn

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Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion: Crime & Punishment by Dostoyevsky

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Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, March 20th at 7PM at the South End Sunergos - 306 W Woodlawn Ave. Our second novel, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, was selected by Hannah Shultz.

"It wasn’t a human being I killed, it was a principle!"

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"Dostoyevsky's masterful Crime and Punishment recounts the fracturing of the human soul, providing a fascinating glimpse into the mind of its tormented protagonist and titular criminal. In this work, Dostoyevsky insightfully exposes the twisted truths which lead to sin, while also extending the hope of resurrection and redemption. Join us as we anticipate the Easter season with this story of moral resurrection." - Hannah 

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Mar
18
8:00 PM20:00

Concert: JONATHAN HARDER W/ HENRY BERGEN and SAM YONG

Benefit Concert for Kenny & Kristyn Smith's Adoption

$5.00 (goes directly to adoption fund)

Live from the Balcony of Sojourn Midtown, featuring:

JONATHAN HARDER W/ HENRY BERGEN

Visiting from Dusseldorf, Germany, Jonathan Harder will share songs from his new recording project, Light up.

Visiting from Dusseldorf, Germany, Jonathan Harder will share songs from his new recording project, Light up.

Local songwriter Sam Yong opens.

Local songwriter Sam Yong opens.

Pictured: Kristyn and Kenny Smith. Guests are encouraged to give additionally to support Kenny & Kristyn Smith's adoption effort. You can also give online any time here - https://www.youcaring.com/kennykristynsmith-1022639

Pictured: Kristyn and Kenny Smith. Guests are encouraged to give additionally to support Kenny & Kristyn Smith's adoption effort. You can also give online any time here - https://www.youcaring.com/kennykristynsmith-1022639

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Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Listening Party & Discussion: If All I Was Was Black by Mavis Staples

Sojourn Arts Reading Group will meet on Tuesday, February 20th at 7PM at 504 E Oak St. for our first listening party and discussion led by Kevin Janes, who selected If All I Was Was Black by Mavis Staples

"78-year old soul legend Mavis Staples released a remarkable work of funk-folk in 2017 called If All I Was Was Black. Written and produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, it’s an album that examines American perspectives in divisive times and the compassionate love and understanding it takes to see the world through another’s point of view. Departing from Tweedy’s more typical abstract writing style, he and Staples succinctly address contemporary topics, illustrate universal truths and give compelling calls to action. In this way these songs are not unlike parables – verses that inform and instruct the listener, yet without the self-righteousness that often gives “didacticism” a bad name. With Staples’ singular voice backed by a tight band of virtuoso players, the album challenges preconceived notions, encourages active listening, and implores us to love well. To achieve all this in 35 minutes and it be a joyful listening experience is no small feat." - Kevin Janes

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Feb
4
4:00 PM16:00

Gallery Talk: Through a Mirror Dimly

Join artists Holly Leonard and Matthew King, along with Pastor Clif Roth, in a conversation on the tension between faith and mystery, Sunday, February 4th at 4:30PM. Inspired by their exhibit Through a Mirror Dimly. Free, all ages, and open to the public.

In their artist statement, Matt and Holly write: "Through a Mirror Dimly focuses on the tension between revelation and mystery in faith, using both the verses of 1 Cor. 13:11-12 and the themes found in the C.S. Lewis novel, Till We Have Faces.... These texts give us hope for the day we “shall know fully,” and until then, this body of work is our effort to better comprehend the fact that faith necessitates a certain measure of mystery and unknowing."

Through a Mirror Dimly will be on view in the gallery December 10 - February 4, 2018. See more of Holly's work at holly-leonard.com. See more of Matthew's work at matthewdking.com.

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Jan
16
7:00 PM19:00

Book Discussion: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis

Sojourn Arts Reading Group will start up again on Tuesday, January 16th at 7PM in the Sojourn Gallery.

We've got a new format for the new year: we'll meet the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7-9PM. Plus, we'll alternate between a book and music album each month. January will be a book, February an album, and so on. Thanks Hannah and Joel for the idea! 

Our first book is Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis. This selection comes from our current exhibit Through a Mirror Dimly, featuring work by Holly Leonard and Matthew King. 

From their artist statement: "Through a Mirror Dimly focuses on the tension between revelation and mystery in faith, using both the verses of 1 Cor. 13:11-12 and the themes found in the C.S. Lewis novel, Till We Have Faces. The complexities of faith seem to grow as we age; we exchange simplistic, pure childlike faith for a more nuanced version tempered by doubt and choice. Our works explore this tension through the use of accumulative mark-making and obscured figures. These texts give us hope for the day we “shall know fully,” and until then, this body of work is our effort to better comprehend the fact that faith necessitates a certain measure of mystery and unknowing." Image far right: "A Royal Calling" by Holly Leonard. 

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Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Evenings with American Lit.: A Conversation on Reading with Gospel Eyes

Dec. 4 - "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved" and "A Southern City with Northern Problems" by Hunter S. Thompson. Discussion led by Pastor Josh Thomas.

Meeting at South End Sunergos - 306 W Woodlawn Ave.

(Note: Changed time to 7:00pm)

This fall Sojourn Arts will host a series of evening discussions to facilitate a conversation over a selection of post-1945 American Literature. We will discuss what we’ve read (from the selected works) and learned (from lectures and documentaries) asking crucial questions about their writings and how the gospel and church answers these emotions, desires, and questions.

Christians study the Bible primarily to understand our world. However, we should study the writings and thoughts from our culture as well in order see the traces of God’s Word in their messages and learn to respond with God’s truth to our culture in a way that resonates with our particular cultural underpinnings (some of these underpinnings come from this era of post-1945 American literature).

We want to read a wide range of post-1945 American authors to answer three questions:

  • What themes of desire, hope, guilt, shame, fears, dreams, and angst arising from the text?
  • How does the author’s articulation of these elements at work in the current American cultural and social landscape? How does this describe us?
  • Finally, how does the gospel and church of Jesus Christ address these elements and issues typified in these writings and our broader American culture? What specifically, are God’s answers to this heart and soul permutations?

 

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Dec
3
4:00 PM16:00

Out of the Depths Reception & Artist Talk

Come view artwork by Joe Cory and Fadi BouKaram in the exhibit Out of the Depths: A Collaborative Exhibition Exploring the Complex Nature of the Migrant Crisis.  Free, all ages, and open to the public.

The artist talk will begin at 4:30PM, and will be followed by a brief intro to what's happening locally with refugees presented by John Barnett of Refuge Louisville. Local artist Bethany Kenny will share her soon-to-be-released coloring book for refugee kids and pastries and spiced tea made by a local refugee family will be served.

In the exhibition statement, curator Matt Schneider writes, "Powerful images of the middle east are juxtaposed with paintings based on filtered information mediated by American news sources. Motifs of water and navigational symbols further pervade the imagery, as viewers are challenged to rethink their assumptions about what it means to be living in the Middle East and a refugee."

Out of the Depths will be on view in the gallery October 29 - December 3, 2017. 

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Nov
19
8:30 AM08:30

Sunday Project: Advent Preparation

Sunday Project: Yarn Pom-Poms // Nov. 19th @ 8:30 - 1:30PM & 6:00 - 7:45PM

We want to make our space beautiful and special for the Christmas season, and we need your help making the decorations. Join us in the gallery on Sunday, November 19th to make yarn pom-poms for garland. Yarn, scissors, and templates will be provided.

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