Past Exhibition: MARY, MARY: Contemporary Artists and Poets Consider Mary
A Group Exhibition in the Parish Hall and Online
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Arlington, VA
November 17, 2021 – January 12, 2022
Participating Artists: Carolyn M. Abrams, Trine Bumiller, Kathy Daywalt, Manal Deeb, Dana Ellyn, Lisa Harkins, Cheryl Ryan Harshman, James Janknegt, Janet McKenzie, Margaret Adams Parker, Aisha Renee, Elise Ritter, Kathleen Stark, Lauren Tilden, Randall David Tipton, Jeanie Tomanek, Ann Tracy, Hans Versteeg a.k.a. Hansa, Diane Walker, Susan M. Webb, Kreg Yingst
Participating Poets: Kristin Berkey-Abbott, Jenne Andrews, Evelyn Bence, Jericho Brown, Leila Chatti, Jill Crammond, Maureen E. Doallas, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Luisa A. Igloria, Julie Kane, Collin Kelley, Laurie Klein, Marjorie Maddox, Marissa McNamara, Audrey Mlakar, Michelle Ortega, Anne M. Doe Overstreet, JC Reilly, Tania Runyan, Claudia Serea, Diane Walker
Images of all the artworks in the exhibition are available in their respective section. A small selection of the visual art, created by local artists, hangs in St. Michael’s Parish Hall and may be viewed in person.
Four poets performed readings of their poems. These recordings are only available online. They can be found in the section labeled Exhibition Poems.
See the Exhibit Organization page for each discrete section of the show.
PLEASE BE PREPARED TO OBSERVE ANY COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS THAT MAY BE IN PLACE WHILE VIEWING THE ARTWORKS IN THE PARISH HALL.
VISITING HOURS, DIRECTIONS, OR OTHER INFORMATION: Please telephone Parish Office, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 1132 N. Ivanhoe St., Arlington, VA 22205; (703) 241-2474.
MARY, MARY: Exhibit Organization
Information accompanying this exhibition can be found in the following sections, each of which corresponds to one of the sidebars to viewers' right. The individual sections noted below and their corresponding sidebars are hyperlinked for ease of access. Each of the exhibit's sections also is accessible from the exhibit's Main Page.Read More »
MARY, MARY: Curatorial Statement
I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. May your word to me be fulfilled. ~ Luke 1:38
Behold, your mother. ~ John 19:27
An inspiration to countless artists over many centuries, Mary has been painted or depicted in other media in many different versions and roles - as woman, daughter, cousin, mother, wife, refugee, comforter, intercessory to Jesus, the Madonna, the Virgin, Godd…Read More »
MARY, MARY: Artists' Statements
Carolyn M. Abrams
I created "Liminality" during the time of a spiritual journey, where I questioned what I believed because I believed it, not because someone in my youth told me to. The Blessed Mother Mary was an ever-present being at this threshold. She was and is the stable voice and guidance in my life and, in contemporary terms, "my go-to girl"! I see Mary in ever…Read More »
MARY, MARY: Artworks
Images of the work of all the visual artists who accepted an invitation to participate in the group exhibition are provided below. The images appear in alphabetical order by artists' last names.
No distinction is made in this section between artists whose work appears only online and artists whose work is in the Parish Hall gallery space at St. Michael's. An image of every exhib…Read More »
MARY, MARY: Exhibition Poems
All poems are in this pdf: Mary, Mary Poetry
Participating Poets: Kristin Berkey-Abbott, Jenne Andrews, Evelyn Bence, Jericho Brown, Leila Chatti, Jill Crammond, Maureen E. Doallas, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Luisa A. Igloria, Julie Kane, Collin Kelley, Laurie Klein, Marjorie Maddox, Marissa McNamara, Audrey Mlakar, Michelle Ortega, Anne M. Doe Overstreet, JC Reilly, Tania Runyan, Cl…Read More »
MARY, MARY: Questions for Reflection
As you view the numerous contemporary images of Mary and read the poems, give thought to the following questions:
* What does Mary, the subject of this wide-ranging exhibition, mean to you as a person of faith?
* What preconceived notions of Mary are communicated through iconographic or traditional depictions of Mary?
* Which of the artworks on the gallery walls and online discomfor…Read More »
MARY, MARY: Artists' Biographies
Carolyn M. Abrams
Carolyn M. Abrams is a mixed media artist from upstate New York, an area well known for its rolling hills and amazing light and sunsets. Her work explores the wisdom of art that she finds as a passionate artist who is always guided by intuition in her investigation of the spiritual and physical worlds.
An enthusiastic learner, Abrams's new techniques and uniqu…Read More »
MARY, MARY: Poets' Biographies
Kristin Berkey-Abbott, Ph.D., of Hollywood, Florida, is a poet, scholar, educator, author, and artist. Her most recent poetry collection is the chapbook Life in the Holocene Extinction (Finishing Line Press, 2016). More than 200 of her individual creative works have been published in such periodicals and journals as The Beloit Poetry Journal, Mid-American P…Read More »
MARY, MARY: Purchase List of Artworks
Viewers interested in purchasing any of the artworks available for sale are asked to contact the artists directly through their Websites or by email (see the Artists' Biographies section for links).
A purchased artwork that is in the gallery space must remain there through the duration of the exhibition and promptly picked up at St. Michael's after the exhibition's close on J…Read More »
MARY, MARY: Resources
The following resources are offered to facilitate additional explorations and discussions of Mary as a subject in art and faith.
"A Global Icon: Mary in Context", National Museum of Women in the Arts
"Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea", National Museum of Women in the Arts
Engelbert Mveng, Jesus is taken down from the Cross (Station of the Cr…Read More »