The creative community at Winnipeg Christian Centre invite people to encounter the presence of God through creativity. Below are examples of this creativity complete with a small write-up for each piece.
Fear, Faith, Focus
Artist: Shannon Dee Schultz March 29, 2020
When waves of fear are threatening, keep your focus on the promises of God. Remember his faithfulness, reflect on the treasures from the past, when he took you through the water, through the flames, refining, polishing, perfecting. He holds us in the palm of His hand, close to His heart. Matthew 6:21
The Triumph of Praise
Artist: Teresa Janssens January 5, 2020
ALL HEARTS are worthy of your mercy Lord! Jesus, you are and bring the restorative justice of unconditional love back to our hearts and this is “The Triump of Praise.” Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say Rejoice!
Artist: Matthew Klassen January 5, 2020
Fire is spreading. This is Gods fire. He has invited us to be part of it. This fire is wild. It spreads rapidly and engulfs those in it’s path. The fire is not causing distruction, but uniformity from everyone joining in. The enemy is stuck, choking on the smoke from this wildfire. His developments are being burned down and territory is being reclaimed.
Artist: Teresa Janssens February 2, 2020
God will move heaven and earth so that the eyes of our heart will see the hope of His calling. Scripture Eph 1:18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
Surrounded by Prophecy and Promises
Artist: Shannon D. Schultz
Surrounded by Prophecy and Promises we stand on a firm foundation. The waves are both powerful and gentle, stirred up by the breath of God. We reach up, offering a small gift of praise and thanksgiving, a gesture of reciprocity and appreciation. With child like faith, trusting in the dark, we are seen and known.
He Is Our Rock
Artist: Shannon Dee Schultz January 19, 2020
Jesus is our rock, no matter what is going on around us, no matter what battles and storms we face, he gives us a firm foundation on which to stand and we are never alone.
Tears of Hope and a Barren Fig Tree
Artist: Shannon D. Schultz January 5, 2020
A barren fig tree is promised new life, watered by tears of sorrow. The tears from contrite and wounded hearts, carry seeds of hope and joy. They cleanse, magnify and bring clarity, preparation for new growth. Gold released, promises fulfilled, strengthened to bear more fruit. Let the tears fall, let the rain come down.
Let Hope Rise
Artist: Allana Klassen April 5, 2020
Hope, like a seed, has been planted in each heart to burst through even the darkest of nights. With childlike hearts, we lift our arms up to our Father, our great Protector and Provider to be wrapped His arms of love and delight.
Artist: Shannon Dee Schultz April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday
Jesus understands the darkness better than we do, and his light will take us through to the other side. We don’t have to understand it, just trust and keep close to Him. John 1:3-5
Progressive painting 1
Artist: Shannon Dee Schultz April 9, 2020 Good Friday
A seed is about to break open. Hidden in the dark, its thin shell begins to crack and split. No one could see the life and strength hidden inside of it while it was still top side in the light. There was some hope that it would change, be transformed, but the process was a private one, hidden from prying eyes and community. The beginning of change had to come in the dark, where death could be embraced, not avoided. Death and darkness were needed for transformation to take place. In the safety of the darkness, protected by the earth, the seed broke open, and headed downward into the soil. It was establishing good roots, deep roots that could carry food and water to help it grow. Once the roots were established, and it felt safe to expose itself in the solitude, it began to reach up towards the light. Preparation for transformation had begun. Canvas size 30" x 22"
Progressive Painting Layer 2
Artist: Shannon Dee Schultz Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
The tiny green tendrils slowly pushed the dirt aside and broke through the surface of the earth. It was hesitant and excited, as it tore through the veil. It was already unrecognizable from the tiny golden umber seed it had once been. Everything about it was different. It was pale, creamy white as first poked through the dirt, and then with exuberant joy, it burst open again with green leaves, stretching in thanksgiving and celebration to the warmth of the sun. Canvas Size: 30" x 22"
Progressive Painting Layer 3
Artist: Shannon Dee Schultz Sunday, April 19, 2020
The plant surveyed its new surroundings. So far it wasn’t attracting too much attention, blending in with the blades of grass around it; it felt safe, unaware of potential predators that could easily bite into it and kill it before it had a chance to grow. It delighted itself in the expanse of blue sky, so different from the darkness that had protected it, allowed it a safe place to break open into new life. The little plant was encouraged to reach higher, wanted to see more, know more. It could feel the warm sun, even though it looked so far away, it was near, able to touch the leaves, encourage change. It was a good day to grow. Canvas Size: 30" x 22"
Progressive Painting Layer 4
Artist: Shannon Dee Schultz Sunday, April 26, 2020
Darkness returned, and with it, something new. Water, falling from the sky, landed on the tender leaves, cool and somehow refreshing. As much as the little plant had enjoyed the heat of the sun, the first few kisses of moisture tingled on the tiny leaves. It was excited to experience more. And indeed more came, so much more. Thunder rolled over the little plant, causing it to quiver. Darkness no longer seemed like a friend, and it recalled the pain of breaking open in the ebony earth, forgot the joy of stretching and growing, of roots exploring unfamiliar territory. It longed for light, but when it came, the little plant was still not comforted. Lighting ripped open the dark veil, but it was violent and overpowering. The rain increased, pummeling the ground around the plant, beyond saturation. The earth around the roots seemed to loosen, flooding the area, moving the soil that had kept it feeling so secure. What the little plant couldn’t see was that beyond the dark, the light was still there. A rainbow of promises was waiting to be released. All it could do is stand it’s ground, and wait for the storm to be over. Canvas Size: 30" x 22"
Progressive Painting Layer 5
Artist: Shannon Dee Schultz Sundy May 3, 2020
The storm had passed. The little plant was left shivering in the darkness, in the quiet, trying to acclimate to the new surroundings. The ground was soft, almost too soft and some of the roots of the plant had been torn away. It was bruised and damaged, but not defeated. The rain and lightning had released nitrogen into the ground, giving the plant the extra energy it needed to recover. The gentle moonlight helped it become aware of other changes. A lake, just behind it, had grown in the storm. The fresh water would bring health and healing to the area. And there was something else. A shepherd’s staff had been staked beside the plant. When had that happened and who put it there? The plant was unaware of anyone coming along side it in the storm, but there it was, and the little plant felt comfort in its shadow. It felt peaceful, strengthened and encouraged. The fear that had shaken it in the storm was slowly starting to fade, and the little plant was able to rest. Canvas Size: 30 x 22