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Luke's Joy

Luke’s Joy


  I was inspired by an eight year old boy named Luke. I was about to take his First Communion portrait when he    offered an idea for a pose. When I asked him why? He exclaimed, “this is how I’m going to be for my ordination.” He  went on to show me where he saw the Greek letters for Jesus in one of my prints. He also saw butterflies, fireflies and  other things, not out of the ordinary for a boy of his age to see. I woke up the next morning…


Added by Andrea Eastman on March 4, 2016 at 3:11pm — No Comments





While painting I was praying for my cousin Heather’s healing, the success of her surgery and for her family with each brush stroke.  All I saw after I finished praying and painting was how different the colors were from my photograph I was painting from.  Since that day in March of 2010,…


Added by Andrea Eastman on March 4, 2016 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Kinston CCA 35th National Exhibit

I submitted 3 of my current paintings to the 35th National Exhibit at the Kinston NC Community Arts Center.  Valley Hay Field was accepted! My good friend, teacher, and mentor, Robert Way, also submitted 3 works, they were all accepted and one of the paintings won a merit award! Way to go Bob!…


Added by Nancy Mabes on February 20, 2016 at 1:39pm — 1 Comment

Icon Painting Workshops, Ossining, NY or Lewis, Delaware

Modern Iconography 

April 10 to 15 2016  …


Added by mary jane miller on February 3, 2016 at 10:57am — No Comments

New website:

Hi everyone, 

I just launched a new blog on Sunday, called Art & Theology ( Its purpose is to highlight the church’s rich heritage in the visual, literary, and musical arts, including present-day artistic treatments of religious themes. (The primary emphasis is on visual art.) It is meant to educate (in art history, how to read works of art, and the value of art in worship), promote contemporary…


Added by Victoria Emily Jones on January 26, 2016 at 2:29pm — No Comments

The Lost at Sea

Finished up this digital render in photoshop the other day... took me almost three months to get thru the render part of it..  just allot of errors on the rendercows which is normally not a problem.   This particular image has 386 billion polygons...  which I know is an absurd amount...  and creates problems...  but my suffering makes it better... that's what I'm telling myself anyways...    cant wait to get it framed..  ...peace…


Added by Mike Ulrych on January 8, 2016 at 4:10pm — 1 Comment

Icon Painting Workshops, Ossining, NY or Lewis, Delaware

Modern Iconography  …Icon Painting in The Light


Added by mary jane miller on December 26, 2015 at 11:21am — No Comments

POPism. The postscript.

As postscripts go it isn't long; it comes in at just one and a half pages.


It tells of Andrea Feldman who left notes saying she was “heading for the Big Time”. To do this she jumped out of a fourteenth floor window clutching a Bible and a crucifix. Andrea was just one of the kids that Andy says were so special to him and his circle of friends. Her suicide is described just after Edie Sedgwick’s death, which was put down to ‘acute barbital intoxication’.




Added by Philip McMullen on December 11, 2015 at 2:33pm — 2 Comments

Thankful !

 I just want to express my gratitude in being connected to CIVA. I am very thankful as well to IAM  (International Arts Movement) for linking me to the CIVA site . It's sort of humorous how God led me to search out opportunity for my children whom are Artist ,and in seeking for them I got connected ! 

I have no idea what this journey will be with you all .I live with Artists and cheer them on ,and am excited to cheer you all on as well.

Thanks for opportunity,



Added by Stephanie Boda on December 1, 2015 at 5:58pm — No Comments


Added by Christine Simoneau Hales on November 6, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Art for Peace, Looking for a sponsor or foudation to help go public.

Designed as a traveling installation, The Dialogue Project has recently been installed just outside San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, a community renowned for its art and spirituality.  This extraordinary work of art encourages viewers to pause and listen again to eternal truths shared by many which hold insights for peace on earth. 27 images of great thinker, religions, philosophies and beliefs encompassing 5,000 years of human…


Added by mary jane miller on October 30, 2015 at 7:02am — No Comments

Art Ministry Publication

“The Art Ministry Installation & Display Catalog” is now available on Apple’s iBooks store. It will open automatically in iBooks on Mac or iPad. On PC I recommend using the Chrome browser with the free Readium add-on ( 

In 2011 we formed the Art Ministry team at First Presbyterian Church in Hightstown, NJ. This ePub chronicles our team's projects as we conceptualize,…


Added by David Teich on September 26, 2015 at 5:16am — No Comments

Russian Cultural Revival

This is a great essay by Danish journalist Iben Thranholm about Russia rejecting both atheism and Marxism while embracing Christianity and how this is transforming their culture.

Added by D S Reif on September 8, 2015 at 3:36pm — No Comments

The Veil is Removed: Part 1

Added by Steven Nesheim on September 6, 2015 at 4:04pm — No Comments


Added by Steven Nesheim on September 6, 2015 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Inner World Outer World


Inner world experiences are powerfully expressed through art.  My inner world experiences are expressed through my abstract expressionist paintings.  Using my advanced brushless ‘drip & splash’ technique, I can accomplish deeply satisfying levels of expression and abstraction.  The vigorous…


Added by Julian Raven on August 19, 2015 at 10:04am — No Comments

Art for Peace Installation

Remember this attempt at peace making? creating Art for peace and then looking for a location.  



Added by mary jane miller on July 12, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

PLAYING IN THE DIRT, egg tempera

The Painted Icons of a Self-Taught Iconographer  By Mary Jane Miller

For two millenniums icons have encouraged vibrant soul transformation through image and prayer.The Orthodox Church used this method of image and prayer as a teaching tool for the community while illustrating their doctrine. It is said that the first icon painters, called iconographers,…


Added by mary jane miller on July 7, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

When I am asked how it feels to paint icons,

It feels like someone asked how is the world today? 

A painting_1 copia

Even if I begin to answer with my name it is more than anyone wants to know.

‘My name means Mary…


Added by mary jane miller on July 2, 2015 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Photography as a tool for the Lord

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up...

1 Thessalonians 5:11


In photography you can specialize in so many different things.  Whether you take photos of landscapes, animals, or people- all creation speaks of the Glory of God (Psalms 19:1). …


Added by Samantha Estrada on June 3, 2015 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

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