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Playing in the Dirt

The foundation of traditional iconography is experiencing resurgence as it grows and expands to include wider visual theological ideas through the efforts of new iconographers like myself. Clearly one reason icons are important to humanity is housed in their ability to strike at the heart and not at the…

Added by mary jane miller on June 4, 2016 at 3:02pm — No Comments

Will Old Wine skins filled with New Wine burst?

When Jesus was walking around the Mediterranean landscape the social conditions were not all that different than today. Societies struggled with changing family and gender roles, sexual controversy, local resistance to unprecedented political power; tyranny and prejudice were rampant. Christianity was a budding cult, unifying varied beliefs and behaviors under one theology of shared love. I am talking about 100 to 400 AD, before the church became…


Added by mary jane miller on May 13, 2016 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Colours of Hope

My name is Froyle Neideck, I am a professional visual artist and I have been painting and exhibiting for the past twenty years, in-between raising my family and pursing life. I want to tell you a story about hope, colour and great possibilities.

Last year my cousin Evana went through the horrific ordeal of breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and all the treatment that aligns with this procedure. My mum, Helen, decided to head over to Perth, Western Australia, to help Evana’s…


Added by Froyle Neideck on April 13, 2016 at 8:46pm — 2 Comments

The Holy of Holy's; Renovation

Valentin my dear husband called to me to come down and see what he found tucked in to the side of the mountain. It was a small little church, or shall I say, what was left of it. It had only two walls standing and no roof but there in front of me was a faded holy of holies exposed to Gods abundant air and sky. The holy of holies is the place the…


Added by mary jane miller on March 5, 2016 at 1:21pm — No Comments

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

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