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    Eden to Eternity
               Caribbean Folk Art
                     The True Myth

                               February 14 - March 27, 2016

 About this Exhibit and the Artists

The Kuna people live on the San Blas Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Panama. They are politically autonomous and much of their traditional culture is intact. Scholars of the Kuna culture say that the Mola (a colorful fabric blouse with hand stiched appliqued panels are worn as the fronts and back of dresses by Kuna women) grew out of body painting, a tradition intended to ward off evil spirts.

The Mola panel as it is known today consists of several layers of different colered cloth, usually red, orange, and black, which are stiched together and on which designs are created by cutting out portions of the top layers to expose the colors of the lower layers. In addition, the Mola artists usually treat the top layer with didrect applique, often in several layers and in a variety of stiches to create an even richer surface.

The designs of the Molas in this exhibit tell the story of the True Myth: how God made the world, how the world was broken, how God came and became human, and then how God is making the world new. This exhibition comes from the collections of Donna & Mark Moran and Sandra & Bob Bowden.

"Now the story of Christ is simply a true myth:
a myth working on us the same ways as the
others, but with this tremendous difference
that it really happend..." - C.S.

This show has stunning Molas from the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama that tell the story of the Bible, from the Garden of Eden to the Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Molas are panels of reversed embroidery originally applied to the front and back of the Kuna women's blouses. Each Mola is a beautifully designed interpretation of biblical stories with whimsical treatments and tender insights.

The Art Ministry

The Woods Art Ministry was created out of the conviction that the arts have an important role to play in the life of the church. Throughout history, the arts have been one of the significant ways that people express and understand religious truth.

The Art Ministry is responsible for art exhibits in the Wood Gallery and, from time to time, offers programs and resources related to the visual arts. These have included workshops, field trips and tours to view significant art, as well as providing visual arts for use in worship (banners, projected images, etc.)