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.)
The current exhibit in the Woods Gallery features paintings and mixed media by Laura Renee Davis, Perception of God's Creation, Laura Renee Davis’s work in this exhibit is inspired by her faith and approached with explorations of religious and spiritual symbols. The power and passion of the Biblical message is expressed through vivid color and textures, using acrylic paint and applied collage, a technique which has captured and challenged her talents for many years. Traditional faith-based symbols are incorporated into her typically abstract style to further her interpretations.
Laura Renee Davis was raised from an early age in Woods Memorial Presbyterian church where she was confirmed and sang in the choir as a teenager. Her art career also began at an early age with classes at the old YMCA on Cypress Creek Road. She received her BFA in Art and Design in 1978 from James Madison University and from that time on has focused on nurturing and advancing her understanding and appreciation of how art touches our lives.
Laura is the daughter of Nancy Davis; Her brother Mike and sister-in-law Trish are Woods members. Her late father Earl Davis created the wooden cross hanging in what was then the Woods Sanctuary, now Fellowship Hall. She resides in Frederick, Maryland.
Paintings by Laura Renee Davis
Perception of God's Creation
Now through November 23