Faith and indigenous culture combine in art work
Visitors to an event on Geraldton’s foreshore recently saw the launch of a book of Bible verses illustrated by indigenous artists.
Elder Kevin Merritt received Our Mob, God’s Story on Sunday, October 1, on behalf of the Aboriginal community from the Bible Society’s Rick Pekan as part of the Bible Society’s 200th anniversary in Australia.
Geraldton Baptist Church pastor Craig Palmer, who helped organise the Bible Expo, described it as an art book with a difference.
It features more than 115 works by more than 65 established and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.
“These artists are wellknown and unknown, from communities, towns and cities across Australia, from Tasmania to the Tiwi Islands, from Ceduna to Cairns, from Perth to Wongthaggi,” Pastor Palmer said.
“They are sharing their faith in over 100 paintings inspired by Bible verses and stories, many well-loved, others not so well known, from creation to the crucifixion.”
Anglican minister Bill Ross described the launch as a very special occasion.
The Bible Expo celebration of 200 years of the Bible Society was hosted by 14 churches from the Geraldton region as part of the Sunshine Festival earlier this month.
Guests attend the Geraldton presentation of Our Mob, God’s Story as part of the Bible Society’s 200th anniversary in Australia.
Dorothy Anderson is served at the Bible Expo cafe.
Aimee and Eliana Taylor.