Faith and indige­nous cul­ture com­bine in art work

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

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.

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