The Lantern Road Gallery is pleased to display the art of Reverend Cathy Gray and her daughter Bethany Jordan,
Reverent Gray speaks of the impetus for her art, and how she gave herself permission to ‘play with color’.
The story of “me as artist” is actually rather short. From an early age, I took to myself what I was given – the role of family academic and writer; someone else had already taken the role of artist. Like many people, I dabbled in the artistic realm most of my life – but usually just to fill time and to make clothing for my children. It wasn’t until 2013 that I had reason and inspiration (and was able to give myself permission) to actually poke more deeply into the idea of “me as artist”.
As sometimes happens, it took a bit of a crisis (including a head injury) to break loose from my long-embedded self-understanding. Following an accident that resulted in a broken neck and back, I lived in a body brace (cheek to hip) for six months. When it was time, again, to support my own weight, I learned how painful and tedious physical therapy can be. Lying awake one night, I wished for something I could add to my recovery that would be a bit more inspiring and would give me reason to get my arms to function in front of my body. I’m not sure of the source of my idea (I hope God, but maybe it was pain medication) but my mind and heart started rolling around in the idea of art – as a form of “physical therapy” that would lead to a response different from “help – I need ice” and as a form of “inner therapy” that might awaken my spirit to new possibilities for creativity and expression. I’m not embarrassed to admit I also relished the opportunity to get really messy with a good excuse.
Every artist, it seems, has particular things that make their art truly their own. For me, the “thing” is the interplay of color and movement. I tend to exaggerate a lot; what I see in the real world is summoned to pass through some part of me that is crazy and courageous and longs for a world that is more dazzling and fanciful than the one we actually inhabit. I enjoy working in a variety of media – each has its own way of becoming a participant in the creative process and pushes me to different conclusions about what (for example) a flower or a sunrise might have to say to the world.
The Lantern Road Gallery (LRG) at Church of the Nativity has a mission to celebrate art, culture and education in the community. We want to help our members and guests appreciate the importance of the arts in our society. Through exhibitions in the gallery, the diversity of talent that surrounds us is highlighted and recognized.
Currently housed in the entry foyer of the Church of the Nativity, LRG exhibits are generally for a term of 60-90 days, and are viewable during normal church hours and functions, or by appointment.
Please complete the Artist Application for Exhibition and return along with images to:
Lantern Road Gallery
C/O Church of the Nativity
7300 Lantern Road
Indianapolis, IN 46256
John Ridder, Gallery Facilitator