Each year a medical mission trip to Guatemala is funded through the Art Pray Love. It was an honor once again to coordinate the art show for this event.
The Art Pray Love Art Show and Sale held on January 26th, is an annual event hosted at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Conway. This fundraiser helps purchase medical supplies for the 2019 spring mission trip to Guatemala. As in previous years, this event helps fund the mission trip through sales of tickets, artwork, silent auction items, a wine pull and Guatemalan handicrafts.
Parishioners from several Episcopal churches travel to rural areas of Western Guatemala to provide clinics for people who live in extreme poverty and suffer from a lack of access to healthcare. This year over 20 men and women will travel to Guatemala, at their own expense, to fulfill these needs.
There is a strong connection between our local artists and the Guatemala Mission trip. On January 17th a reception was held in the Parish Hall of St. Peter’s for Local Artist Sheila Parsons. Her artwork had been displayed in the lobby and Parish Hall as part of The Art Ministry at St. Peter’s. Sheila also spent time in Guatemala working as an artist and teaching art and like the missioners to Guatemala, had experiences and stories to share. Guests were entertained with a gallery talk and slide presentation showing how the people, places and intense colors inspired her Guatemalan artwork.
The night before the event, January 25th, artists and special guests gathered in the Parish Hall for dinner and a time to exchange art stories, while viewing amazing artwork. The evening was highlighted by an “unveiling” of the Guatemalan Murals painted by local artist Jessica Jones. The murals will be on permanent display at St. Peter’s and will also travel around the Diocese to bring awareness to other parishes about the medical mission.
Enjoy the photos of Art Pray Love. As you can see, the hall was filled with art and collectors enjoying great art, delicious food and our special guest musician harpist Pat Qualls . Many thanks to local artist Steve Griffith for donating his on site painting to our live auction.
**All images provided by John Shute. To see his full album of the evening, click here.**