Artists unveil inspired art Easter Sunday at Pinnacle Presbyterian

Artists install their newly created work at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. (Photo by Carol Minchew)

Artists install their newly created work at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. (Photo by Carol
Minchew)

In the spring of 2013, four members of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in North Scottsdale traveled to Mendocino, Calif. to attend a four-day workshop in the studio of acclaimed liturgical artist, Nancy Chinn.

Ms. Chinn’s philosophy is to use inexpensive, humble materials to create beautiful temporary art installations through congregational involvement.

Ms. Chinn is nationally renowned for her contemporary art installations in such beautiful churches as the Washington National Cathedral, Grace Episcopal Cathedral on Nob Hill in San Francisco and Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago.

Inspired by Nancy’s creative installations as shown in her book, “Spaces for Spirit, Adorning the Church,” and by her passion, the four women returned home ready to involve their congregation in making art. The Pinnacle artists were urged by Ms. Chinn to “sit in their sanctuary and let the space speak to them.”

The result is a stunning installation of flying, undulating lace-like streamers of painted netting terminating above a huge granite boulder that rises from the floor of the church’s chancel.

There is a “cloud-like form” at the single terminus point above the boulder with sparkling ribbons of white that seem to ascend from above the rock into the cloud form. The streamer colors move from somber black to purple, blues and yellow, ending with radiant white.

A group of about 25 people worked for about two-and-a-half months in the church’s Teen Center creating the art, while managing to leave each day with their work clothes looking like Jackson Pollack’s “drip paintings.”

Part One of the art installation was unveiled on March 29, celebrated with a performance by the Pinnacle Dancers. Part Two of the installation, the final piece, will be installed April 5, for Easter Services.

An open house for the entire community will be held 4 p.m. April 9. Artist participants will be available to answer questions. The public is invited to view the installation.

For more information, contact Pinnacle Presbyterian Church,25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, at 480-585-9448.

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