Notes About Our Advent Art

We recently completed a series that that is available for use in an art gallery or worship space. It is available in blue as seen below and in purple as seen here. Each fiber art panel is 15 x 36" and is accompanied by the writing of Rev. Dawn Carlson. The writing is meant to guide the viewer through a quiet, meditative experience while observing the art during Advent. The scripture references are from the Lectionary (Year C).  

The Time is Coming by Jenny Gallo

The Time is Coming by Jenny Gallo

This is what we were thinking about when designing each panel (numbered left to right)--

1-A Time to Watch

(Jeremiah 33:14-16•  Psalm 25:1-10•  1 Thessalonians 3:9-13•  Luke 21:25-36)

Time and rhythm and cycles are represented by the big circle.

The righteous branch is the branch.

The swirls reference staying alert, activeness and energy.

The curved line at the bottom is a calling to wonder "what are you still waiting to see?"

2-A Time to Think

(Baruch 5:1-9 or Malachi 3:1-4  •  Luke 1:68-79•  Philippians 1:3-11•  Luke 3:1-6)

The big circle is the messenger.

Light into darkness is around the big circle.

Peace is represented by the laurel branch.

The empty space symbolizes the wonderment of "where do we look for messengers?"

3-A Time to Come Home

(Zephaniah 3:14-20•  Isaiah 12:2-6•  Philippians 4:4-7•  Luke 3:7-18)

The waves symbolize drawing water from the well and Baptism.

The large circle is restoration.

The small circles are rejoicing, expectation and/or wheat chaff.

4-A Time to Sing

(Micah 5:2-5a•  Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7•  Hebrews 10:5-10•  Luke 1:39-45, (46-55))

The large circle says "here I am" or is symbolic of the womb or being filled with the Spirit.

The small circles are the flock.

Hope you can meditate on this work and find even more meaning beyond our original intention.