Music and Art

ARTISTS

The Sermon Series in Epiphany (January 3 – February 14) is on The Passionate Jesus, exploring the Attitudes of Christ.  We will be using the Beatitudes each week exploring attitudes of Christ and then finding practical application through additional scriptural references.   

We have asked a number of visual artists from our church family (Adam Richardson, Amy Ringholz, Janet Parker, and Beth Swartz) to share their art as we explore The Passionate Jesus. Pastor Charlie will refer to the art each week in sharing the message and in leading us in worship. We are honored by each artist and their submission in having each  join us for this series.  

AMY RINGHOLZ | (Doug and Jackie Day’s daughter)
An astonished Amy Ringholz was born and grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio watching her father make magic come out of the tips of his pens and paintbrushes. She was sold on the creative life and dressed up as an artist complete with pallet and beret for career day in 1st Grade and the rest was history.  Seems like some girls just know what they want.

After double majoring in Drawing and Art Education at Bowling Green State University, she set her sights on the mountains, animals and wide-open spaces of the West.  Freedom and independence were the catalyst to her crazy dreams and wild imagination.  A few years after school she found herself right at home in the Tetons under blue skies and snow tipped peaks surrounded by bison herds, golden eagles and grizzly bears.

She pounded the pavement and grew her art career into a wonderful success showing at sometimes six galleries at a time throughout the western states.  She loved driving her work to shows and seeing the country by way of a Ford truck window solo for almost two decades.  The collectors and friends she met along the way shaped her artwork, her outlook on the world and the woman she was becoming.

In 2012, after two years of pursuit she was awarded the great honor of being selected as Jackson Hole’s Fall Arts Featured Artist.  She was the youngest to ever be chosen at 34 years old, and the first woman and contemporary artist to be selected in almost a decade.  It was a fantastic year she spent creating her featured piece “Dreamers Don’t Sleep” which sold for $36,000, an entire 40 piece installation of artwork, and a celebratory party for 500 guests themed as a vintage circus.

A year later she pulled out of all her galleries and started her own; Ringholz Studios. She decided to pursue complete artistic control so that she could have total freedom in her work and build a one-of-a-kind experience to offer her clientele when investing in her work.  Ringholz Studios has been growing and thriving for the past seven years and it feels as if the best is still yet to come.

RINGHOLZ ARTIST STATEMENT | I try to put my wild heart and love of freedom into my paintings.  When you place a piece of my work in your home, you have a piece of me.  I want that work to enhance your life with beauty, creativity and love.  I want your heart to feel inspired and your life to feel more meaningful because you get to share your days with one of my paintings.

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ADAM RICHARDSON |
’ve been a freelance illustrator in Chicago since about January 2014. I left a soul-sucking career in banking and haven’t looked back! Whether it’s creating storyboards for a feature film or a poster for a local musician, I love working with clients to bring their ideas to life in a personally stylized and visually stimulating way.

Not located in Chicago and need some artwork? No problem! Thanks to this fantastic thing called the Internet, I have no problem working remotely and will do everything I can to make it as smooth as possible.

Along with the whole freelancing thing, I’m also a Partner & Visual Artist with the production company Getaway Plane. We have a lot of cool films and projects in the works, but in the meantime check out our team’s first film Dead Draw – available now to rent or own through Amazon!

Living and working in Chicago, I channel my wonder and passion for creativity through my work as an illustrator, designer, and filmmaker. Aside from storyboards for film and television, I’ve drawn for comic books, card games, created character designs for animated shows, and illustrated book covers and event posters. Along with being a freelance illustrator, I am also a Partner & Visual Artist for the midwest-based film production company Getaway Plane. I couldn’t be more honored and excited for my artwork to be featured in this sermon series for ALPC – Thank you, Rick Fortney. I hope everyone there at ALPC has a very blessed and very awesome year ahead!

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ELIZABETH SWARTZ | Pastor Charlie’s Mom
I was introduced to the art of printmaking in the late 1950’s when I joined my husband at Tachikawa Air Base in Tachikawa, Japan. There I studied woodblock printing with a Japanese printmaker. It is a process of carving a design on a wood or linoleum block. The block is then inked & printed on paper by hand or on a hand press. Most of my artwork reflects rural southern Ohio where we lived for many years. I studied at the College of Wooster, Miami University of Ohio, Ohio University-Chillicothe, & with Phoenix Rising Printmakers in Columbus, Ohio.

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Janet Parker | Janet is a member of Avon Lake Presbyterian, and is an artist with TrueNorth Cultural Arts. “I love working with mosaics. Each piece is a challenge because the choice of materials is so large. Tiles, beads, stained glass, broken china, and jewelry as well as mirror pieces and anything that can be adhered to a backing can be used. I have enjoyed learning the unique techniques required and how to use the specialized tools. I live in Avon Lake and work from my home studio. Since moving from Pennsylvania, I have been active in the local art community and have been represented in a number of galleries.”

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We put together a Music Link with Highlights from the Advent / Christmas Season, entitled A Musical Gift to the Christ Child followed by additional Holiday Favorites! We hope this will add to your time of reflection and joy this Christmas Week. In addition, we included the Fall Anthems from both the Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir along with various solos shared throughout the Fall Season. Enjoy! 

Click below for the Music Ministry document:

http://avonlakechurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Advent-Link-from-the-ALPC-Music-MInistry.docx-REVISED.pdf