A Chair by Any Other Name….is a Scripture Art Chair!

Old theater chair

A Chair by any other name….is a Scripture Art Chair!  I recently had the pleasure of being asked to donate my artwork by decorating an old theater chair. It was to be  auctioned off by the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto, a local art gallery.  100 artists were selected and given the freedom to use their artistic gifts to decorate a chair as they desired.

I received a green light to incorporate my faith as a Christian, which is a rare thing in the art world.  Often my Scripture art is turned down at art shows because of the images of the Cross or Scripture, which saddens me.  But clearly the Lord was giving me an open door through this project.

My art friend, Sylvia and I, approached this project with excitement, only to

sanding chair

discover the hard work of sanding, priming and painting the chair before we could do our artwork design. I chose to paint mine a watermelon red with my Scripture painting ‘Red Tulips with Forget Me Nots” on the seat. I added James 1:17 (Every good and perfect gift comes from above) and Ecclesiastes 3:11 (He makes everything beautiful in its time) around the painting. Ribbon was added along with my name, website and signature in gold paint.

When I was done decorating the chair, I was pleased to see God’s Glory reflected through Scripture and nature. The mission of my art ministry, Gifts of His Glory. giftsofhisglory.com  is to reflect the gifts of His Glory, His Word and His Creation, in my artwork.  Do you think I accomplished my mission?  Take a peek at the before and after pictures below:

The chairs will be on display at local businesses prior to the auction for publicity.  I ask your prayers for mine to draw attention of an art licensor who would like to license my Scripture paintings and greeting cards. My dream.

Red Tulips with Scripture

I know God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20) so I am excited to see what doors He will open.

God has gifted me with this new art venue.  If you are interested in having me paint a Scripture Art Chair(s) for you, please contact me at miriam@giftsofhisglory.com or my website giftsofhisglory.com.  My one stipulation is that the chair be ready to be painted with my artistic decor!

To see my paintings and greeting cards, click on ‘my art’ above.

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Writers Conferences: A Writer’s Best Tool

Now that the new year is upon us, my mind is focusing on this year’s writers conference this April at Mt. Hermon Christian Conference Center in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California.  This will be my third year attending and it is a delight and blessing to be able to attend this premiere conference.

Every year about 300 writers converge to network with literary agents, editors and publishers, to pitch their books or writings.  The conference is five days of workshops, morning tracks, and critiquing of your work.  I have met wonderful writer friends who have encouraged me and critiqued my work along the way.  For the past two years I have led a writers group on the San Francisco Peninsula, and hope to meet others this year who will want to be part of the group.

I am writing my first book, my memoirs, particularly on my time as a Christian missionary in Israel.  Tentatively titled:  Finding God in the Midst of My Mess:  My Love Story with Jesus, it tells my life story, the traumas I have faced in childhood and on the mission field, and how God has healed and restored my life.  I am writing the book to bring healing to others who have suffered the same things I have, like depression, sexual abuse, and addiction, through the love and healing power of Jesus.

This year at the conference my friend and mentor Kay Marshall Strom will be leading a morning class on writing memoirs.  I will be there expectantly, to learn how to strengthen my manuscript, and hopefully complete it with a fourth rewrite.  Writing is all about rewriting.  I began my book journey two years ago

Jenni and I at last year's conference

this January and have rewritten it three times.  I was blessed with a talented critique partner, Jenni Brummett, who helped me make my story more compelling and refined my grammar and flow.  Now I am seeking how to engage the reader more effectively in my story.  I know Kay, a renowned Christian author, will have those tools for me to do so.

As a small Christian art and writing ministry, money is tight and I need to solicit donations from others who believe in my book and would like to see it published.  The cost of the five day conference is $1100 which includes room, meals, transportation and the conference. Would you prayerfully consider helping me with a donation? As a way of saying thank you, I will send you a free copy of my book once it is self published 🙂

Secure donations can be made through Pay Pal below. My deadline to raise the money is April 9, 2014. Thank you so much!

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To see my Scripture Art paintings and greeting cards go to www.giftsofhisglory.com or ‘my art’ above.




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