Contemporary artists interpret Parables in new exhibit

A collage of artwork to be on display at the Chester Baptist Church beginning Friday, Jan. 4.

As part of its grounded4LIFE program, the Chester Baptist Church, 162 Main St. in Chester, invites the entire community to visit Picturing the Parables, an exhibit of 29 original artworks on display for the entire month of January.

Picturing the Parables is a visual representation of some of most familiar teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. This collection represents 20 contemporary artists, working in a wide variety of media.

Picturing the Parables will officially open on Friday Jan. 4, and will be open for general viewing from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday in January, downstairs at the church. This is a collection of fine art that will appeal to the most sophisticated art viewer, while at the same time moving and inspiring even first-time gallery visitors. Interpreters and refreshments will be in available. At 7 p.m. Jan. 11, Chester resident and artist Suzanne Nielsen will lead a fun presentation titled “How to Stare at Art for All It’s Worth.” Later in the month, the church will present an artists’ talk to discuss the literary tradition of teaching with parables.

Arrangements can be made for groups or classes to visit at other times during the month by contacting Pastor Tom Charlton at 802-875-2638, or via There is no admission charge, but donations will help the church host more exhibits in the future. The exhibit has been made available with the help of Christians in the Visual Arts.

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