ARTISTS DRAW CONNECTION
BETWEEN SIGHT & SOUND
his hands were blackened by charcoal residue, Sergio Gomez's drawings illustrated
the pure glory of worship and praise during chapel September 10.
Brothers Sergio and Marcos
Gomez and their friend, Sergio Villanueva, centered their unique presentation
on five words of worship - Hosanna, Hallelujah, Abba, Maranatha, and Amen
- while leading the audience through a medley of songs that highlighted
each word. As Marcos Gomez sang and played the guitar with Villanueva accompanying
on the keyboard, Sergio Gomez drew charcoal illustrations for the corresponding
"This is our way of emphasizing
visual art during worship," said Marcos, a former Trinity admissions counselor
in the late 1990s. "When (my brother and I) were younger, our parents taught
us music and noticed Sergio's inclination toward art. It's easy for him
to use his talent in church, so I wanted to find a way for us to work together."
For each word, Marcos gave
an explanation of its meaning. Sergio Gomez used charcoal chalk and black
paint to draw depictions of the cross (Hosanna), a worshipper with arms
and hands stretched upward (Hallelujah), a person cradled in the palm of
a large hand (Abba), and a crowd of worshippers gazing at a temple (Maranatha).
He also had a colorful abstract acrylic painting on display.
is a gift from God that we can use to praise Him, and it allows me to draw
others into worship with me," said Sergio Gomez, whose art has been viewed
at more than 30 exhibitions. "Some people respond to visual images in special
Marcos Gomez now serves as
the Hispanic worship pastor at Wheaton Bible Church in Wheaton, Illinois.
Villanueva is associate worship pastor at Word of God Hispanic Church in
Melrose Park, Illinois. All three artists are natives of Mexico, and the
trio has been together for two years.