ENGAGES ART AND
Even Vincent van Gogh would
have enjoyed "Starry Starry Night," an evening dedicated to the visual
arts sponsored by Trinity Christian College on Thursday, November 4. Art
Department Chairperson John Bakker led a private tour through the Art Institute
of Chicago for a group that included more than 56 artists and friends of
the College. The tour was designed to convey what happens when Christians
patronize the arts and what happens when they avoid the arts.
The group viewed works by
important names in the history of art, including Monet, Cezanne, Picasso,
and Mondrian. Bakker also explained the hierarchy of key influencers in
the art world-dealers, curators, critics, and collectors-who, along with
artists, determine what works become known and shown in various public
and private venues.
highlight of the evening was an auction of directors' chairs during a dinner
at the Chicago Athletic Club; area artists turned the chairs into functional
works of art, using the seats and backs as their canvasses.
"We wanted these artists
to create something that would embody both the visual and communication
arts aspects of Trinity's planned Art and Communication Center. A director's
chair relates to the world of theatre and media, while the seats and backs
represent an artist's canvas," said President Steven Timmermans.
Participating Illinois artists
were Marlene Boonstra '82, Crestwood; James Hartgerink, Elmhurst; Darlene
Hoekstra, Elmhurst; Deb Kloet '92, Chicago; Chris Pierik '01, Chicago;
Cassandra Swierenga, Lombard; John Ter Maat, Palos Heights; and Faith Veenstra
here to view the Starry Starry Night photo gallery.