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Lenten Art Exhibit Blends Poetry, Visual Art, and Imagination

The Center for Lifelong Learning will mark the Lenten season with a new art exhibit, Poetry, Art, and the Spirituality of Imagination: A Lenten Meditation. This exhibit combines Scripture, poetry, and the ink drawings of Israel Galindo, Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning. The exhibit is on view at the Harrington Center now through May 17, with an artist’s reception on March 4 at 4:30 pm.

“For several years my daily devotional practice involved reading Scripture and poetry with meditation on the text of both,” says Galindo. “Later I incorporated sketching as part of the daily discipline of lectio divina. These ink drawings are a result of that practice.”

“After reading and meditating on the text, I focus on the meaning and feeling of the message,” said Galindo. “The final sketch is merely an expression of the end of a process—an end to a means, so to speak. Each sketch took no more than fifteen minutes to complete.”

By spending such a short amount of time on each sketch, Galindo was forced to accept the pieces as they were. Mistakes were accepted as part of the process and the pursuit of perfection was abandoned. As a result, the final pieces help evoke a raw emotional response to the Lenten narrative.

Each drawing is accompanied by poetic texts. The viewer is invited to view the art as a response to the poetry, and consider his or her own response.  A Lenten study guide will be available as well.

Poetry, Art, and the Spirituality of Imagination: A Lenten Meditation will be available for viewing Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Harrington Center. To make an appointment for after-hours viewing, please contact Janie Young at or 404-687-4577.