Photo Exhibit Highlights Lost Southern Churches through September 30
Decatur, GA— A new art exhibit at Columbia Theological Seminary's Center for Lifelong Learning features black and white silver photographs of outdoor baptismal fonts, exteriors and interiors of lost southern churches by Dana Matthews. The exhibit will be at the Harrington Center on the seminary campus until September 30. Admission is free and open to the public. Matthews took most of the photographs in Hale County, Alabama in the summer of 1991. She said that near the end of the project she realized how important it was to record this vanishing southern tradition when the baptismal fonts became scarce and very hard to find. "The simple architecture, modest size and graceful welcoming appearance of these lost churches and their baptismal fonts integrated religious life, family life, and nature into a harmonious braid of connection," said Matthews. Exhibit hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30. Other viewing times can be arranged by contacting Kim Clayton at 404-687-4578. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
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