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Flamebodies, Pentecost-inspired Photo Exhibit, Opens May 4 at Columbia Seminary


Decatur, GA— Flamebodies, an exhibit of digital photographic prints by Pamela Cooper-White, opens in the Harrington Center of Columbia Theological Seminary on May 4. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is Thursday May 7, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Cooper-White is the Ben G. and Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care, and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. She began her career as a visual artist, professional church musician, and opera singer. She first studied art with Clayton Curtis and David Baldacci, winning the Wilhelmina Denning Jackson Art scholarship, the Mary Chaisson Award in Fine Arts, and the Boston Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key Award. Cooper-White works primarily in the media of oil painting and photography. This project was conceived from the beginning as a visual meditation on the Feast of Pentecost, and especially the figure of living tongues of fire: “Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:3-4a) Recently Cooper-White has exhibited in several group shows: “Journeys” (photography) at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg; Artists in All Media, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Philadelphia; The Boyer Street Arts Collective Christmas Exhibit; and “Henry Chadeayne Martin and Students” at Voices and Visions Bookstore, The Bourse, Philadelphia. A book-in-progress, Holy Places, Healing Spaces: The Transforming and Empowering Potential of Sacred Environments, incorporates her training in visual arts with her current field of pastoral theology. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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