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Spiritual Dimensions of Fabric Art - Exhibit at Columbia Theological Seminary



Decatur, GA. “Inspiration: Spiritual Dimensions of Fabric Art” is the theme of an exhibit featuring the works of Martha Jane Petersen, in the Harrington Center on the Columbia Theological Seminary campus through July 31, 2011. 

An ordained Presbyterian pastor and a graduate of Columbia, Rev. Petersen says that she regards her art as a form of ministry, a visual proclamation of the Gospel. “Whereas some people feed hungry bodies,” she says, “my deep desire is to feed hungry spirits through art.”  She has been making fabric art since she took a two-week workshop at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina in 1996. There, a nationally known quilt artist taught that “anything goes” in a wall hanging. “It was tremendously freeing,” she says. 

Rev. Petersen has led numerous retreats and workshops on art, spirituality, and the creative process. Her quilts have been exhibited in juried and non-juried shows in the Southeast, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Montreat, NC, Arts Council, the Asheville, NC, Quilt Guild, the Fiber Arts Alliance of Western North Carolina, and the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League.

Rev. Petersen holds DMin and ThM degrees from Columbia Seminary. Now retired in Black Mountain, NC, she and her husband pastor a small church nearby.

Visitors are welcome to view the exhibit between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. For more information about the exhibit, call 404-687-4577 or e-mail


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