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Sacred Art Docent Tours

FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH

Throughout the history of all religions, art has served the same purposes. Whatever the religion, whatever the artistic medium, no matter how skilled the artist, religious art serves to praise God, inspire the faithful, instruct the masses, warn the errant, soothe the suffering, comfort the fearful, focus the wayward, or increase devotion. Can you see how the art found in Second Presbyterian provides those gifts? Would you like to understand more about how those intents are achieved through the medium of visual arts?

A new program has been designed to share and explore the various art pieces found in Second Presbyterian Church. Congregational docents will guide small groups to share and explore the art you see around you. Brief tours, appropriate for all ages, will be offered after the 11 a.m. service on the first Sunday morning of each month or as scheduled programs for church groups. These short discussions are designed to explore specific mediums and religious perspectives. Tour topics will include the stained glass in the sanctuary and the chapel, statuary, textiles, portraits, religious symbolism, paintings, architecture, carvings, and contemporary art.

What questions do you have about the art we see throughout the building? Where are the rose windows? What is significant about Tiffany glass? What is the meaning of the banners hanging in the sanctuary? Where are Meghan’s etched panels? Where are the two statues of Jesus? What themes are illustrated in the stained glass windows on the side aisles of the sanctuary? What do the carvings in the top of the arches in the sanctuary mean? Who are the people in the oil portraits lining the halls of the church? What art is found elsewhere in the building? Who creates the artwork we see in McFarland Hall? Could my artwork be displayed in Second Church?

Join us the first Sunday of each month. We’ll meet in front of the chapel at 12:10 and spend 15 to 20 minutes learning more about what inspires, warns, teaches, soothes, comforts, focuses, and occupies us through the use of paint, glass, fabric, limestone, marble, wood, and plastic. As you would expect from Second, where excellence is always the intent, the art in our worship spaces and halls is wonderful!