Get Creative With Taylor

Taylor students and alumni are invited to submit photographs, paintings and other visual art projects for inclusion on our web sites, in The Bridge, and even for display on campus.

Beauty and creativity are among God’s greatest gifts to us, and as we seek to develop the aesthetics of the Taylor campus, we’d love to highlight the talents of this community.

We are looking for photos of original artwork or original photos only. Please send a copy to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and include a note about yourself that includes:

-your name,
-hometown,
-the last year you attended at Taylor,
-a brief caption about the artwork (subject matter, date of creation, etc.), and
-and permission to display the work online, in print and/or on campus.

Check back for glimpses of the creativity of the Taylor family, and watch for selected pieces to be featured in our magazine, The Bridge.

"Could we ever know each other in the slightest without the arts?"
« Nous connaîtrions-nous seulement un peu nous-mêmes, sans les arts? »

Quoted on Canada's $20 bill; from Gabrielle Roy's novel La montagne secrète.

The English translation, The Hidden Mountain, is by Harry L. Binsse.

Spring 2013

Sunset on Slave River

Sunset on the Slave River (2008), Annette van Enns (’94) Photograph, supplied as 3.5 x 5 print

ABOUT THIS IMAGE

Annette van Enns (’94) and her husband Arlyn (’94) serve as church planters in Canada’s sub-Arctic, working with Northern Canada Evangelical Mission in remote aboriginal communities. The couple also spent time at Taylor as ‘missionaries in residence.’

About this photo, Arlyn writes: "This view captures some of the loneliness and beauty of Alberta’s largest river, the Slave. The evening that Annette shot this photo, we’d been delayed at the portage on the side channel pictured above. We ended up sleeping under a canvas spread on the bedrock, under the stars. In the morning, we awoke below a blanket of fresh snow, and with a large bear just below us, fishing next to our home-made skiff."

 

Fall 2012

Adeste Fideles

Adeste Fideles, (1998), Ruth Friesen 9” x 11”, Watercolor 

ABOUT THIS IMAGE
Although not an alumna of Taylor herself, Ruth Friesen served as a trustee of Taylor (then NABC) from 1985-88, and several from her family are alumni (including daughter Carol Ohlmann, son Perry Friesen, '82, and grandson James Ohlmann). Ruth and her husband Frank were killed in a traffic accident in Saskatchewan on November 10, 2012. Ruth was a well-known, award-winning artist from Medicine Hat, a member of the Hat Art Club and the current chair of the Strathcona Art Studio at the time of her death. There were hundreds of paintings in her basement studio when she passed away. The family put them on display for the funeral then, in an act of inspired generosity, invited guests attending the funeral to take one home with them. 

James and Chelsea Ohlmann write: “As a family, we also wanted to see/keep record of where her paintings went and whose homes they blessed. So, we set up an email address where we asked people to send in a photograph of the painting displayed in their home and why that particular painting speaks to them or is meaningful to them. The email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Spring 2012

Peridot Fields (2009), Marj Thomson

Peridot Fields (2009), Marj Thomson; 11” x 21”, Watercolor and Gold Acrylic

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Marjorie Thomson is quickly becoming well-known in the Alberta art scene, as a painter and as an active member of numerous arts groups. Her paintings are owned by businesses and individuals across Canada. Marj worked at Taylor from 1998 to 2000. She is married to Larry, and the couple lives in Edmonton. There is another family connection to Taylor: their daughter, Claire McAvoy, ‘07 (nee Thomson), graduated from Taylor University College with a psychology degree. (Claire is now married with a son, Declan, and another baby is due in September.)

About her art, Marj writes:

My first attempts at painting began in a watercolour class I took in Bandung, Indonesia in 1987 where my husband and I were learning the Indonesian language in order to work as missionaries. On our first trip back to Canada I took another course but for the 11 years we lived in Indonesia I found it difficult to paint; the lack of supplies, oppressive heat, and the responsibility of raising and educating four children put my painting career on hold. My family and I moved back to Canada in 1997 and I have since had many wonderful opportunities to grow as an artist. I have developed a stylized approach to landscapes that consists of simple shapes and vibrant colors. The pieces are reminiscent of Indonesian batik. I resigned from my nursing position in the Intensive Care Nursery at the Grey Nun's Hospital several years ago to pursue my painting career full time.

  

Fall 2011

Cut from the Cloth of Kindness (2012), Tim Willson

Cut from the Cloth of Kindness (2011), Tim Willson; Digital Photo.

ABOUT THIS IMAGE

Taylor is now home to White Cross (Canada), a long-standing ministry that grew out of the Baptist women’s movement of the early 20th Century. It has become a vitally important supplier to African hospitals, sending bandages, infant care items (such as blankets and diapers) and other basic medical supplies. Taylor recently became the home for the Canadian operations of White Cross, taking over from the North American Baptist Conference.

Thousands of pounds of supplies have been packed up over the fall and are being prepared for export to Cameroon. As volunteers were busy packing, photographer Tim Willson took this picture of an open box, seeing this random assortment of neatly-rolled, colorful cloth bandages as a beautiful picture of kindness. Tim is the Director of Communications and Marketing at Taylor, and the editor of The Bridge.

 

Spring 2011

Out of the Believer's Heart, Julie Drew

Out of the Believer's Heart (Triptych), Julie Drew;

Oil and Ink on Handmade Paper and Canvas; 30" x 15", 36" x 18", 30" x 15"

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Julie Drew (BFA, Pacific Lutheran University) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Edmonton with her family in 1997. For her, art is an exploration into God's creation, an adventure into the depths and nuances of color, light, shadow and shape, and she loves to combine art and worship. She and her husband Sam are connected to Taylor through the Urban Sanctuary. Of this triptych, which is based on Ezekiel 47 and John 7:37-39, she writes:

The water flows from the temple and where it goes it brings life. In John, the water, living water (Holy Spirit), flows out of the believer's hearts. As the Spirit works through us, in us, surrounding us with His love, we are part of the bringing of life to the world around us. Although it may be difficult to tell from this reproduction, the dry desert part of this painting is handmade “onionskin” paper and the lower land area is a yellow “Cottonwood seed” paper, both of which I made and used for added texture; the rough edges end at the bank of the river.

This painting is part of the Living Water series, which was displayed at Taylor in 2011 and 2012.

 

Fall 2010

Morning Mail (2009), Debi Maerz, pastel on paper; 9

Morning Mail (2009), Debi Maerz, Pastel on paper; 9" x 12"

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Debi Maerz attended Taylor from 1971-1974, and now lives in McKinney, Texas. One day she decided to try out a new drawing paper called Wallis Sanded Pastel Paper.

She writes: This drawing was a “test” subject I doodled one afternoon on my new “sanded paper.” I wanted to make sure I liked the feel of the paper for my project before I bought a larger sheet. I'm currently working on a larger version of this which will be 20” x 24”.

In Debi’s correspondence with us, below her name at the bottom of her email, was the following thought-provoking line:


What God does in me while I am waiting is far more important than what I am waiting for.

 

Spring 2010

Anastasis

The Anastasis ("Resurrection") Fresco (14th Century); Chora Church, Istanbul

ABOUT THIS FRESCO

Painted on the ceiling of an ancient church in Turkey is a fresco by an unknown artist depicting the “Harrowing of Hell.” Having broken down the gates of hell, the risen Christ is seen pulling Adam and Eve (representing all of humanity) from their graves. Known as the Anastasis, this image was likely painted around 1320 A.D. during a restoration of the church; it is a striking image that has often been copied, and with some interesting variations.


This image was one of three classic images of Christ used during a presentation by Dr. Allan Effa as part of the onWORD series at the E P Wahl Centre in the winter of 2009-10. This lecture was part of a ‘Fine Arts’ series that explored scripture using film, drama, music, paintings and photography.

 

Fall 2009

Prairie Landscape, Michael Weins; oil on canvas, 33

Prairie Landscape, Michael Weins; Oil on Canvas, 33" x 28"

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Michael Wiens (’00) is a gifted artist who loves to paint with oils as well as a variety of mixed media. The above image represents a scene common to any resident of the prairies– small towns marked by the architecture reflecting three common themes of the early settlers: worship, agriculture and family. This depiction of the fall captures a sense of open space and hints at a coming change in the weather.

Michael studied at Taylor from 1997-2000, then again in 2006 prior to starting a BEd at the U of A. He and his wife Brooke are eagerly anticipating a move to San Francisco where Michael will begin a Master's in studio painting at the Academy of Art University.

 

Summer 2009

Girl in Wheelbarrow (2009), Carmyn Effa; Digital Photo

Girl in Wheelbarrow (2009), Carmyn Effa; Digital Photo.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Carmyn Effa (’09) is a gifted amateur photographer. Carmyn was among the 2009 graduates of Taylor University College with a BA in English, and was selected by her peers as valedictorian; she hopes to continue her studies and become a teacher. You can view more of Carmyn’s portfolio on her website: www.carmynjoy.com.

The above photograph was taken in Zambia in May 2009, during a study trip by Taylor students. It is an intriguing image that captures so much personality in a moment of simple fun.

 

Spring 2009

Jesus on the Cross (2008), Cynthia DeCoste; 8

Jesus on the Cross (2008), Cynthia DeCoste; acrylic on canvas, 8 " x 10 "

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Cynthia deCoste is a Maritime artist who created a series of paintings on the life of Christ for Taylor in 2008. These paintings are on permanent display at Taylor Seminary, just outside Stencel Hall; a number of these images have been used by Taylor for greeting cards.

Cynthia’s paintings are usually bright and whimsical, conveying the joy of life. In this image, she has captured a sense of grief and humility, and emphasizes Jesus’ connections to both earth and heaven even as he is suspended between them.

 

Fall 2008

African Praise Dance (2003), Sonja Ohlmann; 54.5

African Praise Dance (2003), Sonja Ohlmann; 54.5" x 45.5"

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Sonja Ohlmann is a Taylor alumna (NABC) and an internationally-known fabric artist from Leduc, Alberta, with numerous exhibitions and juried art shows to her credit. African Praise Dance is the first of four quilts made for Sonja's Master's Thesis, entitled “Women of the World.” In 2006 it received honorable mention at the Grand National Quilt Show in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON. Hand- and machine-quilted from cotton (including fabrics from Cameroon and Mali), it includes beading, trapunto, and hand appliqué. She writes:

“African Praise Dance is “a perfect visual pictorial of villagers coming down the hill with their 'pets' to a dance scene, full of movement and expression – dancers who are powerful and exquisitely flowing, pointing to the cross coming down from a star, while a large woman figure with baby in the lower right-hand corner gazes on.”