New Testament calligraphic paintings on display at Luther College

An art exhibit featuring New Testament calligraphic paintings by Minneapolis artist Kirsten Malcolm Berry will be on display Friday, Oct. 25, through Sunday, Dec. 8, on the second floor of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus.

The exhibit is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Berry's art is inspired by images from the New Testament. Integrated into each painting is the Bible verse on which the piece is based, written in Greek. In her artist's statement, Berry says "The exercise of faith is difficult for those of us who long for perceptible signs of God's presence. I paint the abstract into the tangible."

Having grown up in the Philippines the daughter of missionaries, she was inspired by the use of patterns in many indigenous art forms such as fabrics and basketry. Geometric woolen tapestries from her Scandinavian heritage as well as Native American weaving, traditional American quilts and Byzantine mosaics have also influenced her work.

Berry received a bachelor's degree in art from Bethel College (Bethel University) in 1978. She also completed coursework in drawing, painting and watercolor at the University of Minnesota and University of Iowa.

She has had 56 solo shows and participated in a similar number of group exhibitions. Berry's works have appeared on religious periodicals, calendars, Augsburg Sunday Fortress bulletins and on book covers.

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