Saturday, December 6, 2003

Milford artist paints images of Christmas

Faith matters

By Karen Vance
Enquirer contributor

MILFORD - When Georgia Armstrong Askew paints a landscape, she sees the piece as being as religious as a manger scene.

"To me, if we follow the Lord, do what he wants, show his beauty, all of our lives are religious in one way or another, either overtly or covertly," said Askew of Milford.

But for the Advent season, 20 pieces of her art relating to the Christmas season are on display at the Christ Church Cathedral (Episcopal) downtown.

The pieces include one called "The Gift," depicting the wise men with gifts for Jesus symbolically drawn as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

"This is sort of my way of preaching and teaching. I want to spread the word, and this is the way God has led me to do it," Askew said.

Askew is a member of the Christians in the Visual Arts and the Liturgical Art Guild. She's also a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist Church.

"When I create, I want people to see more than just what's on the surface and have people looking at it for a deeper meaning," she said.

Askew's art is on display at the Christ Church Cathedral, 318 E. Fourth St. downtown, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 21 and from 9 a.m. to noon on weekends. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

LESSONS AND CAROLS: The Athenaeum Chorale at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Mount Washington will present its Advent Lessons and Carols program 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great at the Athenaeum, 6616 Beechmont Ave.

The service celebrates the patronal feast of Mary's Immaculate Conception, which falls in the Advent season. In the past, the event - which features new and traditional Advent carols, chants, hand bells and scripture readings - has been standing-room only.

For more information about the free concert, call the Athenaeum at 231-2223.

RABBI TALKS ON MIDDLE EAST: Rabbi David Rosen, the international director for interreligious affairs for the American Jewish Committee Jerusalem Office, will speak Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Adath Israel Congregation at Ridge and Galbraith roads.

The topic of the talk is "Focus on the Middle East: Religion - A Force for Good or Evil?" It will bring an international perspective to the situation in the Middle East.

The event, sponsored by the AJC's Cincinnati Chapter, is free and open to the public. Information: 621-4020.

J2K COMMITTEE AT WORK: The J2K (Jesus 2000) Ecumenical Committee, which includes 12 churches located along the Interstate 75 corridor from Reading to West Chester, is sponsoring its annual Christmas celebration Sunday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Sharonville Presbyterian Church, 3755 Cornell Road.

The multi-denominational event includes prayer, scripture, choirs and testimonies.

To submit religion news, e-mail or send a fax to 755-4150.

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