Kathi Anderson has
had this poster since ~1980! It hung in her bedroom at home and at college, and
has been displayed in many, many Sunday school classrooms over the years. She
has wanted to frame it for a long time, and this ALL Abilities Art Exhibit was
the perfect opportunity! The rainbow of colors of the mat reminds her of how we
are all fearfully and wonderfully made! Praise be to God!
- Fearfully and Wonderfully Made - 2022
Mateo Anderson did
not get to attend art class this past year as a 5th grader at Weber
Elementary because of a schedule conflict, but luckily one of the “Parables and
a Project” events through St Andrew gave him a chance to create this tree using
words that are special to him! Both art and language are challenging for him,
but with guidance from “Mama Sue,” he put this together beautifully!
Mike Anderson: Our son Mateo and I enjoy frequent hiking and biking adventures
together. I carry a simple iPhone with us and try to get nature photos
sometimes. I like these three because they represent “photo metaphors” to me –
instances when beauty was beaming against the odds. Perhaps reminders of the
miracle that God equally sees beauty in us.
- “Sunset over the landfill,” “Puddle in the parking lot,” & “Pretty
weed” - 2022
Samantha Anderson loved
her stained-glass art class as a senior at West High so much that she created these
hands and heart. The hands represent Maine and Iowa. She has recently begun
osteopathic school at DesMoines University, immersed in learning all about the
human body and how it works. But of course, she already knows from growing up
at St Andrew, that the “art of healthcare” is all about what’s in your heart!
- Stained Glass Heart and Hands of Maine & Iowa -
Allison Benson is
a lifelong member of St Andrew, a graduate of Iowa Mennonite High School,
studied during her teen years at The Harte School of Art, and loves to draw
& create other types of art in her free time. She is employed part-time at
The Pink Umbrella Bakery. She observes the world through the lens of autism. She’s
been creating pencil drawings of animals for years, and this is her friend’s
beloved poodle. Her other pencil drawing is celebrating the flow of nature and
our ability to harvest the power of God’s creation.
- Olivia – 2022, By the Flowing Water – 2022
Patricia Benson has
been a member of St Andrew since 1996, is involved in music ministry &
worship leading, served as a deacon & elder, & currently serves as
clerk of session. She enjoys crafting but has had less time for these
activities while raising a family, daughter Allison and twin sons Ryan &
Jared. She grew up in Thomson, Illinois, holds a BSN degree from Marycrest
College, a K-9 teaching certificate earned at Mt Mercy College, and an MA in
education from the University of Iowa. She is currently “repurposing” (ie, retired),
having been employed most recently at UIHC in the Child Health Specialty
Clinics. Crewel embroidery & counted cross stitch:
- Hemmed with Prayer, gift for my aunt & uncle - Christmas, 1979
- Pasture Patterns, farm scene for my parents –
- You are Loved, gift made for our wedding attendants
& family members, 1984
Jared Benson grew
up at St Andrew, is a graduate of West High and the University of Iowa with a
biochemistry degree. He is employed at IDT in Coralville. He enjoys the creative
process, designing & crafting in a variety of artistic formats. Created in
2016, this piece was one of the featured art works chosen for display that year
at Veridian Credit Union. Each member of the family is represented, parents,
sister, twin boys & the beads represent each birthstone.
- My Family, a metalwork creation - 2016
has just started his final year at Longfellow Elementary and his first year at
the Harte School of Art. Leif studies piano at Preucil School of Music and,
when in the mood, he can be found performing magic tricks on Iowa City’s
Demon Frog - 2022
is a first-year Studio Arts and Visual Communications major at Luther College
in Decorah. An ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), L’Engle is a
recent graduate of Iowa City public schools, the Harte School of Art, & Preucil
School of Music.
has begun her junior year at City High, where she is a member of the Art Club,
the Table Top Games Club, and Symphony Orchestra. Lucy’s work is often on
display locally with the Harte School of Art.
Printings - 2022
Susan Cook is a
retired K-8 special education teacher, fan of family, friends, pets, travel,
gardening, reading, photography, cooking and the outdoors.
- Look to the Heavens – 2003, White Sands National
Bryce D. Cox: I was raised in Mount Vernon, IA,
and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in elementary
education. I currently teach 6th grade science and social studies in
Cedar Rapids, IA. I have a strong passion for teaching and love any chance I
get to be creative in the classroom. It serves as a creative outlet for
students – as it did for me when I was young. I believe that developing
professional art portfolio over the years has strengthened my ability to teach
effectively. I am thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had in my life and
look forward to serving my students, helping them to become life-long learners.
- It's a Wonderful Life, Fall 2018
David Duys submitted
a pencil drawing, which was a gift to Kathy for Mother’s Day.
Paula Grady has been
fascinated by the “Black Angel,” famous in the Oakland Cemetery in Iowa City
for many years. She has taken a multitude of photographs and videos from all
angles of this 8 ½ foot tall bronze statue, oxidized greenish-black patina, which
dates back to the late 19th century. It was made by a Czech-American
sculptor Mario Korbel and was placed in its current location in 1913, to
memorialize the late husband and son of Teresa Feldevert. Paula plans to paint
several more acrylic images on canvas for show locally this fall.
Angel 1, Black Angel 2, Black Angel 3, 2022
Paul Heidger: His
favorite season, Spring, affords Paul many opportunities to combine his love
for the great out-of-doors with photography, and to encourage four creative
grandsons to explore nature. He shares this blossom close-up from one of
the hundreds of azalea bushes in full bloom at the Azalea Garden, National
Arboretum, Washington, DC in April of this year.
- Spring is Pink - April, 2022, National Arboretum, Washington, DC
both Paul and twin brother, Piers, 5th-graders at Coralville Elementary School,
food is much more than a T-shirt slogan—and if creativity can be combined with
the culinary, they are all for it! Here they join brothers Kaevion and
Rain in the annual feat of decorating their Easter cake with as many edibles as
possible…art can be delicious!
- Things Are Cooking! - Easter, 2022
Heidger, with brother Kaevion: Piers frequently joins brothers Kaevion and Paul in dire computer
combats, but enjoys time-out with them to create Lego constructs, with and
without the directions, and to set up his own combat scenarios using these
creations on the dining room table (between meals, that is!). Here, the
observer is left to decide which figure might gain the upper hand…
“Bronco” and “Brock” - Winter, 2022
Kaevion Heidger, a 7th-grader at Northwest Jr. High, and elder brother of Piers,
Paul and Rain, enjoys outdoor adventures with his grandfather, brothers and fellow
Boy Scouts in the world of canoe trips, camping, hiking, and closely observing
and photographing nature. Here, nature burst upon him on Camp Cardinal Blvd.,
as he and Grampa drove toward a thunderstorm dissipating at sunset on the way
home from Scouts. He captured the fleeting image with a shot taken from
the car window.
- Sunset Volcano - August 3, 2022, Coralville
Rain Heidger, now
a first-grader at Coralville Elementary, and youngest of the four Heidger
brothers, thrives in his own land and sea of make-believe, inhabited by an
amazing array of creatures, including his very favorite, mermaids. He
expresses his creativity through school and home art projects utilizing a wide
variety of media, from clay, Play Dough, and colors, as well as free-hand pen
and ink (as here).
- Mermaid - Spring 2022, kindergarten school art
Nevaeh Hoffman is sixteen and a Junior at West High. She’s been taking art
classes since kindergarten. Her favorite mediums include painting, drawing,
pyrography and calligraphy. She recently started instructing art classes at Big
Picture Gallery and Studio. She’s also enjoyed teaching art during VBS here at
of The Three B’s: Butterflies, Buttons and Bees - Summer 2022
Nichole Hoffman is a hobbyist photographer who began taking pictures as a
child. Her love of capturing special moments and nature has continued
throughout her life as a way of holding people and places close.
Scott Hoffman continues to appreciate how each
person's life and relationships are a "work in progress". His
partially finished bird house symbolizes how each of us are invited to continue
working on our plan unfolding each day.
- Work in Progress – August 5, 2022
Cary Maassen discovered
his love for metal smithing when I was a junior art education major at the
University of Northern Iowa. My professor, Chunghi Choi, encouraged my creative
side, while expecting the best from me. The pieces on display here were created
during those college years. The “Blossom Bowl” was hand raised from a single
sheet of sterling silver. The wooden base was hand carved from walnut. The
silver “Aladdin’s Lamp” is a tea server created as an exercise in a
non-traditional shape. It also features a carved handle and feet. My third
piece is a wedding ring set currently being modeled by my beautiful wife!
- Blossom Bowl, Aladdin’s Lamp, Wedding Ring Set – 19??
Marcia Murphy has
published on the importance of faith in mental health in articles, essays, and
works of creative nonfiction in professional psychiatric journals, anthologies,
and newspapers. She also is the author of several books. Visit her website for
more information: https://hopeforrecovery.come/.
- A Small Handbook of Mental Health, August 1,
Carly Norris has
combined her love of art and Guatemala in these 2 pieces which she gifted to
her mother. Carly enjoys working in different media. She has been to Guatemala
- Boom - 2022 and Peace - 2019
started knitting socks (under the guidance of Kristin Crouse) when her oldest
daughter Aileen, left for college. The peace and contemplation that she was
able to experience transformed into prayers for whoever would be wearing the
- Prayer Socks – 2014 - 2022
started her quilting journey in 2004. She prefers bright, bold colors in
intricate designs. Many of her quilts are inspired by nature- even her
crabapple tree. Each quilt is a challenge, learning a new technique, or
Leaf Star – 2019, Carnival – 2020, Pandora's Dresden - 2021
One in Every Crowd – 2022, Bold Inspiration – 2022
Emily Rabe is
14 and entering 9th grade. Her personal style is all things Disney.
She has been taking painting lessons from Maroger art studio for 3 years.
Kate Rabe is 11
and entering 6th grade. She has been a lifelong fan of Lady and the
Tramp and has been taking 2-3 weekly painting lessons from Maroger art studios
for 4 years.
Schmidt-Rundell loves to try different types of art. He typically sketches things and colors them
with markers. He has also done painting, clay and used recycled materials to
create art projects.
- Tree - August 2022
- God loves All - August 2022
Schmidt-Rundell is blessed with a way with words. She writes stories
and poems, inspired by life and many personal experiences. With wisdom beyond
her years, Erin is able to convey messages for people of different background.
Her family couldn’t be prouder and know that she is going to Excel in
- Poetry by Erin - August
has enjoyed doing art for leisure and class her whole life. She is currently
working on illustrating a children’s book.
She enjoys using paint, markers, fabrics and photography. She is inspired by many things such as
Disney, her own ideas or something someone else asks her to try. Pandemic
was made for her Humanities class her senior year in high school. The Untitled
was by request of her sister.
- Pandemic - May 2020
- Untitled - May 2020
- Mushu from “Mulan” - May 2020
Schmidt-Rundell enjoys taking photography of nature. She took this picture while on vacation this
past summer. She also has done sketching with markers and paintings. She has an
eye for natural beauty with nature and people’s beauty inside or out.
has always enjoyed Art. He considered majoring in art at one time. His art is
more abstract style. This piece was shown for the ArtShare, a program by
Veridian Credit union. Trenton won a
small scholarship for this piece.
has had a love of sketching since a young child. He most often sketches dragons
and skulls, but for his youngest sister’s birthday he drew the Elephant and
colored it with markers. He also enjoys art on different canvases such as shoes
Jon Swearingen took these photographs on a trip to Yellowstone National Park,
where he has traveled several times with his mother Sue and has spent many
hours trying to get just the right shot. Sue’s house is full of his amazing
images of both grand and delicate landscapes, and multitudes of wildlife,
including bear, bison, eagles, wolves, and this osprey making its catch.
Prismatic – August 2018
- Lunch over the Firehole River – August 2018
Toni VanVoorhis: Rarely a day goes by without something in God’s beautiful creation
capturing my attention and filling me with wonder – from the red drop of
“blood” at the center of a delicate bloom of Queen Anne’s Lace to the
brilliance of stark white trunks of leafless birch trees against the backdrop
of blue mid-winter skies. Since moving to a newer, more open neighborhood last
fall, I have been particularly taken with the incredible variation in cloud
formations, particularly at daybreak and dusk. My sow submission highlights
some of the many differing skies as photographed from the same vantage point,
give or take a few feet!
heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Psalm
Vantage Point, Different Skies – 2021-2022
David Weitzel: I have been a member of St.
Andrew for seven years. I came to Iowa City after growing up in a
northern suburb of Chicago. The inspiration for my painting is the garden of flowers
we have around our home that feature flowers that I helped plant in memory of
my loving grandparents. My family's memory garden even has some special
flowers that have been transplanted from our Illinois Weitzel farm such as our
peonies, tiger lilies, day lilies, iris, and bluebells. As I help care
for them and watch them bloom into beautiful flowers. I remember special times
with my grandparents and am thankful for my memories.