CHRISTMAS 2023

Advent Art Project

Southview is home to many talented and creative minds. This Christmas, we want to share with you the work of several Southview artists. Their pieces will be on display in the Cardo hall throughout the season of Advent. May these beautiful and unique works of art guide you to a deeper meditation in this season of expectancy.

Artists: Natasha Harms & Valerie LeBlanc

Medium: photography
Collection: Advent through the eyes of the one creature that was with Christ from His arrival to His departure.

Hope
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Love
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:3

Peace
“Say to the daughter of Zion, behold your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”

Joy
Christ’s joy and delight to interact with the creatures He has made.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Artists: Natasha Harms & Valerie LeBlanc

Medium: photography
Collection: Advent through the eyes of the one creature that was with Christ from His arrival to His departure.

Hope
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Love
“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:3

Peace
“Say to the daughter of Zion, behold your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”

Joy
Christ’s joy and delight to interact with the creatures He has made.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2

Artist: Leslie Beaton Hedley

Medium: acrylic on canvas

Hope
This landscape represents Israel in a state of long, quiet expectancy. The fields are fallow, and lights are in the windows. It looks peaceful, but Israel is an occupied country; people in those distant homes are hoping and praying for a Messiah.

Love
The donkey is often used as a symbol of the Old Testament/Israelites in Nativity paintings. Here, the donkey represents chesed (steadfast love) –  the people holding determinedly to their love for God, their obedience, and their patient bearing of burdens as they serve Him.

Peace
The infant Jesus raises his hand toward Heaven, a sign Heaven and Earth have come together for this miraculous birth. He who made the stars now reaches toward them as an innocent child, fully human, yet fully divine. The tiny flecks of gold represent the breath of Heaven quietly attending this new little one.

Joy
This is a wild, dancing tumult of sheep and angels, with a shepherd at the centre trying to take it all in. I have used a lot of pink in this, in reference to the angels’ candle (Gaudeamus or Joy candle) on traditional Advent wreaths. The shepherd’s crook at the centre represents Jesus’ essential role as the Good Shepherd, and the pivotal meeting of Heaven and Earth. Glory is represented by flecks of gold mixed with feathers and light swirling around the scene.

Artist: Leslie Beaton Hedley

Medium: acrylic on canvas

Hope
This landscape represents Israel in a state of long, quiet expectancy. The fields are fallow, and lights are in the windows. It looks peaceful, but Israel is an occupied country; people in those distant homes are hoping and praying for a Messiah.

Love
The donkey is often used as a symbol of the Old Testament/Israelites in Nativity paintings. Here, the donkey represents chesed (steadfast love) –  the people holding determinedly to their love for God, their obedience, and their patient bearing of burdens as they serve Him.

Peace
The infant Jesus raises his hand toward Heaven, a sign Heaven and Earth have come together for this 

miraculous birth. He who made the stars now reaches toward them as an innocent child, fully human, yet fully divine. The tiny flecks of gold represent the breath of Heaven quietly attending this new little one.

Joy
This is a wild, dancing tumult of sheep and angels, with a shepherd at the centre trying to take it all in. I have used a lot of pink in this, in reference to the angels’ candle (Gaudeamus or Joy candle) on traditional Advent wreaths. The shepherd’s crook at the centre represents Jesus’ essential role as the Good Shepherd, and the pivotal meeting of Heaven and Earth. Glory is represented by flecks of gold mixed with feathers and light swirling around the scene.

Artist: Pamela Hogg

Medium: textile

My collection of art pieces for the Advent season began with inspiration from God. In the planning stages of my project, God unexpectedly placed an image in my mind, of a photograph that I had taken the year before. The photo was of a winter day with clear blue skies, and an absolutely perfect sundog. Along with this image, God gave me a clear message that this photo is the perfect representation of Love. As I continued to seek God for inspiration, images kept coming into my mind of photos I had taken of the heavens. God revealed a series of photos that represented each week of the Advent season. A theme had come together.

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1

My Advent pieces are made from fabric strips sewn onto canvas, they are covered in a sheer layer and then machine stitched down into place. Each piece is inspired from a photograph I have taken of the incredible skies that God creates.

The meaning of the season of Advent is to ready one’s heart for the arrival of Christ at Christmas. The heavens in each of my pieces focus on the light, representing Jesus the Light.Jesus spoke to them, saying,

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12

Hope
This photo inspired the message of Hope. Surrounded by cloudy skies a new day is dawning. There is a sliver of light.

“But I will hope continually, And will yet praise thee more and more.” Psalm 71:14

Love
This is the photo that inspired my Advent collection. This image shows God’s love is central to our faith. His love is in the middle and all around us.

“God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him.” 1 John 4:9

Your Love
Lyrics by Blessing Offor

Keep me right there in the middle of
Your love, your love
Keep me right there in the middle of
Your love
Stars will fall from the sky one day
When I’m lost, I’ll call your name to
Keep me right there in the middle of
Your love, your love

Peace
My daughter and I saw this scene on her drive to school one morning. The rays were pouring out of the clouds and were so soft and just washed all over the earth. Just as Jesus brings peace to us. 

Peace on earth.” Luke 2:14

Joy
The sky is dancing with colour in this photo. This week of Advent celebrates the joy of Christ’s coming to earth.

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’ Luke 2:10

Artist: Pamela Hogg

Medium: textile

My collection of art pieces for the Advent season began with inspiration from God. In the planning stages of my project, God unexpectedly placed an image in my mind, of a photograph that I had taken the year before. The photo was of a winter day with clear blue skies, and an absolutely perfect sundog. Along with this image, God gave me a clear message that this photo is the perfect representation of Love. As I continued to seek God for inspiration, images kept coming into my mind of photos I had taken of the heavens. God revealed a series of photos that represented each week of the Advent season. A theme had come together.

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1

My Advent pieces are made from fabric strips sewn onto canvas, they are covered in a sheer layer and then machine stitched down into place. Each piece is inspired from a photograph I have taken of the incredible skies that God creates.

The meaning of the season of Advent is to ready one’s heart for the arrival of Christ at Christmas. The heavens in each of my pieces focus on the light, representing Jesus the Light.Jesus spoke to them, saying,

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”John 8:12

Hope
This photo inspired the message of Hope. Surrounded by cloudy skies a new day is dawning. There is a sliver of light.

“But I will hope continually, And will yet praise thee more and more.” Psalm 71:14

Love
This is the photo that inspired my Advent collection. This image shows God’s love is central to our faith. His love is in the middle and all around us.

“God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him.” 1 John 4:9

Your Love
Lyrics by Blessing Offor

Keep me right there in the middle of
Your love, your love
Keep me right there in the middle of
Your love
Stars will fall from the sky one day
When I’m lost, I’ll call your name to
Keep me right there in the middle of
Your love, your love

Peace
My daughter and I saw this scene on her drive to school one morning. The rays were pouring out of the clouds and were so soft and just washed all over the earth. Just as Jesus brings peace to us. 

Peace on earth.” Luke 2:14

Joy
The sky is dancing with colour in this photo. This week of Advent celebrates the joy of Christ’s coming to earth.

“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’ Luke 2:10

Artist: Pamela Hooff

Medium: watercolour

Hope
This painting represents the birth of our saviour, the hope of the world. I painted the difficult route historians believe Mary and Joseph took. The trek was 90 miles from their hometown of Nazareth to Bethlehem, the city of Joseph’s ancestors. The trip was long and treacherous, fraught with the dangers of thieves, wild animals, and the elements. It was estimated they took close to a week on foot as Mary was heavily pregnant. God’s gift of hope has arrived!

Love
When contemplating love, I originally planned on incorporating something about my family or the stunning landscapes in nature that I love and cherish. However, God gave me a vision of the crown of thorns. As I added blood drops to the thorns that would have been pressed into his head, I contemplated the depth of God’s love for us that came at such a cost. This is love incarnate.

Peace
This piece is in juxtaposition with my Love painting. The softness of the colours, the vibrant hues of the greenery and brightness of the berries are in contrast to the harshness of the dark, ominous crown of thorns. The Christmas colours bring me peaceful memories of friends and my family coming together to celebrate Jesus’  birth during this time of the year.

Joy 
My husband and I have been through some serious health challenges over these past 2 years. After a particularly tough weekend, we found ourselves creating together. I was learning watercolour painting, he was playing his guitar and singing. This moment brought so much joy, and now for me painting watercolour florals elicits joy.

Artist: Pamela Hooff

Medium: watercolour

Hope
This painting represents the birth of our saviour, the hope of the world. I painted the difficult route historians believe Mary and Joseph took. The trek was 90 miles from their hometown of Nazareth to Bethlehem, the city of Joseph’s ancestors. The trip was long and treacherous, fraught with the dangers of thieves, wild animals, and the elements. It was estimated they took close to a week on foot as Mary was heavily pregnant. God’s gift of hope has arrived!

Love
When contemplating love, I originally planned on incorporating something about my family or the stunning landscapes in nature that I love and cherish. However, God gave me a vision of the crown of thorns. As I added blood drops to the thorns that would have been pressed into his head, I contemplated the depth of God’s love for us that came at such a cost. This is love incarnate.

Peace
This piece is in juxtaposition with my Love painting. The softness of the colours, the vibrant hues of the greenery and brightness of the berries are in contrast to the harshness of the dark, ominous crown of thorns. The Christmas colours bring me peaceful memories of friends and my family coming together to celebrate Jesus’  birth during this time of the year.

Joy 
My husband and I have been through some serious health challenges over these past 2 years. After a particularly tough weekend, we found ourselves creating together. I was learning watercolour painting, he was playing his guitar and singing. This moment brought so much joy, and now for me painting watercolour florals elicits joy.

Artist: Heather Nelson

Medium: mixed media on canvas

Hope
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5

Love
“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself” Psalm 89:1-2

Peace
“In his days may the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no more.” Psalm 72:7

Joy
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:16b-17

Artist: Heather Nelson

Medium: mixed media on canvas

Hope
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25:4-5

Love
“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself” Psalm 89:1-2

Peace
“In his days may the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no more.” Psalm 72:7

Joy
“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:16b-17

Artist: Lindsay Nichols

Medium: photography
Collection: Deconstructed Wreath

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:5

“But everything exposed by the light becomes visible – and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” Ephesians 5:13

This collection was photographed in complete darkness, with a single light source representing Christ, the Light, coming to our dark world, illuminating beauty and filling us with hope, love, peace and joy.

The Advent wreath is made out of evergreens, symbolizing newness and the promise of eternal life. Each bough is a reminder of these symbols of Advent.

Hope
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” – 1 Peter 5:10

The evergreen fir has traditionally been used to celebrate Christmas for years. It is a symbol of the HOPE of everlasting life.

Love
“And walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” – Ephesians 5:2

The cedar is one of the most fragrant evergreens. May our LOVE be a fragrant aroma to the Lord.

Peace
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  – John 16:33

Just as the pine spreads out its protective branches, so the Lord extends his protective hand and promises peace.

Joy
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.” –  Isaiah 12:3-6

The boxwood evergreen has often been used to celebrate joy and hope of the resurrection.

Artist: Lindsay Nichols

Medium: photography
Collection: Deconstructed Wreath

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:5

“But everything exposed by the light becomes visible – and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” Ephesians 5:13

This collection was photographed in complete darkness, with a single light source representing Christ, the Light, coming to our dark world, illuminating beauty and filling us with hope, love, peace and joy.

The Advent wreath is made out of evergreens, symbolizing newness and the promise of eternal life. Each bough is a reminder of these symbols of Advent.

Hope
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” – 1 Peter 5:10

The evergreen fir has traditionally been used to celebrate Christmas for years. It is a symbol of the HOPE of everlasting life.

Love
“And walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” – Ephesians 5:2

The cedar is one of the most fragrant evergreens. May our LOVE be a fragrant aroma to the Lord.

Peace
In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  – John 16:33

Just as the pine spreads out its protective branches, so the Lord extends his protective hand and promises peace.

Joy
“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. In that day you will say: “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.” –  Isaiah 12:3-6

The boxwood evergreen has often been used to celebrate joy and hope of the resurrection.

Artist: Bill McAlpine

Medium: acrylic on canvas

Hope
“For you have been my HOPE, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” (Psalm 71:5)

In this painting a young woman is immersed in a gray, basically colorless environment. But she is standing, tip-toed on a rock looking expectantly for the one for whom she waits. The only element that is not gray, black or bluish in this painting is the young woman’s right hand – the hand by which according to Psalm 73:23, she is being  held by God, the God who is her hope.

Love
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” (Isaiah 66:13)

This painting depicts the gentle tenderness that had to have existed between Mary and her precious son, and our Savior, Jesus. It is with that same tender love, that according to Isaiah, we are loved and comforted by God, our heavenly Father.

Peace
“He leads me beside still waters.” Psalm 23:2

Canoeing on a glass-like lake provides a sense of peace like very few other sources. What this painting suggests is that even when the distinctions between sky, land and water seem blurred, there always is light that the peace of God provides as HE leads us to still waters.

Joy
“Weeping may tarry for the night, but JOY comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

One of the activities that gives me incredible joy is riding or simply being with horses. This painting attempts to capture the warmth, wonder and subsequent joy that comes with a new morning. Such joy is compounded by the presence of a horse grazing in the early morning glow and mist, waiting to be ridden!

Artist: Bill McAlpine

Medium: acrylic on canvas

Hope
“For you have been my HOPE, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” (Psalm 71:5)

In this painting a young woman is immersed in a gray, basically colorless environment. But she is standing, tip-toed on a rock looking expectantly for the one for whom she waits. The only element that is not gray, black or bluish in this painting is the young woman’s right hand – the hand by which according to Psalm 73:23, she is being  held by God, the God who is her hope.

Love
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you.” (Isaiah 66:13)

This painting depicts the gentle tenderness that had to have existed between Mary and her precious son, and our Savior, Jesus. It is with that same tender love, that according to Isaiah, we are loved and comforted by God, our heavenly Father.

Peace
“He leads me beside still waters.” Psalm 23:2

Canoeing on a glass-like lake provides a sense of peace like very few other sources. What this painting suggests is that even when the distinctions between sky, land and water seem blurred, there always is light that the peace of God provides as HE leads us to still waters.

Joy
“Weeping may tarry for the night, but JOY comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

One of the activities that gives me incredible joy is riding or simply being with horses. This painting attempts to capture the warmth, wonder and subsequent joy that comes with a new morning. Such joy is compounded by the presence of a horse grazing in the early morning glow and mist, waiting to be ridden!

Artist: Meagan Olson

Medium: mixed media on canvas
Collection: Weight of the Wait – O Come O Come, Emmanuel

This is a collection of mixed media on canvas and is the artists depiction of grief amidst hope, love, peace and joy. Meditating on the metanarative of scripture and God’s promised messiah from the first whisper in Genesis 3:15 through the entirety of the old testament. Ending with 400 years of silence from God. The depth of mourning Israel faced is unthinkable. Ransom captive Israel who mourns in lowly exile here until the son of God appears.

O Come O Come Emmanuel
Inspiration was born to show the overlooked reality of advent: Grief and suffering. Assuming a Lenten posture of heart to prepare Him room. Where there is lament there is also hope. Loved ones lost, still love to hold us. Through uncertainty His peace. Where there is mourning also joy.

The colour palette is inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period and his use of Prussian blue to depict suffering and loss. Each piece is a collection of ephemera from the artist life and personal experience of grief. Pieces include hymnal paper, stamps from her grandfathers collection, embroidery floss of her grandmothers, a angel costume sewing pattern her mother made her as a child, letters from her dads 1970 letraset, dried orchid flowers from the plants given to her after the loss of each her parents June 2020 and August 2021, and the most precious being hand written scripture passages she continues to holds. No matter the loss you are mourning this advent season, be it physical or ambiguous, a loved one, a job, or a dream it is her hope that you can simultaneously hold two seemingly opposite realities.

All pieces created using: hymnal pages (1920’s) gesso, charcoal, graphite, acrylic paint, India ink, acrylic ink, woody stabillo, photo slides, dried flowers, and various other paper ephemera.

All pieces created while listening to O Come O Come Emmanuel by The Civil Wars, River and Wintersong by Sarah McLaughlin.

“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon. Amen. Come Lord Jesus come.'” Revelation 22:20

Hope
Lamentations 3:20-23
Songs: Face to Face, Wonderful Words of Life, Blessed is the Soul to name a few 

Love
John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8, Revelation 22:20
Songs: Love Divine, Gently Lord Lead Us, O For A Heart to Praise My God

Peace
Matthew 6:33, Psalm 3:3, Psalm 91:4-5a
Songs: Sitting At The Feet of Jesus, O Grant Us Light That We May Know, Have Thine Own Way.

Joy
Zephaniah 3:14-17
ongs: Make Me a Channel of Blessing, Give Me Jesus, Where Love Shines In

Artist: Meagan Olson

Medium: mixed media on canvas
Collection: Weight of the Wait – O Come O Come, Emmanuel

This is a collection of mixed media on canvas and is the artists depiction of grief amidst hope, love, peace and joy. Meditating on the metanarative of scripture and God’s promised messiah from the first whisper in Genesis 3:15 through the entirety of the old testament. Ending with 400 years of silence from God. The depth of mourning Israel faced is unthinkable. Ransom captive Israel who mourns in lowly exile here until the son of God appears.

O Come O Come Emmanuel
Inspiration was born to show the overlooked reality of advent: Grief and suffering. Assuming a Lenten posture of heart to prepare Him room. Where there is lament there is also hope. Loved ones lost, still love to hold us. Through uncertainty His peace. Where there is mourning also joy.

The colour palette is inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period and his use of Prussian blue to depict suffering and loss. Each piece is a collection of ephemera from the artist life and personal experience of grief. Pieces include hymnal paper, stamps from her grandfathers collection, embroidery floss of her grandmothers, a angel costume sewing pattern her mother made her as a child, letters from her dads 1970 letraset, dried orchid flowers from the plants given to her after the loss of each her parents June 2020 and August 2021, and the most precious being hand written scripture passages she continues to holds. No matter the loss you are mourning this advent season, be it physical or ambiguous, a loved one, a job, or a dream it is her hope that you can simultaneously hold two seemingly opposite realities.

All pieces created using: hymnal pages (1920’s) gesso, charcoal, graphite, acrylic paint, India ink, acrylic ink, woody stabillo, photo slides, dried flowers, and various other paper ephemera.

All pieces created while listening to O Come O Come Emmanuel by The Civil Wars, River and Wintersong by Sarah McLaughlin.

“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon. Amen. Come Lord Jesus come.'” Revelation 22:20

Hope
Lamentations 3:20-23
Songs: Face to Face, Wonderful Words of Life, Blessed is the Soul to name a few 

Love
John 3:16-17, Romans 5:8, Revelation 22:20
Songs: Love Divine, Gently Lord Lead Us, O For A Heart to Praise My God

Peace
Matthew 6:33, Psalm 3:3, Psalm 91:4-5a
Songs: Sitting At The Feet of Jesus, O Grant Us Light That We May Know, Have Thine Own Way.

Joy
Zephaniah 3:14-17
ongs: Make Me a Channel of Blessing, Give Me Jesus, Where Love Shines In