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Spark and Echo Arts’ 5th Anniversary Celebration

Jan 14, 2016 By Rebecca Testrake


We are proud to announce Spark and Echo Arts’ 5th Anniversary Celebration! This NYC celebration, our biggest to date, features an art exhibition running January 14-February 5, 2016, and an evening of live performances on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. The art exhibition features works curated from the project’s five-year history by Blake Ruehrwein. The event features live music, dance, poetry, film, and theater…and of course delicious handmade food. This is also your chance to get to know some of the 176 artists that have created works for this project, illuminating 2,650 verses to date! See art on the Bible come to life and help us celebrate five happy years!

Exhibition: The Word Illuminated
January 14-February 5, 2016
Viewing hours 8:00am-9:00pm Daily

Featured artists: Melissa Beck, Nicora Gangi, Jessie Brugger, Emmitt Klein-Stropnicky, Aarti Sequiera, Evelyn Lewis, David Czupryna, Lucas Bianchi, Abigail Barr Buchanan, Janna Luttrell

Evening of Performances
Thursday, January 28th, 2016
7pm Exhibition opens with food, 8:00-10p Live Performances
Tickets ($10 online, $15 at the door)

Featured artists include musician Benje Daneman and his SearchParty jazz ensemble, singer-songwriter Mara Measor; presentations from artists Nicora Gangi, Melissa Beck, and curator Blake Ruehrwein; poetry from Emily Ruth Hazel, Ren Jackson and Mary Jane Nealon; dance-theater from Patrice Miller; and film from Eric and Jeffrey Leiser, Michael Markham, Zhubin Pahrang, Chris Knight, and choreographer Elizabeth Dishman!

See Facebook Event for event updates

Location: W83 (aka Redeemer Presbyterian) 
150 W. 83rd St.
New York, NY



Contact:  Jonathon Roberts

New York Arts Organization Celebrates Five Years of Illuminating the Bible

New York, NY – Spark and Echo Arts, an arts non-profit dedicated to illuminating the entire Bible through the arts, will commemorate its fifth anniversary with a celebration of visual and performing arts at W83, a community center owned and operated by Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New York City. The celebration includes an exhibition entitled “The Word Illuminated” running from January 14 through February 5, 2016, and an evening of live performances on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. Visual art, music, poetry, dance, theatre, and film from the project’s five-year history will be honored in a beautiful setting.

The exhibition, open daily from 8AM to 9PM, is curated by Blake Ruehrwein and features outstanding 2D and 3D works created for the project. Included will be meditations from award-winning pastelist Nicora Gangi, photography from Artist-in-Residence Melissa Beck, animated video art by Jessie Brugger, conceptual map-art by Emmitt Klein-Stropnicky, text-based visual art from Janna Luttrell, and more.

The evening of performances on January 28th will include live music from jazz composer Benje Danemen and songwriter Mara Measor, spoken word by Ren Jackson and Emily Ruth Hazel, film by Zhubin Pahrang and Chris Knight, dance, theatre, guest speakers, and more. Handmade food by Heather Isiminger will also be available. Curators, project leaders, and Spark and Echo artists past, present, and future will be among the audience.

Spark and Echo Arts is committed to engaging artists from diverse backgrounds by challenging them to respond to Scripture using their talents. To date the non-profit has commissioned 176 artists, who have responded to 2,650 verses in the Bible. Artists are encouraged to respond honestly to each passage, in their voice. Their works are presented so the artists’ talents and the Bible’s continued relevance shines through. See, hear, and experience the fruits of this project, five years in the making, by visiting the gallery and performance.

About W83:

W83 is a five-story multi-function community and cultural center, located in the Upper West Side, NYC, owned and operated by Redeemer Presbyterian Church. W83 aims to serve as a meeting place of accessibility and affordability for our neighbors in the Upper West Side and beyond, providing space for the cultivation of community and cultural activities.