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5th Anniversary Celebration Recap

Feb 07, 2016 By Jonathon Roberts


Spark and Echo Arts’ recent 5th Anniversary Celebration was a big success! This showcase, our biggest to date, featured an art exhibition running January 14-February 5, 2016, and an evening of live performances on Thursday, January 28th, 2016. Hundreds enjoyed works curated from the project’s five-year history. Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate five happy years! Click below for photos from the celebration by Katrina Nill.


Exhibition: The Word Illuminated
January 14-February 5, 2016

Curated by Blake J. Ruehrwein

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

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!

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.