Resident Artist Nicora Gangi‘s third work for 2013 deals with the theme of “Dancing” and responds to Psalm 149 as part of a collection inspired by each of the six themes for the year.
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1 Praise ye the LORD . Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD .
Who are called upon to praise God? The children of Israel! They are nearer to God than other Israelites, those who have the word and ordinances of God. We give honor to God when we take pleasure in Him. We should sing new songs: newly composed upon every special occasion.
Singing them with a new affection. Making the song new though the words have been used before. Keeping them growing threadbare.
Those who are so musically employed in religious worship must, by the same rule, introduce dancing; for they went together as in David’s dancing before the ark.
The righteous shall be beautified in that day when they shine forth as the sun. In the hopes of this let them now, in the darkest day, sing a new song and dance with a new heart to Our God and Our King.
Nicora Gangi was educated at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA (BFA 1974 and MFA 1976). She was a Professor of Art at Syracuse University for 29 years. Gangi has been awarded many Grand Prize and First Place awards and grants including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award. She has been and continues to be published in numerous artist books on pastel paintings. She has lectured regionally and nationally as a visiting artist at universities and artist’s guilds. She is represented by: MME Fine Art (New York, NY), Bender Gallery (Asheville, NC), and LM Gallery (Saratoga, WY).
To view more of her work visit www.nicoragangi.com.