“An (Art)form of Worship 2: Di(e)chotomy” at the Crosstown Arts 430 gallery 

Danielle Sierra is a California girl with a fine arts degree. She moved to Memphis after a visit here, inspired by all the green. Sierra was raised Catholic, but then became Baptist. She liked the faith's focus on Jesus Christ. Last year, with other faithful artists, she put together the show "An (Art)form of Worship." This Friday, from 4 to 9 p.m., there will be an opening for its sequel "An (Art)form of Worship 2: Di(e)chotomy" at the Crosstown Arts 430 gallery.

Along with mixed-media works by Sierra, there will be sculpture by Heidi Walter and oil-and-acrylic paintings by Andrea King. Sierra says that the dichotomy of the show's title that the artists are addressing involves salvation through Jesus Christ and "the spiritual battle within us all."

click to enlarge Danielle Sierra’s The Unseen World: Journey
  • Danielle Sierra’s The Unseen World: Journey

Sierra says she prays before she begins painting, and then she paints what she sees, with her work exploring the often fraught path to eternity. Walter's sculptures are figures that are neither male or female, allowing the viewer to find themselves in the work. King's work deals in duality — those who are passionate about God and those who are the opposite.

One aspect of "(Art)form" that Sierra stresses is that it's about conversation. To that end, there will be an artist's talk on Saturday, August 5th, from 1 to 4 p.m. And the closing on Sunday, August 6th, from 1 to 3 p.m., will feature a community discussion, with local churches invited.

Sierra says the thing about art is its ability to bridge gaps — from the super faithful to the heathen and all walks in between. "Every piece of art has something to say," she says.

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