Paula Hartzell will present "From Jesus to Christ: An Art Exhibition," from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, as part of the weekly Summer Spirituality Series presentations held in the Parish Hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 211 Mulberry St. in Lewes. These events are presented by St. Peter’s Church and Seekers, Spiritual Treasures at St. Peter’s Square.
From Jesus to Christ: A Dialogue with the Gospels is a mixed-water media painting series based on the book "From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Christ" by Paula Frederickson. The discussion and lecture will focus on how Hartzell chose the topic, how it attempts to integrate ancient images with contemporary understanding, and the challenges of revisiting well-worn visual paradigms while keeping them relevant to the faithful of today. This lecture will raise the issue of how artists respond to Scripture and deepen their own faith.
Paula Webster Hartzell holds a bachelor’s degree in art education, a master’s degree in art history from Michigan State University and certification in graphic design from the Delaware College of Art and Design. She studied oil painting under Ruth Ann Crawford and watercolor painting under Ernie Frombach. She has been an arts and letter member of the National League of American Pen Women since 2002.
From 2003 until her retirement in 2011, Hartzell served as director of the Interfaith Resource Center, providing educational support for churches throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Hartzell was arts facilitator for Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington from 1994-2002, where she began and directed the Gallery at Grace. She has been included in several Expressions of Faith juried shows, receiving an honorable mention in 1999 for "God Knows his Name," a mixed-media portrait of a homeless person. Her work has also been included in juried shows at the Chester County Art Association and at various venues on the Wilmington Art Loop.
Hartzell has served as an adjunct professor teaching studio art, art history and humanities courses at Wilmington College (now Wilmington University) and Goldey Beacom College, and has freelance lectures throughout the state. She currently serves on the Vestry of Grace Episcopal Church, and on the Diocesan Council and the Diocesan Finance Committee.
For hours, information or a full listing of guest speakers, visit www.seekerslewes.com, or call 302-645-9916. To learn more about St. Peter's Episcopal Church, visit www.stpeterslewes.org or call the office at 302-645-8479.