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Art at St Mark’s – Unlimited

For this period, we have been illustrating our responses to the Song of Simeon and we are delighted to share our Gallery with you.
(Everyone is welcome to submit art for our Gallery and the next theme is “Easter”; more details to follow)
Thank you to all the artists who have submitted work this time.

The Song of Simeon

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Picture by Hugo Buckle
Picture by Carol Gunner
Picture by Aly Buckle
Picture by Alison Ridgeon
Picture by Hallie Buckle
Picture by Lesley Shatwell. I took both the photos I used, one is poppies in my garden, the other is of Les Drus in the Alps.
I wanted to show God’s creation with two images which bring me joy. They remind me that God creates all things great and small.
Picture by Derek Buckle

Art at St Mark’s, Unlimited!

The Song of Simeon

“Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,
according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.”

So what’s that all about? 

Well, the story of it is that when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple as a baby, an old man called Simeon met them.  Simeon had been promised that he would see the Messiah and so he recognised Jesus.  Simeon was so delighted that he couldn’t keep from singing and we have his song remembered in Luke’s Gospel (Luke 2:29-32). 

For our art theme this time, take the words of the Song of Simeon, read them through and see which phrase jumps out at you.  You can use whichever version of the words you like, I like the King James version (above) but you may have another copy of the Bible which uses slightly different words, or trying looking online – search Luke 2:29-32.  I’ve put another version at the end of this message.

Remember, art is unlimited – it could be a picture, but it could be a poem, or sculpture, collage of model.  I have been working on a piece of jewellery.   

So whatever art it is, photograph your work and send it to me
(LLM ).  Also, tell me why you chose these particular words and I will put an online exhibition together.  Please sign your work so I know it is your own and confirm that you are happy for us to exhibit it online and in St Mark’s

Closing date for receipt of photos: Sunday 31 January – which is in time for Candlemas, the date when the church remembers the story of Simeon.

(We will have a display which you can see at St Mark’s too, so bring your work there if you can.)

Just in case the King James’ version of the song doesn’t appeal to you, here is another:

“Now, Lord, you have kept your promise,
    and you may let your servant go in peace.
With my own eyes I have seen your salvation,
    which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples:
A light to reveal your will to the Gentiles
    and bring glory to your people Israel.”

What are you waiting for?  I want to see that art!

Art at St Mark’s Unlimited: Gallery

Welcome to our first online gallery as Art at St Mark’s, Unlimited. Our theme this time was Christmas Carols and artists chose which carol to depict. Some artists have given an insight into their choices. If you come into St Mark’s, you will be able to see some of the original works.
Our group is open to all and we welcome all forms of art –
art unlimited!

We hope you will enjoy our art.

Thank you to all our artists. We will have a new theme in the new year – watch this space!

Art at St Mark’s, Unlimited

Art doesn’t just stop because our world is locked down.
Artists create art and art breaks free from boundaries.  Art is unlimited.
And right now, art is more important than ever.  Sadly we are unable to meet regularly at the moment, but that doesn’t stop us from making art.

As soon as our churches re-open, I will be accepting your artwork for our display in St Mark’s, but in the meantime, we are going online – “unlimited”!

Unlimited – open to all (and all means all, not just St Mark’s folk).  Mixed ability, mixed ages, mixed backgrounds ….  Paintings, drawings, photos, collages, sculpture, mixed media – visual art …

you’re an artist if you are an artist

So what are you waiting for?

Our current theme is Christmas Carols

Simply illustrate your favourite carol and in a couple of lines tell us why you have chosen this and what it means to you.  Perhaps you have happy memories of singing the carol, perhaps it almost paints itself just through the words.

Photograph your work and send it to me:  LLM Lesley:  My email is
Include a few lines about why you have chosen this carol and we will have an online gallery.

There will be a display of the artwork in St Mark’s as soon as our churches re-open – and all being well, our first service is on 6 December, so why not bring your art along. 

Closing date for email receipt of photographs is
Sunday, 13 December, so get creating!