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Elizabeth City to Shine Light on The Saint John’s Bible
Illumination Project in January
Arts of the Albemarle to host exhibit of 10 hand-written,
illuminated prints, Jan. 3-31, 2014
(Elizabeth City, N.C., Dec. 30, 2013) -- Theology and the arts will merge in Elizabeth City, N.C., this winter when Arts of the Albemarle hosts The Saint John’s Bible Illumination Project, Jan. 3-31, 2014. Visitors can view and reflect on this exhibit that features 10 hand-written, illuminated, or illustrated, prints from The Saint John’s Bible, while participating in special programs to enhance the experience.
“The Illumination Project is a collaborative community effort, and programming throughout the month and beyond has been developed with local churches to make the experience even more meaningful to groups who are interested in seeing this marvelous exhibit,” said Rhonda Twiddy, executive director of Arts of the Albemarle.
Commissioned by Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., in 1998 and completed in 2011, The Saint John’s Bible is the first hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible created since the invention of the printing press.
Featuring highly-detailed, hand-written text and luminous artwork that illustrates the written word, the project was executed by Master Calligrapher Donald Jackson, along with a collaborative team of scribes, artists, theologians and scholars. A truly ecumenical endeavor, The Saint John’s Bible was crafted using traditional materials, including vellum, ancient inks, and gold and silver leaf. It was written with quill pens made from goose, turkey and swan feathers.
On Tuesday, Jan. 7, Arts of the Albemarle will present “An Evening with Tim Ternes” at 7 p.m. in the Maguire Theatre. Director of The Saint John’s Bible Project, Ternes will talk about the project and how The Saint John’s Bible will be used to inspire believers for generations to come, much like Ireland’s Book of Kells. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Arts of the Albemarle at 516 E. Main Street in downtown Elizabeth City. The Rev. Elizabeth Cluff, of Cann Memorial Presbyterian Church, will follow up by leading weekly discussions titled, “Seeing the Word,” throughout the month of January in Arts of the Albemarle’s Twiford Room.
The region’s premier not-for-profit arts council, AOA has championed the arts in northeastern North Carolina since 1980. From its headquarters in downtown Elizabeth City, the group supports the visual and performing arts in the region through gallery exhibitions, dramatic and musical performances, a monthly First Friday ArtWalk series, workshops and The Center Players, its resident performing arts program for children. For information, visit www.artsaoa.org or call (252) 338-6455.
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Elizabeth City is located in Northeastern North Carolina on the Intracoastal Waterway, halfway between Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks. Known as the “Harbor of Hospitality,” the city has six National Register Historic Districts and is home to the Museum of the Albemarle, The Center at Arts of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City State University Planetarium, Port Discover Hands-on Science Center and one of the largest U.S. Coast Guard air stations in the Continental United States. Nature-based travelers are drawn to the area’s proximity to Dismal Swamp and the abundance of outdoor recreational offerings. For additional information, call Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-866-ECity-4U (1-866-324-8948) or visit DiscoverElizabethCity.com. For up-to-the-minute info on happenings and events visit ElizabethCityHASIt.com.