One of the Highlights of last year's Greenbelt 2011 was the Exhibition of some of the Methodist Art Collection. I wrote about it in a previous blog: Dreams of Home. The Collection had some stunning images under the theme 'Jesus in the everyday' and I spent a couple of happy hours staring at them. I also bought the CD Rom Collection and Study Notes 'Creative Spirit".
There was a lot to inspire, but my favourite image was Dalit Madonna by Jyoti Sahi
Dalit Madonna Oil on canvas 148cm x 119 cm (c.2002) Jyoti Sahi, b. India 1944
Unlike in Europe , where midwinter is a time of darkness and cold, lifeless earth, in Asia the winter season is a time for rejoicing, and bringing into the home, the fruits of the earth.
That is why in this image of the Mother and Child, the relation of Mary to Jesus is symbolic of the transformed earth, which becomes like a full vessel of life. The Birth of our Lord is in this way celebrated every time we come together for the Eucharist.
From the Creative Spirit notes on the Methodist WebSite
You can also watch a brief YouTube video on the Methodist Art Collection which gives you an idea of the variety of images available.
If you want to find out where they are being displayed next have a look at the calendar