Original Art Exhibits

art show

All original artwork and text on this blog copyright 2018 Barbara Bjelland

From November through December 2018, I have a show up at the multicultural Madison Square Christian Reformed Church, 1441 Madison Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI. It is available to view on Sunday mornings from 8:30 am – 1 pm.

cropped bread pic

My artwork embodies these themes: Creation is beautiful but broken. Celebrate the Christ child who “moved into the neighborhood (John 1:14, MSG version),” and redeems us through the cross. He gave his body and blood that we may have union and communion with God and one another, new life and light under the shelter of his wings. Christ’s arms are open wide as he invites everyone to join the heavenly banquet.

(See this link to “Creation Groans.”  That painting was in ArtPrize 2015, and is also in the  Madison Square Church exhibit. http://www.artprize.org/barbara-bjelland/2015/creation-groans)

cana on curtain


Please email me if you would like to purchase originals or prints of my artwork, or if you would like to bring the show to your church or other setting! The show can be set up interactively, with stations for spiritual formation activities. I also love doing talks on art and theology, and how Jesus reveals himself to us as he is embodied in art and the Sacrament of Communion.


17.) Last Supper




Spring 2018

My piece below is entitled “Telacapaque.”


This year (2018) I have another piece in the Artprize Spring Collectors’s show, along with some of the most famous artists of the 20the century, such as Marsden Hartley. You are invited to the opening :

Friday and Saturday, April 27, 6-9 pm, and Sat. April 28, 12 noon – 4 pm.

Location is the Artprize Hub in downtown Grand Rapids, MI, 41 Sheldon Bvd. SE.



SAT. MAY 12, 2018: Join me for my gallery opening, “IMAGES OF CHRIST,” at Fuller Avenue Christian Reformed Church, 1239 Fuller Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI.

Time: 10 am -12 noon, followed by lunch. This includes a gallery talk on art and theology, an opportunity to network and share art resources with local ministry leaders, and a chance to make your own art! Please email me if you would like to stay for lunch: bjellandbarbara@gmail.com

This project is supported in part by a grant thanks to the Classis Grand Rapids East of the Christian Reformed Church.



2017: I am honored to have a piece of artwork selected for the Artprize Spring Collector’s Show. My piece was created in sepia chalk and oil pastel, on coated colored paper. It is entitled, “Assisi Morning.”hor_crop_Assis

Thursday, March 31: VIP viewing and party, 6-11 p.m.
Friday, April 1: Opening reception and party, 6 p.m.-Midnight
Saturday, April 2: Viewing, Noon-8 p.m.
Sunday, April 3: Viewing by appointment only

ArtPrize HUB
41 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Opening July 6, 2016, I will have a solo exhibition at the Postma Education Center, on the campus of Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, 300-68th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49501. This education center is a lovely space with adjoining outdoor courtyards, and is also where I  lead worship services twice a month.

My painting entitled, “Creation Groans,” was exhibited during ArtPrize 2015.  This event occurred in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan from Sept. 23 to Oct. 11, 2015. Please see a detail from this image below.




See my profile and other recent work here:


Four of my paintings were included in the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, McKnight Grantees’ Exhibit, Saint Peter, MN

Dates: Jan. 9-Feb. 7, 2015

Location: Arts Center of Saint Peter, Minnesota

For more information, click here.cropped_girl_in_arbcropped_Fra_drawing


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