Enjoy a gallery display of original works by artists of all ages. Everyone is welcome, so bring a friend!

– Learn from artists describing their creative process.
– Listen to live performances of talented musicians.
– Sip coffee and tea.

Live performances include:

The 3+1 String Quartet

The 3+1 String Quartet was founded in 2018 by three violinist-violists, three alumni of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and three faculty members of Wheaton College. The 3+1 quartet featured alongside singer Camila Meza in 2019 at the Chicago Jazz Festival and has performed in educational concerts ranging from Montessori schools and junior high schools to the faculty recital series at Wheaton College and the College of DuPage. In addition to the mainstream quartet repertoire, 3+1 also enjoys exploring the music of Schickele, Bartók, the Danish String Quartet, and other eclectic works.

The 3+1 string quartet concertizes in the greater Chicago area and is currently comprised of violinist Addie Gannon, violinist-violists Lee Joiner and Lilian Chou, and cellist Diane Chou. Three are former students of Dr. Lee Joiner.

Painter Lewis Achenbach

Painter Lewis Achenbach interprets the music and atmosphere of an event in his artwork in the moment.

“It started with documenting live music through an imaginative process, but it has become much more.

“It now feels like a translation or an amalgam of two languages. To hear this painting is a meeting place of the sonic and visual arts.” More here


Hammer Dulcimer Musician Devin Pohly

Devin Pohly is an assistant professor of computer science at Wheaton College.  He first saw a hammered dulcimer on a family vacation in the Smokies, and he picked up the instrument himself in 2017 after finishing college and moving to Illinois.  When not writing code or playing music, he can usually be found dancing, calling, or composing contra dances.

Saturday January 27, 2-4pm 

  • Invite friends for original art and conversation in the culmination of this year’s festival 
  • Special live music performances by talented musicians in our community.
  • Enjoy coffee, tea, and treats by artisan bakers 

Invite your friends and neighbors to the Gallery Exhibit of original visual art, creative writing, music, and artisan baked goods by artists at Resurrection! Dozens of artists, amateur and professional alike, have created new pieces based on this year’s RezArts Festival theme, John 15:1-8. 

Discover how the Lord has worked in our children, youth, and adults as they offered their creative talents. Most Artists take a step of courage to share their work publicly, often overcoming shyness or anxiety. Come and support them!  

This year’s Exhibit also features artisan baked goods by our talented bakers. Savor treats such as New York cheesecake, French kouign-amann, fresh sourdough bread, and other delights sure to tantalize your taste buds.

Music performances:

Enjoy live music by harpist Hannah Muzzy and hammered dulcimer musician Devil Pohly. 

Hannah Muzzy began piano lessons at age six but at age 14 she saw a picture of a harp in a book and just knew she had to play that instrument. Hannah has enjoyed performing for numerous private functions and concerts including the Memphis Symphony, Masterworks Festival Orchestra, various choirs, and especially with her husband Jake across the U.S. and on tour in Argentina. 

Dr. Devin Pohly is an assistant professor of computer science at Wheaton College.  He first saw a hammered dulcimer on a family vacation in the Smokies, and he picked up the instrument himself in 2017 after finishing college and moving to Illinois.  When not writing code or playing music, he can usually be found dancing, calling, or composing contra dances.

Top and bottom photos by Michael Johnson

New online submission deadline: Monday, January 15, 11:59pm!

Theme: “I am the vine; you are the branches”

We invite you to contribute to our RezArts Festival, a church-wide celebration of art this fall and winter. Whether you’re age 5 or 95, a beginner or experienced artist, you can participate.

Our theme this year is “I am the vine; you are the branches.” 

For this year’s festival, we invite you to create art reflecting on how we relate to Jesus as branches in the vine, tended by the Father. 

This vine imagery is drawn from Jesus’ words John 15 verses 1-8: 

1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

As you engage with this passage, you might explore motifs of remaining in Jesus, being pruned, and/or bearing fruit. You may choose to focus on one aspect alone, or several. As you enter the creative process, listen for how Jesus is speaking to you, to your community, and to Resurrection in this season.

To learn the context of Jesus’ words in this passage, we suggest the brief article, “How to Prune a Grapevine,” by Rez parishioners Helen Brooke and Allison Dumper. The steps and illustrations clarify how a vine is tended in order to bear fruit.  You’ll find additional resources on creativity by other artists at Rez in the section below.

For the festival you’re invited to draw, paint, sculpt, sew, record an original song, write an essay or poem or short story, or engage in any other creative way with this theme of Jesus as the vine and us as the branches. 

All regular attendees of Rez, no matter your age, are welcome to participate! Because this festival is a way for us as a church to listen to the Lord in this season, we ask that you only submit original work from this fall and winter. We’ve extended the submission deadline an extra 24 hours! The new submission deadline is Monday, January 15, 11:59pm Central Time. 

How are you hearing the Lord in this current season of our church life? What are you hearing from him? What do you desire to hear from him? Ask the Lord to help inspire your creation of original visual, written, or musical pieces. You might consider what imagery, tunes, or words communicate what you believe the Lord is speaking to you and to his church. Your work does not need to directly represent the theme or Scripture verses. We trust the Lord will work with you through this process.

The act of creating art can be one of worship and prayer as you submit your creativity to the Lord. As our Creator, the Artist of the universe invites us to be co-creators. While your finished art may or may not be a masterpiece, it can help others better appreciate the Lord’s heart for his people. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, we invite you to try your hand at creating art as an act of worship. You may ultimately decide not to submit your work to the Festival, but do consider participating in the creative process with this focus in mind. 

We hope to see a reflection of how the Lord is leading you and our church body in this particular season. Thus, all submissions should be new creations made during the festival in order to reveal the Lord’s leading for this time in our Body.

We will share select submissions online and on social media throughout the Festival and beyond. The Festival will culminate with a Gallery Exhibit of all family-appropriate submissions. This will be open to the entire church on Saturday, January 27, 2-4pm. Visual artwork will continue to be displayed as much as possible in the building until Lent.

Jumpstart your creativity on Wednesday, January 11, 6:30-8:00 or 8:30pm.

Try a workshop in visual arts, devotional poetry writing, or worship song writing.
RSVP below.

Devotional Poetry Writing

Discover how to enrich your devotional life by writing poetry. You’ll learn new tools and practices for engaging with Scripture by penning your own poetry. This workshop will include hands-on writing time, as well as the opportunity for small group sharing and mutual encouragement. Minimum age: high school. This workshop concludes at 8:30pm.

Facilitator: Andrew S. Backer enjoys writing poetry devotionally and finds it a place to witness the beauty of the Lord and respond in worship. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Higher Education and Student Development at Wheaton College.

Assistant Facilitator: Helen Wieger enjoys creative writing and has been nurturing a group of creatives for the last several years. She leans toward penning poetry and creative prose. 

Visual Arts

Enjoy experimenting on paper with the Lord. We’ll provide brushes, paints, and materials to spark your imagination and make your fingers itch. Stations will include mindful drawing, collage creation, and free expression. In mindful drawing you’ll learn how to pay attention to details as you create. Make a collage by combining colorful construction paper, printed words, cutouts of pictures, and more. Or, at the free expression station, dive into anything you feel led to explore. Minimum age: first grade; all elementary age kids must be accompanied by an adult. This workshop concludes at 8pm.
Facilitators: Janice Skivington Wood and Emily Verdoorn.

Janice Skivington Wood is a painter, illustrator, and former art teacher. She has collaborated with various artists to develop liturgical art that adorns Resurrection, including the large Jesus icon, the great doors, paintings depicting Old Testament scenes in the narthex, and more.
Emily Verdoorn uses anything from pen and pencil to teabags, inks, thread, or homemade dyes to explore the world of her everyday life. Her work often begins like a quiet conversation with places, spaces and the natural world.

Worship Song-Writing

Explore song-writing for worship as we talk about what makes a song work for a congregational setting or even for a more fluid offertory and response song. We will also have a chance to break into partners or groups to practice writing and exploring in a collaborative, safe, encouraging and creative environment.  If you have an instrument, please feel to bring it. Minimum age: high school. This workshop concludes at 8:30pm.
Facilitator: Ruth Mudge is a cello instructor and the assistant principal cellist of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys collaborating with other Rez musicians, and delights in arranging music, writing original songs, and teaching classes on movie soundtracks.


Such as drawing, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, textile, crafts and digital art. Artwork that will be physically displayed in its original medium cannot exceed 3 feet by 3 feet.


Such as poetry, short stories, personal essays, flash fiction, devotionals, monologues, and scenes. Length: 1,500 words or less.


Voice and/or instrumental. Length: 4 minutes or less

Artisan Baked Good

Pastry, cake, bread or other artisan baked good to serve 10 or more people.

Do you dream of creating your next profiterole pastry, three-layer cake, or sourdough loaf? Enjoy experimenting with flavors and using special ingredients to create unique and delightful treats?  
We invite you to employ your baking talents and create for the RezArts Festival. Enable our church community and friends to savor your artisan bread or decadent pastry at the Gallery Exhibit on Saturday, January 27. Every bite will bring them delight!
  • Submit an online description of your baked good and ingredients in the online submission form here by Monday, January 15, 11:59pm.
  • Then deliver your fresh baked goods with a serving utensil to RezCafe on Saturday, January 27, between 1-1:30pm. We’ll serve up your treat for all to enjoy, first-come, first-serve. 
Please prepare enough to serve at least 10 people, the more the better! Your treat must be ready to serve. Label your creation and a serving utensil with your name.
  • All visual, written, and music submissions must be original works, previously unpublished and/or not performed publicly, and may not have been shared online or on the artists’ social media. 
  • Submissions should be new creations made during this particular season in order to reveal the Lord’s leading during this time in our Body.
  • Participants must be  regular attendees of Church of the Resurrection over the last three months.
  • Each person or group may only submit one entry per category, up to three entries total. 
  • Group submissions are allowed if all individuals are active attendees or members. 
  • We’ve extended the online submission deadline by 24 hours! All entries must now be submitted online by midnight Central Time, Monday, January 15, 2024. Visual art and printed submissions must be delivered to the church by Friday, January 19, 1pm. Please leave submissions upstairs in the print room.
  • Art that includes nudity, profanity, graphic violence or otherwise inappropriate content for young children will not be considered. 
  • Participants agree to allow the Resurrection to publish digital files of all submissions both online and/or in print, on its website and/or social media channels, both during and after the festival indefinitely with appropriate credit. 
  • Participants grant Resurrection non-exclusive rights to use their submissions in ministry, including but not limited to services, events, public displays,  or performances, publications, sites, and programs, without further permission or payment involved, with appropriate credit to the artist(s).
  • The RezArts Festival will include a gallery exhibit on Saturday, January 27, 2-4pm, at which time submissions will be displayed and presented for the enjoyment of the church and any guests. Everyone is welcome. Contributors to the Arts Festival should plan to attend the Exhibit. Visual art submissions will remain on display within the church building until mid-February. 

While we will do our best to care for your submission(s), we cannot guarantee the preservation of your artwork in its original form. We also reserve the right not to exhibit any piece we deem inappropriate for a family audience.

Find inspiration, insights, and tips for sparking your creativity in these resources:

By Fellow Rez Members

Other Resources on Art and Theology

A Letter to A Young Artist” by Makoto Fujimura
On Unnecessarily Owning Art” by Karen Stiller. An essay by author and wife Karen Stiller reflecting on her commitment to owning artwork as a Christian.
“The Creative Process” by James Baldwin in James Baldwin: Collected Essays. A 1962 essay by secular novelist James Baldwin describing the role of the artist in society, resonating with a biblical understanding of an artist’s role. (Note: Link is to an abridged version of the essay published by Plough)
“On Fairy-Stories” by J.R.R. Tolkien in Tales from the Perilous Realm. A 1939 essay by fantasy author and philologist J.R.R. Tolkien arguing for the redemptive value of fantasy literature
“Nourishing Our Souls” by Denis Haack at The Ransom Fellowship. A blog post in which Anglican author Denis Haack contends for the imperative need for beauty in the Christian life.

Christians in the Visual Arts
Visual Commentary on Scripture directed by Ben Quash, King’s College London. A beautiful resource that features artwork paired with scripture passages, along with accompanying essays by different scholars on various Scripture passages. (Note: Some scholars, such as Malcolm Guite, are Christian, but others are not).

Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on community, calling and the mystery of making by Andrew Peterson
Art & the Bible by Francis A. Schaeffer. A short book containing two of Christian thinker Schaeffer’s thoughts on the relationship between art, the church, and the Bible
Culture Care by painter Makoto Fujimura. A manifesto on the role of artists in the church and in society.
Faith and Art: A theology of making by Makoto Fujimura
For the Beauty of the Church edited by W. David O. Taylor. An anthology of essays by artists, pastors, and scholars on the relationship between the arts and the Church.
The Mind of the Maker by Dorthy Sayers 
On Beauty & Being Just by Elaine Scarry (also available in book form). Philosopher Scarry’s 1998 lectures on the power of beauty to bring about justice in society.
Placemaking and the Arts: Cultivating the Christian Life by Jennifer Allen Craft
The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann
Walking on Water: Reflections on faith and art by Madeleine L’Engle

You’re Included- Music & Theology by Jeremy Begbie
“Bono & Eugene Peterson: THE PSALMS” by Fuller Studio. A 30-minute documentary, spearheaded by Anglican theologian W. David O. Taylor, in which rock musician and author Bono (Paul Hewson) and theologian Eugene Peterson discuss the artistic beauty of the Psalms.

“Art and the Church” with Eric O. Jacobsen and Sara Joy Proppe on The Embedded Church Podcast. A 2022 podcast episode funded by Duke Divinity School’s Ohmond Center, featuring conversations with pastors, artists, and Christian thinkers on how the Church might serve the arts in the twenty-first century.
“Beauty Will Save the World: An Interview with Brian Zahnd” with Stephen Roach on the Makers & Mystics Podcast (published in two parts: Part 1 & Part 2). Artist Stephen Roach interviews pastor Brian Zahnd, author of Beauty Will Save the World, on the role of the arts in evangelism.
“Longing and Beauty” with Dr. Curt Thompson, MD on the Being Known Podcast. In a 2021 podcast, Christian psychiatrist Curt Thompson reflects on the innate human desire, and need for, beauty in life.

Enjoy Previous Exhibit Submissions

  1. Each work must be submitted online via an individual digital file– a Word document, a photo(s) of visual artwork in PDF, JPG or PNG files, or an audio file in mp3. 
  2. Visual art submissions may include up to 4 photos of your visual arts submission, such as a photo of your painting, a pottery work, or a sculpture. However, if your submission is actual photography, then only one photo is allowed.
  3. Visual art submissions of the actual artwork must be delivered to Resurrection in person by Friday, January 19, 1pm to participate in the gallery exhibit and should be left at the building until February 15.  We encourage you to mount and/or frame your visual art submission for display before dropping off.
  4. Musical submissions must be no longer than 4 minutes, submitted in mp3 files. If you are creating a song, you might choose to submit your lyrics in a Word document. If so, then you may choose to format and print your song on a letter or legal size document. You are welcome to mount and/or frame it before delivering to Resurrection in person before Friday, January 19, 1pm for display at the gallery exhibit and should be left at the building until February 15. 
  5. Poetry that fits on a single page may be framed or mounted for display with the title and author’s name at the top. It must be dropped off before Friday, January 19, 1pm to participate in the gallery exhibit and should be left at the building until February 15.   
  6. Include a paragraph of 200 words or less explaining: a) your work (size and medium for visual art), b) your creative process, and c) how your entry reflects the theme in part or whole. In addition, please submit a 1-2 sentence bio in which you may include your social media handle, personal blog or website where you share your creative work. A digital headshot is optional in case we share your work on our blog. 
  7. Questions? Email dawnjewell@churchrez.org or office@churchrez.org.

Please complete one form for each submission.

Please complete one form for each submission.