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FOCUS by Jennifer Weinert Opens Saturday, November 7, 2015 at MoonTree Gallery

MoonTree Studios invites you to meet artist Jennifer Weinert at the opening reception for her solo exhibit Focus, to be held in MoonTree Gallery Saturday, November 7, 2015; 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST. Jennifer’s journey with photography began over 15 years ago when her husband gifted her with a 35mm camera shortly after they married. Jennifer initially took photos of people and landscapes, exploring the many ways to interpret what she saw and experienced, emotionally. Eventually she began to “focus;” beginning to really notice the patterns, texture and color. She professes that as her faith grew, this new “focus option” behind the lens of the camera took on celebratory meaning. She says, “I began to see and interpret the beauty of creation. It was at this time that taking photographs became a spiritual journey; I was growing in understanding of God’s Word and His Presence.”

Psalm 139:13-14 says “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Jennifer says that the freedom to explore art has always been a part of her life. Both parents, creative in their own ways, introduced the family to a variety of activities that naturally encouraged creativity--gardening, building a clubhouse; creating chalk drawings on a metal sheet in the front yard, then waiting for the rain to wash it away so they could do it again. From a very young age, her grandparents would allow Jennifer and her siblings to color under the coffee table. They lay on their backs and painted “like Michelangelo.” Jennifer remembers, “My grandfather allowed us to chalk cities and roads on his painted basement walls and floors. When my uncle placed a brown paper bag in front of us and suggested we fill it with doodles, it was a considerable challenge, but it allowed me for the first time to truly “see” my mother’s face, as I rendered her image on the back of the bag later that same evening.”

After Jennifer graduated from Western Illinois University, she accepted work with a special education co-op, where she offered and encouraged creative experiences for the students. The wisdom she gained during that time—great is the joy we can have while creating art, when we allow ourselves to be guided by the materials and open ourselves to the joy of creating. Jennifer says painting offers this type of freedom for her.

Jennifer offers the images she’s chosen to display at MoonTree in veneration of God’s grand mastery. She hopes to convey that the work as a whole translates how all life is “knitted” together for His glory. She says, “The paintings accompanying some of the photographs are meditative reflections made in playful celebration. I am very grateful to MoonTree for offering me this opportunity to show my photography and paintings in a show I have humbly titled, Focus.”

MoonTree Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. It is also open Saturdays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Please call in advance for an appointment at times other than these. Closing day for Focus will be December 5, 2015.