ask. listen. journey. exhibition explores suffering & injustice, healing & peace


Ask. Listen. Journey is an art exhibition event that seeks to articulate suffering and injustice, wrestling with our role in the healing process and working towards peace. The opening gala is Saturday, February 4th, 2017 and the art show will hang throughout the month.  Ask. Listen. Journey is created by South Park Church, Park Ridge, Illinois’s worship arts ministerial group Roughhewn People.

Roughhewn People, under the creative direction of Adam Nelson and his team, exists to encourage and celebrate one’s creativity as they expand intentional living and creative expression beyond what might be obvious. To that end they strive to make invisible moments visible by sharing this sense of purpose with all who appreciate the beauty and richness of creative forms of self-expression.

Roughhewn People as a ministry speaks to the unfinished and imperfect elements of our lives. The work speaks to the truth that we are a work in progress.  The group is multi-faceted with a mix of creative desires. They want to breathe life into our daily routine. They want to awaken our hearts and inspire others to live and worship creatively. They desire to live in such a way that reflects a lifestyle of creativity and gratitude. How we live matters. What we do with our resources matters. Intentional living is at the heart of Roughhewn People.

At the heart of the ministry’s events are celebrations of creativity. This includes artists, dancers, musicians, poets, writers, photographers, illustrators, graphic artists, sculptors, and others who find joy in the creative expression of their hands.  In addition to jurying in two abstract watercolor works by Shauna Lee Lange of The Art Evangelist, Ask. Listen. Journey will feature Damon Powell, an artist and theologian who primarily works in scratchboard.

Shauna Lee Lange, Hole in My Heart (2016), abstract watercolor in neo-pointillism on paper, 20 x 16
The exhibition location is at the FAIR Foundation offices in Schaumburg, IL, 2010 E Algonquin Rd #206, Schaumburg, IL 60173. FAIR students have submitted a group piece for this show, so it was fitting that the connection would be made to display the artwork there. The Event will be from 6-8pm, for those of you in the Chicagoland area, we’d love it if you could attend the show and join in with the dancers in a Q&A about your artwork.

South Park Church began in the early 1940’s as an outreach to children coupled with an adult Bible study. Throughout their history they have retained a strong commitment to the authority of the Bible and the need for a personal relationship with Jesus. The non-denominational church has been known as a place that values families with great ministries for kids and youth.  SPC, under the direction of Senior Pastor Eric Flood,  is a  longstanding member of the National Association of Evangelicals. They also pursue a wide range of partnerships with ministries around the world that serve as the hands and feet of Jesus.


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