James C. LewisIcons Of The Bible

The series, which will be fully released in October, features 70 models who identify as either Asian, Native American, Hispanic, African, Middle Eastern, Black American and West Indian.

"I think it is very important to see one’s self in the Scripture so that it may become real in their eyes," Lewis told The Huffington Post. "The whitewashing of the Bible has always bothered me. However I’m happy to now have the opportunity to give a different point of view."

"I wish to exhibit a splash of color onto the biblical pages of history with my creative embellishments. By doing so I hope to open the minds and eyes of the ignorant and create open conversations of how we can learn to see the world through colorful lenses. After all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is intended for everyone."

For those who’d like to see the entire collection, “Icons Of The Bible” will on display from November 2014 to February 2015 in Atlanta, GA.



Uniting Artists on Instagram with @ccerruti

For more shots from the spoons project and exhibition, browse the #3636project hashtag. To accompany Courtney on her artistic adventures, follow @ccerruti on Instagram.

San Francisco artist and self-described “maker extraordinaire” Courtney Cerruti (@ccerruti) is no stranger to the world of craft. “I work for a local company called Creativebug (@creativebug) that films online DIY workshops,” she explains. “I do set design, artist coaching and create DIY projects and content for them as well as some Instagramming. I’m an artist and I make something everyday.”

Courtney came across artist Willie Real (@williereal) at an Expo a little over a year ago and was inspired by his drawings on wooden objects. With his work in mind and intrigued by later photos she saw of antique spoons, it wasn’t until a friend posted a photo of spoons displayed decoratively on a restaurant wall that everything came together for her. She purchased a lot of 36 antique, handmade wooden spoons and set about finding collaborators for her idea and the #3636project was born.

Why spoons? Courtney explains: “They are beautiful objects alone. Together in a group, they have impact. There is the repetition of shape and size, but on inspection each spoon has its own unique flaws and characteristics. A chip here, a crack there or even a smooth and worn spot from being held in the same hand for years. I was hoping that the spoon would act as both a blank canvas and also a source of inspiration for the artist to pull their own story out of the spoon.”

Courtney sought out artists throughout the United States and United Kingdom who worked in diverse media, but whose work would come together as a cohesive whole. “I was surprised by a few artists who created pieces in mediums outside their current work. Although Mike McConnell (@poopingrabbit) is both a painter and a sculptor, I was surprised by his choice to create a faux taxidermy squirrel from his spoon. Likewise, Lisa Solomon (@lisasolomon), who works with thread, embroidery and crochet, gave me a spoon that was painted. I love being surprised. Every spoon was so different and it kept the show interesting!”

After receiving the spoons, Courtney brought them together for an exhibition at San Francisco’s Paxton Gate (@paxtongate), where many of them have already sold—bringing recognition and profit to artists across the world.




Someone let me know when they find my jaw on the ground

i’ve watched this too many times