The Front Page

Welcome to the Front Page, the digital cover of the Wayne Press.  Here we will share with you things that can't be captured in our newsletter--videos, music, color photographs--as well as articles that reflect on faith and life.  


Come and See

A new painting hangs on the west wall of the Music Room.  The picture is an artist’s print of “Nativity” painted by Brian Kershisnik in 2006.  Brian (b. 1962) describes his painting as a concourse of angels attending the newborn Christ child.  The original is 17 feet wide by 7 feet tall.  The print in the music room is a Giclée (zhee-KLAY) pigment print on canvas.  Giclée is a French term meaning to spray. It is a digitally rendered image of the original produced by spraying ink onto canvas or archival art paper, a process invented in the late 1980s.  The canvas is signed and numbered.

While the subject of the painting is seasonal, its message transcends time.  The birth of Jesus is depicted, but the tone created by the artist is not “Christmasy”.   The image speaks to the space in which the picture will hang all year round.  The wonder, joy, and awe that sweep across its canvas, pour through the music recreated in the room in which it hangs.  The look on Joseph’s face, the mid-wives, and Mary breast-feeding bring heaven to earth in a spiritual loop in which we too participate. 

Click here to see a video in which the artists speaks to and answers questions from a children’s choir which has just performed before the original painting.  

About the artist (in his own words)
Brian Kershisnik was born the fourth and last son of good parents. Because of his father's employment as a petroleum geologist, he grew up in Luanda Angola, Bangkok Thailand, Conroe Texas, and Islamabad Pakistan. He graduated from high school early, not because of sterling merit, but because the American Embassy in Islamabad Pakistan was burned and he was evacuated and the seniors graduated. After a year of college at the University of Utah searching in vain for vocation, he served for a time as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Denmark. He returned to the USA to study art at Brigham Young University, during which he received a grant to study in London for six months. After graduate studies in Austin Texas, he and his young family moved to Kanosh, a very small town in central Utah where he worked on paintings for 16 years. He now lives in Provo, but continues to paint in his Kanosh studio.

Artist’s Statement
There is great importance in successfully becoming human, in striving to fully understand others, ourselves, and God. The process is difficult and filled with awkward discoveries and happy encounters, dreadful sorrow, and unmitigated joy, sometimes several at once. I believe art should facilitate this journey, rather than simply decorate it, or worse, distract us from it. It should remind us of what we have forgotten, illuminate what we know, or teach us new things. Through art we can come to feel and understand and love more completely- we become more human. The artists I admire, obscure, famous or anonymous, have contributed to my humanity through their whimsy, their devotion, their tragedy, their bliss, or their quiescence. I seek to be such an artist. As nearly as I can trace, my paintings emerge from living with people and from affection for the processes I use to make pictures. Although my skills of observation and craft are good, there is a fundamental element that makes a picture succeed that is outside of my control. It is a gift of grace every time it occurs and is as surprising to me as it is to any viewer taken by an image. This element eludes me every time I try to control it. I firmly believe that when a painting succeeds, I have not created it, but rather participated in it. I paint because I love, and because I love to paint. The better I become at both, the more readily accessed and identified is this grace, and the better will be my contribution.

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