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at Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis

The artworks of Indiana artist and author KP Singh are currently on display at the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Art Gallery in Indianapolis. The artwork captures the spirit of historic landmarks, promoting cultural and historic preservation.

On display are drawings of sacred places from many faith traditions, including the Golden Temple at Amritsar; Chennakesava Temple, Belur; Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte Chapelle, Paris; San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice; and the “Cathedrals of Spirit” print representing celebrated sacred architecture from around the world with a text that offers echoes of our common and collective spiritual heritage.

In addition, there are drawings of Indiana colleges, courthouses, historic scenes including the Statue of Liberty in New York and the world-famous Taj Mahal at Agra, India.

The exhibit timing coincides with the series “Our Neighbor’s Faith” being delivered each Sunday by Rev. Kent Millard, Senior Pastor at the Church. The world religions being featured each Sunday beginning with August 30, 2009 include Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Baha’i, Native American, Christianity/Greek Orthodox, Sikhism, and Judaism. Collectively these faiths offer a rich spectrum of spiritual thought, richness, history and heritage, and impact on our civilization. There are thirty-one art pieces representing the various phases of my work as it has evolved over the last forty years. There are early drawings, some very intricate and finely-executed composites, and others with pencil hand-coloring adding an attractive dimension to the artwork. The framed artwork hangs on a striking chestnut colored backdrop.

As human beings, we are familiar with hardships and deprivation. I remember the dark days of the Partition of India when my family and I had to flee with our lives to safety to the newly-carved boundaries of an independent India in 1947. I am grateful for the countless blessings that I enjoy today at this time and place. Therefore, it is a special personal pleasure that Rev. Kent Millard agreed that part of the proceeds from the art acquisitions go towards the Interfaith Hunger Initiative (IHI). The Indianapolis IHI is chaired by Rev. Kent Millard, a respected spiritual leader in Indianapolis, and Mr. Jim Morris, a distinguished visionary and the former Head of the U.N. World Food Program. Serving those in need is in the spirit of one of the principal commandments of my Sikh faith and one of the universal foundations of our shared humanity. American generosity at home and around the world is exemplary. We can all serve; thousands step forward every day to serve those who are in special need and in difficult circumstances. Serving the cause of hunger is an equal- opportunity responsibility, a testimony of our faith-at-work and in service, especially in the very tough economic times our nation and world global economy is passing through. We all can assist with the gifts that God has entrusted us and put them to good use in faith and thanksgiving, each according to how our spirit moves us or makes it possible.

My artwork style, subject matter, and often a little historic highlight, gives the viewer an opportunity to connect in spirit with familiar places, majestic monuments and historic sites that they have not yet visited. Each piece of art serves as an introduction and invitation to learn and appreciate the journey of our civilization through what man has envisioned and created.

I firmly believe, as many do, that the arts: music, visual arts, sculpture, literary arts, architecture, and elements of Nature as God’s art canvas of breath-taking splendor, have a unifying and all-embracing power. The arts evoke familiar emotions and passions that blur boundaries among cultures, communities, and civilizations. There has been continuous and unmistakable exchange and transcendence of arts, culture, ideas, and experiences that connects us to one another at many levels and in many ways. The art and spirit have gone a long way toward expanding our understanding and humanity.

Our sacred places are excellent repositories of all the sacred arts and man has spared no effort to make these places of awesome beauty and magnificence. Besides, they have been the crucible of brilliant acts of human compassion and moral accountability that has sustained our world from many unconscionable disasters and dark periods throughout human history.

Dr. Kent Millard in his sermons each Sunday offers some very central themes in each faith that resonate with the spiritual doctrines and wisdom in Christian faith tradition and practice. His words echo through the cathedral space and the refrains of hymns chosen reinforce the ideas enshrined in the faith highlighted for that day. The Sikh faith proclaims that all spiritual knowledge has originated from the same Source of Light. As I listen to the words and music, I am witnessing images of one colorful tapestry of faiths, cultures, and prayers before me.

I am very excited that large numbers of worshippers at this Church and visiting friends are enjoying the exhibit and participating in raising some much-needed funds for the Interfaith Hunger Initiative. Serving in faith is the first lesson of all faiths and it is incredible when it restores our faith in each other as we celebrate the dignity of each fellow being as that of our own. When we “do unto the least among us,” we serve God’s children; we serve God. Our spirit and thoughtful intentions make the difference, not always the means at our disposal.

Kanwal Prakash Singh
Indianapolis, Indiana USA




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