By Emily Younker
ORONOGO, Mo. — New Providence Baptist Church will dedicate a new mural in its sanctuary today that depicts the life of Jesus.
Artist Dan McWilliams said the mural, an oil painting on canvas, features 12 stories from Jesus’ life, beginning with the Nativity scene and ending with a depiction of his ascension into heaven.
Several scenes on the 4-foot-tall, 9-foot-wide mural blend together. The picture of Jesus’ baptism, for example, features a “quiet pool of water that turns into kind of a raging storm across the sea” in a separate picture of Jesus walking on water, McWilliams said.
Similarly, the tablecloth from the Last Supper scene becomes part of a windstorm, another element of the image of Jesus walking on water, he said.
The mural also features scenes depicting Jesus with his father, Joseph, in Joseph’s carpentry shop, and Jesus in the temple.
Church member Richard Brand said he thinks the finished product turned out great.
“It’s very impressive,” he said. “(McWilliams) has done a very good job with it.”
Brand said he can’t pick a favorite scene from the mural, preferring instead to view it in its entirety.
“It all kind of flows together and makes you kind of step back and look at all of it,” he said.
Brand said his wife, Lana, and Lorene Sprenckle, another member of the church, came up with the idea of commissioning a mural for the church several months ago and already knew of McWilliams, a Jasper resident.
McWilliams, meanwhile, said he was pleased to have received the call.
“I’d been wanting to do some religious art because as an artist, the talent is a gift from God,” he said. “It’s a great passion. I love painting.”
McWilliams became a full-time artist nine years ago after painting the faces of about 20 anonymous people of different ethnicities on the wall of his pizza shop, Gem Dandy’s Pizza in Jasper.
By Emily Younker
- Carthage, Jasper County
Open house to celebrate projects at courthouse
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State budget cuts reduce county funds
County officials are bracing for more state budget cuts to translate into a loss of county revenues.
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Jasper County Commission gets building project update
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Darieus Adams, Western District associate commissioner, met Thursday with officials of the firm who designed a $292,400 project to upgrade the lighting and make other changes to make four county-owned buildings more energy efficient.
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Unveiling ceremony celebrates CHS tiger
Kandy Frazier, Carthage High School principal, summed it up once the new addition to the CHS campus was unveiled Thursday.
The bronze tiger sculpture created by Carthage artist and sculptor Bob Tommey, she said, is the kind of work that would be found at a big university.
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Workers at Innovative Industries in Carthage ended a walkout Tuesday after protesting the hiring of a new general manager to oversee the sheltered workshop.
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When Marty Ann and Ron Petersen Jr. still lived in Ron’s boyhood home, they would walk through the historic neighborhoods for which Carthage is famous.
“We kept saying, ‘One day, we’re going to live in one of these big houses,’” Marty Ann recalled.
Unveiling ceremony to bring sculpture to Carthage High
When it is unveiled Thursday at its Carthage High School home, it will be the end of a long journey for the Carthage tiger crafted by artist and sculptor Bob Tommey.
Tommey envisioned the sculpture and built support for it at football games, Maple Leaf parades and other events.
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