Art of the Psalms now on display at Fort Gallery

Langley artist Lucy Adams has interpreted biblical poetry for her latest exhibit

Original artwork by Langley artist Lucy Adams based on the psalms, is now on display at the Fort Gallery.

Original artwork by Langley artist Lucy Adams based on the psalms, is now on display at the Fort Gallery.

In her new exhibit “Psalms”, now on display at the Fort Gallery, Langley artist, Lucy Adams, uses paint to put her reactions down on canvas.

After a trip to Israel last fall, Lucy felt that it was time to develop a theme she had considered for some time.

“The wonderful  poetry of the Psalms has long captivated my imagination” said Adams. She decided that she would try to create a series of paintings  that would express  some of her reaction to this ancient literature.

With her show date looming, Lucy initially felt overwhelmed by the prospect of taking on the project, and wondered where and how to begin.  However, knowing that she had to start somewhere, she simply put brush to canvas and almost immediately, the ideas poured in. She completed the basics of the first four paintings within a week.

“The challenge was to put visual language to the multilayered ideas expressed in the poetry” said Adams. “The show is now hung in such a way as to highlight the notion that the Psalms are very much alive — living — not static, even today, some 3,000 years after they were written.”

Feeling that she’s made only the tiniest scratch at the potential of the project, she now looks back with satisfaction.

“I loved every minute of creating these works, and I am already eager to continue developing this theme further,” she said.

Adams will be at the gallery on each weekend, during the run of the exhibition.

The show will run from July 10 to 28 at the Fort Gallery, 9048 Glover Rd., Fort Langley. The opening reception will be held on Friday, July 12, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, from noon, to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.fortgallery.ca.