Photographer Mark Mabry’s traveling art exhibit, “Reflections of Christ,” opens today in Craig and runs through the end of the week.
“The portrayal of Christ has been done in a lot of media, but not in photography,” said Sarah Hepworth, local coordinator of the exhibit, which is sponsored locally by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The exhibit features more than 30 large-scale, black-and-white and color photographs depicting scenes from the life of Christ as told in the New Testament.
“Mabry’s images of Christ are fast-becoming internationally known to people of many Christian faiths,” according to a news release about the exhibit. “The 33-year-old photographer first displayed the project in Mesa, Ariz., in January 2007 and it was an immediate hit.
“More than 100,000 people saw it there, and more than 1.3 million from around the world have clicked online to see Mabry’s images.”
The exhibit is being shown at the LDS church, 1295 E. Ninth St., across from Moffat County High School, until Sunday. It will be shown from 4 to 8 p.m. through Friday; from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
It is free and open to the public.
The exhibit’s original opening later led to a North American tour, a coffee table book of the images, the making-of a DVD and a CD of the music that plays in the exhibit.
The exhibit has been touring Canada and the U.S., including stops in California, Idaho, Arizona, Texas, Utah, New York, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Washington, D.C.
“The original plan was to photograph different people portraying the men and women who were players in the life of Christ. I wanted to find their contemporary image bearers ... What would Mary Magdalene look like? Peter? Christ? I planned to shoot the photographs in the studio with a backdrop,” writes Mabry in the preface of the companion picture book, “Reflections of Christ.”
But the plan evolved, and Mabry began to scout locations in the Arizona desert.
One of those spots he described as “sacred” is in Arivaca, Ariz., where he photographed portrayals of Christ’s baptism, the Gethsemane scenes and the crucifixion.
Hepworth heard Mabry speak during a women’s conference at the Denver Merchandise Mart and was awestruck by the images he showed during his presentation.
“The exhibit is not about religion, not about a church. It’s also about impressive fine art,” said Hepworth. “It’s not necessary for individuals to know anything about Christ to enjoy the exhibit. Even those who are only remotely familiar with Christ’s life will enjoy the stunning photographic art.”
“And for those that are familiar with Christ’s life, this exhibit can have a profound impact. From the manager scene to the setting of Christ’s baptism to the site of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, view Jesus’ most awe-inspiring moments as if you were witnessing those events first hand.”
For more information, contact Hepworth at 824-3693 or firstname.lastname@example.org.