One mission of St. Barnabas Center for the Arts is to encourage and support the work of artists in our area. Through the school year (and sometimes in the summer) we exhibit the work of local and regional visual artists in our Gardenview Gallery, the hallways on the main floor of the church. Artists are invited to display their work for about a month. Works may be purchased directly from the artists. There is no charge to the artists for these showings.

Our current show is Serenity, an exhibition of watercolors by Lei Yang.

Naturalism artist LEI YANG is fascinated by every beautiful and wondrous aspect created by Mother Nature, the theme of his paintings including humans, landscapes, flowers and animals. Although he bows to nature's beauty, the capturing of natural "rhythm" is his constant pursuit. Inspired by the lakes, snow, woods and grass of Minnesota, Lei Yang simplfies and interprets all these in his painting with his imagination. He also loves to paint lotus, because lotus is considered to be a symbol of holiness in Buddhism, as well as an icon of a person of noble character in traditional Chinese culture.

He has participated in many exhibitions and has received several awards. One of his paintings was selected to be part of the 1st International Watercolor Biennale juried competition in Canada in 2016. His watercolor painting received a 1st place prize and honorable mention prize during the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts competition in 2011 and 2015, respectively. He was invited to the group show A Brush With Beauty -- Chinese Exhibition, Reedy Gallery, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN, in the summer of 2016. The unique way his painting captures his audience emotionally has gained him many private collectors.

Mr. Yang was born and raised in a scholarly family. He was influenced and inspired by his father, who was a painting professor in Beijing's Chinese Painting Art. He earned his BFA degree in Chinese painting from the Capital Normal University in Beijing, China in 1997. He received his MA degree in drawing from Eastern Illinois University in 2001. He is now working on his MFA terminal studio art degree, focusing on watercolor painting, at the University of North Dakota.




WORSHIP: Sunday, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM • Saturday, 5:00 PM