Family Promise Day Center will be a site for the Lawrence Final Friday Art Walk this Friday! Pieces from Heather Duris, Morning Star Church, and from one of the Missional Communities at Vintage Church are on display in the day center. In addition, the Vintage Church Missional Community, led by Jami and John Flynn are providing refreshments, and music on the porch! Please stop by and start out our Labor Day weekend in a special way.

Date:  30AUG13
Time:  5:30 – 9:30 PM
Location:  Day center, 905 Tennessee Street Lawrence, KS

Artist Statement from one of the featured artists:

Heather Duris
August 30, 2013

Heather Duris first followed her artistic interests surprisingly enough, in serving eleven years in the United States Army.  She began her enlisted career in 1996 as a (25M) Multimedia Illustrator, with the 308th Psychological Operations Company in the Army Reserves.  She attended the Defense Information School at Ft. Meade, Maryland where she was trained in graphic design.  She enjoyed the camaraderie and structure of Army life and so decided to put an art career on hold while she pursued a full-time military career.  After graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in the Administration of Justice, she accepted a commission and served 4 years on active duty as a Chemical Officer in the United States Army.   She completed Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, including training at the Chemical Defense Training Facility.  During active duty service Heather led a platoon of 25 soldiers as platoon leader and also served as Executive Officer for a company of 150 people in the 172nd Chemical Company (Mechanized Smoke) at Fort Riley, KS.  Her duties included oversight of the maintenance of over sixty vehicles, as well as the safety and welfare of soldiers.  She also served six months in Kuwait for the Combined Coalition Command in the NBC section in 2002, and returned to Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 172nd CM CO as the Executive Officer in 2003.  Many of the abstract landscapes Heather enjoys painting are reminiscent of the desert landscapes she lived in during deployments.

After completing her active duty service requirements, Heather returned to Kansas to join her husband, Zdenko, in Lawrence.  In 2004 she chose to continue her art education at Kansas University.  She majored in painting and has a minor in Art History.   After graduating from KU in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she then chose to devote her time to raising her two young children.  Now Heather divides her time between painting in her home studio and substitute teaching in Lawrence schools.

This collection of paintings is a mix of abstract landscapes and paintings inspired by Scripture.

“Peel Back Another Layer” is how the artist sees her relationship with God.  Every day there is opportunity to grow closer to Him and allow Him to shape her heart to be more like His.
“Even the Sparrows” is taken from Psalm 84:3-4: Even the sparrows have built a nest, and the swallows have their own home; they keep their young near your altars, Lord Almighty, my king and my God.
“One Creative Moment” is a reflection of the moment of Creation, in which an all powerful God created infinitely complex systems that work together to provide life for us.
“All the Voices Join Together, Rising” comes from the experience of corporate worship and listening to a group of believers praising God together, with the understanding that we were made for this.  Revelation 15:4 Who will not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name, because you alone are holy?  All nations will come and worship before you for your righteous acts have been revealed.
It is an honor and a joy to work as an artist, as well as humbling, because whatever feeble attempts I make at expressing my love for my Creator through paint on canvas, they will always fall short of the glory He is due.