The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Day of Prayer


Courtney and LeAnn talking to students with The Story Project Mural in Neiman Center



Today I had the opportunity to participate with Intervarsity Arts Chicago at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a Day of Prayer. This 24 hour prayer vigil was spearheaded by a student leader that I had the privilege of meeting, mentoring and learning from.

Courtney wrote: ” The arts play a huge part in shaping culture by influencing not only our wardrobes and the decor of our homes, but through the values, attitudes and norms communicated by all the popular forms of entertainment we consume. In its very nature, the art community is a “city on a hill”. Trends and philosophies come out of SAIC that affect our everyday experiences.
Artists by nature tend to be incredibly spiritual and deeply emotional and intellectual people. SAIC curriculum encourages and challenges students to open up to every concept and idea, analyzing every nuisance of any passing whim, and trying everything and anything once. In addition to this openness, the culture of SAIC also encourages overworking, cynicism, and a level of vulnerability that often leaves students subject to depression, anxiety, brokenness and confusion.  Will you stand with me in partnership with God as we invite Him into the messes of men, seeking the lost, binding up the brokenhearted and interceding on their behalf for salvation, healing and wholeness? ”

I was a student at SAIC myself 4 years ago, and saw first hand what she spoke of in the lives of students. I joined her and many others in “joining in community to soak in and pour out God’s presence on campus”
It was a privilege to participate!    Below are images from the prayer room in the McClean Building on Michigan Ave.






The lions that stand guard in front of the Art Institute, renamed; these images of the lions remind me of Aslan from the Chronicles of Narnia-awesome:)



Zentangle “Fabric”


Wendy’s “Zentangle Photograph”

If you are from a family of creators , when you get together we enjoy seeing each others artistic endeavors.    On my recent trip to AZ, I got to peruse several photo albums of my younger sister, and my mom showed me her zentangle sketches.  Her sketches reminded me of the Christmas ornament my older sister had made for me at Christmas that had a zentangle motif.  I realized how we all were playing with zentangle ideas and prompted me to join in the fun!  ( What is a zentangle?  check out )


Rene’s Zentangle Nativity Ornament










I flipped through  pages after page of my mom’s sketch book and photographed the ones that caught my attention.   Instead of creating my own zentangles I decided to just play with my mom’s sketches: so the first image in black in white, in each group of 3 images below, is a zentangle from her hand.

The second image is my colorization of my mom’s zentangle .

The third image is created  as  an homage to the women in my life. Both sisters, my mother, grandmothers, and I love working with fabrics at some time in our lives, so I have created  “fabrics ” from the colorized zentangles.















zentangle two



zentangle 7




zentangle 8




20Not only was I inspired by my family’s zentangles, I was also inspired by the exhibit at the Art Institute Off the Bolt: Robert Allerton’s Designer Fabrics .  There is no similarity in color or style, just the repeat of pattern in all shapes and sizes is reflected in my fabric creations.

So for any of you seamstresses out there- what would you create with these fabrics?