New Radiant Light Website: Over 5,000 Images by Catholic Artist Elizabeth Wang
This is a copy of the Press Release that has recently been issued to various Catholic newspapers and websites
The new Radiant Light website has been launched for the new liturgical year. It includes over 5,000 images by Catholic artist Elizabeth Wang. They are arranged in galleries which deal with themes such as the Holy Trinity, the sacraments, the Mass, the Rosary, prayer, holiness, mission, and the love of Christ. Taken together, they form a visual catechism for a visual age. The website can be found at www.radiantlight.org.uk
All the images are available as free downloads, for use in schools, parishes, catechesis and personal meditation. They are fully searchable by topic (e.g. ‘Mary’, ‘suffering’, ‘heaven’), and there is a list of over 600 keywords covering every aspect of the Catholic faith. Each picture has a brief commentary by the artist to explain the image itself and the theology behind it.
The new website will be especially useful for those seeking visual resources for the Year of Faith, and for the new liturgical year ahead. It should inspire and encourage those searching for a deeper personal faith. It includes much loved images like ‘Christ is the Bridge to Heaven’ and ‘Hanging over the Abyss’, together with thousands of images that have never been seen before.
Mgr Keith Barltrop writes that Elizabeth Wang’s art “continues the great tradition of the Church from earliest days in using contemporary art to instruct us about God's truth and attract us to his beauty, leading us on to heartfelt adoration and to awareness of his being with us and all people from moment to moment”.
Her work was praised in Bible Alive: “Her art is rich in colour, powerful in image and moving in the message it conveys. Elizabeth’s work is rather like a picture catechism presenting the basic truths of faith”. And the Fr Aidan Nichols writes: “I have been very impressed by the way Elizabeth Wang seeks to expand people’s sense of the mystery of the Eucharist in all its dimensions”
Elizabeth Wang was born in 1942 and received into the Catholic Church in 1968. She is an artist, homemaker and mother who now spends time writing, painting and speaking about prayer and the Catholic Faith. She has been involved in the life of her home parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Harpenden, particularly as a catechist.
She has exhibited at the Royal Academy, and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. She has had solo exhibitions of religious work at Westminster Cathedral, the Bar Convent Museum (York), Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy, and at various schools and parishes throughout the country. Her artwork has been used recently by presenter Frances Hogan on EWTN television, and installed in the Catholic chapel at Wormwood Scrubs prison. Many of her paintings are published side-by-side with her religious writings.
Radiant Light is a movement within the Catholic Church. It seeks to encourage people to grow in holiness by believing and living the Catholic faith in its fullness. Jesus Christ Himself is ‘the radiant light of God's glory’ (Heb 1:3).
INFORMATION: You can visit the new site at: www.radiantlight.org.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS:
PHOTOS FROM THE RECENT LONDON EXHIBITION
RADIANT LIGHT NEWSLETTER – June 2012
It has been a while since our last newsletter. A lot of quiet things have been happening with Radiant Light and with Elizabeth Wang’s work, but we have been putting off this newsletter until we could announce properly the new London exhibition, and the completion of the new Radiant Light website. So these are the two most important bits of news below.
Thank you for your continued prayers for the work of Radiant Light, and for your kind donations. The long-term work on the website, and the new exhibition, have required a significant amount of funding. We are enormously grateful for your generosity. On June 10th this year, the feast of Corpus Christi, Holy Mass was offered for the intentions of all our benefactors. Once again – thank you!
LONDON EXHIBITION THIS SUMMER: We are delighted to announce that we are returning to the French Church, Leicester Square, for a London exhibition of pictures by Elizabeth Wang. The parish team at the French Church have been particularly keen to host the exhibition this year, as part of their ‘Olympic outreach’. They are aware of the hundreds of thousands of visitors who will be in central London for the Olympics and Paralympics, and Elizabeth’s pictures form one part of their evangelisation mission to welcome people into the church and inspire them in their journey of faith. The exhibition details are here in the box below. If you are happy to promote the exhibition, please copy these details and ask your local parish to place this information in the parish newsletter:
An exhibition of both new and well-known pictures by Catholic artist Elizabeth Wang takes place in central London this summer. Entitled “In the Light of His Glory”, the exhibition takes place at the French Church, 5 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX (just off Leicester Square, near the main Häagen-Dazs Cafe), from 18th June to 16th September 2012. The church is open every day from 9am to 9pm. Everyone is welcome, and entrance is free. The pictures illustrate Christian themes in striking contemporary imagery, and touch on subjects such as prayer, holiness, suffering, the love of Christ, the Eucharist, and the Glory of God. They should inspire and encourage those searching for a deeper faith. Visit www.radiantlight.org.uk for further details.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A POSTER FOR THE EXHIBITION. Please print this poster in colour, and see if your local parish chuch is happy to display it on their noticeboard.
SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER – A RADIANT LIGHT AFTERNOON: On Saturday 8th Sept, beginning at 2pm, there is an afternoon event in the French Church. This includes a time of prayer and reflection, a guided meditation on each of the images, the celebration of Holy Mass, and some social time afterwards. All are welcome; no tickets are required. This is a wonderful opportunity for people who have been interested in Radiant Light to come together in prayer, and it should be a helpful and inspiring time for anyone seeking to deepen their faith. Do put the date in your diary, and do invite friends to come along with you. We hope to see you there! (NB: Allow extra time to travel because of the Paralympics!)
ONGOING WORK BY ELIZABETH WANG: Elizabeth has continued her painting and writing – you can see many of her recent works on the new website. Many of the teachings and images focus on certain themes, which include: the significance of both the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms of the Mass; the importance of good catechesis in schools and parishes; the place of morality in Christian life and in society; and a selection of pro-life images. She has been enormously encouraged by the prayers and thoughts of many people for her work in Radiant Light, and she prays for all those who have been connected with the work in any way.
RECENT RADIANT LIGHT PROJECTS: Over the last couple of years Elizabeth has given talks to groups in Leicester and Oxford, and to children in a Hemel Hempstead school. Her images were displayed as part of a mission in the Catholic Chaplaincy of Oxford University. Large-scale exhibition images have also been used in the Spirit in the City evangelisation project in central London, and at the Youth 2000 summer retreat in Walsingham. Frances Hogan has been using Elizabeth’s pictures to illustrate her scripture programmes on the EWTN television network. Two permanent projects have also taken shape: In her home parish of Harpenden, the new glass inner-doors contain an etched design from one of her paintings about prayer; and in the Catholic chapel in Wormwood Scrubs prison, two of her pictures from a previous exhibition at the French Church now hang behind the high altar, to give encouragement and inspiration to the prisoners there.
Please pray for everyone involved in the work of Radiant Light. Please pray that this work will help people to know the love of Christ, and will encourage them to appreciate and to treasure the Catholic Faith. We hope to see you on September 8th at the French Church!