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Messiah calligraphy exhibit at Dordt Art Gallery

December 4, 2003

You’ve probably heard the words of Handel’s Messiah, but now you’ll have to opportunity to see them, through a unique medium of visual art on display at the Dordt College Campus Center Art Gallery, Dec. 3 through Jan. 24, 2004.

The gallery is featuring the original calligraphic texts of the book entitled Messiah, based on Handel’s musical work, Messiah. The exhibit was created by one of the premier calligraphers in the world, Timothy Botts, who has designed more than 600 books and authored nine in his 29-year career with Tyndale House Publishers, where he is senior art director. He has also served as a calligraphy instructor at the College of DuPage since 1975. Hallelujah

“My work is characterized by variety as experienced in the human emotion of language as well as from observing nature. The frequent joy comes from my personal experience with the gospel of Jesus,” said Botts. Due to his reverence for the Bible as God's words, calligraphy became a natural link between Botts’ art and spirituality. Botts studied graphic design at Carnegie-Mellon University, including four years of calligraphy with Arnold Bank, followed by three years in Japan, which taught him the freedom of the brush and a broader understanding of space and asymmetry.

Botts’ award-winning calligraphic work is widely exhibited, with shows such as “Calligraphy in the Graphic Arts” at Master Eagle Gallery in New York and “Visions of the Spirit” at Washington National Cathedral. He was curator of “Scribes of Hope,” a traveling calligraphy exhibit of Christians in the Visual Arts. His work was recently purchased for the Newberry Library’s permanent collection.

Included in the Messiah exhibit at Dordt College will be “The Desire of Nations,” “And He Shall Purify,” “Emmanuel,” “A Child Is Born,” “Like a Shepherd,” “His Burden Is Light,” “Behold the Lamb,” “With His Stripes,” “Why Do the Nations Rage?” “Hallelujah,” “My Redeemer Lives,” “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” “Thanks Be to God,” “Worthy Is the Lamb,” and “To Receive Power.” Several copies of the book, Messiah, containing these illustrations will be available for purchase in the Dordt College Campus bookstore.

The gallery is open every day 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For more information contact David Versluis at 712-722-6374.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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