Helen Hale is a dancer from Trinity's community.  Sanity Ceremonies is a one-act, one-woman foray into being both in-stride and off-kilter in which Helen pieces together colorfully layered conclusions about what it takes to find equilibrium in a hectic and baffling world.  The production takes form through a marriage of dance, text, video animation, costume, and prop use that draws from a range of daily rituals, archetypal figures, cultural idiosyncrasies, and autobiographical anecdotes, as she plumbs the material of her own day to day realities as an artist, and the beauty and enigma of her family heritage.

Helen explains: "The work stems from the questions:  Where do I come from?  Of what mettle am I made?  How do I orient myself when things don’t make sense?  What does it take to keep putting one foot in front of the other?  With Sanity Ceremonies, I aim to contribute a story that will translate well across a spectrum of experience by grappling with big but basic questions in a personal voice.  This is a challenging and exciting piece for me as director and performer.  I’m stretching my choreographic modes to communicate the humor, eccentricity, and absurdity of my life and to provide a playfully honest portrait of the day to day struggle to not just make it through, but to be brave and go big.

I'm so excited to be working with a fantastic creative team to build this show." 

The talented crew consists of: Video Artist, Mike Boutté, Costume Designer, Amanda Baumgardner, Set/Prop Designer, Elwen Hau, Lighting Designer and Technical Director, Danny Davis, and Musical Wizard, Santiágo Parámo. We hope you will go to a show in November! Details are below:

WHEN:  Friday & Saturday, November 1 & 2, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
               Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 7, 8 & 9, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

WHERE:  7 Stages Theatre Mainstage, 1105 Euclid Avenue, Atlanta, GA,  30307

TICKETS:  $18 in advance; $20 at the door
    Artists & Students:  $15.00
    Children 10 and under:  $5.00

(includes sales tax and ticketing fee) All Shows General Seating

7 STAGES BOX OFFICE:  404-523-7647 open Monday-Friday 10:00-6:00 for advance sales, and open for walk-ups one hour prior to show.

Doors open at 7:30.  No late seating.  Wheelchair accessible.  Paid parking and street parking available.


5X15! May 2nd at Trinity

5X15 gives us the opportunity to experience what the creative community inside and outside Trinity is up to. During the course of the night, we'll sample tastings from culinary artists, watch the latest video from filmmakers, and hear poetry read with delicacy - along with many other presentations. Celebrate the Easter feast with some good art to foster the imagination.

Judith Brock - poetry
Michael Stille - mini-series, film
Erik & Stephanie Rostad - violin & vocal 
Ben Rollins - photography
Andrew Boatright - art
Tim Degroot - rare form art class
Ryan Coleman - painting
Claire Almon - illustration/character design
Erin Levin - film/documentary
Luke Williams - film
Nick Nelms - free art fridays
Michael Mullins - painting
Bethany Blanco - music
Sarah Sorrentino - printmaking/stationary
Brian Sintos - trumpet
Jaime Wynns - baking food truck
Brent Clouse - film
Beverly Ann Lenox - fashion
Jake AKA Maplanta - street art


Artists Workshop at St. Paul's Pres.

As artists we need from time to time concentrated moments to listen and learn from seasoned arts leaders within the church. This is an exciting opportunity to do just that. The details and more can be found on the Atlanta Arts Network website. But here is an article outlying the event form their website:

"God is an arts patron – are you? The word “patron” comes from the Latin word for “father.” God is the Father of the arts and all cultural activities, and he works through them to reveal his nature and love his children. Want to learn how you can join God in his creative and redemptive work in the arts?
Join Atlanta Arts Network and St. Paul’s Creatives Group at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on Friday evening, March 15, at 7:00pm for a special presentation from our artists and from the director of Church and Art Network, Luann Jennings. Luann is an Atlanta native who was working in the theater community here when she was led to faith in Christ, and later called to minister in the arts at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC. For more info contact Buddy Eades budeades@mac.com.

“Arts career.” Is this an oxymoron? Working artists already know that our vocation (calling) doesn’t arrive with a guaranteed salary. Where does the creative calling fit into the spiritual, communal, and financial life of the Christian? How do we balance pursuing godly character with pursuing professional advancement? What are the right steps to take next?

Atlanta Arts Network is hosting a one-day workshop, “The Path Between: Entrepreneurship for Artists of the Church”, to consider these questions and more. Saturday, March 16, from 10am-3pm at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church 163 Ponce De Leon Avenue Atlanta GA 30308. The cost is $25 including lunch.

Our guest facilitator will be Luann Jennings, director of Church and Art Network, and frequent writer/speaker on arts leadership and entrepreneurship.

RSVP required by March 12. Let us know you are interested and coming via our contact page.
Online Registration is coming soon."

Make sure to read the interview with presenter Luann Jennings. She is a tremendous artist and resource to artists. It will be a privilege to spend some time with her at this event.

Peace crew-Jeff Guy


Iconography Lecture at Advent

Andre Rublev's Redeemer Icon

From Church of the Advent - This Saturday evening, July 21st at 6pm, we are extremely honored to welcome Father Anthony Salzman, priest at St. Philothea Greek Orthodox Church in Watkinsville, Ga, to speak to us at Advent about Iconography and Byzantine Art.

Fr. Anthony and his wife, Christine both graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. in 1989. They lived in Thessaloniki, Greece for six years, where Fr. Anthony studied Byzantine Iconography and they immersed themselves in the life of the Church. They have two sons, Stephanos and Maximos.

Father Anthony is an artist/iconographer and continues today to paint icons for churches and families. You may see some of his work at www.imageandlikeness.com

He also is a guest lecturer at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, UGA Continuing Ed. School and OCAF (Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation), teaching about Byzantine Art History and Iconography and spreading the word about Orthodoxy through the arts.

His work was recently featured in Athens local news:


From Trinity - As Advent is our sister church, we would encourage all who are interested to go to this great event. It should be wonderful to hear a perspective on the convergence of theology, creativity & the beauty of the divine. See you on Saturday!


Rural Studio Camping Retreat

Friends and Trinitites,

As urban folks we often tend to assume that things of note only happen in cities, that big things happen in big places. Especially in the art and design world, the urban dominates.

In May, a few of us will be traveling to the poorest county of Alabama to see one of the most radical architecture schools in the world. Auburn University's Rural Studio is a Design/Build program in Newbern AL where the students live in self made homes while designing and building for the local community. We will be visiting several of the built projects and attending the official graduation party / pig roast. We will also be eating at the nearby bakery that mixes graphic design, apple pie, and social change.

Feel free to watch the Trailer PBS did a while back about the rural studio

We leave Trinity bright and early Saturday morning, May 5th and return in the afternoon on Sunday, May 6th.

The cost is $30 which includes travel, campground fees, campfire supper, and a good breakfast. We will be tent camping in a nearby National Forest for one night, so you will need a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and whatever else you may require. We will supply the food and cooking equipment for two meals, God will supply the stars, and Alabama will supply the bugs (fireflies, mostly).
If you have a van or SUV and would be willing to drive please let us know. We are trying to keep this around 20 folks and are hoping to have 3-4 vehicles. RSVP if you plan to go ASAP!!! Simply respond to this post and we'll add you to the list. RSVP by emailing Thomas Hardy: click here!

-Thomas Hardy, Woody Giles & Jeff Guy