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Passion Art Walk in Barrington's downtown

Works on display in 12 businesses through Saturday

(Veronica Jones)
Bobbie Puttrich's "Praying Hands" makes up the first station

BARRINGTON – Some with paintbrushes, and others through their camera lens, talented artists have collaborated on a Passion Week project that’s made a walk through Barrington a must this week.

Their works, focusing on hands and depicting the Stations of the Cross, are on display at 12 downtown businesses through Saturday, the day before Easter. The Passion Art Walk has drawn together the community, business owners and numerous area churches in a unique homage, said Barrington resident Christine Danforth, who facilitated the event.

“We had a group of artists and a group of stores that I approached and asked if they would be willing to tell the story of Christ’s passion as a walk in Barrington,” Danforth said. “Twelve stores were chosen and 12 artists were commissioned.”

Among participating shop owners is Judy Zabielski, who co-owns Acacia Organics with Laura Mueller. The shop at 100 E. Station St. is Station 5 on the walk.

“I’m very excited about it,” Zabielski said. “It’s beautiful to bring people’s awareness to Passion Week and what it’s all about leading up to Easter. I love that.

“And on a business note, it’s important to try to bring more people into the downtown,” she continued. “We need that.”

Works by the following artists are on display: Bobbie Puttrich, Marg Rehnberg, Cynthia Sloan, Valerie Stanaszek, Kaia Calhoun, Donald Krausse, Steve Puttrich, Bridget Mantasoot, Donna Jung, Ted Stanaszek and Bruno Vanoudenhove.

In addition, a 6-foot-by-8-foot acrylic by renowned California artist Hyatt Moore will be revealed on screens at more than a dozen participating area churches on Easter Sunday, Danforth said. This piece, called “Resurrection Hands,” will make the rounds of the churches before being returned to Moore.

“We will actually do a drawing of which church will have the original on Easter morning and then it will circulate alphabetically to the different churches,” Danforth said.

Participating stores, in their Stations order, are: the Barrington Flower Shop, Bravura, Egg Harbor Café, TT Patton, Acacia Organics, Phillips Men's Wear, Cook Street Coffee, Mia Sorella, Bread Basket Restaurant, Susan McConnell Photography, The Catlow, and M.J. Miller & Co. Danforth said the locations are not random. For example, the artwork “Praying Hands,” depicting the praying hands of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Station One, is on display at Barrington Flower Shop.

“The genre of the store is interacting with the setting where that happened – a garden,” said Danforth, a script-writing consultant and author who works part time at Willow Creek Church.

“It’s a self-guided experience,” Danforth said. “It’s an opportunity for the community to enjoy downtown Barrington and to enjoy the holiday for its meaning. It’s exciting to see the churches participating, as well, in showcasing this in their services and telling their congregations to come and experience the walk.”

The list of participating churches numbered at least 15 and continued to grow as of deadline.

In conjunction with the Passion Art Walk, a special showing of “The Passion of the Christ” is set for noon Saturday at The Catlow, 116 W. Main St. Advance tickets are available at participating businesses and churches. Tickets are $5 for the show plus a live performance by the Christian contemporary group Citizen Way.

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