Professor’s art exhibit displayed at local gallery

Joanna Williams

Art professor John Warren Oakes will have his exhibit “Meditations on the Holy Cross” displayed at The Gallery at 916, located on State Street, and five Bowling Green churches during the Easter season, according to a WKU press release.

The exhibit is the first of its kind where an art gallery and a number of churches will cooperate in presenting an exhibit, according to the release.

Oakes began work on his exhibit in December 2008, according to the release. Since then, he has completed more than 838 drawings, 100 paintings and a dozen sculptures based on the the Crucifixion.

In the works, Oakes combined abstract forms and transparent layers that are meant to suggest rather than depict the Crucifixion, according to the release.

Besides The Gallery at 916 (April 1-29), the works will be presented at churches including The Presbyterian Church (April 15-May 20), Christ Episcopal Church (March 29-April 29), St. Joseph Catholic Church (March 11-April 29), Holy Spirit Catholic Church (April 1-April 29th) and State Street Methodist Church (April 1-April 29).