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The Gallery at St. Philip Episcopal Church in Near East Columbus is holding the special art exhibition for the season of Lent, Exodus: Journeys of Liberation. The show explores the themes of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio’s seven-month-long “Big Read” of the Book of Exodus in the visual arts.

Exodus: Journeys of Liberation features 28 works by artists from 18 different countries, on loan from the Sacred Art Pilgrim Collection. It opens with a selection of paintings on the symbolic meaning of the Exodus for our time, whether it be geographical journeys in search of freedom and safety or inner spiritual quests.

A second section depicts the biblical narrative of the Exodus of the Children of Israel from Egypt. The third part of the show commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. with images of the African American struggle for civil rights. A final series of artworks shows the ultimate journey of liberation: Christ’s exodus from the tomb at the Resurrection.

Highlights of the show include a lithograph of Moses by Marc Chagall, a hand-signed art print by Mohammad Ali, and a specially commissioned, carved wood panel painting by Mississippi Artist Carl Dixon (above), where the Resurrected Christ presides over the Children of Israeli crossing the Red Sea and African American slaves reaching the Ohio River on the Underground Railroad.

The Gallery at St. Philip, located at 166 Woodland Avenue, three blocks north of East Broad Street, is open to the public for self-guided tours from February 11 to April 8, on Sunday afternoons following the 10:30 a.m. service until 3 p.m., on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by special appointment. For more information, call 614.253.2771 or contact St. Philip’s by email at stphilevents@nullgmail.com