Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Stark Raving Artistic: Kelsie Balehowsky

"Alone Together"

I am a big fan of Kelsie Balehowsky.

I'm also a big fan of her creative works. (Look carefully at both pix: Kelsie is not only the photographer who set up the shot, she is every single character in each shot as well. Love it!)

And I love how she integrates artistic talent, social commentary, and her faith in Jesus. (And her husband James is pretty cool too, as is his band Joyful Door.)

Lemme 'splain:

First of all, it's tough being a Christian in the arts. Always has been. Kelsie has to put up with ridicule and disdain regularly in her art classes at university.

She'll be the first to admit that it'd be easier to be an artist first and a Christian second, but she won't. She's a Christian, and she's an artist. Period. (One of the reasons I admire her.)

When Kelsie spoke to a photography class in a local high school (my beautiful & talented wife Wendy is the teacher), she was in-your-face-but-not-obnoxious about how serious she is about her faith in Jesus, and really challenged/encouraged Wendy's students as budding young artists with cameras.

Like a lot of people, I have a love/hate relationship with all things technological and social media. Kelsie's photographic art on this topic -- aside from its clever creativity (did I mention Kelsie plays all the parts in each scene?) -- is spot on. Narcissism and alienation are some seriously negative side-effects. (Although I have also re-connected with long-lost friends and keep up with distant relatives through social media -- hence the "love/hate" piece.)

And last but not least, I admire Kelsie and her husband James for their involvement at Metro Community (downtown street church), as well as being part of the wacky and wonderful home group that my daughter Jordan loves so dearly. They all attend different churches, but these guys are "community" with a capital "C".

We had the whole crew over for Thanksgiving once, and as the host of the feast, I toasted the lot of them. We are thankful to have them in our daughter's life, and our own.

Kelsie, her husband James, and my daughter Jo are all buried in here somewhere

We need more young Christian artists like Kelsie. Artists with her commitment to Jesus, her creativity and social conscience, and who also invest time with "the least of these".

As I said, I am a big fan.

1 comment:

  1. HI Rob
    I am sending this post to my artistic photographer daughter. It's just what she and I need to read.
    Many thanks for the great blog. I love your practical insights for living your faith in the real world.
    Derek Townsend