Good Samaritan mosaic art combines faith with art

March 23, 2010

By Staff

Cheryl Smith works on the mosaics near the beginning of the project. Pictured with her is The Rev. Dr. Suzi Robertson, who is working with the group on the verbiage of the 14 stations.Contributed

It all began with a statement from a former staff member, who said, “We really need more symbols of our faith in this church.”

The Rev. Dr. Suzi Robertson said she doesn’t remember the sequence of all of the conversations and action that came out of that first comment, but Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Sammamish has chosen, as one of its Lenten disciplines, to make mosaic Stations of the Cross for their nave. Mosaic art is dated back to the fourth century.

Cheryl Smith, art educator and member of the Good Samaritan community, is leading the venture. She and Randy Nevin, also a Good Samaritan, spent hours with patterns, sizing and re-sizing and erasing lines that were not necessary.

The patterns were transferred onto Masonite, and cut, stained glass is glued to shape the images. Grouting follows that, and then the construction of the frames, which are being designed and made by John Mueller. Smith and Tony Fuchs have spent hours cutting stained glass into different sizes for 20 or so artists to work with.

The Stations of the Cross will be hung during Holy Week, and dedicated and walked on at 7 p.m. April 2, Good Friday. The public is invited to see and experience this unique art form and sacred liturgical experience.

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