Bishop Shamana art on display through December 18

November 02, 2007

A new art work by Bishop Beverly Shamana is on display at the Spirit in the Arts Gallery in Sacramento through December 18.


The piece, titled “Journey to Freedom,” continues the Bishop’s passion for expressing beauty through the creative transformation of natural gourds.


The new piece is 36” X 12”.


“It embodies the image of an ancient figure that offers sanctuary to a troubled woman cradled in an inner niche. The protected figure came from my trip to the Philippines this year,” Shamana said. In February, she was part of a fact-finding team from the California-Nevada Annual Conference that traveled to the Philippines to shed light on the murders of clergy and church workers in the region.


The team heard stories of young people and adults – including United Methodist clergy – who were shot or who “disappeared” in what have been termed extra-judicial killings: death without due process. (To read more the mission, link to Philippines Fact Finding Mission.)


Bishop Shamana’s gourd art can be found at the Spirit in the Arts Gallery on the 2nd floor of North Sacramento United Methodist Church, 650 El Camino, Sacramento, CA 95815.


“It is great fun to join other artists and to show our work in a setting where faith and the arts come together to impact public space,” the Bishop said.


The gallery and studios are open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 12 noon to 6 p.m. and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are currently closed Friday-Sunday except when specific classes are held on Saturdays. (There is a possibility that Sunday hours will be added. Look to the Spirit in the Arts website,, for schedule updates.)


Bishop Shamana’s art is also featured in a newly published book by Lark Publications, titled Spirit Dolls, by Wiedess and Summit.