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James C. Christensen - THE WIDOW´S MITE -  LIMITED EDITION PRINT Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          THE WIDOW´S MITE
by James C. Christensen

Original Retail Price $145.00
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Limited Edition of: 850
Image Size: 23 1/2"w x 18 3/4"h.
Published: March 1988

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As Jesus and His disciples watched, the town's rich men made an ostentatious show of putting their gold and silver in the temple treasury. They watched, judging each other and proudly displaying their own grandiose offerings. It was a show of reverence instead of the real thing. Then into their midst walked a poor widow. She came simply and without fanfare, unaware of the impression she made. While the rich men look in disdain at her pittance - she hadn't even troubled to carry the coins side by side to increase their gleam -Jesus understood that this poor woman's small gift was of a magnitude unattainable by mere wealth.

She is a young widow. Perhaps she has children? If so, her gift is greater still. But she doesn't think of how large or small her gift is, she merely gives what she has. The woman glows with an inner light. By contrast, the rich, bejeweled city fathers are in the dark. Even the widow's clothing, although ragged, glows with a celestial light. The point is not the money, it is what we are willing to give of ourselves.

James C. Christensen
Inspired by the world’s myths, fables and tales of imagination, James C. Christensen’s work adds up to more than a beautiful - if sometimes “curious” looking work of art. Having taught art professionally for over 20 years, he thought of the world as his classroom. His hope is that through whatever he creates -- be it a porcelain, fine art print or book -- he can convey a message, inspiration or a simple laugh. He believes that teaching people to use their imagination helps us find solutions to sooth the stresses of everyday life-or get a little lift to help us keep going. In short: all things are possible when you share Christensen’s philosophy that “Believing is Seeing.” Christensen was born in 1942 and raised in Culver City, California. He studied painting at Brigham Young University and, for a while, the University of California at Los Angeles before finishing his formal education at BYU. Since then, he has had one-man shows in the West and the Northeast and his work is prized in collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. Christensen has also won all the professional art honors the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention can bestow, as well as multiple Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. Christensen has been designated as a “Utah Art Treasure,” one of Utah’s Top 100 Artists by the Springville Museum of Art and received the Governor’s Award for Art awarded by the Utah Arts Council recognizing the significance of Christensen’s artwork to Utah’s cultural communities. He was inducted into the U.S. Art magazine’s Hall of Fame and is an Honored Alumnus at Brigham Young University for his contributions to fine art and education. James and his wife Carole were co- chairs on the Mormon Arts Foundation. He was a frequent guest lecturer at Brigham Young University, and has also given workshops to large companies and organizations on the subject of creative thinking, including the California Art Educator’s Association, Hallmark and Intermountain Health Care.


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