Art of St. Paul's

The celebration of the liturgy offers opportunities for expression through the visual arts, including seasonal hangings, aerial banners, sculpture and floral creations. The permanent collection at St. Paul's includes works by local artists, parishioners, and others.

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A gift of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Landon, III of North Wilkesboro.

This holy image representing Blessed Mary and her son Jesus follows traditional Christian custom affirmed by the Seventh Ecumenical Synod of Nicea in 787, where lighted candles are placed near the icon to honor those represented by the image.

Tapestries became important in the Anglican Communion because much of the great art of medieval England was destroyed during the religious wars of the 17th century. St. Paul's continues that tradition.

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by Mary Anne Caplinger, Appliqued and quilted silk, linen, and wool

A graduate from Appalachian State University with an MA in Art Education, Mary Anne Caplinger is a noted fiber artist. Mary Anne created a series of altar frontals, paraments, and vestments used to celebrate the seasons of the church year.


The central window over the altar honors the New Testament book, The Revelation of St. John the Divine. Christ is depicted as the lamb of God, the sacrifice to God that atones for the sin of Humankind.  Christ is above the Book of Life with the seven seals. The three stained glass windows in the church were gifts of Pete and Roena Kulynych.

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by Ken Nelson, Oil on canvas

Nelson, a local artist, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and holds an MFA Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy. This work signifies the unique meeting of the spiritual and physical realms, the heart of the story from the opening chapter of the Acts of the Apostle. This expression of Nelson's color theory explores hues from the Tuscan Landscape and the Mediterranean as well as the Blue Ridge Mountains where he now lives and works. This painting is part of the series Root and Wings, dedicated to his son, Corey.


Icon of St. Paul
by Veryle Lynn Cox, Mixed media

This enduring icon hangs in the Commons area of the church. In 2003, clay artist Veryle Lynn Cox created an icon of St. Paul while taking a class in icon writing at Kanuga Conferences in Western North Carolina. She had chosen to create a copy of a 15th century icon written by Russian monk and saint Rublev. Completing the icon following the ancient technique of icon writing that involves mediation and prayer, Cox was so moved by the experience that she felt it should be “out in the world doing its holy work instead of resting on a shelf.”rdquo; After hearing about St. Paul’s Church and its frescos, she knew a proper home for the icon had been found and offered it to St. Paul’s. Shen Cox cisited the church for the installation and blessing of the icon, it was discovered that the clay Eucharist vessels used during Lent at St. Paul’s were also created by Cox. The vessels had not been bought directly from the artist and the connection was not made until her arrival.

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by Tom Thielemann

Thomas Thielemann, from Lenior, North Carolina, created this piece for the opening of the new Wilkes Art Gallery in 2004.  It was purchased through donations from several members of St. Paul's. At the dedication of the work, Tom mentioned that although he had painted several angels in others of his works, "this was the first time he had been lead to paint an angel from this angle.  He believed the angel was leading you (and I might suggest St. Paul's) forward on your journey, protecting you and guarding your path".