Painting pastor

Gallery showcases works of Newton pastor

NEWTON – Jeffery Sparks sees a connection between his two passions of painting and pastoring.

“These are not two different pursuits but one pursuit expressed in two ways, with the singular idea of sharing an experience of beauty and truth,” Sparks said.

An exhibit showcasing Sparks’ paintings opened last month at Carriage Factory Art Gallery, 128 E. 6th St. in Newton, and continues through Jan. 18, according to a news release from the gallery.

Sparks, who is pastor at St. Luke Evangelical Presbyterian Church, paints in a variety of styles ranging from still lifes to plein air (open air) pieces. His 12 x 12-inch painting “Norm’s in the Morning” (right) depicting a coffee shop here, won the gallery’s small works competition last year.

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