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Pinnacle Presbyterian unveiling liturgical art on Palm Sunday

Staff ~ 3/25/2015

SCOTTSDALE – In the spring of 2013, four members of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in North Scottsdale traveled to Mendocino, Calif. to attend a four day workshop in the studio of acclaimed liturgical artist Nancy Chinn. Chinn is well known for her contemporary art installations in such beautiful churches as the Washington National Cathedral, Grace Episcopal Cathedral on Nob Hill in San Francisco, and Fourth Presbyterian Church in New York City.

Inspired by Chinn’s creative installations, the four women returned home ready to involve their congregation in making art to both enhance and stimulate worship, while building community. The church, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, thought that an Easter Season art project would be a perfect way to kick off the celebration. The Pinnacle artists were urged by Chinn to “sit in their sanctuary and let the space speak to them.” The result is a stunning installation of flying, undulating lace-like streamers of painted netting, which terminate above a huge granite boulder. The boulder, which rises from the floor of the church's chancel, sits next to the sanctuary's focal point – a 40' cross made of gnarled native ironwood gleaned from the surrounding desert. 

The art installation will be unveiled on Palm Sunday, March 29, with the final piece being installed for Easter Services. On Palm Sunday, when the first phase of the art installation is unveiled, the Pinnacle Dancers will perform a liturgical dance. An Open House will be held on April 9, 4 p.m. Artist participants will be available to answer questions. The public is invited to view the installation.

For more information, please contact Pinnacle Presbyterian Church at (480) 585-9448.