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Saugatuck (Mich.) Christian Reformed Church transformed itself into an art gallery recently, hosting an art show with a creation theme for public high school students.

Saugatuck is known as the “Art Coast of Michigan.” It boasts many galleries, resident artists, and an art school.

“We wanted people otherwise not connected to a church to dig into the Bible and explore their faith,” said art judge Terri Schippa.

Rev. David Van Der Wiele said, “We wanted to stimulate the thinking of our local high school seniors and get them to interact with the text of the Bible. It seemed like a promising way to get them into God’s Word and ponder the meaning of creation.”

About 50 people viewed 32 paintings, drawings, and other creative forms at a Sunday afternoon dessert reception.

The $500 first prize went to Leighann Pendergrass for her entry, “In God’s Hands” depicting planets spinning off into space.

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