Art at Emmaus

Road to Emmaus

As you enter the church through the main doors, a mural depicting the story of the Road to Emmaus dominates a wall of the Gathering Place:


road_to_emmaus_picture“Road to Emmaus”
as remembered by Eunice Richardson

Sometime before 1920, my parents wanted to donate something to the church that would be lasting.

My father sent away for the large picture of “The Road to Emmaus.”  When it came, probably by freight, it was in a large tube.  My sisters and brother were so excited.  My sister Ruth, who was probably about six or seven, would tell me the story about the picture. My father laid it on the floor to unroll it.  The first thing we saw as it was unrolled was Jesus’ hand and the arm extended, then as it was unrolled the head, face, robes and bodies.  We children were so thrilled.

It was hung above the altar with a very ornate wood frame. The frame was lost or destroyed in the move.  It now hangs in the Elgaard Fellowship Hall.


“On the Road to Emmaus”  Tapestry
designed by Dr. He Qi (pronounced huh-chee)

he_qi_road_to_emmausDr. He Qi was among the many people sent to the countryside during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.  As a young man, he escaped hard labor by painting pictures of chairman Mao Zedong.  During those years, he once found a copy of Renaissance artist Raphael’s Madonna and Child in a magazine, and was so moved by it, that he began to paint copies of it at night.

The art of He Qi is seen as a reinterpretation of sacred art within an ancient Chinese art idiom.  Chinese religious art, being an expression of Buddhism, was historiclly typified as a tranquil and utopian portrayal of nature, often painted with black ink and water.  He Qi is especially influenced by the simple and beautiful artwork of the people in rural China.  Within that framework, he seeks to redefine the relationship between people and spiriturality with bold colors, embellished shapes and thick strokes.  His work is a blend of Chinese folk art and traditional painting technique with the iconography of the Western Middle Ages and Modern Art.

The tapestry hangs in the Elgaard Fellowship Hall and was made possible through memorial funds.



Last Supper

On the walls of the hallway leading to offices are several interpretations of DiVinci’s Last Supper in a variety of artistic expressions. Some were donated by members and friends of Emmaus.


Also included in the collection are photographs of the Living Last Supper presented at Emmaus.


Supper at Emmaus II, a recreation of a painting done by Caravaggio in 1601, hangs on a wall in the Gathering Place.  The painting shows the moment when the shocked followers recognize their guest to be Jesus.  The painting was a gift from the Women of Emmaus.



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