By Bradley Maxwell Got Jesus? Or rather got Jesus Art? Anderson Creative Studio does. The availability of contemporary religious art has largely faded from mainstream art circles. In older times, for many centuries, it was mostly the church that was commissioning art to be made. Though back then there was far more traditional rules to abide by. In those times, there wasn’t much room to innovate. Realism was king, and many art forms had yet to exist. On April 1st 2010 Anderson Creative Gallery in honor of holy week held two services coinciding with their “Stations of the Cross show”, the stations of the cross being a tradition which began in the medieval ages and has continued since. Traditionally there are fourteen stations and sometimes (though far less common) a fifteenth station. All of these being events or scenes depicting Jesus’s final hours of life before his crucifixion. The fifteenth station is of Jesus’s resurrection. Sixteen local artists participated in the show. While this is not an exhibit you would typically find in a catholic church during holy week, nonetheless this was a very spiritual exhibition. “My inspiration for the show was really an impromptu, off the cuff decision only six weeks before the show.” said Kevin. The first few days of the exhibit (during Holy Week and Good Friday) the gallery was transformed to a meditative space, candles appearing by the entrance along with signs beckoning people to be respectful of others. Inviting spiritual contemplation of the exhibit. “I was amazed at how many people used the meditative space.” says Kevin. “I did have some nervousness about how this show would be received”, (Anderson Creative does not normally go out of their way to promote Christian themed shows.) “I didn’t necessarily want to evangelize, I wanted to visually effect people with their perceptions of Christianity”. One does not need to be a Christian to enjoy this show. There were paintings of many styles, sculptures, and even digital interpretations of the stations. Meditations accompanying the pieces are written by seven different writers. Not all of the artists were Christian, in fact the “Stations” exhibit was an homage to Catholicism, and yet Kevin Anderson is in fact Presbyterian. If you ask Kevin though, he insists, “that none of the labels are important, what is important is the message to love one another.” The show will run through May 1st. Anderson Creative is located at 331 Cleveland Ave NW in Downtown Canton.