Shekinah Painting Finds new Home

October 22, 2022 / Andrea Wenger
Gloria Diener (former English teacher), Esther Augsburger, Barbara Gautcher (art teacher for 32 uears), and Malea Gascho (current art teacher) after an October 2022 Chapel honoring Esther's contribution to the art program at EMS.
Gloria Diener (former English teacher), Esther Augsburger, Barbara Gautcher (art teacher for 32 uears), and Malea Gascho (current art teacher) after an October 2022 Chapel honoring Esther's contribution to the art program at EMS.
Eastern Mennonite School celebrated the contributions of Esther K. ’49 Augsburger in Chapel October 12, 2022 with a visit from the teacher who founded the EMS art program, her husband Myron, and former co-workers.
Esther launched the art program at EMHS in 1971, after graduating as the first art major from Eastern Mennonite College (now University). She went on to pursue her creative interests at a time when the broader church sometimes considered the discipline suspect. EMS is grateful for her legacy!
Family, friends, and former colleagues joined the service which included a blessing for the painting Shekinah. Esther originally created the piece for the former Chapel space (now known as the Commons). It was moved to the hallway entrance to the new auditorium in 2005 when the arts wing was constructed. This fall it was moved into the auditorium where it can once again draw viewers into a worshipful space.
Read more about the history of the art program and Esther’s journey, including information about her works at the school and those by other artists. See the chapel presentation here. 

Check out some more photos from this story

Posted in tagged:

Leave a Comment