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Pam Siekman, Fresco Steering Committee
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In frame: Principal Artist, Christopher Holt & Charles Burns
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA (November 19, 2018)–The Haywood Street Congregation announced today that they have begun installation of the 9’ x 23’ frame that will hold a fresco portraying the scripture known as the Beatitudes, featuring faces from the community and scenes from its urban ministry.
Earlier this year Haywood Street made the decision not to engage with the Freedom From Religion Foundation that contested the $72,500 grant gifted to the church by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (TDA), in 2017. Instead, the church moved forward with their original plans and raised the funds necessary to begin the work. The Haywood Street Congregation, best known for providing over 1,000 meals a week at their Downtown Welcome Table, is preparing to highlight the beauty and blessedness within all people through the enduring art of fresco.
The Haywood Street Fresco is being designed by both Rev. Brian Combs, founding Pastor of the church, and local artist Christopher Holt. The Fresco will portray the Beatitudes, Jesus’ most enduring sermon, through the faces of the region’s most marginalized citizens - our neighbors who suffer from poverty, addiction, mental illness, and in many cases, the homeless, living on the streets.
For nine years Haywood Street has not only been providing meals, clothing, and respite care for those discharged from the hospital, they have created a sense of family, a place for all people to belong. On any given Wednesday or Sunday that spirit of family is palpable, as people from all walks of life gather around a table to share a meal together often prepared by a local Asheville restaurant. There’s talking, storytelling, and plenty of food to satisfy their hunger and feed their souls.