‘Winter Solstice’ by Randy Siegel is pictured. The final piece of the Painted Prayers exhibit asks the community to donate nonperishable items to Sparrow’s Nest in Brunswick.

For a little over a month, artist Randy Siegel has lead a local effort to reflect and connect during difficult times. The St. Simons Island resident has staged his exhibit titled Painted Prayers: Prayers During a Pandemic at Glynn Visual Arts since Nov. 10.

Over that time, Siegel enlisted the help of local leaders in the faith community who shared their thoughts on different elements of spirituality. The Rev. Tom Purdy, episcopal priest at Christ Church Frederica, penned an essay on gratitude and asked that area residents join the conversation by submitting a one-word email expressing something they were grateful for. The submissions were combined in a piece of graphic art and displayed at the art center.

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