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October 20th, 2015 by Beth A. Lewis

Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress


October 20th, 2015 by Beth A. Lewis

One of the many reasons I love working at Augsburg Fortress is because we are blessed with so many talented people both inside the organization and among the creative partners with whom we work.  My colleague Senior Project Manager Julie O’Brien feels the same way! Last week, she shared a wonderful story about one of the artists who has contributed to our worship resources.  Julie visited her studio on a recent trip to New York.  I thought you might enjoy it, too!

Here is Julie’s story:

“The Worship and Music team became acquainted with the work of Christina Saj (pronounced sigh) when we licensed some existing artwork for several covers in our bulletin line, starting in 2012. 


Her unique and modern treatments of religious themes with a somewhat abstract approach and very vivid colors caught our attention. When we were selecting a new design for the Sundays and Seasons family of resources, she was our first choice as a fine artist. We were thrilled to be able to commission three original works of art (for lectionary years A, B, and C) for these covers. In the midst of one of our phone calls, I happened to mention I would be in New York and she issued a gracious invitation for a studio visit. Last Thursday, she picked me up near Penn Station and whisked me off to her studio across the river in New Jersey. The photos of the studio show some of her finished work. She spoke of being a collector, using items as varied as X-rays, cellophane, lace tablecloths, and handmade Italian paper in her art; she had just purchased her own kiln. The visit was an exercise in creativity. The biggest surprise of the day, however, was that the original art for year A (titled Tree of Life: Eden) was already hanging in a gallery in an exhibit at the Ukrainian Museum in Manhattan.”


Here is a photo of Tree of Life: Eden:

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And, some of Julie’s fun photos from her visit to Christina Saj’s studio:
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Julie also shared with me Christina Saj’s bio:  “Christina Saj is a painter who lives and works in NJ. She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence and an MFA from Bard College. Early in her career, she mastered the technique of Byzantine Icon painting while working with noted iconographer Petro Cholodny, the Younger. This traditional influence was balanced by simultaneous work with contemporary artists in New York. Saj’s work bridges the disparate aspects of ancient and modern in order to create a new interpretation of traditional themes and subjects. Her contemporary renditions of icons have been widely exhibited including such venues as The Museum of Biblical Art, The National Cathedral, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in NYC, Union Theological Seminary, The Ukrainian Museum in New York, The Museum of Cultural Heritage, Kiev Ukraine, the American Embassy in Qatar as well as at the White House. Her works reside in private and museum collections in the U.S. and abroad.”  

Her work is being displayed in a special exhibit, “The Ukrainian Diaspora: Women Artists 1908–2015??” at The Ukrainian Museum in New York through February 14, 2016.

For more information, about her work, you may want to check out her website or this interview she did a few years ago.





Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

Have some fun on the Road to Reformation! (& learn some new things, too)

October 7th, 2015 by Beth A. Lewis

Imagine it’s an overcast and chilling day on October 6th in 1515, and you’re walking along the path to Wittenberg University with young professor Martin Luther for a day of lectures. The stormy winds of the approaching reformation whisper through the halls around you.

What was life like for Martin Luther in the days leading up to the famed occasion of nailing the Ninety-Five Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg? Where was he traveling? What was he up to?

Martin Luther

Now you can find out with the Road to the Reformation—a new initiative from Fortress Press!

“Like” the Road to the Reformation page on Facebook to follow along with Martin Luther’s journey as we prepare to observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Follow the Road to the Reformation on Twitter and Pinterest, too, to never miss a post.

Be sure to spread the word among your family, friends, and congregations so they can enjoy the Road to the Reformation along with you!

Looking for more resources to prepare for the 500th Anniversary?
Check out these pages:
Reformation 500 for resources to explore with your congregation.
Reformation Resources for Class and Study for classroom use, trusted reference works, and primary sources.
Reformation Basics if you’re just looking to dive in!




Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO Augsburg Fortress

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