We have a wonderful “policy” at VTS. Our hard-working alums get two free nights a year in our Guest Houses. We have 24 rooms for these and other honored guests. As we focus more and more on our hospitality, we have steadily improved these rooms with fresh paint, new carpet, and soft towels. Most have TVs! This summer we are completing the “upgrades” by hanging art in all the rooms.
There will be a “theme” to the art which will adorn our Guest Houses. Over 40 prints by Sadao Watanabe (1913-1996) are being hung by the ever-helpful staff which tends carefully to our physical plant. Watanabe’s prints are woodcuts, rendered in the “mingei tradition” of Japan. Watanabe’s “folk art” draws its inspiration solely from Biblical stories.
A booklet is being prepared which will catalog all the art in the Guest Houses. There will be photographs of each woodcut with descriptions.
Neff and Dorothy Powell encouraged this project when they gave VTS a beautiful Watanabe woodcut. VTS already had several Watanabe woodcuts—and over the last few years we have watched eBay to find good values as we completed this project. We are grateful to Jay Houston at Frameworks in Georgetown who framed the prints in simple black frames with rag matting and conservation glass.
Come see us and enjoy our beautiful Guest Houses!
The Rev. James Barney Hawkins IV, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Bicentennial Campaign
Arthur Carl Lichtenberger Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology