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March 26, 2010

Pathway to the cross

Dimensional artwork offers unique view of Easter story

HUNTINGTON--A church in Huntington is offering a different kind of look at the Easter story this week.

Pathway to the Cross uses dimensional artwork where visitors walk past and review. They are accompanied with the appropriate New Testament scripture and some prophecy scriptures from the Old Testament.

The program at the Twenty-Sixth Street Baptist Church, at 2510 10th Ave., uses 22 panels that takes visitors on a 25-minute journey.

“It’s everything that happened to Christ from his entry into Jerusalem,” said Sandy Hand, who is the organizer of the project. “Everything is scripture-based. We used King James, NIV and the Living Bible.”

Hand has been doing the panel project for the past eight years.

Her inspiration came eight years ago when she was attending Baptist Temple. Hand was a choir member there and the choir had decided not to an Easter cantata.

“We had done a program after 9/11 and then a Christmas program,” she said. “Everybody was tired. We said we didn’t want to do a full-fledged Easter production.”

Hand, who also enjoyed banners at presentation, then had the idea of putting together panels that would tell the story of Easter.

“It really kind of clicked with me,” he said. “We would follow a sequence and I could put the story on those panels. It has just grown.”

Seven panels have been added, bringing the total to 22 with 21 of them being dimensional artwork. Something from each panel flows out into the room, giving the effect of being in the scene.

The presentation has outgrown two previous sites before moving to the ground floor of the Twenty-Sixth Street Baptist Church. Visitors can make the walk-through beginning Monday at 11 a.m.

The doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday and then from around noon to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday. There are no steps to climb with all displays in the classrooms on the ground level.

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